change yourself, change the world

Change yourself, change the world

If you are like me, your world primarily rotates around yourself. Try as I may to live in some greater consciousness, here I am, in my little world of myself. I do what I can to make this small space an enjoyable place to live. It’s not always easy, but a little at time, things…

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Owl Eyes

Love your Liver!

The eyes are the flower of the Liver. Every Organ has a sense organ, or “flower”, as the ancient Chinese texts so beautifully express the energetic connections between body, mind and spirit. Blurry vision, dry eyes, or itchy eyes – these physical symptoms all point to the Liver Organ System. Because Classical Chinese medicine maintains…

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Gallbladder Meridian

[Less Pain + More Energy] Using these 3 Simple Movements to Open the Gallbladder Meridian

The Gallbladder meridian tends to have blocks that restrict the flow of energy (Qi). When Qi (“chee”) flow is restricted, we feel pain, tension, or restricted movement in the area of the blockage.  Similar to traffic backing up at a site of road construction, Qi can back up within a blocked meridian. And just like…

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What is Dao Yin?

Dao Yin is an ancient movement practice from China. This is a reconstruction of a ‘Guiding and Pulling Chart’ excavated from the Mawangdui Tomb 3 (sealed in 168BC) in the former kingdom of Changsha. The original is in the Hunan Provincial Museum, Changsha, China. (1) The words “Dao Yin” in this context mean “guiding” and…

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We are now approved for CEU’s by NCBTMB!

Big news at Big Tree! We have been approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Now when you complete the Guidebook to the 12 Meridians, Guidebook to the 5 Elements online and any in-person classes you can receive CEUs for NCBTMB, New York, and Florida Massage Therapy.   Want to…

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Growing the Wood Element

The Wood Element is a time of explosive growth. Spring is the season of the Wood Element. We use the same energy that seeds use to sprout up through the hard dirt towards the sun, to move ourselves toward our goals and dreams. That energy is “Wood energy”. Wood energy is forceful and moves up…

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Sleeping person in a cozy bed

The Yin and Yang of sleep

Awake and asleep are a Yang & Yin pair. Just like night and day, up and down, still and moving, wakefulness and sleeping are relative to one another, dependent on one another, and tied to each other.  The duality of night and day reflects the duality of Yin and and Yang. Yin and Yang are…

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Two points to relieve knee pain

  “Eyes of the Knee” are two local points used to reduce knee pain. These points are located just below the patella (knee cap) on either side of the big patellar tendon. ST 35 is on the lateral (outside) edge, and the extra point “Xi Yan”) is on the medial (inside) edge. These points together are…

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Internal balances external. This simple premise offers a potential method of soothing an over occupied mind. Making time for yourself and getting the hang of bringing the attention inward is a simple balancing action that can bring calm and ease to your system.  Leave the external as it is and come inside. As challenging as…

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In person classes from Cindy Black

Body & Breath, Connecting to Your Inner Landscape May 22, 23, 24 Join Cindy Black in beautiful upstate New York for three days of gentle movement, self-care massage, and opening the breath. Open to anyone interested in learning how to bring the resources of meridians and  points from Chinese medicine into their everyday life. Leave…

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