Easing the heart

Ren 17 (Conception Vessel 17) is a great point for relieving emotional stress weighing on the heart. Named Shan Zhong, “Chest Center”, I add this point into my sessions for people who are in the midst of crisis, loss, and/or stressful times. The point is located in the center of chest, on the sternum (breast… Read more »

More learning from weeds

A few trees have planted themselves in my garden. It’s been months of me wondering what to do about them. Do I pull them out while they are small? Do I wait and see what they are? Am I being too controlling about this little area of earth called “my garden”? Who am I to… Read more »

Breathing into the Metal Element

Welcome to the Metal Element. It’s Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Each of the 5 Elements of Chinese medicine is associated with a different season. Metal is the Element associated with Autumn. This is the time of the year that the trees are letting go of their leaves, and plants are condensing their energy into… Read more »

Inward Journey: An Adventure Worth Taking!

How do we actually change? I’ve been wondering about this question my whole life. I can’t say I have a definitive answer, but I do have some clues! Clue #1 – Changing my external circumstances doesn’t necessarily make me happier. I have changed jobs, relationships, location, cars, computers, phones, lawn mowers, garden tools, friends (and… Read more »

Becoming a better friend to yourself

I had an experience recently of being in an ornery mood, so I went outside to “get away from it”. As I was settling into the fresh air, away from my bad mood, I realized of course that the mood “followed me”.  I just had to laugh at my effort to “get away from myself”…. Read more »

What’s in a name?

I’ve been naming and labeling things all of my life: car, cat, blue, hot, I like it, I don’t like it.  I’ve been thinking about the name “Meridian Massage Institute” lately. A little history: In 1985 I completed my bachelor’s degree in Health Education, and then worked as a substance abuse counselor for three years…. Read more »

Your one precious life

A favorite poem by Mary Oliver: The Summer Day by Mary Oliver Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving… Read more »

Kidney 1, “Bubbling Spring”

Located on the bottom of the foot, KD 1 connects us with the Earth. What is the spring that is referred to in the name, “Bubbling Spring”? Here is how I think of it: Kidney is the Yin Organ of the Water Element. Springs are where fresh water emerges from the ground. Water nourishes all… Read more »

Meridian Massage Institute is expanding!

Going with the flow is always an adventure! It’s been a few years since Meridian Massage Institute came into being. Because of the many dedicated hands-on practitioners who have integrated meridian massage into their work, meridian massage has become recognized a true mind-body-spirit approach to healing. I always envisioned a big wooden, open-spaced building in nature for the… Read more »

Making peace with weeds

I began to attack the weeds this morning. And then I made myself pause, breathe, and remember to take care of my body while I weeded.  I’m used to flailing myself around when I work in the garden, especially when I’m weeding.  Especially when I’m weeding the full of new weeds that I just weeded… Read more »