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I went to a Chinese massage place in the Irish town I'm living in for a ten minute massage on my arms. The lady doing the massage mentioned I had bubbles in my arms.

I've been to this place before, I've been to a few Chinese massage places in Dublin and England, I've been to Irish and Canadian massage therapists and I've never heard this term before.

Does anyone have any idea what it could mean?
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[User Picture]From: sushidog
2014-03-06 02:09 pm (UTC)

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It's alternative therapy woo; it doesn't need to mean anything.
[User Picture]From: theidolhands
2014-03-06 02:11 pm (UTC)

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Is it related to your pulse or the tissues of the arm?
https://www.drshen.com/chinesemedicine-diagnosis.htm

Though I hope it isn't referring to an embolism, which would be what would normally come to mind:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_embolism



Edited at 2014-03-06 02:13 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: krazykitty529
2014-03-06 05:47 pm (UTC)

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Embolism came to my mind too :/
[User Picture]From: cindyanne1
2014-03-06 02:28 pm (UTC)

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I don't know but I think I'd want to find out too! Can you ask the therapist exactly what she meant?
[User Picture]From: teefers
2014-03-06 02:45 pm (UTC)

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maybe she feels lumps or fat deposits?
[User Picture]From: tardisjournal
2014-03-06 03:58 pm (UTC)

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I was thinking maybe she meant knots of tension? I get those in my shoulders and above my elbow, where the ulnar nerve is, and massage really helps them.
[User Picture]From: tabular_rasa
2014-03-06 04:18 pm (UTC)

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Knots, maybe?
[User Picture]From: manderleys
2014-03-06 04:43 pm (UTC)

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did the person mean like, "bubbles" of tension? like muscle or joint tightness?
[User Picture]From: ghost_light
2014-03-06 05:35 pm (UTC)

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I would guess knots or bubbles in your energy?
[User Picture]From: ellelelle
2014-03-06 06:01 pm (UTC)

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Could be some weird Irish superstition stuff.. Could be worse.. They could be telling you that you have water on the brain.

Irish people = cracked.
[User Picture]From: bad_lcuk
2014-03-06 07:16 pm (UTC)

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My guess is that it was a communication difference and that she means either something kind of culturally related to chinese medicine, or she is referring to something biological by a name you dont recognize (like a fat deposit? benign tumor? knot in a muscle?) type thing. I dont know why but I also thought 'air embolism' but i seriously doubt that...
[User Picture]From: ticktockman
2014-03-06 08:41 pm (UTC)

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You're misunderstanding her accent.

She wants you to know that you have boobies in your armpits.

That happens to some people when they lay on their backs, or if they are wearing a misfitted bra.

*daha*
[User Picture]From: wobblerlorri
2014-03-06 11:41 pm (UTC)

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Maybe she's talking about trigger points, which are small knots that can develop in muscles due to stress, injury or overwork. You can actually feel these in the muscle. Massage therapists who have trained in trigger point therapy can focus on these points and get them to release by concentrating on them. (I was training to be a massage therapist before I was disabled, and you really can feel these little knots, and it's amazing when they suddenly release...)

Or she's just spouting new age woo.
[User Picture]From: purplecat
2014-03-07 12:06 am (UTC)

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Perhaps she means knots? Best guess I can think of!
[User Picture]From: calzephyr77
2014-03-07 04:30 am (UTC)

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There's a skin condition called Keratosis pilaris that results in little bumps on the skin. I had this as a teenager on my arms without knowing what it was. Since she said there were bubbles in your arms, I'm not sure if that's the same thing.

I also occasionally get Dyshidrosis, which are tiny blisters on the hands and feet, but I don't see why it couldn't go up your arms - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyshidrosis

Edited at 2014-03-07 04:31 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: lai_lai_ranma
2014-03-07 07:23 am (UTC)

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Nice to know someone else has had this! I had it during my first 6 months in culinary school from the chemicals in the handwashing and dishwashing areas and it drove me nuts. Vanished after though.
[User Picture]From: calzephyr77
2014-03-10 02:58 am (UTC)

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Yes, it is nice to know :-) I only get it occasionally and the last time I just had to figure out if I was alone in it :-) The first time I noticed it was when I was using suntan lotion, so I wasn't sure if it was a reaction or not.