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703, 2024

5 Element Constellations 3 Day Workshop

By |March 7th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

This is going to be a great workshop where you will experience the 5-Elements in real life action. This helps all practitioners who use the 5-Elements understand even more deeply how to see them in ourselves, and also how to understand their relationship in client issues. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ends this Friday so register this week for a nice discount!

1103, 2021


By |March 11th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Your Content Goes Here Our school offers some of the most unique programs in the country. Look over our catalogs and call or come in to talk to us so you can see what this actually involves. Our practitioners and graduates are a fusion of massage, acupressure, essential oils, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, and energy healing. After training daily with meditation, qigong, and tai chi - we don't [...]

1802, 2021

Cupping, Moxa, and Gua Sha

By |February 18th, 2021|Categories: School Instructors Blog|Tags: , , , |

Traditional Chinese Medicine Originally posted March 21, 2012 Cupping Cupping is one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine. The earliest recorded use of cupping dates to the early fourth century. Originally, practitioners would use hollowed-out animal horns for cups, and place them over particular points or meridians. Today, most acupuncturists use cups made of thick glass or plastic, although [...]

1702, 2021

Essential Oil Blends for the Holidays

By |February 17th, 2021|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|Tags: , , |

Make Easy Essential Oil Blends for the Holidays By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted December 2016 #1:  Diffuse a festive blend in the air. Use these in an electric diffuser, or simply in a bowl with boiled water poured on top. NOTE: The amounts below make 1 use in the diffuser which will last 1-3 hours.  To make a larger amount [...]

1702, 2021

What To Do With Rosehips

By |February 17th, 2021|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|Tags: , |

How to use the rosehips from your rosebushes By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted September 2017 Rosehips are little Vitamin C powerhouses that have nice benefit to our immune system, are great for our skin, and have an energetic affinity to deep internal wisdom nourishing our Heartmind (via Jing in Water connecting to the Fire Element). FIRST: Rinse them in clean water, then [...]

1602, 2021

Tapping Points

By |February 16th, 2021|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|Tags: , , |

Energetics of EFT Tapping Points By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted October 2017 Tapping creates a vibration which dissipates energy, like waves going out in ripples from a drip. This is a very different technique as compared to the pressing down in Acupressure, or the forceful command of an inserted Acupuncture needle.  The tapping is gentle, encouraging, yet nurturing at the same [...]

202, 2021

Tuition & Financial Aid

By |February 2nd, 2021|Categories: School|

Funding Your Tuition Please call us to discuss which program will best suit your personal and financial needs. The program you are enrolled in will determine your total tuition, and we want to ensure you receive the best value for your needs and goals. Student Loans, Family Education Loans, VA Educational Funding, and Native Scholarships & Grants are available for the 11-month program plus we offer in-house payment plans. [...]

2701, 2021

Thank You

By |January 27th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Catalog and Application Downloads Thank you for your interest in The Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture & Massage Therapy, the School of Choice in Alaska. It is our goal to provide you with the education you need for an exciting and successful career in the Complimentary Alternative Medicine field. We offer outstanding programs in Massage Therapy, Advanced massage courses with CEU's, Oriental Medicine, Taoist Herbology, and Medical QiGong. [...]

2601, 2021


By |January 26th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Workshop Series Our next Workshop Series will be announced soon. Get on our mailing list to stay up-to-date with the latest happenings at Alaska Institute. Wanting to study Massage Therapy? LEARN MORE HERE

2101, 2021

Before & Aftercare FAQ

By |January 21st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Helpful information Everyone has questions before their first massage. We've put together a Frequently Asked Questions list to help you feel comfortable when you come in. We're always happy to answer any questions that you have. Just ask when you make your appointment or ask your therapist when you come in.

3112, 2020

Kep Pierce

By |December 31st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Qigong ⋅ Tui Na Medical Acupressure ⋅ Massage Dao Shima Susan told Kep that Thoracic Kyphosis could be improved with Tai Chi stances. After a couple of months of diligent and committed tai chi practice Kep noticed a big difference in her posture. One day, while talking to Dao Shima about tai chi and her posture challenges Kep decided to attend massage school. Kep saw a career in [...]

3112, 2020

Gretchen Holbrook

By |December 31st, 2020|Categories: Instructors|

Professional Massage Therapist Gretchen has been relieving pain since August 2010. Gretchen is strong and has a naturally deep and quick style, leaving your muscles knowing they had a great massage! Be sure to request her for a chair massage when you're really stressed out and she'll work wonders for you. Have a full hour to have your whole body re-balanced? A table massage with Gretchen is [...]

