Sedating massage

The repeated application of a single technique many hundreds of times with deep penetration and qi communication is often termed “finger meditation”.

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Chinese massage, the subject of this article is a sophisticated ancient but five elements, qi-blood-fluid etc with a unique power to heal disease rather than simply relax the body and relieve tension.

Chinese massage is closely related to acupuncture in its use of the meridian system and is considered to be effective for a similar range of health problems.

In practice it is the context and objectives which distinguishes these branches.

In terms of theory and techniques they have much in common.

They are what defines its feel and therapeutic qualities.

Most textbooks on Chinese Massage list between 30 and 70 or hand techniques.

A session can last up to two hours and is a very deep experience particularly if there is strong qi communication.

massage for specific health problems is based on a full TCM case history using the four examinations to identify a complaint, an underlying pattern and treatment principles.

This full logical analysis is what gives its power and raises it above other systems of massage. Diagnosis based on the four examinations revealed cold damp started with gentle but firm kneading arround the shoulder and along the affected channels in the arm to activate the qi and blood.

Based on the treatment principles specific techniques are combined to treat the presenting complaint and underlying pattern. When the area was warm and relaxed, deep persistant techniques were applied to points and acupoints to dredge cold and damp.

In massage for relaxation the aim is to give a balanced full body treatment combining yang techniques to expel stagnant qi and activate flow, with yin techniques to calm and relax.

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