Once the practitioner of the Li Style (Lishi) Medical Bodywork Massage has spent a few years learning the basic massage techniques (Jiben Tui Na Shenfa) that makes up the whole of the foundation practice. They are then able to develop and practice various treatment methods or protocols to treat a wide range of ailments, obviously they will not use all of their massage techniques that they have learnt. But choose to use the correct and appropriate massage techniques that are better suited to treat the patients ailments, so maybe you will only properly need to use three different massage techniques to connect to the patients jing, Qi and Shen.
One of the most popular treatment methods that I often use in my clinic is to regulate and balance the Qi within the three sections of the patients body. What we call the Triple heaters or (Sanjiao). The upper heater or jiao ranges from the top of the chest to the bottom of the sternum and is used to balance the Qi of the heart and lungs, whereas, the middle heater or jiao begins from the bottom of the sternum to the navel and regulates the Liver, Spleen and Stomach, the lower heater or jiao is located from the navel to the pubic bone and it regulates the Qi of the patients Kidneys and Bladder.
When using certain massage techniques to treat ailments of the three triple heaters or Sanjiao. Then the practitioner must use techniques that will penetrate their Qi deeply into the core of the patients body to connect to the patients Qi within their internal organs. For example in the accompanying photo that is attached to this blog you will see myself placing my both hands on the upper back of the patients body, to treat the upper heater and the heart and lung organs that lay inside. My both hands will sink my Qi down to connect to the patients Qi, were I can then begin to gather the patients Qi in the upper jiao to strengthen the Qi within their lungs and heart if they are suffering with a deficiency. When using these particular massage techniques the practitioner may stay in one position for a long time to connect and guide/lead the patients Qi to treat they symptoms, to be able to work for long periods of time staying in one position, means that the practitioner must remain calm and still inside themselves, so as to maintain their sensitivity and connection to the patients Qi.