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Gua Sha in Edmonton

spa facial massageGua Sha, a traditional practice rooted in Chinese medicine, is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. This non-invasive therapy uses a smooth-edged tool to scrape across the skin gently. Although it might leave some temporary redness, many believe in its profound benefits for both physical and emotional health.

How It Works

The practice uses tools typically crafted from jade or rose quartz, though modern versions might include stainless steel. These tools are applied to the skin with short, firm strokes. This action creates suction and causes tiny red spots known as petechiae due to enhanced blood flow. The treatment targets specific areas tailored to individual needs and desired outcomes.

A Spectrum of Benefits

Gua Sha offers relief and treatment for various conditions:

  • Muscle and Joint Pain: It’s thought to ease pain from chronic conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia through improved blood circulation and reduced inflammation.
  • Headaches and Migraines: Some evidence suggests Gua Sha can diminish the frequency and severity of headaches by easing muscle tension and boosting blood flow in the neck and head.
  • Respiratory Relief: Often used for colds and coughs, the technique can loosen mucus and aid in clearing congestion.
  • Digestive Health: Applying Gua Sha to the abdomen might alleviate bloating and other digestive discomforts.
  • Facial Rejuvenation: A softer approach is used on the face to promote lymphatic drainage and circulation, which may help refresh and rejuvenate one’s appearance.

Considerations for Safe Practice

While Gua Sha is largely considered safe, it’s crucial to have the procedure done by a trained and experienced practitioner like our acupuncturist Dr. Zakia Akodadi. It’s not recommended for everyone—particularly not for those with bleeding disorders, pregnant women, or individuals with certain skin conditions. Always consult a healthcare provider before beginning any new treatment.

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Meet Dr. Zakia Akodadi

Dr. Zakia, originally from Morocco with a medical degree from Hassan II University, worked as a doctor and directed a health center in Morocco until 2015, concentrating on various medical services, such as pregnancy and childbirth care.

She relocated to Canada in 2014 and expanded her expertise by pursuing studies in acupuncture and Chinese medicine at MacEwan University, completing her studies in 2020. Dr. Zakia now integrates Western and Eastern medical practices, employing methods such as electro-acupuncture, cupping, and others.

Ready to Try Gua Sha?

Curious about integrating Gua Sha into your wellness routine? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Zakia at Oxford Wellness Clinic to determine if this therapy is right for you!


Gua Sha Edmonton, North Edmonton AB | (780) 758-8323