3112, 2020

Brittany Russell

By |December 31st, 2020|Categories: Instructors|

Massage ⋅ Gua Sha ⋅ Acupressure ⋅ Qigong Brittany Russell is a fabulous Oriental Healing Massage Therapist. She has dedicated herself to many dynamic forms of body work including Swedish relaxation massage, Thai Yoga massage, Tui Na sports massage, Prenatal massage and Hot Stone. Her specialties also include Gua Sha and acupressure points. She has also earned herself a reputation for providing a wonderful chair massage! In [...]

3112, 2020

Lee Ann Benko

By |December 31st, 2020|Categories: Instructors|

Excellent Children Program ⋅ Tui Na ⋅ Massage ⋅ Medical QiGong Lee Ann Benko is the fabulous director of our "Excellent Children" program which provides Meditation, Tai Chi, and pediatric massage to children ages 6-14. She teaches the Tui Na course and also teaches workshops in Tui Na Acupressure Massage and Massage for Infants and Children. Lee Ann has a private practice in massage therapy, Tui Na [...]

3112, 2020

Michele Keck

By |December 31st, 2020|Categories: Instructors|

Thai Massage, Tuina Chinese Medical Acupressure Massage, Taoist Herbology, Medical Qigong Energy Work Michele is the lead instructor for the hands-on table massage program in the Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture and Massage Therapy. She loves teaching and sharing the healing arts not just as for a vocation ,but as way for people to embark on their own healing journey for personal growth,self cultivation, and to fulfill [...]

3112, 2020

Cynthia McMullen

By |December 31st, 2020|Categories: Instructors|

Certified Hypnotherapist ⋅ Certified Aromatherapist ⋅ Touch of Tao Cynthia has been relieving pain since 1999. She is one of the creative minds behind the Massage Therapy Program at the Oriental Healing Arts School of Massage Therapy. Cynthia has been teaching introductory Oriental medicine classes for more than 20 years with a special emphasis on understanding Traditional Taoist Five Elements, Traditional Qi/Energy Healing and Medical QiGong. She [...]

3012, 2020

Tao Shi Pei Wo Lun

By |December 30th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Master Healer and Master Teacher Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun, a preeminent Master Healer and Master Teacher, embodies many years of experience and wisdom along with an unsurpassed knowledge base, as he takes you on a deeply profound journey of spiritual healing. The journey offered by Tao Shih fulfills the hope of attaining "The Promise". The promise of heaven on earth, peace, bliss, ecstasy, unconditional love, and equanimity. [...]

3012, 2020

Appointments & Prices

By |December 30th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Appointments and Prices 1 hour Package Price $45 * More options 1 hour Package Price $96 1 hour Package Price $125 1 hour Package Price $150 90 Min Session Appointments Receptionist: 907-279-0135 Open 7 days PACKAGE DEALS For the person who gets regular massage: Buy 6 Massages for [...]

2611, 2020

Download Catalog

By |November 26th, 2020|Categories: School, Uncategorized|

Get Started Today! The Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture & Massage Therapy is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Complete course catalogs are available for download. To request our catalogs, please complete the following, below. Any problems or questions, call us at 907-279-0135. Thank you!

2611, 2020

About Our School

By |November 26th, 2020|Categories: School|

The Oriental Healing Arts Center About AKINSTITUTE: The Oriental Healing Arts Center, where many of the school courses are held, is a wellness center offering a full range of services within the Taoist Healing Arts. Our staff includes a Taoist Spiritual Healer, Professional Massage Therapists that have graduated in the top of their class from our school, Intern and Student Massage Therapists, and Tai Chi, QiGong, and Yoga [...]

2611, 2020

Alumni Services

By |November 26th, 2020|Categories: School|

Our alumni are some of the most special people we know. They are caring, highly skilled, and passionate about health and healing. Between 2003 and 2017 we have successfully graduated 30 classes of students. Not only do we have a high % of our graduates working in the field, many of our alumni are among the top paid massage therapists in the state. 100% of our graduates that have [...]

