Elemental Manual Meridian

Theory & Techniques


Please click on each ‘Element’ button for more additional, specific information for each class within the curriculum.

Elemental Manual Meridian Theory & Techniques


This series of 5 classes will focus on affecting the Autonomic Nervous System and Vagus nerve complex, in order to achieve energetic and physical balance.  The 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 Poly-Vagal 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, for its significant effects as a tool for working with people that have experienced trauma, and to assist with Vagal downregulation in certain populations.

Emphasis on anatomy, physiology, palpatory integration, and tactile sense will be highlighted in class, as well as Toyohari assessments of the energy channels of the body. Each student will learn to trust their hands through at home or clinical practice, and confirmation through demonstration during in person workshops will be offered from time to time. When offered, in person class sizes will be kept small to nurture the most comprehensive learning possible in a short period of time. One to one mentorship sessions are also 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, although 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, to expand their working knowledge of the potential for healing.

This curriculum and classes are currently credentialed through NCCAOM and NCBTMB, and the intention is to credential with other Boards moving forward. A total of 16 hours of CEUs/PDAs will be able to be offered for each 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 requirements. The 5-class series will offer a total of 80 CEUs/PDAs. Other additional small classes and modules will be offered in the future as well.

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 are encouraged and will be addressed by email, or in person, in the case of small group classes.  Questions during the course of your learning can be directed to the EMMT discord server so members of the community can also learn from the answers that are presented. Questions will also be accepted by email.

Each class can be taken stand-alone but will build off of each other, as the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. 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.