Gua sha involves using a smooth-edged tool to gently scrape areas of your body. It has a similar function and effects as cupping therapy but can be performed in smaller, more focused areas to target fascial adhesions and scar tissue adjacent to bones. Gua Sha stimulates blood flow, reduces restrictions in the fascia, breaks down fat cells, and facilitates lymphatic drainage. Of note, the Graston Technique is a trademarked form of this ancient therapy. Gua sha is included in acupuncture sessions as the practitioner feels is appropriate.