Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners say body energy must continuously flow to prevent stress and disease. Over many millenni, these therapists have developed a variety of related bodywork therapies, including acupuncture, acupressure, and Chinese massage.Traditional Chinese healers manipulate the meridian system (inner energy points and pathways) to encourage the flow of qi (body energy) and blood throughout the body. Not only does qi flow through bodies, but the belief is that it also animates the entire world. Practitioners balance their clients qi by clearing energy pathways called jing luo of blockages that cause pain and disease. Chinese massage practitioners identify pathways with limited flow and use hand pressure to restore balance and energy circulation.Today, therapists practice Chinese massage all over the world. Western clients enjoy the mental and physical benefits of this practice, including stress relief and muscule skeletal realignment. Chinese massage practitioners typically focus on the therapeutic benefits of massage, as opposed to the Western model of stress relief and relaxation. Chinese massage therapists address and balance their clients entire holistic health, not just specific symptoms.