An Mo (Chinese Therapeutic Massage):
However, this term did not occur in the Chinese literature until the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) where it first appeared in a book on paediatric tui na (a specialised branch of Chinese massage). Prior to this period, the most popular term for therapeutic massage was "an mo" which literally means "pressing (and) rubbing."
In the modern era, the practice of an mo has evolved into a rich repertoire of techniques, many of which are also found in the classic Western massage developed by Ling, Mezger and others. These include effleurage (gliding), petrissage (kneading), vibration, shaking, rocking, tapotement (percussion), friction and foulage.
They also include a number of unique techniques, especially the oscillating compressions, such as "yi zhi chan" and "gun fa" (rolling). In performing anmo techniques, practitioners use their fingers, thumbs, palms, knuckles, forearms, elbows, knees, and feet.
An mo, is ideally suited to those individuals that are seeking the more relaxing and invigorating style of massage as well as companies that are requiring a style of massage that addresses the stress management in a practical and efficient manner.
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