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Massage. in Chinese called `an mo` or `tui na`. it is another great contribution of the Chinese people made to the world medical field. It is a kind of outer physiotherapy and has been approved to be one of great practical use. As doctors hold that. a network ??C `jing luo` in human body serves as a passage for vital energy and blood. organs and join all to be the entity of body. they regulate it through outside force of hands directly acting on the injured part. and turn the scale of pathological changes or improve the organ function to maintain health.

This marvelous treatment as a branch of Chinese medicine also has a long history. The earliest record on massage is in the inscriptions on bones or tortoise shells of the Shang Dynasty (16th -11th century BC). During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC). a story that a miracle-working doctor Bian Que healed the faint prince through massage was written down. illustrating the amazing effect in such an early time. In the Northern and Southern Dynasties (386 ??C 589). six techniques of hand massage evolved and became more professional. such as to strand. shake. twine. twiddle. knead and roll. which are still widely used. Today it has developed over 20 varieties of techniques and the study on of it is thriving.

Depending on the strength and direction of hand. the power sinking into the body differs. Consequently some reach only the skin. some to the pulses. muscle and even marrow. The effects of massage have been affirmed by people who have experienced. that is. relieving the bones and muscles. detumescence. acesodyne. adjusting dislocation of the joints. removal of muscle spasm and so on. Today the massage by the blind in China has been a fashion because of the effect and the provision of work chance.

Besides these massages for cure. there are also ones for keeping fit. Kneading the acupoints around eyes can give you a good eyesight; massaging simply and exactly on the three acupoints of head can quickly relax yourself; and massaging feet known as reflexology in the west can reflect the effects all parts of the human body. as the feet have a close relationship with the whole body and are known as the `second heart`.

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i guess some of you guys get in this post due to topic, right , dont thinking the other way in the topic "massage", lol
 

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Interesting...feet are known as the "second heart." I do know that America loves reflexology, but, I also know that a lot more people would like to know a lot more about it.

Massaging the acupoints of your head for quick relaxation is worth looking in to, too, especially in times of great pressure or stress.
 

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As a resident in China for almost 5 years now, I've come to love a good massage. Any decent hair salon will include a head/neck/shoulder massage after the shampoo but prior to the haircut, and if you want to know the BEST bargain for getting a great massage for a low price.......the "blind men" shops are the places to go. NO jokes here, boys!! In Nanning (and I'm sure in other cities as well) we have a number of shops where the masseuses are blind men - and they do a very professional and courteous job for 20-30 rmb. At the other end of the spectrum, I also occasionally go to the top "spa" style shops for a complete experience (again, NO jokes here boys!!). Top price is about 150 rmb and includes full shower before and after the massage, sauna, hot tub and a 2 hour full body massage (hot towels around the feet and knees, hot water bottle under the back), pedicure and complete facial with herbal cremes and oils (and yes, girls do the massage). You can also choose your "style" of massage - chinese, korean or thai. NO happy endings here at all - this is strictly professional massage.......but VERY refreshing for the body AND the spirit. There are also a lot of professional shops where you can get a 1 hour massage for 50-60 rmb - the fact is that massage is VERY popular and very beneficial. DEFINITELY one of the positive things about living here!!!
 
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