Common steps and sub-activities
Manually opening the flow lines
In general we make the assumption that meridians somehow open themselves once trigger points have been connected. But some people feel nothing because they are not sensitized to feeling anything.
Professor Calligari, for example, in his experiments found that sensitive people could actually feel a tingling sensation along these lines, when they opened up and were stimulated, without needing help. Anyone who has had acupuncture or massage and is receptive will tell you that that is exactly what does happen.
But how do you help the less receptive?
Calligari found that he was able to help those who could not ‘feel’ the lines by using a cold metal spatula to either trace the lines or stroke lightly across them, the person could then feel them ‘as a distinctly cool sensation’.
He found that if you hold the tip of a finger so that a light pressure is exerted just below the nail and at the finger pad, the line starting at this finger will become sensitive. Again, you can test this by lightly rubbing straight across the line with a cold spatula. Alternatively, use the tip of a teaspoon or a small metal hammer. A sensation of coolness should be felt along the line.
“If one of the hand lines is sensitive even without holding the corresponding finger or web, we may assume either the associated organ has a functional defect or the tested person experiences a certain emotion. This effect is more pronounced if you strongly press the corresponding organ. If the organ is healthy, the sensitivity of the line is low, while if it is diseased, sensitivity is high”.
Feathers also work.