Elemental Manual Meridian Techniques


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


Techniques in these classes will blend together:

  • Toyohari style meridian therapy;

  • Visceral Fascial Matrix Mobilization;

  • Neural Mobilization;

  • Circulatory Release Techniques;

  • Myofascial Release: Direct and Indirect techniques that incorporate the philosophy of the structure fascial matrix and fascial meridian 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 (SSP) will also be introduced within the Wood Element class, for its significant effects as a tool for working with people that have experienced trauma, and to assist with Vagal down regulation. 

Emphasis on anatomy, physiology, palpatory integration, and tactile sense will be highlighted in class, as well as Toyohari assessments of the energy channels of the body. Each student will learn to trust their hands through practice, and confirmation through demonstration. In person 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.  Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, MDs, DOs, DCs, PAs, PTAs, and CNAs are also encouraged to take this curriculum, to expand their working knowledge of the potentials for healing.  


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 by email, or in person, in the case of small group classes. 


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. 

These courses will be delivered in hands on, in person workshops, as well as an online format, with detailed demonstrations and a 'learn at your own pace' structure.


Small group, in person, classes and study sessions will be available on a limited bases, at the request of the student or group of students. For those taking this curriculum entirely online, I am offering one to one, hands on training, to be scheduled after completion of each module, at your convenience. This hands on training is not required, but is highly recommended to ensure correct application of the techniques and further your learning process. 

Individual class prices are $550 per person, for small group, in person classes. Pre-payment for the entire 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.  Participants of the in person classes will have access to the online modules, for future study and review.  Each class comes with an extremely detailed manual, well organized, with figures and Netter plates of anatomical drawings specifically relevant to each course. 

Pricing for the online curriculum only is TBD. Pricing for one to one, hands on mentorship study sessions will be worked out with each student, upon request, depending on the amount of time requested for mentorship.





A total of 16 hours of CEUs/PDAs will be able to be offered for each class, available to LAc and LMT participants through the NCCAOM and NCBTMB, respectively. Students of other disciplines may apply to have this class accepted as part of their CEU requirements, as I pursue other accreditations. The 5 class series will offer a total of 80 CEUs. 

In person, small group, classes will be taught on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, with a seasonal vegetarian lunch provided from 12:30-1:30 on Saturday along with a question and answer session. You are welcome to bring your own food, or purchase food from the cafe near the classroom.


Review, practicum, and Q&A will be on Sunday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. There will be a light vegetarian brunch and break out study session provided from 11:00-12:00 that morning.


Rest breaks will be provided throughout each day. Classes are limited to 10-14 participants. For more information, or to sign up in advance for classes, please contact Nicole Keane, at gratitudehealingarts@gmail.com, or 907-382-4844.