8 easy Chinese self-massage techniques to prevent early ageing
I believe the small things you do regularly can make a big difference to your health and well-being.
These eight simple massage techniques of traditional Chinese medicine stimulate acupuncture channels and points which are associated with your internal organs. Not only does massage help to relieve external problems, but it can also assist with your internal organ and emotional balance.
1. Rub your hands
Rub your hands with palms together, slowly and firmly for ten times. Then interlock your fingers together and squeeze together three times firmly.
This massage improves heart circulation, benefits facial complexion and prevents numbness in the fingers.
2. Rub your forehead
Bend your two index fingers so that they are a hook, with medium pressure rub from the middle of your forehead slowly outwards to the temples. You can also rub over your eyebrows. Repeat five times.
This massage clears the head, reduces stress and anxiety, improves sleeping and prevents wrinkles.
3. Squeeze your ears
Squeeze your ear between your thumb and index finger, with medium pressure, from the top of the ear to the bottom of the ear lobe. Repeat five times. Please remove any ear rings before massaging the ears.
This massage strengthens the Kidneys and lower back, improves Liver function, reduces tinnitus and maintains good hearing.
4. Rub your stomach
Place your entire right palm on the abdomen and cover with your left hand. Firmly and slowly rub clockwise five times then anti-clockwise for five times.
This massage improves digestion, assists with bowel movements, clears toxins and fatty deposits from the intestines and stomach. It can also assist with weight loss.
5. Rub the soles of your feet with four fingers
Use four fingers to firmly rub the soles of your feet from the heels to the toes. Repeat ten times.
This massage soothes sore and tired feet, legs and lower back. It can strengthen the Kidneys, assist in preventing dementia, aids in sleeping and increases immunity.
6. Rub the sides of your ribs
Place both hands palm down over your ribs. Rub firmly and slowly in a circular motion. Repeat ten times.
This massage can improve Liver function and assist with reducing and preventing fatty Liver. Helps with bloating, regulates bowel motions, reduces stress and anxiety.
7. Rub your lower back with your fists
Use your fists (and knuckles) to massage over your lower back area including the hips. Repeat ten times.
This massage can help with lower back pain, improve circulation of the lower back and legs. It can also help to reduce nocturnal urination (bed wetting in children) and increase sexual drive.
8. Rub your scalp with your finger tips
Use all five finger tips to massage over your scalp. Massage all over the head, avoiding the facial area with medium pressure for 1 minute duration.
This massage assists with releasing tension and pressure in the head. It helps to clear the mind and raise energy to the head, maintain healthy hair growth, prevents hypertension and risk of stroke.
Massage can assist your health in many ways, while you are massaging please pay attention to the following:
- Breathe naturally.
- Stand comfortably (some techniques you can also do in a sitting position).
- Find a comfortable environment: avoid extremes of temperature or windy conditions.
- Don’t perform massage straight after eating or when very hungry.
- Give yourself a 30 minute break and have a cup of warm water to drink after massaging.
- Please don’t massage if you are sick or very exhausted, post-surgery or during pregnancy.
- If in doubt, please check with your experienced Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner prior to commencing any self-massage.
If you can perform just a few of these massage techniques each week, you will experience long-term benefits throughout your life.