2611, 2020

Tai Chi and QiGong Instructor Training

By |November 26th, 2020|Categories: Programs, School|

Tai Chi and QiGong: Instructor Training Contact us at 907-279-0135 for an interview if you are interested in Instructor Training. Instructor Training: Tai Chi 10" Tai Chi 24 Tai Chi 108 Hsing Yi and Chen Styles Advanced, Martial Arts Certification, Award of Taoist Titles: Lao Shih (Teacher) Da Lao Shih (Greater Teacher) Shifu (Master Teacher - male) Shima (Master Teacher - female) [...]

2611, 2020

CEUs, Workshops, and Fun Classes

By |November 26th, 2020|Categories: Programs, School|

CEUs, Workshops, and Fun Classes If we want to know our body's needs and understand the messages it is always telling us, we need to know how to listen to it. Join us for Tai Chi, QiGong and Yoga Classes. Our Courses and Workshops range from nutrition, essential oils to massage and stress management. Our courses are perfect for someone who really wants to learn about and incorporate natural medicine into [...]

2611, 2020

Massage Therapy Program

By |November 26th, 2020|Categories: Massage Therapy Program|

The #1 Reason Students Choose Our School: "I want to help people and I want to be a healer. I heard you're the best." Program Details 750 Hour Massage Therapy Program, Full Time & Part Time Authorized by Alaska State Postsecondary Education Our Signature Massage Therapy Courses Include: Orientation, 3 hours 5-Elements, 51 hours BioScience, 126 hours Swedish Massage, 171 hours Tai [...]

2611, 2020

Healing Response Masterclass

By |November 26th, 2020|Categories: CEUs Workshops and Fun Courses|

How do we create the best conditions possible for healing to occur? We initiate The Healing Response™ within ourselves or others. This 180 hour (36 weeks) masterclass teaches 9 essential components required to put our bodies into the optimal state to heal, AND how to use the Taoist healing arts of Meditation, QiGong, and Tai Chi to support these components. Sign up to receive more info and reminders about this class. [...]

2611, 2020

Essential Oil Certification Course

By |November 26th, 2020|Categories: CEUs Workshops and Fun Courses|

Online Learning ⋅ Essential Oil Certification Course Study at our school in Alaska from anywhere in the world! Our online learning program uses beautiful workbooks and training videos. Becoming certified in Essential Oils can make the difference between a hobby and a Healing Art. If you love essential oils, why not learn how to really use them and get the most out of these awesome little bottles?! No [...]

2611, 2020

Massage Therapy Services

By |November 26th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Oriental Bodywork Specialties Qi Energy Healing / Medical QiGong Therapy Resolve chronic health conditions with this energy healing practice that is a foundation of Oriental medicine. Medical QiGong Therapy is done with or without a massage / acupressure session to balance and heal the body, mind & spirit. Essential Oils & Chinese Medical Aromatherapy Essential oils are a beautiful way to enhance your life and [...]

2611, 2020

Student Clinics

By |November 26th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Massage Therapy ⋅ Oriental Medicine Student clinics are a great way to receive bodywork services at a reduced price, and your feedback is essential to the growth of our students as they prepare to enter a professional field. Our students all go through intense internal training and must be approved by instructors before they begin their clinical training hours. For students, clinic training [...]

1511, 2016

Natural Therapies for Anxiety

By |November 15th, 2016|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|Tags: , , , , , , |

Natural Therapies for Anxiety: Herbs, Massage Therapy, Energy Healing, Meditation – QiGong – Tai Chi By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted November 2016 See video at the end - ANXIETY: Frankincense & Energy Work Approximately 38 million Americans suffer with chronic anxiety or depression with one out of eight adults currently taking antidepressant medications for these symptoms. While these medications can offer [...]

311, 2016

Natural therapies for Insomnia

By |November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|Tags: , , , , , , |

Natural Therapies for Insomnia: Herbs, Massage Therapy, Energy Healing, Meditation, QiGong, Essential Oils & Ear Reflexology By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted November 2016 Sleep disorders plague millions of Americans and can be attributed to a variety of causes. Perhaps the main cause of insomnia and restless sleep is the whirlwind pace that most modern people live with day in and [...]

3010, 2016

What Does Energy Healing Feel Like

By |October 30th, 2016|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

Mysterious and Powerful: Energy Healing By Cynthia McMullen Originally Published October 30, 2016 Many people are drawn to Energy Healing and have a gnawing curiosity about it.  If you find yourself in this position, read on and enjoy. Energy Healing is mysterious, powerful, and deeply personal.  There are many sensations, thoughts, emotions, memories, visualizations, and more that are experienced by both [...]

