The Wonderful Practice Of Chinese Massage

Chinese massage has the special benefit of calming down your exhausted nerves and relaxing your fatigued body. In addition, the over 2500 year old Chinese massage is a powerful combination of the power of acupressure and an exclusive rub of oils infused with healing attributes. It focuses on deep tissue therapy and its reinvigoration. It uses the principles of the five elements, fluid/blood/chi and Yin-Yang deeply rooted in the tradition of the oriental aura peculiar to the East. Chinese massage is an exclusive heritage of the wealth of wisdom handed down from generation to generation to heal the tired and a living tradition that’s still practiced today all over the world. Chinese massage is in fact the progenitor of the other forms of relaxing massages like Japanese Shiatsu and Swedish massage.

Chinese massage is a holistic form of treatment to total health care. It exploits the amazing practices of qigong, nutrition, herbs, and traditional Chinese medicine. It is a blend of herbal medicine and massage and is designed to streamline wayward emotions, thoughts, and other spiritual aspects of a person’s entity and energize the systems of channels and networks. Chi is akin to ‘breath’ and is known as the basic life energy force of our body. The lungs obtain chi from inhaled air. The digestive system obtains it from the water and food we take in. Their nutrients are then absorbed in the blood stream and flow through the meridian pathways, which is known in Chinese traditional medical terminology as jing luo.

The method underlying Chinese massage is the concept of xue and Jing-Luo. It assumes that the body of a person body is structured into a system of meridians or network pathways called jing-luo which run throughout the body and intersect each other at points know as xue that serve as acupuncture points. These integrated energy pathways function to provide immunity to the body, connect the internal organs with the exterior, regulate the yin (the relaxing) and yang (the inciting) energies, and transport chi and blood across the body. Blockage in the smooth movement of chi energy anywhere in the Jing-Luo leads to physical pain in the associated region. The blockage can manifest in a variety of symptoms that actually are the expressions of the internally normalized brewing of a health issue. Chinese massage also helps relax the Jin which corresponds to the joints, ligaments, and soft connective tissues that play a role in expediting the flow of chi along the energy pathway networks.

Chinese massage aims to eliminate such blockages in the Jing-Luo by propelling the harmonious movement of chi and blood across the channels and energizing acupuncture points that then enables the body to self-heal its maladies. This is done by utilizing the techniques of vigorous pushing and rubbing in counteracting and acting directions. Techniques such as applying pressure, stroking, or kneading the pressure points in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction are used based on the ailments. This regulated use of moving and deep pressure has profound penetrating effects that help stimulate the acupoints and the stagnant channels.

Studies have found this to effectively relieve stress and heal a variety of disorders related to the reproductive, musculoskeletal, muscular, and digestive systems. However, caution should be taken in case of infections, lesions, open wounds, fractures, etc. When taught audio-visually to incumbents, Chinese massage or any other type of massage can equip them with an advantageous form of earning an honest and dignified livelihood rather than just teaching basket weaving or music.

Dr. Jeda Boughton is a licensed acupuncture physician and the medical director of BodaHealth in Vancouver, BC.

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