Kuna Wellness and Acupuncture

Kuna Wellness and Acupuncture

Gua Sha

What is Gua Sha?

Gua sha is a traditional healing technique commonly used in East Asian medicine. The term “gua sha” refers to “scraping” in English, which describes the method used during the treatment. In gua sha massage, a smooth-edged tool, typically made from jade, bone, or horn, is used to scrape the skin gently.

The process of gua sha facial massage involves the practitioner applying a light oil to the skin to facilitate smooth movement of the tool. Then, using the gua sha tool, the practitioner performs a scraping massage. This is done by stroking the tool across different areas of the body, not just the face, usually along the muscles or along the pathways believed to be involved in the flow of vital energy (qi) within the body.

Initial Consultation

Free

Initial Consultation

Free

The first half hour we meet is dedicated to a thorough discussion of your current concerns and past medical history. Our intent is to gather enough information to understand your health concerns and create a flexible and effective treatment plan that meets your health goals.

What Does Gua Sha Treat?

Gua sha is a traditional healing technique that treats a variety of conditions primarily by improving circulation and reducing inflammation. Here are some common conditions it can treat:

  • Muscle Tension and Pain. Gua sha for the body is often used to ease muscle stiffness and pain, particularly in the back, neck, and shoulders. The gua sha scraping technique helps to break down scar tissue and relax tight muscles. Gua sha back massage can be highly beneficial for chronic pains. 
  • Chronic Pain Conditions. It is beneficial for those suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain conditions, as it can reduce inflammation and promote healing. 
  • Respiratory Issues. Gua sha can be applied to the upper back and chest area to help with respiratory conditions by loosening mucus and aiding in congestion relief.
  • Circulation Problems. It also enhances blood circulation, which can speed up the recovery process from injuries and surgeries and improve overall health. 
  • Headaches and Migraines. By relieving tension in the upper body, gua sha facial can help reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches and migraines. Gua sha for face relaxes facial muscles, which can be beneficial even in everyday life. 

Gua sha is known for its ability to treat these conditions without the need for drugs or invasive solutions, making it a popular choice for those looking for natural healing.

Benefits of Gua Sha Massage

Here are some of the key gua sha benefits:

  1. Improves Circulation. Gua sha massage helps boost blood circulation, which enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin and muscles. This can speed up the healing process and promote cell renewal.
  2. Eases Pain. The gua sha technique is particularly effective in easing muscle and joint pain. By increasing blood flow and breaking down adhesions in the muscles and connective tissue, it can reduce discomfort associated with chronic pain conditions.
  3. Reduces Inflammation. Regular gua sha treatments can help reduce inflammation, which is often the root cause of various health issues.
  4. Promotes Lymphatic Drainage. Gua sha lymphatic drainage helps stimulate the lymphatic system, which aids in removing toxins from the body and boosts immune function.
  5. Relaxes the Body and Mind. The act of massage scraping can be highly relaxing, helping to reduce stress and tension. Which is beneficial for your overall health, both mental and physical.  

These benefits make body gua sha massage a good option for those looking to enhance their health naturally.

Our Insurance Services

Please schedule a week in advance to give us time to look up your plan information, check eligibility and benefits, and inform you of any costs or limitations

  • Full TCM, Initial Appointment – Cost to individual varies
  • 90 minutes
  • First 30 minutes will be a thorough health history discussion and consultation, after which the treatment is the next 60 minutes.
  • Full TCM, Follow-up Appointment – Cost to individual varies
  • 60 minutes

Does gua sha have side effects?

Gua sha is generally considered a safe practice, but it can have some side effects. The most common side effect is bruising or redness at the site where the skin was scraped. These marks, which can look like small red or purple spots, are usually temporary and should fade within a few days. Some people might also experience slight swelling or tenderness in the treated areas.

In rare cases, gua sha can cause minor bleeding if the skin is scraped too aggressively. It’s important to ensure that the practitioner uses clean, sterile tools to avoid any infections. People with certain medical conditions, such as blood clotting disorders or those taking blood thinners, should consult with their healthcare provider before using gua sha.

When performed correctly by a trained professional, gua sha is a safe and effective therapy with minimal side effects.

