Common steps and sub-activities

Arm and hand stimulation

This method is principally cross referenced from the activity Stimulation of trigger points.

There are a large number of meridians and trigger points within both the arms and hands.  According to both the Chinese and Japanese systems, there are connections between the hands in particular and various organs of the body.

The mapping on the hands can appear a little crude at times.  For example this older picture on the left shows the Shiatsu system mapping!  Compare this with the TCM picture on the right.

Older Shiatsu system mapping

TCM system mapping

The picture below comes from the reflexology mappings.

A physical system does underpin this functional system and it is the physical nervous system. There is a network of nerves called the intercostal system that controls the communications network in the area of the heart. In the arm the nervous system is called median system.  Median system and intercostal system are linked.


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