Meridian therapy techniques were developed to restore energy flow through the 12 body meridians. For thousands of years, acupuncture was a mainstay for healing and energy balancing in the East. Martial arts such as tai chi and chi gong evolved as practices and energy exercises that move chi through the meridians and the body's energy system.
In recent years, these meridian therapies have gained some acceptance in the West. Research and an abundance of anecdotal evidence has shown their effectiveness and safety.Acupuncture is even allowed under some insurance policies.
With that acceptance came more knowledge and the development of new techniques.
Newer methods relying primarily on touch or movement instead of needles are easier to learn and use by practitioners and lay people. Examples are Touch for Health, Brain Gym and meridian tapping techniques such as EFT.
Meridian therapy works in a variety of ways to release blockages and restore balance in mind and body. Restored energy flow benefits physical and mental health in many ways, including pain relief and improved learning abilities.
If you are going to use meridian therapy techniques, it is helpful to familiarize yourself with the 12 main body meridians and how they work.
According to TCM, meridian energy travels in pathways through the body. This chi flows continuously from one channel to another. When the flow gets compromised in some way, vitality diminishes. Corresponding tissues or organs may not function properly.
Energy pathways travel along the arms and legs and/or through the body. They are the lung, pericardium, triple warmer,large intestine, bladder,
stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine, kidney, gall bladder, and
liver meridians. Their names correspond to their biological functions, not necessarily physical organs themselves. This can be a bit confusing.
Eight extra meridians function as energy storage vessels. Two that are commonly known are the central and governing meridians. The central meridian runs up the front of the body to the lower lip. The governing vessel runs up the back of the body and over the head to the upper lip.
This chart illustrating nine body meridians is from the book Touch For Health: The Complete Edition by John Thie. The
little triangles show the starting points.
Do the following meridian therapy techniques for yourself or someone else. Practiced regularly, they will help keep your energetic flow in balance.
Making a daily practice of these energy exercises will help your body meridians maintain a healthy balanced flow, which in turn will enhance your state of wellness and feelings of well-being.
Several techniques for healing emotional and mental trauma, negative feelings and distress have gained in popularity over the last 20 years, and rightly so. Methods such as the Emotional Freedom Technique and the Tapas Acupressure Technique work with the mind body connection to release energy blockages caused when troubling memories are stored in the body or energy system. Sometimes, after only a few minutes of tapping, you can literally feel your body buzzing with energy.
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For specific health issues, try acupressure or acupuncture in addition to these general body meridian therapy exercises. Click here for more tips for working with these energy channels and a chart showing the relationships between body meridians and disease.