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Elemental Manual Meridian Theory & Techniques


This series of 5 classes will focus on Five Element continuing education. Techniques will highlight the Polyvagal Theory and manual therapy to affect the Autonomic Nervous System and Vagus nerve complex.

The focus here is to achieve energetic and physical balance. 

This curriculum is taught relative to each element in the Five Element Meridian System Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water.

Techniques in these classes will blend together:

  • Toyohari style meridian therapy;

  • Visceral Fascial Matrix Mobilization;

  • Neural Mobilization;

  • Circulatory Release Techniques;

  • Myofascial Release: Direct and Indirect techniques that incorporate the philosophy of the structure fascial matrix and fascial meridian system;

  • Lymphatic Drainage Therapy;

  • Neuroendocrine Balancing; and

  • Emotional Release Techniques.

Effects to the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems will be achieved through manipulation of the energy within the meridians, the Autonomic Nervous System, using the aforementioned modalities.  

Each class comes with an extremely detailed manual, well organized, with figures and Netter plates of anatomical drawings, specifically relevant to each course. Video modules and quizzes will accompany the manual to enhance understanding, as well as videos of detailed technique demonstration.

The Polyvagal Theory, as developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, will be discussed as foundational theory for the techniques presented. Safe and Sound Listening Protocol (SSP) will also be introduced within the Wood Element class. It is a significant tool for working with people that have experienced trauma, and to assist with Vagal down regulation in certain populations.

Emphasis on the Five Elements through anatomy, physiology, palpatory integration, as well as general tactile sense, will be highlighted in class. Toyohari assessments of the energy channels of the body will also be taught as a means of evaluation and treatment. Each student will learn to trust their hands through at home and clinical practice. Confirmation through demonstration during in person workshops, and one to one mentoring, will be offered and can be requested. When offered, in person class sizes will be kept small to nurture the most comprehensive learning possible, within a short period of time. One to one mentorship sessions are available by appointment.

Clinical experience will be referenced in each class, so as to relay practical application of the techniques presented. Creativity and an open mind are essential prerequisites.

These classes will be geared toward advanced practitioners of massage, manual therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and acupuncture. However, any healthcare practitioner with an extensive working knowledge of anatomy may apply to take a class.  Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, MDs, NDs, DOs, DCs, PAs, PTAs, and CNAs are also encouraged to take this curriculum. This Five Element focused curriculum will expand any healthcare professional’s working knowledge of the potential for healing.

As a Five Element continuing education curriculum, EMMT classes are currently credentialed through NCCAOM and NCBTMB. More credentialing will be offered in the future. A total of 16 hours of CEUs/PDAs will be able to be offered for each EMMT core class, whether web-based or in-person.  Students of other disciplines, not credentialed directly through NCCAOM or NCBTMB, may apply to have this class accepted as part of their CEU/CME requirements. The 5-class series will offer a total of 80 CEUs/PDAs. Other additional small classes and modules will be offered a la carte, and as part of a subscription basis.

The techniques and information presented in these classes are meant to enhance your current practice, and expand your awareness of the resilience of the human body. Information will also be given relative to application in current patient plans of care, and instruction as to the documenting of procedures for health plan reimbursement. Questions about the clinical application of techniques are encouraged. The will be addressed by participation in the community discord server, email, or in person within small group classes.  If a student has questions during the course of learning, they can be directed to the EMMT discord server, so the community can learn from the questions and answers presented. After purchase of the course, a welcome email will be given with an invitation link to the discord server for that specific class. 

This is a new offering in Five Element continuing education. Each class can be taken as a stand-alone course, however they are meant to be taken together in sequence, as the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In order to take classes out of sequence, please contact us for prior approval. Students are encouraged to complete the whole sequence, and packages are available for prepayment at each level of completion. 

Please contact Gratitude Healing Arts for special pricing for packages and groups.