Book Your Gua Sha Therapy at Kuna Wellness and Acupuncture, ID 

Choosing Kuna Wellness and Acupuncture for your gua sha therapy in Kuna offers a lot of benefits under the care of Kyle Wooten L.Ac. Here’s why our acupuncture center stands out:

  1. Care. Kyle Wooten is a licensed acupuncturist with deep knowledge and experience in traditional healing practices, so both your gua sha face massage and gua sha body massage are effective and safe.
  2. Holistic Approach. At Kuna Wellness and Acupuncture, gua sha physical therapy is often used alongside other traditional practices such as acupuncture and qigong. This helps address a variety of health issues from multiple angles.
  3. Handcrafted Treatments. Each session is crafted to meet individual health needs, focusing on specific areas of concern to maximize the benefits of gua sha.
  4. Relaxing Surrounding. Our center provides a calm and welcoming atmosphere, ideal for healing and relaxation.

Booking your gua sha session at Kuna Wellness and Acupuncture ensures not just a high quality treatment, but better health.

About Kuna Wellness and Acupuncture

Kyle Wooten L.Ac.
Our Story

I am a West Point graduate (2009) who served in the Army long enough to get some health problems. Kung Fu, and by proxy Acupuncture/TCM, helps me manage many of those issues. The effects were so great I just had to learn it! Now I choose to help others like I was helped. 

Kyle Wooten L.Ac.
Our Priority
I want to put you in a position to be able to manage your own health, only seeing me for new issues or a general tune-up. I don’t want you to come see me any longer than absolutely necessary! I respect your time, your money, and your independence.

What Conditions You Can Treat With Us

Pain and mobility conditions
  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • TMJ pain
  • Foot pain
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • TMJ pain
  • Foot pain
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Neuropathy
Mental and emotional concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stop smoking
  • PTSD
  • Vertigo/Dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Brain Fog
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stop smoking
  • PTSD
  • Vertigo/Dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Brain Fog
Respiratory and digestive problems, and cold and flu symptoms
  • Allergies
  • Sinusitis
  • Cold symptoms
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Allergies
  • Sinusitis
  • Cold symptoms
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
Women's health and Post-Procedure support
  • Fertility
  • PCOS
  • Cycle-related issues
  • Chemotherapy Support
  • Post-Surgery recovery
  • Auto-Immune disorders
  • Fertility
  • PCOS
  • Cycle-related issues
  • Chemotherapy
    Support
  • Post-Surgery
    recovery
  • Auto-Immune
    disorders

Affordable Prices For Your Comfort

Complimentary consultation – Free!
30 minutes at the start of everyone’s initial appointment