2409, 2016


By |September 24th, 2016|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

GALLSTONES: Essential Oils QiGong and More By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted September 24, 2016 DISCLAIMER:  Natural methods work best to prevent or lessen the degree and occurrence of gall stones in someone who may be prone to them. This information is not intended to replace proper medical attention for someone experiencing acute symptoms related to gall stones.  If you are in severe [...]

1609, 2016


By |September 16th, 2016|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

DEPRESSION: Distant Energy Healing with Medical QiGong By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted September 23, 2016 Q:  “I have somebody that’s very close to me who is severely depressed, and they’re receiving medical attention because they’re suicidal. Is there some kind of distant energy healing technique that I can do to help them?” A: Let me say first, that in a [...]

1109, 2016


By |September 11th, 2016|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

INSOMNIA: Essential Oils and Ear Reflexology By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted September 11, 2016 Q:  What kind of essential oils and things can I use for insomnia? A:  First, let’s look at insomnia energetically in terms of Yin and Yang. The light side is Yang, and the dark side is Yin.  Yin is very quiet, calm, peaceful, and Yang [...]

109, 2016


By |September 1st, 2016|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

Essential Oil Acupressure for Rosacea By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted September 1, 2016 Q:  What can I do for rosacea? A:  Rosacea (named for rosy cheeks) is a red skin irritation on the face. It can be anywhere from light and mild to very noticeable and uncomfortable.  A doctor must diagnose whether or not red skin on the face [...]

2305, 2016

The Energy of Gall Stones

By |May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

Gall Stones from an Energetic Point of View By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted May 2016 Q: Can you discuss Gall Stones from an energetic point of view? A: Sure, this is how we talk about them in Medical QiGong Energy Healing. First, our Gall Bladder is called “The Decision Maker”, and it’s important to understand that the act of Making a [...]

2812, 2015

5 Best Ways to Use Massage Therapy

By |December 28th, 2015|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

A Massage on a Regular Basis Offers Huge Benefits By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted December 2015 Getting a massage here and there when we’re stressed out or sore is great, however getting a massage on a regular basis has some huge benefits worth looking at. Depending on our health goals and the resources we commit to our self-care, regular massage [...]

907, 2015

QiGong Q & A

By |July 9th, 2015|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted July 2015 Q:   I want to thank you for sharing your exercises under Taoist Temple Seated QiGong. I have been practicing QiGong for several years, and found your series wonderful and so complete. I have some questions: Can I introduce some other movements and do they have to be so slow? I have done a different form [...]

404, 2015

Abdominal Massage

By |April 4th, 2015|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

Digestive Massage Treatment By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted April 2015 What happens when you combine Massage Therapy and Oriental medicine? Awesomeness! Meet one of our new Dream Team members, Starla Brewer, LMT. Our Dream Team therapists are some of our best alumni who are mentoring directly under our instructors to learn and practice combination Massage Therapy and Oriental medicine non-needle [...]

1608, 2014

Stretch Marks

By |August 16th, 2014|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

Stretch Marks Massage and Essential Oils By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted August 2014 My massage class learned how to use essential oils & gliding cups to help erase stretch marks.  The essential oils soak in to soften the scar tissue and improve the skin, then the gliding cups bring healing circulation & Yin fluids to fill in the grooves.You should expect this [...]

304, 2014

Energy Healing and Encountering Negative Energy

By |April 3rd, 2014|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

Q & A: Energy Healing and Encountering Negative Energy By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted Date Q: I’m very interested in Energy Healing. I’ve been working on trying to open my heart so I feel more connected to doing this. The other day I interacted with a person who I felt negative energy from. It wasn’t anything specific, just a feeling I got [...]

2403, 2014

INSIGHT: Stuck Emotions in Earth Element

By |March 24th, 2014|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

INSIGHT Stuck Emotions in Earth Element By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted 2014 Insight: Last night in class we were discussing the Earth Element and how the emotion of "worry" or "rumination" wears down our Earth Qi. "Rumination" is like chewing on something, then bringing it back up rather than swallowing it and allowing it to digest. This made me think [...]

1601, 2014

What To Do With Expensive Essential Oils

By |January 16th, 2014|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

What To Do With Expensive Essential Oils By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted 2014 What can you do with those really expensive & nice essential oils like pure White Rose? We often purchase them in small vials because the cost can be so high for a 5ml size bottle. In the picture here, the 3 small bottles are 1/24th of 1 [...]

