Health Traditions with Bruce Bentley, Gua Sha Day

Gua Sha Day

Gua Sha Tools

One-day workshops entirely devoted to gua sha methods and applications.

We explore the methods and practical applications of gua sha, otherwise known as 'spooning'. By drawing a smooth edged instrument, such as a porcelain soup spoon, across the skin where an injury or imbalance resides, a distinctive reddening of the skin, known as sha, is observed. This is a positive response and brings the immediate and lasting benefit of reducing inflammation, coldness, tightness and pain from both the superficial and deeper levels of the body. Typically, gua sha is very effective for treating all forms of injury, as well as heat syndromes, dizziness, chills and aches. In short, it has been said that "if there is illness, gua sha treats it; if there is no illness, it strengthens our bodies".

'Learning the correct way of performing gua sha and all its various applications in practice was a revelation. Since the class with Bruce – which was great – I use it often and with great success.' Barbara Stephens, remedial massage therapist and remedial massage and shiatsu lecturer.

BACKGROUND:. Bruce has studied with expert gua sha practitioners for over 30 years, including Dr Lee, the gua sha specialist at the Shanghai Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Mr Trang Le, who as a young boy in Vietnam was apprenticed to a wandering Buddhist monk and instructed in a rare lineage of medicine known as the Buddhist Wandering Monk Medical Tradition. Bruce spent a weekly four hour class over twelve months with Mr Le as his first and only student. The latter instruction included exceptional information on gua sha practices. In 2002, Bruce was also employed as a full-time researcher for the Victorian state government (Australia) to conduct an in-depth research and write-up his results in a 180 page submission on "Folk Medical Practices in the Vietnamese Community". Once more, further excellent and otherwise difficult to obtain information, especially on gua sha (known in the Vietnamese community as cao gio) was obtained. (Read Bruce’s most recent essay on Gua Sha)


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Essay on Gua sha published in The Lantern - A Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine