Dao Liao | Chinese Knife Massage

Published: Feb 8, 2021 | Updated: Jun 24, 2022

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Dao Liao | Chinese Knife Massage

Dao Liao Massage or Chinese Knife Massage (Knife Therapy or Blade Therapy) is a traditional full body Chinese massage treatment modality done with (the blade of) butcher’s knives.

The massage, which is apparently many centuries old, is done by “chopping” alternatively with two steel (blunt) knives on the whole body with the idea that it produces positive and negative healing ions — an idea related to concept of Yin and Yang — to balance out the body, while targeting Qi pressure points.

During the session, the client is covered with a thick cloth or blanket, which makes it a rather safe procedure. Nevertheless, it needs a qualified therapist to perform the procedure while, for instance, not all bodily areas can or should be “chopped.”

In any case, the electrons and vibrations made by the blades of the knives are supposed to stimulate meridians and acupoints, with the aims of relaxation, restoration or healing. The modality is used to treat a series of pathologies, such as, for instance, headaches, migraines, back pains, muscle and joint pains, fatigue, and general stress and tensions.


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