Foundations of My Work

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT
Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing

  • Qi (“Chee”) is our Life Force
  • Abundant, free flowing Qi manifests as a strong, flexible, healthy body - a calm, clear mind - and a peaceful, contented heart
  • Every person is capable of having abundant, free flowing Qi
  • We can all learn how to maintain our Qi in order to enjoy a healthy life


Cindy is the author of the wildly popular Meridian Massage, Opening Pathways to Vitality book.



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All of my life I have been on a quest to understand my place in this vast universe of mysteries, miracles, suffering and thriving. I have been supported on my path by the practices of Massage Therapy and Chinese Medicine. It is my greatest pleasure to pass along that which has moved me so deeply toward my own inner harmony and happiness.

I began studying Massage Therapy in 1990. In 1994, I co-founded the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY, where I taught anatomy and sports massage. I continued my studies in alternative medicine by completing a Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine in 2007. I have continued to study Maya Abdominal Massage, Chi Nei Tsang, Qi Gong, the I Ching and Yoga. I use the term “meridian massage” to describe my hands-on practice of Chinese Medicine.

I developed this approach by combining modern massage techniques, abdominal massage and Chinese Medical theory. Qi flows within us all. By bringing our awareness to Qi, we learn directly from Qi and build our own living knowledge. I encourage my students to find their own internal connection with Qi. As this happens, I watch their work unfold in new and creative ways. I am always inspired by the unique applications created by students of this work.

Looking forward to the possibility of being a part of your journey,

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We're here to support you all the way!

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Founder, Licensed Acupuncturist,
Licensed Massage Therapist

Kc Rossi

Business Manager