When muscles are “tight,” this tightness may cause an excess or blockage of energy within a meridian (energy pathway/acupuncture line). Conversely, a blockage or stagnation of energy within the meridian may cause tight, or hypertonic, muscles. By sedating the meridian, muscles will relax. By sedating the muscle, the meridian may open, releasing the blockage of energy. You can see the interplay between energy, energy meridians and muscles. But it goes deeper.
Muscles and/or meridians in a hypertonic state over a longer period of time can cause misalignment of the spinal vertebrae, as well as other major health disturbances. George Goodheart, D.C., founder of applied kinesiology, believed that hypertonic muscles were usually caused by meridian imbalances, especially the Triple Heater meridian (which is associated with the thymus and thyroid glands, which are always involved in stress reactions). As an example, Goodheart said, “If the liver has a disturbed energy pattern, this disturbance ‘overflows’ into a muscle associated with that energy pattern [pecs and rhomboids].”
There are many way to approach this: Applied kinesiology, massage, myofascial release techniques, to name a few. You could work each muscle involved with a particular imbalance, although that might take time. Or you can sedate a meridian, thereby “working” several muscles at once. For instance, Triple Heater meridian encompasses the Gracilis muscle – which works with the Sartorius and hamstrings to help bend the knee; the Soleus which flexes the foot and lower leg; and the Gastrocnemius, which works with the soleus. Here, with one meridian, you are affecting more than five muscles.
You can also use acupuncture release points. Here you need to remember the sedation point of the meridian and or insertion points of the muscle. And if one set doesn’t work, you need to remember what meridian may control or feed the affected meridian, and work on those control points. That’s a lot to remember.
Another possibility is using the Yu or Shu acupuncture points on the back. These points are associated with different meridians which are associated with certain muscles (see chart). Consequently, you could sedate the Triple Heater point on the back (located between Lumber #1 & #2), and affect the gracilis, sartorius, hamstrings, soleus and gastrocnemius muscles; as well as the thyroid – all with one point.
In Ohashi’s Muscle Meridian Sedation DVDs), he shows how to easily do this without fatigue on your body, or having to remember a myriad of acupoint combinations. He shows body distortions – for example, a foot that flops to one side shows outward rotation of the leg, which could involve the sacrum or lower back. Rather than list points to work and where they are located, Ohashi simply shows how to position the body part to easily access the required Yu, insertion, or sedation point(s). Remembering where to position the leg to access specific points on the back is easier than remembering individual or combinations of trigger points.
Ohashi also demonstrates how differences in the size of the giver or receiver can prove challenging. Using pillows or body positioning, he shows how to easily remedy these issues for more effective treatment without strain on the giver’s body.
There are three volumes for Muscle Meridian Sedation DVD series. Volume 1 encompasses Upper Back Sedation, Hip Sedation with Healing Scarf Therapy technique, and lower Lumbar Bi-Lateral Sedation. Volume 2 continued Upper and Lower Back Sedation in a variety of positions, and introduces Shoulder and Foot Sedations. Volume 3 includes Neck Sedation in sit-up and supine positions; lumbar sedation, and Thumb and Wrist Sedation.