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AvatarNathan Richer

I am a self scraper with some gua sha and myofascial tools bought off the internet. i would say that going to a practictioner to scrape you is much better than self scraping.  they have more sensitivity to the vibrations caused by tissue as the tool moves across a muscle than i do, as they have more experience with it. they know how much to scrape and when to stop, when they feel the tissue starts to change. i sometimes can feel it and sometimes i cannot (more often not).

i also think that self scraping is limited by your own strength/endurance in your hands/arms and that it is tiring to apply scraping for a long time and over many body parts.  i think it is also limited to mostly anterior body structures when self scraping. it’s hard to reach around to your posterior structures and get enough leverage to scrape with force and depth.  someone else scraping you can reach all over your body.
smashing with a ball MWOD style can reach all over the body and has the advantage of using your own body weight to apply pressure.  Thus you can get to places you can’t get to with self scraping, and with the appropriate amount of force and pressure without wiping yourself out.