Entries by Marie Oliver

Take Time to Recharge

We’ve spoken about the progression of the seasons with winter being the time to rest and conserve our energy and spring a time of activity and expanding our energy. If you are a person who was unable to rest and recharge during the winter months, you may be feeling worn thin by now. When our […]

Myofascial Release and Chronic Pain

Myofascial Release is a hands-on bodywork technique that can help in reducing chronic pain and improve range of motion.  It accomplishes this by utilizing gentle sustained pressure into tight restricted muscles and fascia (connective tissue). “Tight inflexible fascial restrictions can pull on muscles and other structures with up to 2000 pounds of pressure per square […]

Navigating the Energies of Spring

During this beautiful time of year when nature is awakening and sending its energy up and outward, the energies most active play an important role in our modern world. The Gallbladder Meridian, which begins in the head and ends between the 4th and 5th toes, is responsible for decision making and overcoming obstacles. It’s partner, […]

The Springtime Meridians

During spring the life force in our bodies is most active in the Liver and Gallbladder Meridians (energy pathways). These meridians are responsible for the liver and gallbladder organs as well as the eyes, blood, tendons, and ligaments. We’ve spoken about the liver meridian, among other functions it stores and filters blood, regulates chi and […]

Springtime and the Gallbladder Meridian

In Traditional Chinese Medicine each of the twelve meridians has a specific two-hour time period when the Qi (energy) is at its peak in that meridian. The Gallbladder Meridian is most active between 11:00 pm and 1:00 am. Its partner meridian, Liver, is most active between 1:00 am and 3:00 am. If you are consistently […]

The Energy of Spring – Liver Meridian

In Chinese Medicine, man is seen as part of the natural world.  Therefore, in order to experience optimum health and wellbeing and prevent disease living in harmony with the seasons of nature is of utmost importance.  Spring is a season of new life and growth. The energies associated with spring are liver and gallbladder.  Liver […]

The Liver Meridian in Spring

The energy of spring is powerful enough to push crocus flowers up and outward through the hardened soil and snow. As we are part of nature this same energy is beginning to ignite in our bodies. This time of year, many people are interested in walking outside and starting or gearing up an exercise program. […]

Spring Cleaning

Spring is finally here.  The weather has warmed, the air is lighter, and you can see the birds getting active.  The energy pathways most active in spring are Gall Bladder and Liver Meridians. Spring is associated with the wood element; the energy of plants breaking through the soil and buds appearing on the bare trees. […]

The Renewal of Spring

Although there is still snow on the ground, the air has a feeling of lightness with the coming of spring. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, spring is the time of renewal, cleansing, creating, activity, growth, and movement. Spring is associated with the wood element and Gall Bladder and Liver Meridians. This is the perfect time to […]

Herbs that Support a Strong Immune System

Last week I spoke about the importance of a strong immune system to prevent illness and maintain good health. To continue with that theme, there are eight herbs that Chinese Medicine considers invaluable to bring balance and boost the immune system. They are: Echinacea- anti-viral and anti-bacterial Astragalus- fights stress and can improve blood count […]