Thai Medical Scraping

One day Workshop | 7 CEs for Oregon LMTs
Friday September 20, 2019 |  9:30 am – 5:30 pm  | $140
(includes 4 Ethics/Communications CEs)
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Scraping is a technique using a tool with a smooth edge  along the surface of the skin – traditionally used to treat a wide range of injuries and imbalances. Known as gaan krôot in Thailand, cạo gió in Vietnam, guā shā in China – scraping is a practice that probably has it’s roots in the home medicine chest and has been adopted by many traditional medicine systems.

Bodyworkers of all kinds can easily and seamlessly fold scraping into their current practice – and anyone can use scraping for self care or care of loved ones. The technique is easy to learn, fun to practice, results are quick – and there’s no expensive equipment to buy.

We will use scraping as a vehicle to look at some simple and efficient ways to help your client understand anatomy, physiology, and pathology from a traditional medicine perspective, and:

  • why this understanding is important when using Traditional practices
  • simply and effectively explaining the Traditional Medicine understanding of the goals, mechanisms, effects, and scraping marks to clients, client’s family members, and other health care professionals
  • how Traditional Medicine understandings affect client intake/interview, informed consent, and compliance with post treatment care instructions
  • verbal, written, and visual (pictures and demonstration) tools for use with clients

For the workshop, we’ll be looking at scraping through the lens of Thai medicine. No previous experience with bodywork or Thai medicine is necessary, and you’ll leave with the skills and tools needed (a $1.20 ceramic soup spoon!) to get started right away.


Registration No previous bodywork experience is necessary, pre-registration required. Workshop taught by Jim Madras, LMT #7853.

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