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Massage in Taiwan

Updated on April 14, 2013
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Bronwen has lived in, taught in and visited a number of countries and loves to share these travel experiences with others.

Neck Massage in Taiwan
Neck Massage in Taiwan | Source

Chinese Massage

Probably almost from the beginning of humankind massage has played an important part in assisting health and wellbeing of people of many civilizations. As China had a well-developed writing system, it is one of the oldest civilization that has recorded the use of massage in traditional medicine. One such record has been dated back to 722 BC, that is over two thousand, seven hundred years ago. Traditional Chinese massage focusses on the well-being of the whole person: physically, mentally and emotionally.

Chinese massage incorporates elements such as acupuncture, acupressure and herbal medicine and the aim of its use is to remove blockages and enhance the flow of blood, the vital energy, which is known as qi (pronounced 'chee'). The idea is that if there is pain there must be a blockage of the qi and the purpose of the massage is to remove that blockage and relieve the pain. There are invisible pathways along which the qi flows and these are known as meridians.

Chinese massage is a holistic approach to health care and thus claims to give not only relief from pain but also provides relaxation and revitalization of the whole of a person's body and mind. Even when there is no pain, a Chinese massage can be a rejuvenating experience.

In Taiwan, one of the best massages we had were from blind people. It was one of the attractions at Seniors' Day one year and the blind masseurs really knew their job. Senior's Day was a very special celebration and even the President attended and we were able to meet him and shake his hand in a relaxed and friendly way.


Head Massage
Head Massage | Source

Types of Chinese Massage

We had first met Chinese massage unexpectedly when we visited the hairdresser. Before the haircut we were treated to a blissful head and neck massage. I could have stayed there all day, it was wonderful. Such a bonus.

We found that there are many different types of Chinese massage that have developed over the centuries and are used for different purposes. Some of the most popular and best known include:

  • An-mo: A press and rub technique that focusses on the whole body. It is used to relax, calm and balance the whole body to maintain good health and to rejuvenate.
  • Tui-na: This is more a push and grab massage that is also used over the whole body, but especially the back. In the photograph below you can see the push technique being used. It is utilised to treat injuries, chronic pain, arthritis, joint and muscle problems and internal disorders such as digestive system problems.
  • Tui-na for Babies: This is similar to the above, but is especially adapted for infants and young children.
  • Dian-Xue: This type of massage uses pressure techniques similar to acupressure. It is used to stimulate the pressure points of the body to provide pain relief.
  • Wai-qi Liao-fa: This is a special technique that is only used by Chinese massage masters after many years of training. It is connected with qi-dong.


Lying Down for Back Massage
Lying Down for Back Massage | Source

The Benefits of Chinese Massage

There are many benefits of Chinese massage. For me, not the least was the relaxation it provides. I believe that is can be very effective for relieving both the body and the mind from the stress and anxiety of daily life and is used to cure anxiety disorders. It is often administered to the accompaniment of special Chinese massage music, which is very calming.

Problems such as headaches and even debilitating migraines are often completely cured as well as physical problems such as sciatica, tennis elbow and sports injuries.

Once a friend talked me into having a foot massage with her. She said it was very relaxing, but I found it so painful I almost refused to continue. However, but I felt so much better, really rejuvenated, from it. I was glad I had stayed.

Having Chinese massage regularly can have many benefits in the treatment of a number of diseases, pain relief, psychological problems and it can be so relaxing. It really can assist the whole body, physically, mentally and emotionally.

Seniors' Day Massage, Taiwan
Seniors' Day Massage, Taiwan | Source

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      stars439: You're so right! Massage is wonderfully relaxing and beneficial, but so many of us 'Westerners' are not so good at doing it for each other. May God bless you, too.

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      stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Mr.s Blossom : Wonderful hub cherished heart, and I love you're lovely picture. You have a gorgeous smile, and look like you're enjoying you're day with you're friends. Giving, or receiving massages are wonderful, and relaxing, and so beneficial. I bet they help a lot of people feel really good. God Bless You precious heart.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      teaches12345: They really do give the best and it is a great experience. Lovely to share with you and thank you for the comments.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I have always heard that the Chinese gives the best massage treatments. It looks like it is a great experience. Thanks for sharing this interesting article.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      LadyFiddler: Yes, it is - delightful. Thank you, it's a pleasure to share.

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      Very beautiful no wonder why Chinese out live all other races they eat and do the right things to promote a healthy lifestyle , massages do work and makes u feel so much better. When can I come for mines BlossomSB? .

      Thanks for sharing this interesting Hub!!!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Faith Reaper: It was wonderful! Much of our travel was connected with work and the varying climates were often quite difficult to adjust to, but we certainly were blessed with our travels. May God bless you, too.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I am so jealous!!! Your massage sounds heavenly and that photo is priceless with the joy on your face saying it all!!! Very informative hub here. I am also jealous of your many travels. You are blessed.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Highland Terrier: Thank you for your comment and input. I'm glad you've tried it know about the benefits.

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      Highland Terrier 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Very good message, I highly recommend massage, it is very good and does work.

      Nice piece and informative as usual.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      shiningirisheyes: Welcome back! I will be most interested in the result of your visit, do keep me informed.

      Frank Atanacio: Thank you. Yes, it was fun, but also felt really good.

      kidscrafts: Yes, I was a bit surprised that the massage people were blind, but it really does make sense. They were fun to be with, too, although it was so relaxing I didn't really want to join the banter.

      Annie Miller: What a great idea! Lots of people working in offices would probably really appreciate a massage after all that poring over a computer for hours.

      always exploring: Thank you. The only trouble was that by the end I just wanted to curl up and sleep!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I would absolutely love to have a massage, Chinase style..You look happy and relaxed in the photos..Good for you...Thank's for sharing...

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Many years ago, I worked in a city where there were masseuses that visited office building and gave massages during lunch or by appointment. I miss that. A lovely massage sounds so good right now.

      Thanks for an stimulating Hub, Blossom!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for this beautiful hub! I am not surprised that the best massages are given by blind people because their sense of touch is probably more developped to compensate. And that shows even if someone is blind, that person can be better at some jobs than someone that can see. That just fantastic!

      I am glad that you had good benefits of the massages! It's for sure a great way to relax!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      This was a cool wonderful and warm hub.. you got those massage people involved.. yeah looks like you had so much fun too :)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I have to say Blossom - I have read many of your articles and you lead such a fascinating and interesting life. The experiences, tastes and adventures you take me on are so enjoyable. I also think more research in the realm of massage is required so I have made an appointment and will let you know what I find out! It's a tough job but someone has to do it!!! LOL

      Great write.