Healing at sunrise

The Healing Potential of You

Healing at sunriseHow you heal

The infinite methods of human healing all rely on a human to “do the work.” Whether the healing method uses a scalpel, a herb, or hands, a unique individual is utilizing that technique. Without the trained individual, the scalpel is just a sharp knife, the herb is just another plant in the ground, and the hands are just appendages of the body.

Do hands really heal?

Different people using the same hands-on technique get different results.
Hands holding headWhy do you prefer one Massage Therapist more than another? Is it really “just their hands?” With one person you feel immediately at ease, while with another you feel guarded. Why? I have been asking these questions for decades. These questions led me to Meridian Massage.

Human healing potential

All techniques aside, I have noticed that I have been supported toward healing by many different individuals practicing many types of healing. I have also been supported by the “simple kindness” of complete strangers, a soft wind, a bird’s melody, and the brilliance of a blooming flower.

These observations combined with my questions led me to Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine opened the door to the non-obvious energy or “vibe” that I easily sense within myself and others. That “vibe” has a word in Chinese medicine – it is Qi (“chee”). Chinese medicine has a logical approach to Qi.

  • It has a map of Qi flow in the human body (meridians).
  • It has a map of access points to work with Qi (acupoints).
  • It provides a systemic framework for the production and use of Qi in the body (Organ Systems and Chinese medical physiology).

Meridian Massage amplifies human healing potential

The Chinese medical perspective of physical-mental-emotional health or unease is based fully on Qi. From this perspective, Qi is what heals – whether we use a scalpel, a herb, or our hands. The state of the practitioner’s Qi is the number one variable in the quality of the healing session, rather than the technique.

The Meridian Massage Approach embraces this notion completely. To be successful at Meridian Massage, one must become conscious of their own Qi. A practitioner with “balanced and flowing Qi,” is the only one who can offer balance and flow to their client.


Developing hands-on healing skillsBecoming conscious of Qi is the foundation of the Meridian Massage Approach. From a foundation of understanding, we can then explore the healing potential of Qi within each of us. There are infinite ways to learn about the healing potential of Qi.
The Meridian Massage Approach combines the Chinese medical understanding of Qi with gentle, hands-on contact to the body. Practitioners are encouraged to “freshen and balance” their Qi before working with others. We do this because we understand that the state of being of the practitioner is equally as important as the technical skill of the method.

How to access your healing potential

  1. Understand the nature of Qi.
  2. Learn the pathways (meridians) of Qi.
  3. Learn how to access the Qi within the meridians (acupoint location and uses).
  4. Learn how to harmonize with your environment to support your Qi (5 Elements of Chinese Medicine).
  5. Learn how your body uses Qi (The Organs and systems of the body from the Chinese medical perspective).
  6. Cultivate a direct experience – relationship of Qi within yourself.

You can develop your healing potential

My job is to teach all of these steps so that you can access your healing potential. I offer online and in-person classes to help you discover your potential to heal with Qi.


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Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.

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Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  • Karly

    Reply Reply January 14, 2017

    THANK YOU! I’ve never had this explained so well b4. I had loads of Acu Sessions but my qi was so out of whack and for years the benefits were minimal. Now I understand the why. I have over time balanced the qi and so believe in the power of that healing.
    Thank you again, I know you help many.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply January 14, 2017

      Hi Karly,

      Yay! I’m happy to hear that this makes sense now 🙂 Learning about this for myself has been a zig zagging exploration, sometimes clear, sometimes confusing – always worth the effort.

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