Follow-up Cupping and manual therapies Only – $60

30 Minutes treatment

Initial TCM appointment – $140

90 minutes treatment​​

Initial Qi Therapy – $100

30 Minutes treatment

Follow-up TCM appointment – $100

60 minutes treatment

Follow-up Qi Therapy – $60

30 Minutes treatment

Initial Cupping and manual therapies Only – $100

60 minutes treatment

What Clients Say About Us

Sterling RadkeSterling Radke
21:52 09 Jul 24
My wife had a sudden impairment of speech, stuttering and almost slurring. As well as twitching and shakeness of limbs and we received no information from the hospital about why or what to do. Our cherished friends invited her for a last minute session for deep precisionmassage, acupuncture and cupping after going over her symptoms the night before. After the session she was close to normal in speech and body control! She will undoubtedly get some much needed rest. Kyle is absolutely amazing. I would recommend a visit for anyone looking to improve their overall well-being!
Jessica WhiteJessica White
16:39 25 Jun 24
Very very thorough, pleasant. Professional. By end of session felt significantly better. Made another appointment , looking forward to it.
Noel KopkeNoel Kopke
16:48 23 Jun 24
Kyle did something that my medical doctors hadn’t been able to do before. He explained to me why i was in pain and explained how everything works togther. After my first visit i can start feeling the effects. I cant wait till my next visit.
MM
23:58 16 Jun 24
Lissa NeedhamLissa Needham
02:55 30 May 24
Kyle is so knowledgeable and understanding. He listened to my issues and explained things in detail. If anyone is tired of pain they have , please go see him! He made my severe pain go away when not one doctor would or even could. I appreciate his caring and sympathetic personality!! Support his Kuna business!!! He will definitely make a difference in your life with his skills!!!
K WK W
00:21 25 May 24
If you don’t go see Kyle at Kuna Wellness for an accupuncture session, you are missing out! I felt so relaxed and felt like I had known Kyle forever. I have a series of appointments scheduled.
Kate LouiseKate Louise
22:02 10 May 24
Great care and knowledge, explains what he is doing and why. Good relief from symptoms. Clean relaxing environment.
LynnLynn
14:04 04 May 24
I have suffered from neck pain and immobility for quite some time. I have tried chiropractic in the past with not much relief. I’m glad I gave acupuncture a try. Kyle is very knowledgeable and spent time asking questions to determine the best treatment for my issues. With massage/acupuncture sessions, combined with at home exercise , I am seeing relief from my neck issues. I’m very pleased to find such an amazing acupuncturist as Kyle in our small town of Kuna!
Kaitlyn GarciaKaitlyn Garcia
16:16 19 Apr 24
What a cool experience! I was feeling stuffy and fatigued from lingering cold symptoms and with Kyle’s expertise he was able to move the gunk through and out of my body. I feel 10x better, more energized, and I can breathe easier now. He was intuitive, careful, kind, knowledgeable, and all around a great practitioner. I will definitely be back!
Robert RobertsRobert Roberts
21:53 03 Apr 24
Literally took my pain away. I tried chiropractor, Dr, medicine massage. Nothing worked and I was tired of crying. Thought I’d give this a try. It’s been worth every penny. Highly recommend giving him a try.
Darci SteeleDarci Steele
13:05 22 Feb 24
Great experience, Kyle explained things very clearly and showed me some really good stretches to do afterward. He helped my neck and arm pain tremendously.
wutang44wutang44
21:44 20 Feb 24
Jeffrey Van FleetJeffrey Van Fleet
17:09 13 Feb 24
Great experience, very knowledgeable. Best pain reduction yet with acupuncture!
Bob ButlerBob Butler
03:57 27 Jan 24
This is Sandy Butler. I think Kyle is the best acupuncturist that has treated me. He is quiet, gentle and know exactly how to help with my pain. I have recommended him to many of my friends and will continue to do so.
A.P. ReedA.P. Reed
15:30 25 Jan 24
Kyle took care of my back and neck problems. I’m a contractor and need my body in working order to be able to complete projects. I was skeptical of acupuncture, I am no longer. Thank you Kyle.
Josh OwensJosh Owens
03:54 29 Sep 23
Kyle is excellent. He listened to me, was attentive and knowledgable, and very good at finding the trouble areas. My neck and shoulders are so much less painful and greater mobility. Kyle has done a great job and I will continue to use his service!
Doug ManningDoug Manning
20:18 27 Sep 23
Kyle is great to work with. He was the first acupuncturist I have visited and the sessions have improved my lower back pain significantly.
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FAQs about Gua-Sha

Gua sha is a traditional Chinese healing technique that involves scraping the skin with a smooth-edged tool to improve circulation and promote healing. This practice has been used for centuries to address various health issues and is known for its ability to alleviate muscle tension and enhance overall wellness.

Gua sha is believed to stimulate blood flow, reduce inflammation, and break down scar tissue. By improving circulation, it helps to relieve muscle pain and stiffness, enhance the immune system, and support the body’s natural healing processes. Many people also use gua sha for its rejuvenating effects on the skin.

The frequency of gua sha treatments depends on individual needs and the specific condition being addressed. Generally, it can be done several times a week or as recommended by a healthcare professional. Regular sessions can help maintain the benefits and support long-term health improvements.

The effects of gua sha can vary depending on the individual and the condition being treated. Some people may experience immediate relief from pain and tension, while others might notice gradual improvements over a series of sessions. Consistency in treatment often leads to better and more sustained results.

Gua Sha can be performed whenever you feel muscle tension, pain, or discomfort that could benefit from increased circulation and relief. It is also beneficial as a preventive measure to maintain overall health and well-being. Consulting with a practitioner can help determine the best times and frequency for your specific needs.

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