Meridians are traditionally described as channels for energy called Chi (Chinese) or Ki (Japanese). This energy is a naturally occurring phenomenon in all biological organisms. It orchestrates our growth and development, guides our physiological processes and plays a pivotal role in health.
These meridian channels are a largely untapped resource in Western healthcare. Intimately tied to metabolism and homeostasis, they are at the core of our healing process. I realized through my own continuing education that meridians are touched upon in many different bodywork trainings but few therapists really know how to use them. They just have not had enough exposure to be able to apply the concepts in practice. That is why I created these classes.
Much like the wiring in your home, meridians can become overcharged (excess) when too much energy is flowing or undercharged (deficient) when the flow is interrupted. Each of these conditions can bring about specific physical ailments according to the meridian involved. Modern practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine use various means to tonify (energize) a meridian that is deficient or sedate a meridian that is in excess. The methods can include needles, heat or infrared light, lasers, magnetic fields, electrical current, nutrition and manual manipulation. A basic, underlying principle of nearly every traditional form of medicine throughout the world is that when normal, balanced energy circulation is restored, the physical body will heal and return to a normal, healthy state.
Needles and special equipment are not necessary for this work. Many systems of massage and bodywork use soft tissue manipulation (massage), stretching and point compression to affect meridians. Shiatsu, Tuina and Thai massage are good examples. Meridians are a foundation of applied kinesiology and a component of craniosacral therapy. More recently, meridians have been utilized by practitioners of structural integration and myofascial trigger point therapy. These practitioners do not use needles or nutritional counseling. They enjoy great success using only manual manipulation and intention.
The seminars listed below take the most powerful, foundational concepts from these other methods and present them in a way that allows you to use them in your clinical practice immediately.