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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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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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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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Points for pneumonia

Question: My friend was in a severe car accident and was put into an induced coma. Slowly being weaned off of sedation and showing good signs of recovery except recently has pneumonia? Any points you can suggest to help my friend? My response: I would consider two things: They need general support of their Life…

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Soothing grief with meridian massage

Finding peace in the midst of grief is challenging. A challenge of being with a person in grief is to allow them their experience rather than nudging them toward “moving on,””letting go,” or “looking on the bright side”. By enlisting the wisdom of Qi (energy) we can soothe the process yet not direct or interrupt…

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Moving at the speed of breath

Lately I’m lost in fast moving thoughts, agitated by endless “to do lists”, rushing through traffic to get to a yoga class.  Catching up with myself this morning, bringing my attention to my breath, a familiar  sense of settling slowly seeps into my cells. From stillness I begin familiar movements. But now I am present…

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Thoughts on dose

How much is too much, not enough, just right? Dose applies to hands-on healing as much as it applies to pharmaceutical drugs and herbal formulas. When working with meridians and points, you are working directly with Qi (“chee”). Although difficult to comprehend, Qi (energy) is very real. If your client feels exhausted or extremely hyper…

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