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Taking a deep breath

Room to breathe

Make space for the lungs To fully inflate during an inhale, the lungs need room to expand. The rib cage lifts and opens a bit upon inhalation, while the diaphragm moves down toward the abdomen. When we breathe, these two actions create space for the lungs to inflate. There is always room for more air!…

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Supporting the Lungs with Meridian Massage

Lungs are the “Tender Organ” The Lungs are vulnerable to fluctuations in temperature, air quality, and airborne pathogens. Because they are so vulnerable to outside conditions, the Lungs are said to be the most tender Organ in Chinese medicine.   Lungs are the Yin Organ pair to the Large Intestine The Yang partner of the…

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12 Meridians of Chinese Medicine

Qi flows in meridians Qi (energy) flows through specific pathways called meridians. Chinese medicine mapped the pathways of the 12 meridians thousands of years ago. On these pathways, over 350 points (also called acupressure points, acupuncture points, acupoints) were identified. Points are specific locations on meridians where the Qi can be accessed. The 12 Meridians:…

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Acupuncture points contraindicated in pregnancy

Acupuncture points contraindicated in pregnancy

Acupuncture points and pregnancy Why are some points contraindicated during pregnancy? This is a very common question and concern. There is no absolute, 100% agreed upon list of these points in modern times. However, knowing the reasons for traditionally contraindicated points has guided my work. Listen to a recording of this post: Based on what…

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Big Fire

Fire Meridians

Four Meridians of the Fire Element Only the Fire Element has four meridians associated with it. The other Elements of Chinese medicine each have just two meridians. Every Element is associated with a season: Fire – Summer Earth – Late Summer Metal – Fall Water – Winter Wood – Spring 5 Elements of Chinese medicine:…

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Spirit in every session

Becoming consolable In order to get the help you seek from others, you must allow their help. Sometimes people arrive at the practitioner’s office hoping to be fixed. After explaining a long list of problems and how no one has been able to “figure it out” yet, they place themselves upon the massage table, wondering…

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Honoring Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang combine to create all beings Yin and Yang are interrelated, dependent upon one another, emerging and dissolving into one another. Yin and Yang are in a constant dance of definition and communion. Yin is quiet, stillness, being, and nighttime; while Yang is loud, moving, doing, and daytime.  Yin and Yang Extremes At…

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Acupressure Chart

Acupressure Chart for Meridians and Acupoints

Meridians and Points Poster! This is a clear poster of the 12 meridians and the acupoints used in Meridian Massage. I created this poster to be used as a reference by anyone interested in the meridians and points of Chinese medicine and Meridian Massage. 108 Acupoints Chinese medicine, the theoretical basis of Meridian Massage, uses…

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Clear Yang beaming through the trees

Potential

Clear light of Yang The clear light of Yang is easily known in contrast to the manifested. The five senses discern the manifested. How is it that we know and trust our clear unmanifested potential? Tao Te Ching One The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be…

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All About Meridian Massage Online Certification

Potential of Meridian Massage Meridian Massage combines the theory of Chinese medicine with hands-on healing. Usually, Chinese medicine is only equated with Acupuncture. However, there is a lot more to the story. Chinese medical theory was created thousands of years ago and it is the foundation for many practices including herbology, meditation, massage, nutrition, Qi Gong, Taiji,…

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