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The Meridian Peaceful Heart Treatment
By: Linda Bertaut
Posted: January 30, 2012, from the February 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Author’s note: Special thanks to licensed acupuncturist Yvette Dellanini-Ward for providing her expertise and wisdom in making this treatment and article possible.
Chinese medicine describes chi as the vital energy of life that flows around and through people via meridian pathways. The energy of chi fuels on all levels of body, mind and spirit. Performing meridian treatments and facials provides a peaceful heart and mind by releasing stagnant chi within the meridians and creating space for positive new energy to emerge.
The ancient saying, “As above, so below,” comes from the Chinese Tao philosophy, meaning “way,” translating to walking the path of beauty. For the past 5,000 years, Chinese medicine has evolved based on this premise. Through thousands of years of observation and experimentation, the Chinese learned that people mimic nature. Cycles within the body can be attributed to the five elements and cyclical changes of the seasons in nature. Humans are a part of nature, and health is an extension of the inner and outer world.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) focuses on the person and her environment. It looks at the flow of chi along the interconnected—and invisible—meridian pathways. Each meridian governs the health of an organ for which it is named, and is associated with an emotion, color, taste, sound and season.
Within chi, there are two polarities called yin (feminine) and yang (masculine). All of creation has this duo-energy balance. One cannot exist without the other. Consider night (yin) and day (yang) as two parts of the same whole, in which one precedes or follows the other. Together, they are part of a continuous cycle fluctuating within varying degrees of yin/yang energy.