Gua Sha- Tool Assisted Massage Technique Certificate Course
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Gua Sha- Tool Assisted Massage Technique Certificate Course

Gua Sha Massage-Learn how to treat your own pain, your family or your massage clients with this amazing technique !
4.6 (1,044 ratings)
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4,450 students enrolled
Created by Mark Perren-Jones
Last updated 6/2020
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 5 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You do not need any training in massage at all, by the end of this gua sha course, you will have a thorough understanding of how to treat yourself, your family or your massage clients with this powerful technique.
  • You will know how to perform many techniques from basic to advanced and will see why so many professional massage therapists swear by this therapy to use on their clients on a daily basis
  • You will be able to know where you have areas of dysfunctional tissue, scar tissue and adhesions which cause chronic pain and how to painlessly alleviate these problem areas.
  • You will understand why some of the best massage therapists in the World such as Mike Reinhold who has worked with the Boston Red Sox and calls instrument assisted soft tissue therapy a 'game changer'!
  • This gua sha course does not have any prerequisites. You can use it on yourself or in your massage clinic

Learn Gua Sha from best-selling massage course instructor, Mark Perren-Jones

What people are saying about this Gua sha massage course:

"Mark Perren-Jones' massage courses and instruction proves to be the most expansive I have ever experienced for my practice.  I have been in surgical practice and also alternative medicine for many years.  His knowledge base is fantastic and the method of delivery is engaging and easy to follow, and want to!  I have enrolled in three other massage courses after the first one because it is surely to not disappoint." Dr. S. H.

There is a reason that so many of the best massage therapists use Gua Sha (also known as instrument assisted soft tissue massage therapy and Graston technique).

It loosens muscles, treats pain, is used for better health, is great for facial rejuvenation and helps systemic problems such as digestive and respiratory problems.

Mark has been using Gua Sha to treat thousands of his massage clients and his own body for over 25 years and has seen remarkable results in his massage clinic.

You do not need any massage training! In this course, Mark teaches you everything you need to know to effectively treat :

  • your own pain and your family, friends and massage clients

  • as an anti-aging tool for the face-a non-surgical facelift!

  • health conditions such as constipation, insomnia and headaches

You will learn how to detect and break up scar tissue, adhesions and tissues that cause pain and dysfunction easily, quickly and painlessly.

If you are a massage therapist this will not only get you better results with your clients but also save your hands as well!

Gua sha is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Sometimes called ‘coining, spooning or scraping’,

You do not need to buy any expensive tools. You can use things as simple as the lid of a jar, a Chinese soup spoon or even just a coin.

In fact, modern research shows Gua sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single Gua sha treatment. This is why it has been effectively on pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting and many other health conditions and why Gua sha is effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders as well.

The beauty of this treatment technique is that it is easy to perform, inexpensive and very powerful.

In this course Mark will guide you step by step so that you too will have the knowledge and understanding to treat yourself, your friends and family and your clients just like people have been doing for centuries.

I look forward to seeing you in class!

On completion of this course you will receive a certificate from the Isla Verde Spa Training Academy  and also be eligible to join to CTAA if you so desire.

All of Mark's Course are accredited with the CTAA (Complementary Therapists Accredited Association).

On completion of this course, you will have access to join the CTAA if you please. As a member of the CTAA you will receive these benefits:

  1. A Professional Certificate showing that you have full membership with CTAA as a Practitioner.

  2. Access to discounted Therapist Practitioner Insurance with your membership (subject to their Insurance Partners)

  3. Access to their CTAA Logo to place on your Website/Social Media/Email

  4. Free CTAA Directory Listing

  5. Have the opportunity to write a blog/article within the complementary therapy field that you work, that will be shared on their Website and Social Media to enable you to reach a larger audience and have exposure to yourself and your website.

Who this course is for:
  • This gua sha course I have designed for anyone, from massage therapists or someone completely untrained in massage that would love to know how to be able to treat their own pains, or other people's pain and other health conditions naturally with this technique that has been used for thousands of years and is incredibly effective!
Course content
Expand all 48 lectures 03:10:57
+ Introduction
9 lectures 15:22

Welcome to the incredible world of Gua Sha, a centuries old technique that will save your hands as a massage therapist and also give you a brilliant technique to treat yourself and others.

Preview 01:23

Here I have written a brief summary from the lectures in this section so that you can print them off and refer to them if you need to.

Download the summary of this section from the resources here

I have created a Facebook group that is for educational purposes so you can ask questions and either I or other students will answer. You can share information and it really is so that we can all help each other to learn, share and have fun.

You can join our Facebook group if you like. Its a great resource.

Gua Sha is also known as spooning or coining because they use traditionally Chinese porcelain soup spoons or even coins to do Gua Sha. There are other things that are in the kitchen that you can use as well. Here I go through what you can use if you do not already have a Gua Sha tool.

Preview 02:27

Ok, let's do some practice. As you will soon see, it is easy to do and feels fabulous!

Preview 04:41

Here is a look at a box of Gua Sha tools that I bought on amazon and what each one is used for. If you really get into doing Gua Sha, it would be good idea later on to get the proper Gua Sha tools. They are not expensive either.

A look at my box of Gua Sha tools and what each are used for.

There are a few contrasindiactions when it comes to doing Gua Sha. Here I explain when it is not appropriate to do Gua Sha

Contraindications To Gua Sha

How often should you treat? It is really pretty simple. Here are the guidelines as to when you should do the next treatment.

How Often Should We Treat?

You need to make sure that you keep your tools clean especially if you decide to treat other people to avoid cross contamination.

Cleaning your Gua Sha instruments
+ Gua Sha-Self Treatment
15 lectures 01:21:06

Welcome to the first section of the course where you learn how to treat yourself. We will go through each part of the body starting at the head.

