Meridian Massage Therapy

for Massage Therapists who want to

move beyond muscular therapy

Meridian Massage Therapy is a diverse collection of massage techniques from both China and Japan that will move stagnant chi and restore abundant energy flow through the Meridian system to:

  • Clear physical and emotional tension
  • Nourish the internal organs
  • Increase Chi, Blood and Lymph flow for greater energy and vitality
  • Open the "gateways" (joints) for increased flexibility in movement and in life

Create an integrative approach to health blending the Eastern healing traditions with Western massage therapy.

Choose a Pricing Option

Our Satisfaction Guarantee enables you to receive a full refund on any single course within the first 14 days.


Example Curriculum

  Welcome to Meridian Massage Therapy
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  Section 1 Meridian System
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  Section 2 Shiatsu Massage Techniques
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  Section 3 T'ui Na Chinese Massage Techniques
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  Section 4 Putting it All Together
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  Section 5 Conclusion
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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 courses and programs?

Yes, there is a payment plan option available for both online courses and programs.

Is there a homework requirement for Open Pathways' courses?

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 our courses include hands-on techniques. To offer these techniques to the public, you must be licensed to touch people, or currently in school for licensing, in order to participate in our course. This may be a license in massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, or any other hands-on modality. 

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

Our online courses are taught live on Zoom, giving you the opportunity to interact with other students and ask questions to the instructor. NCBTMB CE certificates will be issued for "live" participation in courses. NCBTMB certificates are not available to students that listen to the recordings of the course

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

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 one course at a time, rather than an entire program?

Our programs are 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 course is like one piece of a "puzzle." When taken together, these courses create a comprehensive roadmap into integrative health care. While it is possible to enroll in one course at a time, there is a significant financial savings when enrolling in a program. The price per class within the program is steeply discounted from the price of each stand-alone course.

What is Open Pathways' Individual Course Refund Policy?
If, within the first 14 days after the start of the course, you discover that this course does not fulfill your expectations, then you may cancel your enrollment with a full refund. After the first 14 days of the course, there are no refunds given.  

Will I need to bring a "client" to each online class in order to participate?
In most online classes, you will work on yourself using self-Acupressure techniques. For the Meridian Massage Therapy 8-week course, you will need to invite someone to be your "client" for the 75-minute practicum each week.

With additional questions, please email [email protected]

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!

Contact Raizelah by emailing [email protected]