Gua Sha Services Edmonton

Person receiving gua sha treatment with pale blue stone toolRed Leaf Wellness offers Gua Sha as one of our many services in Edmonton, Alberta. Our clinic provides whole health and alternative medicine strategies by combining the best of ancient Eastern healing and modern Western medicine.

In addition to Gua Sha therapy, we offer highly specialized treatment to address many conditions that can affect your physical and mental health. 

Gua Sha dates as far back as the Paleolithic Age when people used their hands and stones to massage parts of the body to reduce the side effects and symptoms of many illnesses.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a treatment that is used primarily for early cold symptoms or tightness in large muscle groups. This traditional technique involves using a dull-edged device, like a soup spoon or polished stone, to gently massage the skin – usually in the upper back and neck areas.

Gua Sha addresses stagnant energy known as chi in the body which many believe is responsible for inflammation, which is the underlying cause of many conditions associated with chronic pain.

Rubbing the skin with the Gua Sha technique helps break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing, but don’t worry, this technique is not at all painful and does not cause bleeding or scabbing. You may, however, experience some slight bruising or redness for 1 to 3 days after the treatment.

Another Gua sha technique is used in facial acupuncture for improved blood circulation, reduced puffiness, the appearance of wrinkles, dark eye circles and dull-looking skin. It also helps the skin naturally purge blemish-causing dirt and oils, but unlike the traditional technique used on the body, this facial treatment will not leave any bruising. Ask your practitioner or any Red Leaf Wellness team member about our facial acupuncture package deals for the best savings.

The Benefits of Gua Sha

Gua Sha moves lymphatic fluids, detoxifies the body, and breaks down tension in your muscles, which leads to improved blood flow and less pain inducing inflammation. 

This can help relieve a number of health conditions, including musculoskeletal problems such as tightness in the shoulders, legs, and back as well as tension headaches, migraines, neck pain, joint pain, and swelling of the body.

Gua Sha can also help with anxiety, fatigue, chronic pain, insomnia, and perimenopausal symptoms – especially when done integratively with acupuncture.

Apart from these benefits, you may also notice an improvement in your circulation, immune system, and allergic inflammation.

Getting the Most Out of Gua Sha Therapy

When you schedule an appointment with one of our practitioners, it’s important to be prepared so you can get the most out of this therapy.

Before booking an appointment, make a list of the areas of your body in which you experience aches and pains as well as any prior injuries or health issues. This will allow the practitioner to customize your treatment to address your unique needs.

Be sure to try and come to your appointment relaxed. Make sure you are not rushed and take a moment or two before the treatment to calm your mind and body.

You should also avoid strenuous activities after your treatment. Gua Sha is used to reach deep tissues and push inflammation from your muscles so engaging in a workout can cause discomfort.

We also sell gua sha tools in our clinic for your own use and practice at home.

Specialists on our Team:

Dr. Seyed Abtahi, Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Seyed Abtahi

Position: Acupuncturist
Categories: Acupuncture, Allergies, Amputation (Phantom Limb), Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Anxiety, Back Pain, Bells Palsy, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke), Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Inflammatory Disease, Chronic Pain, Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), Cupping, Dementia, Diabetes, Electrostimulation, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Gua Sha, Guillain-Barre, HIV and AIDS, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Lupus, Men's Health, Migraines, Moxibustion, Multiple Sclerosis, Musculoskeletal, Myasthenia Gravis, Neurological Health, Pain Management, Parkinsons, Post-Covid Syndrome, Prostatitis, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sciatica, Seniors Health, Sensory Disorders, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Soft Tissue Injury, Speech Disorders, Sports Injury, Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ), Thyroid Disorders, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Vasculitis, Whiplash

Dr. Abtahi is a well-respected and sought-after clinician who firmly believes that the greatest personal wealth an individual can have is good health. In his clinical practice, Seyed is known for addressing highly complex medical conditions with a gentle, empathetic, soft touch, and also for taking the time to translate into simple terms what may be going within each body system. His focus is on helping patients not only understand why discomfort and disease manifest in convoluted ways, but also in helping them develop balanced and holistic treatment plans to better guide their health journey.

Seyed is an avid life-long learner and researcher, always striving to understand the evolving intersections of classical Eastern and modern Western medicine. There is no doubt he has deep expertise in the delivery of complex care – he was a distinguished faculty member for several Universities and academic institutions in Iran, where he leveraged his graduate anesthesia and pain management studies to develop and deliver course curriculums for future generations of clinicians. He lectured widely on topics such as the pathophysiology of medical diseases, intensive care, pediatric and gynecological disorders and medical surgical needs. It was during this tenure that Seyed also discovered a natural curiosity for complementary medicine, as he was able to see the profound impacts it would have on helping people reach better levels of physical, mental and spiritual fitness.

His professional interests tend towards a broad spectrum of ailments, including chronic pain management, musculoskeletal pain, general health, digestive disorders, stress management, functional disorders, insomnia, emotional and psychological disorders, gynecological issues and auto-immune disease, among others. Seyed likes to incorporate different modalities to help his patients including acupressure, tuina (Chinese massage), gua sha, moxibustion, electro-stimulation, cupping, scalp and ear acupuncture.

Seyed holds a Master of Science degree in Anesthesia, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. He is an honors graduate of the Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture program at Reeves College and is fully qualified with the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA). He is also a certified Su Jok Acupuncturist from the International Su Jok Academy, which is a highly specialized style of Korean acupuncture with a unique focus on those treatment patterns involving the palm and foot.


