Yoga Off The Mat

Chinese Knife Massage

My wonderful chair massage organizer at the facility where I give weekly massages, wrote this little fact about massage therapy this week. I don’t know where she finds these things. I have to say this is new to me. image

Chinese Knife Massage Based on a 2,000 year old Buddhist tradition, Chinese knife massages are now available in China, Taiwan and Japan – and some Western cities’ Chinatowns. Knife massage is administered according to the meridian theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, with the intention that the knives stimulate energy (qi) along a person’s meridians by clearing up congestion. During a knife massage, the client lies in a prone position or leans forward in a sitting position with a thin cloth covering the back. The therapist taps the sharp edge of the knife’s blade along the back’s energetic pathways. Using a chopping motion, Chinese knife massage is not as relaxing as other forms of massage but it is known for its ability to relieve back pain. Although the knives are sharp, the skin is not cut in a properly executed knife massage. In China and Taiwan, meat cleavers are the tool of choice; in Japan, therapists use samurai swords.

While Katherine will not be slicing and dicing tomorrow, she will be here to perform chair massages from 2-4. $1 per minute. Please let me know if you are interested, if you have a time preference, and how long a massage you would like. Thank you

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