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The forms of bodywork offered here  are  not  intended for the diagnosis, treatment or cure of disease. They are relaxation therapy, and a useful adjunct to licensed, qualified medical or psychological care. For any persistent pain or symptom, even a seemingly minor one, you
are strongly encouraged to consult a medical doctor. When used in conjunction with standard medical treatment, these techniques can assist the healing process by releasing tension, decreasing stress and encouraging a sense of increased well-being.
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    About the TendinoMuscular Meridians (TMMs)
    These meridians are part of the complete system of energy pathways used by acupuncture and acupressure alike. The old term for these energy pathways was "Sinew
    Meridians." The word "sinews" referred to the tendons and could be used to denote "the source of strength, power, or vigor."  The TendinoMuscular Meridians (TMM) of
    Chinese Medicine traverse the fascia and nourish all major muscle groups along a trajectory that is more superficial and more detailed than the principal meridians.
    From her experience with shiatsu, acupressure, cranio-sacral therapy  and therapeutic massage, Deborah has developed a technique that opens the meridian pathways in
    the fascia without pain. The improvement of the circulation of Qi and Blood further assists the body's own healing process.  The core of the technique is gentleness and a
    pain are From her experience with shiatsu, acupressure, cranio-sacral therapy  and mollified. This gentle technique can address conditions like fibromyalgia, therapeutic
    massage, Deborah muscle strain and soft a technique that opens the tissue injury with minimal discomfort. The work meridian pathways in is also cellulite, cellulite,
    practically effortless for the practitionerpractically effortless for the practitioner because  because of fascia along the energy pathways, it enlists the Qi  in the process,
    much like of fascia along the energy pathways, it enlists the Qi  in the process, much like water flowing water flowing as it opens the as it opens the through a hole in a dam
    continues to widen the holethrough a hole in a dam continues to widen the hole..


      
















Deborah Valentine Smith Demonstrating
TMMs for Fibromyalgia, AOBTA National
Conference, May, 201
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Photo by Debra Howard

    Introduction to the TendinoMuscular Meridian Technique
    Introduction to the TMM technique which can be applied to all twelve of the tendinomuscular meridians. Minimal theory.
    4 Hours

    Introduction to TendinoMuscular Meridians: Where Energy Meets Fascia.
    Because the TendinoMuscular Meridians run through the fascia and nourish the skeletal muscles, they are particularly useful for healing structural problems and injuries.  Chinese texts prescribe them for “pain
    or stiff, strained or twisted muscles along the course of the channel.”  Also, work with these channels often results in “unwinding” of tensions associated with emotional armoring.  Techniques from
    acupressure, massage and shiatsu will be demonstrated and the participants will have a chance to apply them on each of the 12 meridians.. These techniques can be easily incorporated into most bodywork
    sessions and some can also be given to clients for self-treatment. For a more thorough treatment of the twelve meridians, see Advanced TendinoMuscular Meridian Technique below.
    15 Hours

    TendinoMuscular Meridian Technique for Fibromyalgia and Cellulite
    No Prerequisites
    According to Chinese Medicine, the pain and dysfunction of Fibromyalgia and Cellulite result from poor circulation of both Qi and Blood. This workshop introduces an simple yet powerful technique using the
    TendinoMuscular Meridians, which run through the fascia, nourish the skeletal muscles, and are especially powerful for stagnant Qi & Blood. We will also address the Wood element, because it is implicated in
    problems of movement and flow. Using acupressure techniques engages the client’s flow of Qi to assist fascial release, is easy on the practitioner, and gentle on clients who are in pain; yet the results have been
    compared favorably to more labor-intensive methods. The techniques can be easily incorporated into massage and bodywork sessions and parts can be given to clients for self-care.
    (4 Hours)
    TendinoMuscular Meridian Technique Intensive

    Part I: 45 Hours
    Three weekends OR Theory by Webinar, 3 days in-person
    Participants learn detailed, specific techniques for all twelve TMMs .
    The course includes:
          Review of the twelve TendinoMuscular Meridians
          Their associated muscles
          Assisted gentle stretches
          Specific manual techniques for each of the twelve meridians
    Each day addresses one Yin/Yang pair of meridians (e.g. Lung/Large Intestine) and the agonist/antagonist/synergist relations of the associated muscles.

    Part II: 45 Hours
         Three weekends OR Theory by Webinar, 3 days in-person
    Prerequisite: Part I or permission of the instructor.
    This course will cover:
          The Six Division (Hand/Foot) meridian pairings (e.g. Tai Yang: SI and Bl)
          The Associated muscle layers (superficial, intermediate, deep) of
                   the three muscle meridians of each aspect of the limbs (e.g.
                   Yang  Arm: TW, LI, SI)
          The associated trains of fascia
          Additional stretches related to the Six Division pairings
          Additional manual techniques related to the Six Division pairings

Introduction to TendinoMuscular Meridian Technique
4 Hours
Introduction to TendinoMuscular Meridians: Where Energy Meets Fascia
15 Hours
TendinoMuscular Meridian Technique for Fibromyalgia & Cellulite
15 Hrs
TendinoMuscular Meridian Technique Intensive
  Part 1 - 45 Hours
  Part 2 -  45 Hours