Meridian Points Explanation
“In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing wasaccomplished by moving energy.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Biochemist and Nobel Prize Winner.
For centuries the ancient wisdom keepers and healers in several traditions had a keen understanding of the energetic body. The healing traditions from China, India, Japan and Tibet, as well as other countries all spoke of energy channels, meridians or nadis along which the vital energy flowed.
Life was considered to be a bio-electrical and vibrational energy phenomenon and so health revolved around balancing energy through various means. Life existed because of life force and energy running through and animating the body, ensuring we can move, breathe, digest food, think and even feel.
This vital life force or chi, is composed of two kinds of forces, yin and yang, and flows along a sophisticated network of energy pathways, or highways, circuiting the body. Over 2000 years ago ancient cultures knew of the existence of these energy channels. They were called ‘sen’ in Thailand, ‘nadis’ in India, ‘meridians’, ‘channels’ or ‘vessels’ in China and Japan, and ‘channels’ in Tibet. In India, where many eastern healing arts developed, there were said to be 72 000 nadis or energy pathways. Disease is believed to be a blockage in the energy flow of these channels. A range of healing traditions, including acupuncture, acupressure, massage and yoga, are founded on the principle of the existence of energy channels or pathways, known as meridians, or nadis, running around the body in an expansive network
The Meridian System
There are 12 primary paired meridians and two single mid meridians, six yang and six yin. The yang meridians run down the body and the yin meridians flow up the body. Each meridian is also related to an element. Each meridian is most active at a certain time of the day or night and each meridian is influenced by an element or season. The nature of meridians, in their elemental structure, and as vessels for the life force, show the intricacy and profound connection of our body at a cellular level, to the universe. We are intimately connected by the elements, energetic structure and flow of energy, to all life, at a cellular, physical level. Our earth is also said to have energetic pathways or ley lines, akin to meridians.
How are meridians related to health?
Our bodies need balance. A balanced flow or energy, not too much or too little, is conducive to good health. This is the same in the way we live our lives. Balance is paramount. Just enough food, water and a healthy balanced lifestyle. As the Buddha said: “middle way” or moderation in all things. We can see this harmony and balance in life, as the balance between the energies of yin and yang – or more simplistically, masculine and feminine – the two opposing and catalyzing energies of the universe.
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I have spent a good part of my career for the last 16 years focusing on observing and developing techniques that are beneficial to the overall health of my clients.
As a massage therapist, and prior to that in nursing, I have come to understand the way the body not only has tremendous healing capacities but when I listen to clients who are in pain, I can work in harmony with the natural body rhythms to give needed relief to the pain-body experience they may be going through.
Your relief from your pain is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and the sooner you come to understand that the mind/body experience is vital to the quality of life your live, the better life becomes. Once you make the connection that deciding not to “live with the pain” is not a quality of living that anyone needs to live within the better your journey to wellness becomes.
My motto of “When you’re in pain the world stops but I listen” is not a flashy catch-phrase but something I am dedicated to. When my clients are given back a quality of life they once took for granted, I come to understand even deeper how listening is my gift and that it has manifested into my unique technique that has combined traditional Chinese medicine and Meridian Points merged with modern massage procedures that have helped many on their journey to wellness.
Now it’s your turn to live better.