Organon §290

Mesmerism in massage

Mesmeric action is involved when a robust, good-natured person gives a massage to someone who was chronically ill and has been cured but is still in the process of slow recovery, and is still suffering from emaciation, weak digestion and lack of sleep. The massage therapist separately lays hold of the muscles of the limbs, chest and back, moderately pressing and, as it were, kneading the muscles, whereby the life principle is stimulated in its counter-action to restore the tone of the muscles and their blood and lymph vessels. Of course, the mesmeric impinging action is the main thing in this procedure, which should not be used to excess with patients who still suffer from emotional irritability.