Elemental Manual Meridian Techniques


This series of 5 classes will focus on affecting the Autonomic Nervous System and Vagal nerve complex, in order to achieve energetic and physical balance.  The curriculum is taught relative to each element in the Asian Meridian System (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal). Each element will be taught in the season preceding that element.


Techniques in these classes will blend together:

  • Toyohari style meridian therapy,

  • Visceral Fascial Mobilization and Manipulation,

  • Neural Mobilization and Manipulation,

  • Circulatory Release Techniques,

  • Myofascial Release, Direct and Indirect techniques that incorporate the philosophy of the structure fascial system, 

  • Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, 

  • Neuroendocrine Balancing, and

  • Emotional Release Techniques.


Affects to the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems will be achieved through manipulation of the energy within the meridians, using the aforementioned modalities. 

The Poly-Vagal Theory, as developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, will be discussed as foundational theory for the techniques presented. Safe and Sound Listening Protocol will also be introduced within the Wood Element class, for its significant effects in trauma release and Vagal down regulation. 

Emphasis on palpatory integration and tactile sense will be highlighted in class. Each student will learn to trust their hands through practice, and confirmation through demonstration. Class sizes will be kept small to nurture the most comprehensive learning possible in a short period of time. Clinical experience will be referenced in each class, so as to relay practical application of the techniques presented. Creativity and an open mind are essential prerequisites.


These classes will be geared toward advanced practitioners of massage, manual therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and acupuncture, although any healthcare practitioner with an extensive working knowledge of anatomy may apply to take a class.


The techniques and information presented in these classes are meant to enhance your current practice, and expand your awareness of the resilience of the human body. Information will also be given relative to application in current patient plans of care, and instruction as to the documenting of procedure for health plan reimbursement. Questions about clinical application are encouraged, and will be addressed on the last day of class.


Each class can be taken stand alone, but will build off of each other, as the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Students are encouraged to complete the whole sequence, and packages are available for prepayment at each level of completion. 

Individual class prices are $550 per person, for Portland, OR based training. Pre-payment for the 5 class package is available for a total of $2,500 (a discount of $250 off of the total price of the series).  To book individual classes or the total package click the link below, and look under the "workshops" tab.





A total of 16 hours of CEUs will be able to be offered, available to LAc and LMT participants. Students of other disciplines may apply to have this class accepted as part of their CEU requirements. The 5 class series will offer a total of 80 CEUs. 

Classes will be taught on Saturdays from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, with a seasonal vegetarian lunch provided from 12:30-1:45. You are welcome to bring your own food, or to leave for lunch as well, but community is encouraged. Review, practicum, and Q&A will be on Sundays from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm. There will be a light vegetarian brunch provided from 11:00-12:00 that morning.


Rest breaks will be provided throughout each day. Classes are limited to 14 participants, but you are welcome to contact me to be put on a waitlist for additional spots opening. For more information, or to sign up in advance for classes, please contact Nicole Keane, at gratitudehealingarts@gmail.com, or 907-382-4844. 

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