I had a thought. My 4 yr old granddaughter can massage but to apply therapeutic massage, there must be a certain level of intention.
Various energy systems overlap in application to support energy, flow, balance, and harmony by tapping, massaging, pinching, twisting, or connecting specific energy points on the skin, tracing or swirling the hand over the skin along specific energy pathways, focused use of the mind and surrounding an area with healing energies (one person’s energies impacts another’s).
The key to effectiveness in all system is intention. It would be prudent to be clear about the intention of the massage provided and realize that it is likely that some interaction among the various energy mechanisms is at work when a compassionate and skilled massage therapist touches another in a therapeutic way.