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 »

The Quest in 2014

Current challenges and stages 1. Decipher that there is a spiritual path. 2. Decipher that the nagging urge, the sense of dissatisfaction of the mainstream’s notion of life, my feeling of angst, anger, sadness, fear and hopelessness is actually my Spirit longing for true expression. 3. Yearning for the spiritual path takes up all of… Read more »

How to work on acupoints

How to massage or apply pressure to acupoints (acupressure points) is a bigger question than it seems. I received an email today from someone asking this question – I am posting our exchange as I know so many people wonder the same thing. Question: I started to work on my body (using pressure on acupoints) … Read more »

Reduce Anxiety

Too much energy in the head can result in feeling anxious, overwhelmed, distracted, hyperactive, and unable to sleep. Every part of our body from head to toe requires energy. This energy, known as Qi (“chee”) in Chinese medicine can get out of balance. An excess amount of energy in the upper part of the body… Read more »