While early Gua Sha treatments were conducted with horns or animal bones, the Leopard Claw provides a much more effective, modern design—made in the USA from medical grade stainless steel with raised “leopard spots” for a firm grip. The Claw is available from Rogue in polished steel and can be used on all edges.
Convex Edge: The convex edge of the Leopard Claw is used to scan over the targeted muscle tissues and detect abnormalities. Once they are discovered, the user can increase the frequency of the scraping above and below the point of restriction to desensitize the tissues. Then more pressure can be used to affect the deeper layers of tissue.
Concave Edge: This side of the tool can be used to spread out and increase the surface area of the tissues being treated.
Claw Ends: The ends on both sides of the Claw are used for scraping smaller areas and can be used to scrape across the muscle fibers or against the grain.
The length of the Leopard Claw makes it easy to grip in both hands when scraping larger muscle groups. No matter which area you’re treating, MobilityWOD highly recommends using an emollient on the skin to provide a smooth glide for the tool. A water-soluble product can help neutralize your skin’s pH by preventing bacterial growth. This also helps promote healthy skin and minimizes clean-up when you are done scraping.