Gua means to rub or create friction. Sha is the term used to describe congestion of blood at the surface of the body. Gua Sha is a healing technique used throughout Asia. Treatment is applied on the skin in repeated even strokes which creates small red “petechiae” which fades in minutes and disappear in two to four days. The colour and rate of fading are both diagnostic and prognostic indicators. The benefits of Gua Sha are numerous as it moves “stuck” blood, promoting normal circulation to the muscles, tissues and organs directly beneath the surface treated, which can alleviate stiffness, pain and mobility. Normal metabolic processes can thus be restored. Gua Sha is considered to be an adaptive technique as it has the ability to cool the overheated; warm the chilled; nourish the deficient; clear the excess.