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San Jiao Meridian

The San Jiao meridian is also known as the Triple Heater or Triple Warmer meridian. The San Jiao meridian is one of the three Yang meridians located on the arm. “The San Jiao, or three visceral cavities, promotes the transformation and transportation of water and fluids throughout the body.” – Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine…

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Nourishing the Kidneys

Winter is the season of the Kidneys. The Kidneys are the Yin Organ of the Water Element. Every Element is associated with a season, winter is the season of the Water Element.  Because of these associations we know that winter is a great time to accentuate the Kidney Organ System. Three ways to nourish the…

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Kidney Meridian

In Chinese Medicine, the Kidneys are of utmost importance as they store our Life Essence. Without Life Essence, there is no life, hence the importance of the Kidneys. The Kidney meridian and points along it are used to nourish and protect our Life Essence.

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Big Tree website on computer

Fun with live webinars!

Webinar technology provides an innovative and fun way to teach. It has been so much fun to connect you all at the same time!  Even though we are spread out across the planet we are able to connect here, in the digital world! Thank you for taking the time to figure out how to work…

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How “Sensing Qi” can transform your massage or bodywork practice

Sensing Qi has been the key to transforming my massage practice. Once I learned how to utilize Qi in my hands-on work, I started getting better results for my clients and creating more ease in my body.   The most common questions I get while teaching about acupoints and meridians are: How do I know…

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Timing and patience

I’ve been reading a book that I wish I had found years ago. The words speak directly to me only, filling in gaps in my knowledge and curiosity. So I became agitated, “why didn’t someone tell me about this book last year – when I really needed it?” In my mind I hear the repeating…

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How to know if you are on an acupoint.

Acupoints are placed on a meridian where the Qi (“chee”) can be contacted. This a relatively simple sentence, yet a difficult notion to comprehend and take action on. First, we must understand what Qi is. The word Qi comes to us from ancient China. There is no easy equivalent of this term in English. We…

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Tropical Milkweed

Water what you already have

Another lesson from my garden: I was going to go buy more milkweed plants for the monarch butterflies who are camping out in my yard. But I kept thinking of all of the milkweed plants I had put into the ground last year. I went searching for them, and found dozens with tiny leaves unfurling. …

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Dragon Fly

Less effort and better results with meridian massage

Hands-on healing is hard work! At least that was my mind set when I began my career in Massage Therapy. I used trigger point therapy, deep tissue therapy, connective tissue therapy, Shiatsu, and active isolated stretching within my practice of sport massage therapy.  My clients were feeling great…I was getting sore and tired. At one…

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Yang emerging

It’s almost the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere. Winter Solstice marks many things.  One is that this will be the shortest day and longest night of our year. We are coming to a tipping point, where out of the watery dark depths of Yin, Yang begins to emerge.   At the extreme, Yin becomes…

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