The meridians are the pathways followed by energy flowing through the body, as described in Chinese medicine. There are 12 meridians flowing like rivers through your whole body, from the top of your head to your feet, and from your torso to the tips of your fingers and toes. Chinese philosophy tells us that when energy, or chi, flows along the meridians freely, we are good health, whereas if the energy flow becomes blocked, we become ill. The system can be likened to a river where, if something blocks the flow such as rubbish dumped, or a tree falling for instance, areas downstream will be affected. Over time, and depending on the extent of the blocks, the whole ecological balance of a downstream area may become affected. This situation would be analogous to the development, for instance, of a carpal tunnel problem in the wrists, following years of neck and shoulder tension.
Chinese practitioners have identified hundreds of points along the meridians, which, when stimulated, help to release blocks in the meridians, allowing energy to flow freely. Acupuncturists use needles to stimulate these points. Acupressure is the use of fingers, thumbs, or sometimes an elbow, to stimulate the same points during massage. Therefore, acupressure does not involve the use of needles.
Tui Na Chinese Medical Massage combines the use of massage techniques on the muscles, joints, and along the meridians, with acupressure. This combination provides a very vigorous stimulation to the physical body and energy system, leaving you invogorated, relaxed, and free from pain.
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