Integrating Chinese Medicine

into Massage Therapy

for massage therapists, like you,

who feel called to go deeper...

This program gives you a foundation in Chinese Meridian and Five Element Theory,
and a blend of techniques, including Acupressure, Meridian Massage Therapy,
and Aroma Acutouch Therapy to resolve the source of your clients' tension and pain.

Integrating Chinese Medicine into Massage Therapy includes

5 NCBTMB-approved courses and offers 96 CE hours:

Acupressure's Potent Points for Common Complaints (15 Hours)

  • Learn Acupressure's Potent Points to address what your clients most need: relief for shoulder-neck tension, low backache, insomnia, fatigue, weak immunity and stress
  • Discover ways to integrate Acupressure into Massage Therapy
  • Practice self-care using acupressure to cultivate your vitality

Chinese Meridian Acupressure (24 Hours)

  • Learn 12 Organ Meridian pathways as well as physical, mental and emotional functions for each
  • Discover potent points to balance and revitalize the Meridians
  • Explore signs and symptoms of Meridian imbalances and how to use Acupressure to restore balance

Aroma Acutouch Therapy to Balance the Chinese Five Elements (22 hours)

  • Learn Five Element theory including functions, virtues, and spirits of the Elements
  • Asses physical, emotional and spiritual signs and symptoms of Element imbalance
  • Use Acupressure and essential oil application to restore Element balance
  • Discover the energetics of essential oils
  • Practice Aroma Acutouch sequences for each Element

Meridian Massage Therapy (20 hours)

  • Learn diverse massage techniques from China and Japan to balance and stimulate Meridian Chi flow
  • Integrate Eastern joint mobilization and stretches into your practice to open the "gateways" (joints) to enhance Chi circulation
  • Tie together the theory and skills learned in this program for a truly integrative approach to health blending East with West in your bodywork

Balancing the Nervous System using Acupressure, Essential Oils (15 hours)

  • Understand Nervous System Imbalances from the Chinese Perspective
  • Discover Acupoints, essential oils and herbs to balance the Constrained Chi of a Tense Nervous System and the Deficient Chi of a Weak Nervous System
  • Practice specific Aroma Acutouch Therapy sequences for the various manifestations of both Constrained Chi and Deficient Chi.
  • Feel confident assessing your client's needs and addressing them using the principles and practices of Chinese Medicine

When you enroll in Integrating Chinese Medicine into Massage Therapy Program, you receive 3 amazing bonuses:


Save $125 when you enroll in the program, instead of the 5 classes individually!!


Staying Healthy with Chinese Medicine

Learn here tools and techniques, including Aroma Acutouch Therapy and Herbs, for cold and flu season.


Includes a Five Elements assessment and 1 FREE herbal formula.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Open Pathways' classes approved by the National Certification Board in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork?

Yes, all of our classes are approved by NCBTMB for CE hours.

What if I miss a class? How do I make it up?

All online classes are recorded. Once you are enrolled, you will have access to the recordings of the online classes to make up any missed course content for NO additional charge.  

Are there payment plans available for classes and programs?

Yes, there is a payment plan option available for every class and program that is offered online by Open Pathways.

Is there a homework requirement for Open Pathways' classes?

There is a requirement that you practice the material presented in class for a minimum of 30 minutes per week. You will be asked to turn in a Practice Record Log at the end of each course.

Do I have to be a certified or licensed massage therapist to enroll?

All of the six classes included in Integrating Chinese Medicine into Massage Therapy include hands-on work. You must be licensed to touch people, or currently in school for licensing, in order to participate. This may be a license in massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, or any other hands-on modality. 

Are online classes pre-recorded and self-paced or live and interactive?

Our online classes are taught live on Zoom, giving you the opportunity to interact with other students and ask questions to the instructor. You have the option, however, to enroll in a course and listen to the recordings at your own pace, without the live interaction. If you chose the self-paced option (listening to recordings), you are still eligible for NCBTMB-approved CE hours. 

What supplies do I need to participate in the program, Integrating Chinese Medicine into Massage Therapy?

You will need five booklets: Potent Points for Common Complaints, Intermediate & Advanced Acupressure, Chinese Meridian Acupressure, Five Elements Acupressure and Aroma Acutouch Sequences, and Balancing the Nervous System with Aroma Acutouch Sequences. 

You will also need a set of 26 essential oils. The oils can be purchased over time to divide the total cost into 3, 4 or 5 payments.  All of these supplies are available to purchase at

For how long will I have access to the digital teaching materials, diagrams, handouts and videos used in the online program?

In Teachable, you will have unlimited access to lecture notes and handouts, acupressure point and sequence diagrams, video lessons, and class recordings, which you can listen to as many times as you want or need. There is no time limit on your access to these materials.

Can I enroll in 1 class at a time, rather than an entire program?

Our program, Integrating Chinese Medicine into Massage Therapy, is carefully designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice of Chinese Medicine principles that can be utilized in massage therapy. Each class is like one piece of a "puzzle." When taken together, these classes create a comprehensive roadmap into integrative health care. While it is possible to enroll in class at a time, there is a significant financial savings when enrolling in the program. The price per class within the program is steeply discounted from the price of each stand-alone class.

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 Acutouch Therapy, 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 Massage Therapists who envision expanding into Integrative Health Care, weavers of hands-on healing with Eastern massage, Acupressure and aromatherapy, all informed by the principles of Chinese Medicine.

Open Pathways Institute for Integrative Healing offers a variety of classes, including:

  • Acupressure's Potent Points for Common Complaints
  • Meridian and Five Element Acupressure
  • Aroma Acutouch Therapy
  • Meridian Massage Therapies: T'ui Na and Japanese Shiatsu
  • Oncology Massage & Acupressure
  • And more!

Here is what people are saying about Raizelah...

"Raizelah's class has enhanced my massage practice and potentially prolonged my career. The integration of these course materials will benefit my clients.  Raizelah was conscientious in ensuring all students understood the materials and resources. Her instructions and communications were clear and informative. This was one of THE best classes on this topic I have experienced! I would definitely recommend her!"

TeriLyn Carter, OR Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Master

" If you are lucky enough to attend one of Raizleah's courses, even as a seasoned therapist, you will gain experience and knowledge that only comes from someone as well-rounded in knowledge and grounded as Raizelah. I highly recommend Raizelah as an instructor."

Laura Palmer, MHA and CMT at Sutter Integrative Health Center

" I would highly recommend any massage therapist to give their career the gift of a training with Raizelah." 

Heather Bishop, Spa Services Manager at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

"Since I have taken classes, Acupressure with Essential Oils, from Raizelah, I have a better understanding of how to help my clients and myself with Chinese Medicine-based treatments. The techniques I have learned and am implementing have been proven to be a valuable asset to my practice and my clients. My clients have given rave reviews."

Tamara McGuire, CA Certified Massage Therapist 

"In Raizelah's classes, I have learned new skills that I can offer my clients, elevating my practice to new heights, separating my work from everyone else! I highly recommend her courses to anyone who is even just remotely interested in this world of Chinese Medicine- do not hesitate! "

Erica Traveras, NY Licensed Massage Therapist

It is always good to have more “tools in the tool belt” to help our clients, but when the tools are fabulous, that’s even better. The tools that I’ve learned in Raizelah's classes will greatly help me help my clientele."

Jennifer Rouse, TN Licensed Massage Therapist