1612, 2013

Essential Oils for the Heart Center

By |December 16th, 2013|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

Essential Oils for the Heart Center By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted 2013 Flowers are the Heart (Fire Element) of the plant. We can change the vibration of our Heart Center energy by applying a diluted Flower essential oil to acupoints such as: Pericardium - 6 (Nei Guan) Pericardium - 8 (Lao Gong) Conception Vessel / Ren - 17 (Shan Zhong) [...]

612, 2013

Blood Building Syrup Herbal Recipe

By |December 6th, 2013|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

Blood Building Syrup Herbal Recipe By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted Date Back in March one of my Twitter friends posted this recipe, and finally today I spent a glorious morning making it! I think it's worth sharing with you - enjoy! Who needs this? The original author, Todd Caldecott, lists from an Ayurvedic perspective that this is "an excellent [...]

511, 2013

TCM and SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder

By |November 5th, 2013|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

TCM and SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted 2013 Cool Info from Lunch with Lamar today, topic: SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) It's amazing how some of the symptoms: sleeping too much, gaining weight & craving carbs sound just like a Bear. We need to consider whether or not we are just following Nature OR if we have [...]

2610, 2013

How to Make a Magical Wound Spritz

By |October 26th, 2013|Categories: Student Blogs|

How to Make a Magical Wound Spritz By Guest Blogger, Becky Makool Originally posted 2013 One morning in mid-October, I jumped off my treadmill in the middle of my workout to try to grab a small piece of rawhide bone—a potential choking hazard—from one of my dogs before she could swallow it. Because it was early morning and I was [...]

3007, 2013

Massage for High Blood Pressure

By |July 30th, 2013|Categories: Student Blogs|

Massage for High Blood Pressure By K. McCarty Originally posted 2013 Benefits of massage include reducing hypertension and lowering blood pressure. The cause of high blood pressure is divided into two large categories as essential hypertension and secondary hypertension. The cause of essential hypertension is unknown, but a person's lifestyle and genetic factors have been said to be involved. Secondary [...]

505, 2013

Instructions for Doing an Enema

By |May 5th, 2013|Categories: Student Blogs|

Step by Step Instructions for Doing an Enema By  Becky Makool, guest blogger Originally posted 2013 WHAT IS AN ENEMA? An enema is the injection of a large amount of liquid into the rectum to flush out and cleanse the colon. ONLINE RESOURCES Here are a couple great resources to check out before you try your first enema: " How to [...]

1803, 2013

The Amazing Extraordinary Unused Power of BITTERS

By |March 18th, 2013|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

The Amazing Extraordinary Unused Power of BITTERS By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted 2013 Every natural medicine in the world recognizes that the flavor of the food we eat not only provides a variation in taste, but has specific therapeutic actions that allow all of our food, each time we eat, to be a form of medicine to us. This actually [...]

1103, 2013

TCM Cupping Therapy

By |March 11th, 2013|Categories: Student Blogs, Uncategorized|

TCM Cupping Therapy By Danielle Shones Originally posted 2014 Traditional Chinese Medicine is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism and dates back more than 2,500 years. TCM is better known for the use of herbs, acupuncture/moxibustion, massage therapy, TuiNa and Tai Chi to treat and even prevent illness.  Although Cupping is a lesser-known treatment it is a big part [...]

3010, 2012

Black Bean Soup

By |October 30th, 2012|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

Black Bean Soup By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted 2012 This soup is special for the Water Element and helps to strengthen our kidneys.  It uses several foods that are especially beneficial to the kidneys:  black beans, barley, cinnamon, cloves, quality sea salt, black sesame seeds, and kombu seaweed.  I cooked the beans in a pressure cooker because this method forces the flavor [...]

2108, 2012

5 Element Nutrition Earth Element

By |August 21st, 2012|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

5 Element Nutrition Earth Element By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted 2012 We had a lot of fun in last night's 5-Element Nutrition class on Balancing Your Earth Element.  One aspect of the Earth Element is that if you eat too much of the "sweet" flavor it becomes heavy and damp, so it's important to try and consciously incorporate some of [...]

