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妙手回春的傳統技藝 Hands-On Health

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A Taiwanese foot massage is a great way to stay happy and healthy. 臺灣的腳底按摩是個保持愉悅及維持健康的好方法。

Hands-On Health  妙手回春的傳統技藝

Foot massages are very common all over Taiwan, and there are different techniques to be found in every parlor. A foot massage is a soothing activity to end an exhausting day, but it can also make significant contributions to a person’s overall wellness. Some massage parlors are more for relaxation, while others focus more on their customers’ health.

腳底按摩在全臺灣都十分普及,在每間按摩店裡也都能發現各種不同技巧。腳底按摩是個能讓人舒緩身心、終結勞累一天的活動,不過它也能對某人的整體健康做出重大貢獻。有些按摩店比較偏向放鬆路線,有的則著重在照顧顧客健康。

soothing [ ˈsuðɪŋ ] a. 撫慰的,舒緩的
make contributions / a contribution to...  為……做出貢獻
contribution [ ˌkɑntrəˈbjuʃən ] n. 貢獻
wellness [ ˈwɛlnɪs ] n. 健康

Hands-On Health  妙手回春的傳統技藝

Traditionally, it is believed that the nerve endings in the hands and feet are connected to all of the internal organs of the body. In addition, energy is thought to be able to travel between them through “qi pathways.” The system based on these ideas is called reflexology. The feet are like a map of the entire body, and by applying pressure to different points, a massage therapist can identify and heal certain problems.

傳統而言,一般人相信手足的神經末梢與全身的內部器官都連接在一起。除此之外,能量也被認為能透過「氣血經絡」在器官之間運行。立基於這些概念的治療系統就稱為反射療法。足部就像是一張全身的地圖,藉由在不同的穴位施壓,按摩師得以辨識並治療某些問題。

a nerve ending [ ˌnɝv ˈɛndɪŋ ]  神經末稍
pathway [ ˈpæθˌwe ] n. 通道
reflexology [ ˌriflɛkˈsɑlədʒɪ ] n.(按摩腳部以鬆弛神經的)反射療法

In Chinese culture, qi is the source of life and energy. This qi can be either positive or negative. The goal of reflexology is to detect problems while harmful energy is still at a slight level before it develops into a physical problem. This way, illnesses can be prevented.

氣在中國文化裡是生命及活力源頭。氣的效果可以是正面抑或是負面。反射療法的目的就是要趁有害身體能量的程度仍輕、尚未發展成實質問題前就先察覺癥結。如此一來,疾病就能獲得預防。

Hands-On Health  妙手回春的傳統技藝

Taiwan has some of the best massage parlors in the world. So when you feel worn out after a long day and need a way to take the load off, try a foot massage from a specialist! It’s definitely a great way to relax.

臺灣擁有一些世上最佳的按摩店。因此當你度過漫長一天後感到筋疲力竭、需要方法來卸下壓力時,不妨試試專業師傅的腳底按摩功夫吧!這絕對是一個超群絕倫的放鬆妙方。

feel / be worn out  感到筋疲力盡
take a / the load off  卸下壓力∕負擔
specialist [ ˈspɛʃəlɪst ] n. 專家

 

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