Meridian Massage Approach: Online Certification

Meridian Massage Certification3 Month Online Immersion

Meridian Massage combines the theory of Chinese medicine with hands-on healing. Usually, Chinese medicine is only equated with Acupuncture. However, there is a lot more to the story.
Chinese medical theory was created thousands of years ago, and it is the foundation for many practices including herbology, meditation, massage, nutrition, Qi Gong, Taiji, acupuncture, cupping, and moxibustion. The central theory of Chinese medicine has been interpreted by many cultures over the centuries.

Meridian Massage – beginnings

I began my career in Massage Therapy in 1990. After developing a successful private practice, I co-founded the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY. I steeped myself in the art of teaching hands-on healing for 10 years.
My next endeavor was the study of Chinese medicine. During my three and half year study of acupuncture and herbology, I integrated Chinese medical theory with my massage skills. I continue to explore how to use hands-on contact with acupoints to balance the energy, referred to as Qi (“chee”).

Meridian Massage and Chinese Medicine

Symbol of Yin and Yang - TaijiThe basis of Meridian Massage is Classical Chinese medical theory. I no longer practice Acupuncture. I use my hands rather than needles. I returned to teaching a few years ago to share Meridian Massage. The techniques of Meridian Massage include gentle and mindful contact to the meridians, acupoints, and abdominal organs.
I have been teaching the theory online for four years, primarily to professional Massage Therapists and practitioners of hands-on healing. The experience has been overwhelmingly positive. Online students combine Meridian Massage training with what they already know to get better results.

Meridian Massage Online Certification – origins

Big Tree OnlineI have been creating online courses, one at a time, to teach the fundamentals of Chinese medical theory. Now, all of the pieces for an in-depth learning experience are in place. Meridian Massage Approach: Online Certification program combines these courses with regularly scheduled online meetings, a private student forum, and weekly guidance.
Now you have the opportunity to learn the foundations of Meridian Massage in a cohesive, guided, and integrated online format.

Program highlights:

  • Be a part of the group energy as you study in the comfort of your home.
  • There are guided practices to balance your energy – the best way to learn!
  • Learn 12 Meridians, 5 Elements, 60 Acupoints, and the Organ Systems – it’s a thorough foundation for hands-on healing.
  • You have lifetime access to all of the course material to review anytime!
  • The course offers Massage Therapy CEUs (62).


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Meridian Massage Online Certification

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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. Jim Pullaro on December 29, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Cindy…I’m interested in your three month course and was wondering if you could connect me with someone who has taken it and is willing to speak with me about it….

    • Cindy Black on December 29, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      Hi Jim,

      Yes, you can contact anyone on the Practitioners Directory here >>
      I’m happy to talk with you more about the program – just email me at
      – Cindy

  2. Stacey Doos on October 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Good Morning,
    I’m extremely interested in your online certification. Is this certification valid in the state of California?
    Thank you so much for your time,

    • Cindy Black on October 18, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Stacey,
      The course is approved by NCBTMB for continuing education. Most states accept ceus that are approved by NCBTMB. These classes are meant for continuing education and personal interest.
      Thanks for writing – I hope you can join us!

      • Heather on January 14, 2023 at 10:13 pm

        Hello. I was wondering if you still offer this course?

  3. Wendy on January 1, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Cindy,
    I am very interested in the Meridian Massage Online Certification Course. I am a Qigong practitioner and am wondering if you can also give me the same credit toward Qigong through the NQA as you do for massage therapists?

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on January 2, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Hi Wendy,
      You will receive a certificate that you can present to the NQA (and any other organization) – they may accept the credits, I am not sure.
      – Cindy

  4. Diana on December 29, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Hi Cindy!
    Thank you for bringing all your gifts to us here online. You have created such beautiful resources and materials! So grateful to have found you. “When you’re ready, the teacher will come”–definitely experiencing this having found you.
    Question: my state of Colorado does not require CEUs. Is the program cost/testing any different if I do not need to earn CEUs?
    Thank you,

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on December 29, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Hi Diane,
      I’m happy to meet you too 🙂
      There is no difference in the cost, content, educational experience, or testing for any of the courses. Everything has been created with intention to provide a meaningful and useful education.
      I’m here if you have any other questions.
      – Cindy

  5. Martha White on December 29, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Hi Cindy;
    I’m wondering if your meridian massage certification is recognized by any organization or is applicable for any CEUs? Thanks! Martha WHite

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on December 29, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Hi Martha,
      Yes, the Certification is approved for Massage Therapy CEUs by NY, FL, and NCBTMB.

  6. Peggy Winkel on December 8, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Hi Cindy. I plan to sign up for the program. I am looking forward to it!! See you there.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on December 8, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Hi Peggy,
      Wonderful! I’m so happy to share this work with you 🙂

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