So why would you want to undergo a treatment that leaves you looking as though you’ve been beaten? Devotees say the scraping is intense but doesn’t hurt. More importantly, Gua sha benefits far outweigh the temporary redness and they feel absolutely phenomenal afterward. It may make you feel better to know that the marks aren’t actually bruises but blood released from deep-tissue blood vessels and generally disappear in 2-4 days.

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