Chinese Massage is primarily focused on the jing luo and on xue (acupoints)
where qi gathers and can be easily manipulated. Massage techniques are understood
to affect the jing luo by:
activating qi and blood ( in the sense of increasing its activity)
regulating qi and blood ( in the sense of dispersing stagnation and guiding counterflow)
dredging the channels ( in the sense of removing external pathogens like cold and damp)
Massage also relaxes the jin ( sometimes mistranslated as tendons, jin actually refers to the function of all soft and connective tissue in relation to movement and flexibility) to ease spasm and increase flexibility and straightens the joints. Both jin and joints closely affect the flow of qi in the jing luo. What is particularly interesting is that these effects create movement in one form or another. Since in TCM terms pain is simply a lack of free flow of qi and blood, this is why Chinese Massage is such a powerful treatment for pain.
Moxibustion is an oriental medicine therapy utilizing moxa, or
mugwort herb. It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of
China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Tibet, and Mongolia. Suppliers usually age the mugwort
and grind it up to a fluff; practitioners burn the fluff or process it further into
a stick that resembles a (non-smokable) cigar. They can use it indirectly, with
acupuncture needles, or sometimes burn it on a patient's skin.
Gua Sha is an East Asian medicine technique used to remove blood
stagnation that blocks the surface tissues impeding organ and immune function.
Gua Sha is a healing technique used in Asia by practitioners of Traditional
Medicine, in both the clinical setting and in homes, but little known in the West.
It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressured, in
strokes, by a round-edged instrument; that results in the appearance of small
red petechiae called 'sha', that will fade in 2 to 3 days.
The Organ Clock comes from traditional Chinese medicine. As you know there
are natural biological cycles, for instance: the year, the moon and the day.
All activity in nature changes according to a certain pattern. The Organ Wheel
is based on the fact that our inner organs each have a time during the day when
they are more active.