Red Book for Massage Therapists


Unnecessary advice on the importance of study, from the Chairman himself......                             


A therapist's correct dispositions stem from correct decisions, correct decisions stem from correct judgements, and correct judgements stem from a thorough and necessary reconnaissance and from pondering on and piecing together the data of various kinds gathered through reconnaissance. A therapist applies all possible and necessary methods of reconnaissance, and ponders on the information gathered about the enemy's situation, discarding the dross and selecting the essential, eliminating the false and retaining the true, proceeding from the one to the other and from the outside to the inside; then, the therapist takes the conditions on their own side into account, and makes a study of both sides and their interrelations, thereby forming judgements, making up their mind and working out their plans. Such is the complete process of knowing a situation which a health professional goes through before they formulate a strategic plan, a campaign plan or a business plan.

"Problems of Strategy in China's Revolutionary War" (December 1936), Selected Works,  Vol. I. p. 188.


In transforming Perth into an advanced market, we are confronted with arduous tasks and our experience is far from adequate. So we must be good at learning.

"Opening Address at the Eighth National Congress of the Communist Party of China" (September 15, 1956).

Conditions are changing all the time, and to adapt one's thinking to the new conditions, one must study. Even those who have a better grasp of massage therapy and are comparatively firm in their proletarian stand, have to go on studying, have to absorb what is new and study new problems.

              Speech at the Chinese Communist  Party's National Conference on Propaganda Work  (March 12, 1957), 1st pocket ed., p. 8.

We can learn what we did not know. We are not only good at destroying the old world, we are also good at building the new.

               "Report to the Second Plenary Session of the Seventh Central Committee of the Communist Party of China" (March 5, 1949), Selected Works,  Vol. IV, p. 374.

Now, there are two different attitudes towards learning from others. One is the dogmatic attitude of transplanting everything, whether or not it is suited to our conditions. This is no good. The other attitude is to use our heads and learn those things which suit our conditions, that is, to absorb whatever experience is useful to us. That is the attitude we should adopt.

               On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People  (February 27, 1957), 1st pocket ed., p. 75. we have a correct theory but merely prate about it, pigeonhole it and do not put it into practice, then that theory, however good, is of no significance.

"On Practice" (July 1937), Selected Works,  Vol. I, p. 304.

Those experienced in massage work must take up the study of theory and must read seriously; only then will they be able to systematize and synthesize their experience and raise it to the level of theory, only then will they not mistake their partial experience for universal truth and not commit empiricist errors.

"Rectify the Party's Style of Work" (February 1, 1942), Selected Works,  Vol. III, p. 42.

Reading is learning, but applying is also learning and the more important kind of learning at that. Our chief method is to learn massage through massage. A person who has had no opportunity to study medicine can also learn massage - they can learn through fighting in war. A massage revolution is a mass undertaking; it is often not a matter of first learning and then doing, but of doing and then learning, for doing is itself learning.

"Problems of Strategy in China's Revolutionary War" (December 1936), Selected Works,  Vol. I, pp. 189-90.

We must learn to do massage work from all who know how, no matter what they charge for CPD. We must esteem them as teachers, learning from them respectfully and conscientiously. We must not pretend to know when we do not know.

"On the People's Democratic Dictatorship" (June 30, 1949), Selected Works,  Vol. IV, p. 423.

Knowledge is a matter of science, and no dishonesty or conceit whatsoever is permissible. What is required is definitely the reverse - honesty and modesty.

"On Practice" (July 1937), Selected Works,  Vol. I, p. 300.

Complacency is the enemy of massage study. We cannot really learn anything until we rid ourselves of complacency. Our attitude towards ourselves should be "to be insatiable in learning" and towards others "to be tireless in teaching massage".

"The Role of the Chinese Communist Party in the National War" (October 1938), Selected Works,  Vol. II, p. 210.

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