What is Gua Sha?
Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation.
This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain.
In gua sha, a technician scrapes your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. They make these strokes with a smooth-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool. The technician applies massage oil to your skin, and then uses the tool to repeatedly scrape your skin in a downward motion.
Gua sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called chi, in the body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the skin’s surface is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.
Gua sha is generally performed on a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs. A gentle version of it is even used on the face as a facial technique. Your technician may apply mild pressure, and gradually increase intensity to determine how much force you can handle.
What is Sports Massage?
Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity.
Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage; it includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (a form of connective tissue that lines and ensheathes the other soft tissues).
Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma.
The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.
What is PowerStretch?
PowerStretch is also called assisted stretching, and it can give you a whole new dimension to the world of flexibility and mobility!
It takes twice as much force to resistance stretch a muscle as it does to strengthen it.
This is why assisted stretching should become an essential part of your training program. Self stretching teaches you how to resist against yourself through the use of use sub-maximal resistance. Assisted stretching teaches you how to resist against another person maximally, meaning that you make it as hard as possible for your practitioner to move you.
The immediate result is a release of tension, pain, and stress with gains in maximum flexibility, strength, posture, health and mental fitness. The ultimate result is an overall increase in performance.