What we are going to go through in this section

Here is how to do self Gua Sha for your head, neck and shoulders. It is great to relieve upper back tension and stress, headaches, neck pain and anxiety. It is a very calming treatment.

Self treating on the head area

The Chinese use Gua Sha to help with tonifying their skin such as the face and they swear by it. A non-surgical facelift! If it is good enough for  Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow, then its good enough for me. You should do this everyday to see great results.

Apart from being great for facial skin rejuvenation, it is also very good to relax the facial muscles from stress and is a beautiful distressing treatment in itself.

The Face-An all natural non-surgical facelift treatment

This is a fabulous way to treat your own neck. It is great for neck pain and tension, it feels fabulous and works brilliantly. Here I also show a couple of very powerful acupressure points to help with neck pain. Let in the course we will incorporate a lot more acupressure points with our treatments.

Self treating the neck area

This is great for tight chest muscles, respiratory problems, anxiety, coughs , colds and flus.

Self treating the chest area

Here is a great way to loosen up the shoulders and get much better balance in the muscles.

Self treating the shoulder area

This is good for shoulder, elbow and arm pain and also lung and respiratory problems, sore throat, toothache and headache.

Self treating the arms

As you may have noticed from the last lecture, I have some speckling appearing known as Sha which is perfectly fine. Here I go through some important points for you about this in regards to treating.

What happens when you have Sha appear like I have.

This is good for hand and thumb pain, poor circulation in the hands and just to refresh your poor tired hands after a long day.

Preview 08:19

This is great for lower back pain. Try to work up as high as you can and work the areas that are more sensitive more than the other areas. If you find ashi points then concentrate more on this areas as well.

Self treating the mid and lower back area

I am keeping my pants on for once. I will show you how to work the hips in regards to tight buttocks, hip pain and piriformis syndrome

Self treating the hips

This is great for bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, menstrual  and intestinal disorders

Stomach area

This is great for leg pain and fatigue, knee problems and lower legs pain such as shin splints

Self treating the legs

This great for foot pain, plantar fasciitis, leg and foot swelling, ankle pain, headaches, cold feet, anxiety, high blood pressure, insomnia

Self treating the feet

You can do this routine daily. It not only feels great but you will also be loosening up your muscles as well. If you find that you have redness or are sore from the Gua Sha then wait until you have no soreness or redness before treating yourself again

Self treating for good health
+ Specific Treatments For Ailments
10 lectures 57:09

Now it is time to use your new skills to treat ailments such as emotional conditions, digestive disorders whilst not only using Gua Sha but we also start using acupressure points and work the energy channels known as meridians in traditional Chinese medicine. Make sure that you download the PDF file as this has all of the instructions for you to use if needed later on if you forget which points to use.

Preview 00:47

I want to first show you where the stress relieving point are so that if you are treating a condition that is caused or exacerbated by stress and tension then these points should be added to your treatment .

The stress relieving points

This is a great way to treat yourself or others that suffer from headaches and/or migraines.

Self treating headaches and migraine

Using Gua Sha in China for nasal conditions such as allergies and sinusitis is very common and very effective

Self treatment for sinus headaches, hay fever and generally stuffy nose symptoms

I am going to teach you in this lecture how to address emotional conditions such as excess anger, worry, fear, grief and their associated physical manifestations.

Self treating for emotional wellbeing.

A great way to treat insomnia is by using a combination of Gua Sha and acupressure on the calming points which I teach you in this lecture.

Self treating Insomnia

Here are some great points to incorporate into your Gua sha treatments to give you more energy. It may take some time if you are very depleted though and remember to try to look for the core reasons to your poor energy and treat appropriately

Self treating for poor energy levels and fatigue.

How to treat these coughs, colds, flus etc with Gua Sha

Coughs, colds, flus and respiratory problems

How to treat these disorders with Gua Sha

Self treating constipation

Treating diarrhea is very similar to the treatment of constipation but there is one very important point that you need to add.

Self treating for diarrhea
+ Treating painful conditions using Gua Sha
13 lectures 35:51

Ok, it is time to take a look at how to help musculoskeletal problems such as joint and muscle aches and pains. Please download the PDF file as it has all of your points and areas to treat for each painful condition.

Preview 00:36

Here are the general guidelines for treating areas. I will guide you in more detail through this section but just to give you a bit of an idea of how to treat painful conditions.

The above, through and below rule

Ok, let's have a look firstly at how you should treat neck pain by combining both Gua Sha and also the acupressure points to really help neck pain and stiffness.

Neck pain

Here is how you would treat shoulder pain, rotator cuff pain, impingement syndromes effectively with your Gua Sha tool and dredging the meridians.

Rotator cuff/Shoulder pain/Biceps pain/Arm pain

Here you learn how to treat tennis elbow and other forms of elbow pain and lateral forearm pain and tightness

Tennis Elbow/Elbow pain

Here I show you how to treat wrist pain and carpal tunnel syndrome using Gua Sha and specific acupressure points that work wonders.

Self treating carpal tunnel and wrist pain

I will show you the best methods to help lower back pain and also any hip pain and sciatica. It is important to work all of the way down the meridians if you can wit the Gua Sha tool.

Self treating lower back pain, hip and sciatica pain

Here is how you treat knee pain and also the acupressure points that are so brilliant at alleviating pain around the knee.

Self treating knee pain

These points are great for chronic ankle pain and also stiffness that so often happens after sprains.

Self treating ankle pain
02:05 that you have got a handle on what you are doing, here are some more advanced techniques for you to try.

Doing some more advanced techniques.

Well done-you did it! You now have another great technique that you can use on yourself or for clients, friends or family.

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