In Taiwan, this unusual kind of massage is given only to those who are brave enough. Knife massages date back more than 2,000 years to China, where they originated. During the treatment, the patient's body is tapped with the sharp – not flat – side of a 10" blade. The "knife massage" is supposed to release the body's stored energy, increase blood flow and wash away harmful toxins. The cost of each cleaver treatment, which lasts about 10 minutes, is about $3.30.
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