Less effort and better results with meridian massage

Fragon FlyHands-on healing is hard work!

At least that was my mindset when I began my career in Massage Therapy. I used trigger point therapy, deep tissue therapy, connective tissue therapy, Shiatsu, and active isolated stretching within my practice of sports massage therapy.  My clients were feeling great…I was getting sore and tired.
At one point, my wrists hurt so badly that the only way I was able to keep practicing was by getting constant massage and adjustments from my good friend (who was also a great Chiropractor). She generously worked with me every few days.

Fast forward to today…

Now, I understand that the less physical effort I use, the better it is for both my clients and myself. Strong, deep pressure translates into injury for me and less sensation for my client. Over the past 20 years, I studied many forms of bodywork and Chinese medicine. Today, I am able to work just as deeply with less effort. Now, my clients are able to feel themselves rather than just feel my pressure. They are getting better results and I am staying healthy.

I call my approach Meridian Massage.

MMI_TaijiThis type of hands-on healing uses Chinese medical theory as the context and modern, western massage techniques as the form. It’s not that I have changed the modalities I use, it is that I have added in the energetics, evaluation, and treatment principles of Chinese medicine. Now, I use less physical effort while focusing my attention on the Qi (“chee”), the energy of the body that is so logically expressed within the Chinese medical paradigm.
When the Qi is abundant and flowing, the mind-body-spirit expresses vitality, flexibility, peace, happiness and health. Meridian Massage uses a variety of hands-on and self-care techniques to support the return of abundant and flowing Qi.

Meridian Massage Book

Meridian Massage, Openings Pathways to Vitality, by Cindy Black
Comprehensive 290 page, fully illustrated book all about Meridian Massage!
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Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Amber Nolan on July 25, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Looking so forward to starting your online training sometime within the fall this year. I have been practicing deep tissue massage for 12 plus years, and I’m finding even though I treat slightly less clients in my day now, my body is catching up with hand, wrist, neck and upper back issues. I also have been receiving plenty of Therapy from other practitioners to help me along the way, however my instincts and interests are moving towards Chinese Medicine and working lighter and more energetically as well. Loving your book Cindy! A huge amount of AHA moments and excitement as I read along. Peace ✌

  2. Gail williams on July 25, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Got your book on meridian massage last week Cindy. Love it and love the idea of meridian massage as less invasive. Want to learn more.

    • Cindy Black on July 25, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Hi Gail,
      Thanks for letting me know – I am happy that you are enjoying the book! You are in the right to place to learn all about Meridian Massage – here is a link to my online courses https://bigtreehealing.com/courses/

  3. Jyoti on August 22, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I will be taking this class in tbe near future. Please keep me posted. I am in Chicago
    I love to read all your post and I have learned a lot. Thank ypu.

  4. Genesis-Margaret Roy on March 19, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    I have held a New York State License in Massage Therapy since 1994 and also received Certifications in various Advanced Healing Modalities since 1996. In 2003 I suffered a terrible fall … the history of this fall is to lengthy to write about here … seeking and searching I am blessed to have YOU enter into into my LIFE, bringing this awesome Meridian Massage work, with simple but effective techniques that I can use on myself as well as share them with others …. With Blessings & Love Thank You Cindy

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on March 20, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Dear Genesis,
      I am so happy that our paths have crossed – it is a pleasure to share this work with you.
      Love and peace to you

  5. Sharon Gingell on March 10, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    So enjoying your tips and really interested in now doing meridian massage, simple but effective techniques useful to me and my clients.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on March 10, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Meridian massage is wonderful work!

  6. Cindy on February 22, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I agree! I’m a 56 yr. old massage therapist practicing for 24 years and am looking for a modality that won’t injure me. Would you travel to Chicago to give a class? Or have online classes? Right now I’m not able to travel. Thanks!

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on February 23, 2015 at 7:39 am

      I do enjoy traveling to teach. If you are interested in hosting a class, please email me and we can work out the details. To get started with Meridian Massage it’s best to start with the 12 meridians – I have created the Guidebook to the 12 Meridians an online class – here is the link http://bigtreehealing.com/webinar-courses/course-12-meridians/

  7. Debi Ross on January 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Looking forward to your webinar on the subject! I’m using the Auth no hands method which has helped tremendously but always looking for more and TCM sounds like the key!

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