Education:

  • Master of Science (MSc) in Anesthesia, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Nursing, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
  • Diploma of Acupuncture (Dipl.Ac), Reeves College
  • Certificate of Su Jok Acupuncture, International Su Jok Therapy Association, Su Jok Academy
  • Certificate CPR Level C – AED, HCP from Canadian Red Cross

Licensure:

  • RAc, College and Association of Acupuncturists of
    Alberta (CAAA)
Dr. Seyed Abtahi, Registered Acupuncturist
Acupuncturist

Dr. Seyed Abtahi

Dr. Abtahi is a well-respected and sought-after clinician who firmly...

Dr. Michell Winton, Registered Acupuncturist

Michelle Winton

Position: Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist
Categories: Acupuncture, Amputation (Phantom Limb), Back Pain, Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Pain, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Cupping, Cupping, Depression, Digestive Health, Electrostimulation, Gua Sha, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Lymphatic Drainage, Massage Therapy, Migraines, Moxibustion, Musculoskeletal, Pain Management, Pregnancy, PTSD, Relaxation Massage, Respiratory Health, Sciatica, Seniors Health, Soft Tissue Injury, Sports Injury, Stress, Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ), Therapeutic Massage, Whiplash

Helping people comes naturally to Michelle! As a highly skilled Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, and Advanced Care Paramedic she is widely recognized for developing unique care plans which draw on her knowledge and therapeutic touch gained across each of these specialized disciplines. Having over twenty years of combined expertise in caring for her patients, Michelle has had a front row seat to observe how stress and emotion affect the mind and body. Complementing her acupuncture services at Red Leaf Wellness, Michelle offers a variety of therapeutic and relaxation massage therapies, including pregnancy massage, myofascial release and myofascial cupping.

Michelle began her health career as a massage therapist, graduating the 2200hr Massage Program at Macewan University in 2001. Being active in competitive sport in her youth, Michelle understood the benefits of massage on sport performance, recovery and injury prevention. She subsequently branched into emergency care and became an Advanced Care Paramedic where she was able to offer a calming presence in stressful, emergent situations. Michelle has always believed that soft skills, an extra moment spent with family, or a hand to hold on the way to the hospital, can be as healing as the specific medical interventions themselves. Working as a Paramedic Michelle saw, and began to question, how it is that people differ in disease and the aging process and why the same drug benefited one person, but not the other. Her lifelong learning journey had her begin to look for these answers in the time-tested practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture, thus kicking off another quest for knowledge at MacEwan University’s Acupuncture Program.

Education:

  • Diploma – Acupuncture, Macewan University
  • Diploma – Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic), Augustana University
    • Honors standings
  • Certificate – Massage Therapy Grant MacEwan College

Licensure:

  • RAc, College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)
  • RMT, National Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC)
  • ACP, Alberta College of Paramedics
Dr. Michell Winton, Registered Acupuncturist
Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist

Michelle Winton

Helping people comes naturally to Michelle! As a highly skilled...

DR.CIARA BUCHAN

Dr. Ciara Moynihan

Position: Acupuncturist & Reiki
Categories: Acupuncture, Amputation (Phantom Limb), Anxiety, Back Pain, Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Pain, Cosmetic Acupuncture, Cupping, Cycle Health and PMS, Depression, Digestive Health, Electrostimulation, Facial Cupping, Facial Rejuvenation, Gua Sha, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Menopause, Migraines, Moxibustion, Musculoskeletal, Pain Management, Pediatric Acupuncture, PTSD, Reiki, Respiratory Health, Sciatica, Soft Tissue Injury, Sports Injury, Stress, Whiplash

In a world that is constantly moving, in which we continually push ourselves to achieve more, do more, and be more, Dr. Moynihan believes that a gentler approach with ourselves and our bodies will achieve an overall greater well-being, and that all else flows from there. Acupuncture is the modality she uses to help people explore and heal deeper issues within their bodies, opening up their capacity to truly thrive.

After working in the health and fitness industry as a Personal Fitness Trainer for many years, Dr. Moynihan bore witness to the many patterns of roadblocks that clients can face in their quest for wellness. Working closely with her clients’ bodies for years she observed the undeniable and powerful energy the body has. This insight, coupled with her innate desire to help others attain a deeper level of physical, emotional, and mental healing, led her to become a certified Reiki Practitioner, Crystal Healer and Doctor of Acupuncture.

Dr. Moynihan is widely known for her therapeutic touch, gentleness and compassionate approach. Her main treatment goal is to create an environment where all her clients feel comfortable, and have an understanding of what is occurring within their body and why. Accomplished in the art of traditional Chinese medicine, she is able to assist with a myriad of ailments and disease states such as pain management, digestion, insomnia, and anxiety. Dr. Moynihan has completed additional highly specialized, Cosmetic and Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture training from leading Oriental Medicine practitioners, and has also attained Subconscious Imprinting certification. Subconscious Imprinting Technique is one of the most effective ways to discover and remove subconscious beliefs, decisions and patterns that are negatively influencing your health, relationships, and the way you show up in your life.


Education:

  • Diploma of Acupuncture (Dipl.Ac) Reeves College

Licensure:

  • RAc, College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)
DR.CIARA BUCHAN
Acupuncturist & Reiki

Dr. Ciara Moynihan

In a world that is constantly moving, in which we...

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Red Leaf Wellness is an integrative wellness clinic based in Edmonton, Alberta. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are highly trained to offer whole health, functional, and alternative medicine strategies tailored to your unique needs.

Gua Sha is just one of the many services we offer that can make a lasting positive impact on your overall health. In combination with our acupuncture services, it can provide the ultimate benefits for deep aches and pains.

You can request traditional the traditional technique at your next acupuncture appointment or the facial technique at your next facial acupuncture appointment.

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