Traditional Gua Sha

Certificate Level 2 - Diploma Level 3 - £149 (Optional Equipment Available)

Start: 9:45 am

End: 5:00 pm

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With kit: £169 (Chinese Soup Spoon, Chinese Cup, Jade Gua Sha tool, Horn Gua Sha Tool, metal tray, alcohol wipes and oil (RRP £25).
Without Kit: £149
Optional £49 fee to upgrade to a diploma via case studies verified by an independent external examiner.

This is a 1 day course running from 9:45pm to 5pm.

The standard Gua Sha course teaches you the knowledge and skills to perform this scraping technique with various tools and covers various parts of the body.
The course consists of theory and practical hands on application learning Gua Sha using the equipment provided on the day. It also includes the advanced techniques that were previously taught separately.
You will receive a full certificate for the course, which can be upgraded to an optional diploma by submitting 10 Case studies 3 months after course completion. These are assessed by an external examiner (examiner fee applies).

The course explains the main Gua Sha Skills and protocols, so you can learn these highly effective techniques, including how to use not only the tools provided, but also others described in the course, as well as when and where to use them and why.
We have discussions on diagnostics and time saving techniques to show you exactly where needs a Gua Sha treatment and what areas can be left alone.
Unlike many UK courses, we show authentic techniques as used in real Chinese clinics using traditional tools, that provide you with the ability to give your clients the best results.
Assessment is by observation of students performing the therapy during the practical sessions to establish safe practice. Each student must be observed practising correct, safe, protocol in order to be deemed safe to practice and gain a full certificate. (equates to 6 hours CPD).
Optional Diploma Available (equates to 26 hours CPD).

Contraindications and Health and Safety
Introduction to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
What is Gua Sha? Explained
How does Gua Sha do ?
What can it be used to treat?
Herbs and ointments
Tendon and sports injury healing
Ligament and tendon injuries
Sports injuries
Skin injuries
Muscle injuries
Bone injuries
Blood and Qi injury
Cellulite Reduction
Gua Sha and weight loss
Ice Gua Sha
Hot Gua Sha
Discussion on Moxa and Acupuncture Gua Sha applications
Blood-letting and Gua Sha
Meridian diagnosis
Meridian Gua Sha therapy
Common disorders that it can treat
Comb Gua Sha for head and brain function
Healing and treating the organs and blood
Issues and applications
Where can it be applied
Tools and instruments
Directions of application
Cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation
Clinical protocol
Post treatment care
Consent forms
Patient records
Legal responsibilities
Practical demonstrations
Student practice of standard techniques, strengths, and protocols

There are no specific qualification prerequisites for this course.
You must be 18 years or older and understand spoken and written English.
You must consent to giving and receiving manual therapy.

This CPD short course is not suitable as a basis for non-therapists to set up in practise. For this you will need a basic skills course as well as an anatomy and physiology qualification.


“I felt welcomed and thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Traditional Gua Sha course, The tutors are great and are obviously passionate about what they do, they are enthusiastic about helping their students gain good and useable skills in which to transfer to their clients. I felt relaxed and also challenged to test and carry out the techniques we went through, with their careful eye on things , we all had great results and adjusted as we needed to , can’t wait to go back and learn cupping ! Thanks 🙏🏼”
Elizabeth Anne Castle, Skye Definition, Isle of Skye / Highlands

“I attended the Traditional Gua Sha, including the advanced techniques and it was an absolutely amazing course, the perfect balance of theory and practical! Already signing up to more courses with Total Therapy Training for in the new year! Would 100% recommend “
Emily Needham, New Mills

“I attended the Traditional Gua Sha course, and can highly recommend it and Total Therapy Training as a whole. I have had fantastic communications from start to finish. They are highly knowledgeable and the tutor is fantastic, the location is central with parking nearby. I travelled from Leeds and it was well worth the journey. I’m looking forwards to my next visit.”


Gua Sha is a highly powerful stagnation and heat reducing technique as well as dealing with physical and physiological aspects of the issue, whereas the IASTM techniques that do not leave the red marks just deal more with the physical aspects of facial dysfunction.

Yes, Gua Sha isn’t just for muscles, you can treat joint pain and health issues, and so relieve cold symptoms too. In fact it can be used as a way of encouraging the body to “sweat the disease out”.

This therapy can be used for clinical or cosmetic purposes and is not only an IASTM (Tool Assisted Soft Tissue Massage) therapy but is a deeper and stronger stagnation release than other IASTM techniques give to the client.
For cosmetic Gua Sha please see our Accelerated Cosmetics Course.

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