How to Relieve Stress Using Meridian Massage

StressRelaxation is the cure for stress

The Meridian Massage approach to stress is simply to encourage relaxation.
Keep in mind that “simple” is not always easy.
Stress, in the modern world, is understood to be a platform for many chronic and acute disease states. These conditions range from systemic conditions such as high blood pressure, to more specific conditions such as headaches. I’m sure you have seen the current list of stress related conditions. Let’s not create even more stress by focusing on all the troubles that stress can create. Let’s move into the solution – let’s move toward relaxation.

StressRelaxation – the final frontier!

The Meridian Massage approach to stress relief leans heavily on lifestyle adjustments. Let’s face it, just getting a bunch of great massages is not going to change the circumstances in your life that keep you feeling “stressed out.”  Maybe you cannot change the circumstances, but you can change your relationship to the circumstances. 

Relaxation in a stressed out world

  1. Breathe –  Does your teacher, boss, co-worker, family member, or daily commute make you stressed? Try putting your attention on your breath rather than that person or event. Feel the air coming into your nose and lungs. Feel the air go back out as you exhale. Practice putting your attention on your breath rather than the external stressor, even if that stressor is a person.
  2. Move – Walk a little, stretch a little, get up from the desk more often, or go for a swim. Just start with a little – five or ten minutes each day. Keep it short, keep it simple, and make it doable. Moving helps flush stressors out of our system, and it opens the flow of Qi (energy) throughout the meridians.
  3. Stop – Are you over-committed? Do you run from appointment to appointment or obligation to obligation? Stop! Just stop for two minutes. Then, sit and gaze at the sky, the grass, the sink, a piece of art, a bug, or the wind. Give yourself a few moments of “not doing.”

The little things add up over time:

fun inch wormLittle aggravations lead to bigger stress over time.
Little moments of relaxation lead to greater ease over time.
It works both ways. Adding more moments of relaxation will help balance those moments of stress.
To continue learning, check out the “Relieve Stress” video on demand.

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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. Shyla LMT on September 7, 2016 at 8:15 am

    After being up all night stressed about bills and just life. I saw your info on my timeline. In less the 15min your information has enlighten me. Thank you I look forward to your blogs and lessons. I can’t wait to use what I will learn in my life and my practice.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on September 7, 2016 at 8:30 am

      I’ve had those nights too! I am happy to share what has worked for me.
      Wishing you peace and good rest as you find your way to more balance yourself.

  2. rachelle on August 4, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Hi Cindy Thanks for this. Clear, and to the point! I appreciate this. So helpful. Its so HOT HERE! What AScu pts to cool body down????
    Take care.

  3. Sheila on August 4, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Cindy, we are sure on the same wavelength! I am open to changing my work location and routine, if anyone in your circle is looking for office, technical, graphics, or writing help. Namaste. OM

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on August 5, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Hi Sheila,
      Wishing you good fortune as you change your routine and work.

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