2703, 2012

Medicinal Mushroom Risotto

By |March 27th, 2012|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

Medicinal Mushroom Risotto By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted 2012 This recipe is from my 5-Element Nutrition workshop on Medicinal Mushrooms. It wonderfully boosts your immune system, is anti-viral, increases circulation, and makes your Spirit happy. Enjoy! Ingredients: 2 Tbs Olive oil 2 Tbs Butter 1 shallot, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 Tbs fresh lemon zest, chopped (about ½ lemon) [...]

2303, 2012

Tui Na Massage

By |March 23rd, 2012|Categories: Student Blogs|

Tui Na Massage One of Tui Na's advantages over simple massage is its ability to focus on specific problems, especially chronic pain associated with the muscles, joints, and skeletal system. It's especially effective for joint pain (such as arthritis), sciatica, muscle spasms, and pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. It also helps chronic conditions such as insomnia, constipation, headaches (including migraines), [...]

2203, 2012

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Massage Therapy

By |March 22nd, 2012|Categories: Student Blogs|

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Massage Therapy By Tonia Curry-Ohlsen, Student Originally posted 2012 Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the after effects of stress from a traumatic event, situation or accident. Massage is beneficial to people with PTSD for several reasons. Firstly, lets have a look at a client with PTSD. A middle aged woman is in a moderately severe [...]

2203, 2012

Headaches and the Body

By |March 22nd, 2012|Categories: Student Blogs|

Headaches and the Body There are many different types of headaches. Although not all headaches are the same, they all share at least one thing in common - they cause pain. Both men and women suffer from headaches. 70 million people deal with headaches every day in which 90% are men and 95% are women. There are over 150 different types [...]

2203, 2012

Arthritis and Massage Therapy

By |March 22nd, 2012|Categories: Student Blogs|

Arthritis and Massage Therapy Arthritis involves the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage normally protects a joint, allowing it to move smoothly. Cartilage also absorbs shock when pressure is placed on the joint, such as when you walk. Without the normal amount of cartilage, the bones rub together, causing pain, swelling (inflammation), and stiffness. Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints. A [...]

1303, 2012

Massage Therapy for IBS

By |March 13th, 2012|Categories: Student Blogs|

Massage Therapy for IBS Even though the cause of IBS(Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is not known, there are ways to help relieve the pain. IBS is a sensitivity of the intestines which may be caused by diet, antibiotics, stress, and genetics. Symptoms: Bloating Diarrhea Constipation Mucus in Stool Stomach Cramps Anxiety or Depression Fatigue Treating IBS The Natural Way! Stress is a [...]

1203, 2012

Case Studies and Meridians

By |March 12th, 2012|Categories: Student Blogs|

Case Studies and Meridians Originally posted 2012 Everyone's body is different, and every body has different complaints, aches and pains. In our [massage therapy] class at the Oriental Healing Arts School of Massage we were able to take our personal complaints and were able to help treat them or subside the issue. Over a period of time, we were taking [...]

1008, 2001

Issue Solving Meditations

By |August 10th, 2001|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

Two Ways to Find Answers From the True Self By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted 2001 Have you ever experienced confusion? Felt unsure about a decision you made or need to make? Or just didn't know how you felt about something? Many times these situations happen because the body- mind- spirit are not acting together. You can tell the difference because [...]

1008, 2000

What is Medical QiGong?

By |August 10th, 2000|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

What is Medical QiGong? By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted Date Medical QiGong is updated terminology for a centuries old healing modality that has finally found popularity in the U.S. Also known as Chi Kung, QiGong is often recognized as something that is vaguely similar to yoga, where slow movement is combined with breathwork. There are three types of QiGong: Spiritual [...]

110, 1999

Three Centered Mediation

By |October 1st, 1999|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|

Three Centered Mediation: A Daily Ritual to Find Spiritual Bliss By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted 1999 What does meditation mean to you? I asked a few people that don’t do it, and aside from a one or two that thought it was nothing more than a waste of time, I got similar answers: You sit in a motionless position with your [...]

106, 1999

Taiji Experience

By |June 1st, 1999|Categories: Cynthia McMullen|Tags: , |

Taiji Experience By Cynthia McMullen Originally posted 1999 I stand: feet together, back straight, head up, shoulders, hips and knees relaxed, arms at my sides. With eyes closed I breathe: soft, slow, full and deep, feeling the energy gather at my lower dan tian, the center just below the navel. Inhale, long and slow, gathering energy. Exhale, long and slow, [...]

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