A foreign journalist experiences traditional Chinese medical massage provided by a doctor in Chinese medicine Yu Sheng Tang - Museum of Chinese Medicine Beijing, Beijing, capital of China, 19 August 2008.
Journalists covering the Beijing Olympics came here Tuesday to listen to lectures on how to maintain good health in Chinese medicine, the medical experience of traditional Chinese massage and pulse felt by doctors of Chinese medicine to identify the body health.
foreign journalist experiences traditional Chinese medical massage provided by a doctor in Chinese medicine Yu Sheng Tang - Museum of Chinese Medicine Beijing, Beijing, capital of China.
Chinese massage is closely related to acupuncture to the use of the meridian system and is considered effective for a range of health problems. However, it should not be regarded as a poor relation to acupuncture. It is an effective and comprehensive therapy and is regarded alongside herbs, diet, qigong and one of the arts of traditional Chinese medicine.
Massage is of course as old as mankind. However, even with this perspective the pedigree of Chinese massage is impressive. There are manual massages as far back as the Nei Jing (722-481 BC), the most ancient medical texts. In the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD), it is noted that the massage, there were 56 doctors in the imperial hospital more than the total number of herbalists and acupuncturists. Around this time
Chinese techniques were imported to Japan and eventually gave rise to Japanese Shiatsu. Later still Peter Henrik Ling learned from Chinese masters before developing Swedish Massage the origin of Western bodywork.
The development of the Chinese tradition came from the synergy between the four groups, doctors who brought the sophisticated medical theories of TCM to massage, martial arts, who combined a deep experience of qi with great ability to heal injuries, Bhuddist and Taoist adepts who used massage as an essential support to their spiritual yoga and laymen often blind practitioners offering massage for pleasure and relaxation.
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