It’s so important to have pleasure every day. Everyone knows how much better you feel after a little indulgence. And that’s what I love about gua sha. It’s unbelievably beneficial, yet feels so good that you’ll be only too happy to make it part of your daily routine. Gua sha is a type of therapeutic massage technique that you can do on yourself using a round-edged tool. It’s been widely practised in China for thousands of years. ‘Gua’ means to scrape or rub, whilst ‘sha’ describes the temporary redness that results.

Gua sha was traditionally given by family members or friends for a huge range of health issues. It was also considered good for the prevention of illness, with treatment focussed on a particular area of the body depending on the issue. It’s said to maintain and strengthen your constitution, increasing your longevity.

If you are new to gua sha, working on your chest, back and shoulders is a good starting point. You can find some simple instructions here: