Intention is the #1 massage tool

Meridian Massage Tool Box

Intention#1 Massage Tool: Intention

Working hard creates tension. Tension blocks the flow of Qi (energy). If you’ve been working hard at massage, you might be feeling pain in your hands, wrists, shoulders, neck, or back. Pain in your body might lead you to reach for a massage tool.

We seek something to implement that will save our body while still easing tension in our clients. If not a massage tool, we might look into another form of massage – something that we can add to our “toolbox.”

Massage Tool = Hard Work

Tool boxWhen I hear the word “tool,” I think “hard work.”
I use tools to weed the garden, to hammer nails, to change tires, etc. The term “massage tool” has always bugged me. Massage isn’t meant to fix things or fix people. Massage is meant to ease tension, to relax, and to support the return of balanced energy flow.

The work of Meridian Massage

Meridian Massage affects the flow of Qi in the body.
Affecting the flow of Qi requires focus, sensitivity, and clear intention. The “hard work” of Meridian Massage is figuring out how to be relaxed, present, and available to Qi while contacting acupoints.

The main “tool of Meridian Massage” is intention. 

Intention weaves our heart’s desire to help with our intellect’s ability to choose the correct set of points that will support energy flow and balance. Intention guides our contact with the points. Intention is the dynamic state of mind-body awareness in the present moment that flows through our system and affects the Qi of our client.

Holding the head with intentionAlthough the exact mechanics of this process elude me, the experience is obvious. I feel as though I am not doing anything. I witness myself contacting points, making adjustments to the pressure, and offering verbal cues that bring the client more deeply into their experience. Intention flows, Qi connects, and something beyond my intellectual understanding is “happening.” My clients feel better more quickly, the results last longer, and we both feel refreshed.


About The Author

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.


  • Dee

    Reply Reply January 8, 2017

    As years go by, you are always looking for that missing link. Age can make your job more difficult but you never lose that desire to help someone feel better. Helping someone feel better should not make ME feel worse and yet at times at the end of a work day, I am spent and I hurt. I am so looking forward to learning this technique! By the way, I loved your football comment, but it doesn’t allow me to comment on it.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply January 8, 2017

      Hi Dee,

      I agree with you 100%.
      Thanks for writing – sorry about football comment – I’m better at Meridian Massage than I am with technology 🙂

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