Have you been to Beijing? Look carefully and you’ll notice signs for them –‘盲人按摩’ (mangren anmo) – on every other street block in some areas. Did you know that blind massage has a long history in China (the first blind masseur is said to be the 8th-century Buddhist monk Jianzhen, who practiced the treatment after losing his sight during old age).
Beijing Massage Hospital began to offer massage courses for blind people in 1958, but it was not until 1996, when the Chinese Massage Association of Blind Practitioners was established, that professional training became widely offered.
Nowadays, many massage clinics in the Philippines, offer massage services from blind therapists. Many people find that blind massage is more relaxing and it can help to remove tense from your body.
Many would agree a relaxing massage is one of life’s great pleasures, especially when the therapist hits the right part. Researchers found that blind people have better sense of touch compare to other people. According to the research, when people lose their vision, they need to rely on their finger tips for reading and doing things. Therefore, their fingers are more sensitive compare to other people with normal vision. When it comes to massage, their hands, fingers and finger tips are much more useful.
According to the Chinese author Bi Feiyu, writing about his new novel Massage in the New York Times, the blind are especially good at finding tension in the body’s muscles and doing the work necessary to eliminate it. Masseur who are blind and relying on touch alone can definitely give you the right touch. Their sensitive fingers can make them better in finding the knots inside your body that causes pain and loosens it.
Last August 7, 2019, Reign Spa launched its first Blind Massage called “Beyond Sight”. After 15 years, owner and manager, Marigrace Catap envisioned the possibility of helping PWDs specifically the vision impaired to join her massage therapy team. The blind massage therapists consist of Rozen Glean and Jason Carreon can now be seen in the premise of Reign Spa.
These gentlemen are known for years as two of the “Best” blind masseurs in Angeles City. They are well-known for their professional service and quality massage that they provide. The blind massage therapists are highly well-trained and they really know how to give a good massage. It was a success on its first day, though the duo serve as an on-call massage therapists. Rozen Glean was born with perfect eyesight. He was a member of a local band before he lost his vision at age 17. While Jason Carreon, was born blind. But the duo did not quit life, and pursue to help people by using their ability to make stressed people feel better with their “magic touch”.
Stress and/or daily routine tasks at work or at home can be so tiring and weakening not only to the physical body but also to the mind. Getting a massage can be a therapy for minor illnesses like headaches, backaches, leg cramps and so on. Imagine getting a good, relaxing and satisfying massage from a blind masseur. Yes, blind people who are trained to massage.
Author Gissing Liu says, “therapists need to have a thorough knowledge of the whole of the human body, its channels and pressure points; they need to know how to knead, push and pull in order to manipulate it. With this treatment they can help ease muscle, tendon and ligament problems and also treat more complex illnesses.” Can you agree with this? “…the key difference with blind massage, is not in the treatment method, but in the person doing it. Giving a good massage is dependent on a person’s tactile sensitivity. Obviously, blind people have a strong advantage in this and so they have a good chance of finding employment.” she added.
The power of touch through massage therapy is best known for healing and reinvigorating a recipient’s mind and body. Specially, when the person performing this therapy has the ability to to provide relaxing massages, and enhances the experience through a magnified sense of touch. Visually impaired people who want to pursue a career in massage therapy should know that their lack of sight may actually be a competitive advantage when it comes to skill. In fact, in many Asian countries, it is understood that if you are born blind, massage therapy is a natural career path.
We strongly recommend you to try our blind massage therapy from our talented “Power Duo” and help them keep their jobs. Beyond Sight offers 1 hour massage session of the following:
A feel-good treat that works wonders can be experienced only at Reign Spa with its Beyond Sight – Blind Massage Therapy. Try it and let us know if it’s yay or nay?