Ancient healers engaged with the body, mind, emotions, and spirit to create powerful pathways of healing.  We are continuing the lineage of hands-on healers who honor the timeless interplay of matter and spirit manifesting as living form.

Big Tree School of Natural Healing provides education to anyone seeking to understand the process of body-mind-spirit transformation for themselves and others.

The Meridian Massage Approach

Meridian Massage is Big Tree’s approach to holistic healing for modern times.

Meridian Massage is a holistic approach to healing that encourages flow of energy.  We refer to this energy as Qi (pronounced "chee"). Abundant, balanced, and smoothly flowing Qi (energy) is the basis of happiness and health. We use three methods of practical support:

  1. Hands-on healing -  gentle touch that activates the energetic pathways that have been used for 5,000 years in Chinese medicine.

  2. Lifestyle adjustments - shifts of habit or mindset that encourage harmony of body, mind, emotions, and spirit.

  3. Self--care practices - gentle movement that supports the flow and balance of energy.

You can learn Meridian Massage

All that is required is curiosity about the world around you, and the wilderness within you. From beginning to end, you will be guided and encouraged to weave what you are learning with all that you already know.  Courses progress in a logical way that opens doors for beginners, and expands the horizon for the experienced.

The first course in the progression, Introduction to Meridian Massage, is free. This allows you to experience Big Tree for yourself. 


Online courses are open to anyone seeking to learn the Meridian Massage Approach.

In-person courses are open to those with significant professional or personal hands-on healing experience.

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Who is Big Tree?

Cindy Black, L.Ac. is the founder of the Big Tree School of Natural Healing, and the author of Meridian Massage, Opening Pathways to Vitality.  Initially trained as a Massage Therapist, she dove into Chinese Medicine when the opportunity presented itself.  Based on her experiences, she integrated Classical Chinese Medicine, western massage therapy, lifestyle adjustments, and movement practices into the Meridian Massage Approach.

Learning the theory and practice of Meridian Massage at Big Tree is itself an experience of healing and transformation. Grounded in simplicity, Cindy’s classes awaken your natural curiosity and wisdom, so that you can enjoy a more conscious and fulfilling experience of body-mind-spirit.

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