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Turned massage ball encased in turned socket

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Massage has become a popular treatment worldwide. It is thought to relax both mind and body. It is also used within physiotherapy to rejuvenate muscles after injury or exercise. This solid massage ball sits snugly in a turned wooded cup. It was used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for massaging the skin. TCM is also practised in Japan. In TCM, qi is the energy or life force that flows through meridians, or channels, in the body. Disease and illness occur when qi becomes blocked. Acupuncture or massage is thought to unblock the meridians.

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Glossary: massage

The rubbing or kneading of parts of the body especially to aid circulation, relax the muscles, or provide sensual stimulation.

Glossary: massager

Instrument used to give or accentuate impact of massage.

Glossary: physiotherapy

Exercise helpful to those with physical illness, for example stroke, or back injuries. A physical therapist is a specialist trained in using exercise and physical activities to condition and improve muscles.