The goal of back massage is to stimulate circulation and calm the nerves in order to soothe the nervous system, and treat back aches and rheumatic pain in the back muscles.

The therapist asks the patient to lie down with arms at the sides. The therapist then rhythmically strokes the patient’s back and moves the shoulders downwards using both hands on both sides of the spine. Stroking is performed from the sacrum going upward. Friction goes downward slowly with each hand at the spine’s sides.  Then kneading of the muscles is done by squeezing the muscles. Alternate rapid pulling and pushing motions of the hands sliding down the spine as well as circular kneading is performed.

The whole session concludes with each side of the spine cupped, hacked, and slapped the therapist. Light kneading and mild stroking of the back generates a soothing and alleviating sensation. Vibration and percussion generate a stimulating sensation. The benefits of vibrating the end of the spine positively affects the pelvic and sacral organs. This type of massage can help treat congestion and weakness of the sexual and bladder organs and can be used to treat hemorrhoids and constipation.

Massaging the Throat

Throat massage can help overcome catarrh of the throat, sore throat, and headache. The therapist asks the patient to sit and throw his head back. The therapist then places both palms on the sides of the patient’s neck with fingers under the ears and thumbs under the chin of the patient. Then a downward massage is performed on the jugular veins towards the chest.

The therapist will refrain from exerting strong pressure on the jugular veins.

Emily Farish, MTCM, EAMP., L.Ac., Dipl. OM – Board Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist in Spokane, WA