At one time, meridian therapy was primarily associated with acupuncture and acupressure. These techniques were mainstays in the east for thousands of years. This science, along with traditional Chinese medicine, influenced the practices of acupuncture and the martial arts such as tai chi and chi gong.
Each of these meridian energy arts evolved to remove energetic blockages causing pain and poor health and restore flow through the 12 meridians of the body. They tone and support the energy system to promote health and healing .
In recent years, these practices have gained some acceptance in the west. And with that acceptance and knowledge of the meridian system came the development of a variety of new meridian therapy techniques.
New meridian energy therapies such as Touch for Health, Brain Gym and Meridian Tapping Techniques work to release blockages and restore balance in mind and body. When this balance is restored, not only does physical and mental health benefit, but learning difficulties can also improve.
According to TCM, meridian energy flows in pathways through the body. Chi energy flows continuously from one meridian to another. When the flow gets blocked or compromised in some way, vitality diminishes and corresponding tissues or organs may not function properly.
The 12 meridians travel along the arms and legs. Their names correspond to their biological functions and not the physical organs themselves. This can be a bit confusing. They are the lung, pericardium, triple warmer,large intestine, bladder, stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine, kidney, gall bladder, and liver.
There are eight extra meridians that function as energy storage vessels. Two that are commonly known are the central and governing meridians.
To familiarize yourself with your meridians, use your hands to trace each pathway. It's fine to go over your close or an inch or so above your skin.
Lightly smooth your skin in a long stroke along each line. Notice if you feel anything. You may feel the meridian energy in your hand as you slowly follow the pathway. You may feel a tingling or other feeling along the pathway itself. You may feel more energized or tingly in your body when you are finished. Or you may feel nothing at all.
It's important to remember that for the purpose of exploring your meridians, you trace in the direction that strengthens the flow. Going in the opposite direction weakens it. Follow along with the video and use the chart below.
This meridian system chart illustrating nine meridians is from the book Touch For Health: The Complete Edition by John Thie.
The little triangles show you the starting points. Trace from the triangle all the way to the end. If you can't reach a spot, that's okay, imagine it and switch hands when you need to. You can also practice with a friend.
Do the following meridian energy therapy techniques for yourself or someone else. Practiced regularly, they will help keep your meridian energy system in balance.
To use meridian therapy for specific health issues, try acupressure or acupuncture in addition to these general meridian energy exercises. Read an easy to understand holistic approach to health based on Chinese medicine and the 12 meridians of the body for children and adults.