Within the many Massage techniques that are practiced by a practitioner of the Li Style (Lishi) Energy Bodywork Massage (Tui Na Qigong). They can be broken down into techniques that are used to move the patients blood, essences (Jing) around their body, or techniques that can be used to manipulate the patients Qi (Energy) and Spirit (Shen). Master Chee Soo taught ten methods of massage techniques within the Li Style Energy Bodywork Massage System (Tui Na Qigong) not all of these techniques can be used to directly manipulate the patients Qi Or Shen, some are simply used to work on moving the blood, essences.
Techniques like the Kneading, Grasping, Pinching, Pulling, Pushing, Wiping, Scraping, Rolling, Rubbing, Patting are used to move the patients blood (Xue) and essences (Jing) through the muscles and soft tissue to wash and lubricate the tendons to help maintain their strength, to improve the circulation of the blood into the upper and lower extremities to remove any blood stagnation that could cause blockages that could lead to atrophy of the muscles, which are starved from fresh blood and nutrients entering into them.
Techniques like Pressing, Shaking, Vibrating, Holding can be used to manipulate the patients Qi or Spirit (Shen) by either gathering, rising, lowering, entering, closing, opening, exiting or dispersing the Qi anywhere in the patients body to help remove blocked energy that may have accumulated due to illness, such as within any of the internal organs (Zangfu), or within the limbs and head. When the practitioner decides to use either a Pressing or Vibrating technique to manipulate the patients Qi, once they place their hands onto the patients body, they will remain in the same location for some time, gradually developing the strength of their connection to the patients Qi for which the patients will feel as warmth or heat building in the area of were the practitioner has placed his or her hands.
Alongside developing the understanding of how to use certain massage techniques to effect the patients Blood, Qi or Shen. The practitioner must also learn how to use certain massage techniques like Grasping, Pulling and Vibrating to cause traction (Zhua) on the patients joints, muscles and tendons, allowing for fresh blood and Qi to enter in between the spaces of the joints that have been tractioned removing any blocked, stagnant blood and Qi that may have accumulated. So that health and life are restored into the joints, tendons and muscles.
Likewise, the practitioner of the Lishi Energy Bodywork Massage must also know how to use certain massage techniques and methods that can be used to effect a greater range of joint mobilisation by gently opening, closing the joints, stretching the muscles, tendons and ligaments that surround the joints to increase flexibility, allowing for blood and Qi to enter and sickly, turbid blood and Qi to be removed.