Massage Techniques for the Abdomen and Back: Meridians and Points

Date: Mar 18, 2017 - Mar 19, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

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Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy

This Class Does Not Award CEs.

Discount Available for Series of 4 NAHA (North American Healing Arts) Workshops. Contact for more information.

Day 1: We begin with ceremony. Next we move toward working with the abdomen and back, using visceral massage techniques for the abdomen. We bring clients’ awareness to the areas of discomfort within their abdomen, especially the fascia, and work toward releasing energy in these tissues. We follow the path of the colon around the abdomen, improving peristalsis. We then work on the back with massage of the paraspinal muscles to release restrictions between vertebrae, and increase general relaxation and range of motion.

Day 2: Indigenous Americans, specifically the Cherokee, knew energy meridians and worked with acupressure points along these meridians. They also practiced a form of acupuncture. We demystify the energy meridians, showing how readily they can be identified with ordinary energy medicine techniques similar to shiatsu and how readily apparent points are when we “run” the meridian. We discuss the massage of points and how the work assists the removal of restrictions to the flow of energy and facilitates healing. We end with ceremony.

Lewis Mehl-Madrona MD PhD (Cherokee and Lakota heritage) is the author of several books, including the “Coyote” Trilogy. His work discusses healing practices from Lakota, Cherokee, and Cree traditions, and how they intersect with conventional medicine via a social constructionist model. He has been writing about the use of imagery and narrative in healing since the 1980s and is certified in psychiatry, geriatrics, and family medicine. His research collaborations include work on various psychological conditions, issues of psychology during birthing, nutritional approaches to autism and diabetes, and the use of healing circles to improve overall health outcomes. He has taught in the medical schools at Maine Dartmouth, Union Institute and University (Brattleboro, VT), the University of Hawaii, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Pittsburgh, and Stanford University, where he obtained his degree in medicine. He was head of a program at Beth Israel, New York City, as well as holding a number of other positions in complementary healthcare organizations, in addition to hospitals, where he has also performed extensive emergency and psychiatric care throughout the U.S. and Canada, including about aboriginal systems and in aboriginal settings. He has also published over 100 papers in refereed journals.Lewis and Barbara live in Bangor, Maine, where he currently teaches at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, practices medicine at Eastern Maine Medical Center and Acadia Hospital, Bangor, and is the Director of Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation. & http://

Barbara Mainguy MFA MA is involved in creative arts psychotherapy and group medical care, especially in relation to geriatrics and people with psychosis. She is a filmmaker and a visual artist and is currently editing a film on how society decides whom to call “mad.” Her M.A. is in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University (Montreal) with an emphasis on Drama Therapy. She is the author of scholarly papers on embodied narratives and drama therapy with autism and schizophrenia. Together, she and Lewis have written the book, Remapping the Mind. She is Education Director for the Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation.To contact Lewis or Barbara, email or call 808-772-1099.

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