Meridian Acupressure


This 24-hour CEU course provides the foundation in Chinese Medicinal theory and skills that can transform your massage work into integrative health care.


According to the Chinese, the Chi body, consisting of 12 Organ Meridians, is the foundation for health and well-being. If the Chi is abundant and balanced coursing through these Meridians, there is potential for vital health and wellness. If the Chi body is deficient or imbalanced, there is ground for debility or dis-ease. Meridian Acupressure will provide you with the theory and skills to use Chinese Medicine in your massage practice to bring more greater health, physically, mentally and emotionally, to your clients. 


In Chinese Meridian Acupressure, you will:

  • Learn the theory, locations and functions of the 12 Organ Meridians used in Chinese Acupressure
  • Delve into the physical, emotional and spiritual aspect of the Meridians
  • Understand the indications of vitality and imbalance for each of the Organ Meridians 
  • Discover the Source points and potent points along the Meridians, including how to find the point using anatomical landmarks
  • Explore the indications for use of each point ​
  • Practice a sequence of acupressure points to balance each of the Meridians 
  • Earn 24 CEUs approved by the National Certification Board in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork


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Example Curriculum

  Introduction to Taoist Philosophy
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  Metal Element: Lung and Large Intestine Meridians
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  Earth Element: Spleen and Stomach Meridians
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  Fire Element: Heart and Small Intestine (P and TW to be covered later)
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  Water Element: Kidney and Bladder Meridians
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  Fire Element Continued: Pericardium and Triple Warmer Meridians
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  Wood Element: Liver and Gallbladder
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  Assessment Techniques
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  Putting it Together and Wrap-UP
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About your Instructor,

Raizelah Bayen,

National Certification Board in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Approved CEU Provider


With a passion for learning, Raizelah was certified in Integrative Massage in 1991, and never stopped taking classes in the healing arts. She later trained and certified in Eastern Massage and Acupressure, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Chinese and Western Herbology, Aroma Acupoint Therapy and Yoga instruction.  

Most naturally, Raizelah began to weave together the modalities she studied, in her work, developing a unique style of Integrative Health Care that combines hands-on Meridian Massage and Aroma Acupressure, and home care regimes of essential oils, herbs and yoga poses to address client complaints. Her hands-on work was informed by her own practices in mindfulness and embodiment, the foundational ground for her work and life.

Early in Raizelah’s career, she discovered her love for teaching. She first started teaching massage in 1998, at Twin Lakes School of the Healing Arts in Santa Cruz, and followed that with 15 years as a core instructor at the Sebastopol Massage School. Concurrently, Raizelah developed and trained massage therapists in continuing education in spa settings. Her integrative approach was also the foundation of a series of wellness workshops she has offered over the past 15 years.

In 2020, Raizelah took a professional leap to fulfill her dream of opening a massage school. Open Pathways Institute for Integrative Massage is the fulfillment of this dream. Her passion is to support your professional development into integrative health care, weaving Chinese Acupressure along with Aromatherapy and Herbs, into your existing massage practice to provide in-depth, holistic care for your clients. Open Pathways' classes include Eastern massage modalities, Chinese Medicinal Theory and Acupressure, Aroma Acutouch Therapy, Herbal Formulation and more.