Gua-sha is a manual therapy used in Chinese Medicine where a smooth-edged tool (often a Chinese soup spoon) is used to scrape the surface of the skin to release a pathogenic factor or help alleviate pain. A Chinese herbal infused oil is first applied to the skin, allowing the tool to glide easily. Most often this treatment is applied the neck, shoulders or back. The scraping of the skin releases "sha" and creates a redness on the skin's surface, which typically fades within 1-3 days. Gua-sha is used to treat both acute and chronic conditions, including musculoskeletal pain or respiratory conditions such as bronchitis. Releasing sha from the channels will help to increase your range of motion, decrease pain, improve breathing, and disperse metabolic waste from the dysfunctional tissue. Patients often report feeling immediate relief of symptoms after receiving Gua-sha.