First, let’s take a look at a brief background to lead up to Meridian massage. In Tuina, the ancient medical system of China, the theory of qi (chi) energy flow tells of how, where, and when this life force of chi circulates the body. There is a pattern, or biorhythm clock, where chi energy reaches its peak in the respective organs and meridians throughout the body. By becoming familiar with and in-tune with these 12 meridians one can learn how to promote balance. In TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine, this is how we prevent disease. We learn to listen to our bodies and become more in-tune with where the blockages are before they lead to serious illness. No matter what stage of life you are in, learning to listen to your body can provide amazing benefits on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.
The fascinating thing about getting to know the meridians is that they closely pattern along the fascial lines. So, by releasing stuck chi, you are also releasing bound and adhered fascia!
The twelve meridians coincide to organs, however, it is important to know that just because a meridian is blocked, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a problem with that organ. Since energy flows in a particular order, meridians feed into subsequent meridians and can feed or deplete other organs. Organs are always paired together within the Five Element Theory. It’s s completely different system of thought and medicine than to that of the West, but it has shows thousands of years of wisdom and truth when studied and applied. But don’t take my word for it! If you’ve never tried acupuncture or Tuina style of massage, give it a try and experience it first hand.
I now offer a 90 minute Meridian Massage for those wanting a full session devoted to the cycle of energy through the 12 main meridians. There are 12 meridians on each side of the body, so I often start on one side of the body before moving to the next. The Meridian Massage can be performed through clothing or through a sheet. The 90 minute session allows for deep kneading, pressing, friction, vibration, and joint manipulation to stimulate chi flow and balance both sides of the body without feeling rushed. What I often find is 2-3 meridians stand out in terms of tightness (bound chi) which then leads to the discovering of what meridian or fascial line is inactive or depleted.
I recommend anyone who has noticeable differences side to side such as an athlete playing a side dominant sport, or those who may have experienced an injury to one side or an illness such as stroke, experience the positive effects of Meridian Massage.
Schedule using Mindbody and select 90 minute massage. Feel free to leave a note saying you’d like to experience the Meridian Massage.