The meridian archetype articles were born of a need to better define the personality traits and symbols inherent in the Traditional Chinese medicine meridians. Inspired in part by Bob Cooley’s book The Genius of Flexibility and by Caroline Myss’s book Sacred Contracts, the meridian archetypes explore a part of ourselves often hidden from our conscious mind.
The archetypes are a tool, and as a tool, archetypes are what you make of them. We use this system to validate a client’s strengths/weaknesses and to identify For our purposes, the meridian archetypes serve as a way to “see” the characteristics associated with certain meridians.
For each meridian, we have chosen the main archetype and several secondary archetypes that represent the energy of the meridian. Recognizing the characteristics of the meridian allows you to recognize the prevalence of that archetype in your life. It encourages you to notice the strengths and weaknesses in yourself and others. Meridian archetypes will allow you to improve and better understand your relationships with others and will provide you with insight into your true purpose.
The gallbladder meridian is represented by the archetype of the PIONEER.
The lung meridian is represented by the archetype of the ALCHEMIST.
The stomach meridian is represented by the archetype of the ENTREPRENEUR.
The Good Politian
The heart meridian is represented by the archetype of the GOOD POLITICIAN.
The brain meridian is represented by the archetype of the ENGINEER.
The pericardium meridian is represented by the archetype of the JUDGE.
The kidney meridian is represented by the archetype of the FOOL.
The liver meridian is represented by the archetype of the LIBERATOR.
Large Intestine Meridian
The large intestine meridian is represented by the archetype of the ARCHITECT.
The spleen meridian is represented by the archetype of the MEDIATOR.
Small Intestine Meridian
The small intestine meridian is represented by the archetype of the ARTIST.
The sexual meridian is represented by the archetype of the GOD/GODDESS.
The skin meridian is represented by the archetype of the ATHLETE.
The bladder meridian is represented by the archetype of the PERFORMER.
How Adding Resistance Increases The Mind-Body Connection
Infinity’s training exercises are distinctive in that they are not “static.” The key is pandiculation or, more simply put, exercising with resistance. The element of resistance in the exercises activates your brain and elicits a safer, deeper, long-lasting effect.
The goal of the Meridian Archetypes series is to help you identify which meridians are causing you physical issues. But first, you have to understand the science behind using resistance and how it can be used to enhance an exercise.
In static exercises, signals are sent from your muscles to the reflex centers. By using resistance in an exercise you send signals that pass through your reflex centers and end in the motor cortex of your brain. Your muscles begin to receive and respond to messages from the motor cortex and start to correct for overworked or underworked dysfunctional muscle patterns.
Think about the computer. When the server cannot connect to a program it can try to circumvent it by activating other systems and programs. But without your IT guy, you may not even notice that the computer is essentially skipping over the error to try and accomplish what you have asked it to do. The same is true for your muscles. If one muscle has become overworked it may be compensating for another group of muscles that have “turned off.” By engaging the brain while working the muscles you can reestablish the lost connection and address the real problem.
Through years of experience and work with professional athletes, ballroom dancers, cyclists, and other people from many walks of life, Janet Matthies of Infinity Bodywork has found an effective system to unlock the motor center of the brain’s communication with the muscles.
- Doing small sets of exercises on balancing muscle groups that help the motor center in the brain remember how to work again in harmony. (Balancing muscle groups being muscles from the meridians on opposite sides of the body, i.e hamstrings, and quads.)
- Working on exercises in an optimal sequence that starts with the presenting problem and reveals the true cause of the injury or imbalance
- Continuing education in TCM and anatomy helps her create solutions that work via interpreting the connections with our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies
- An open mind to combat the changes that happen in the body every day
Essentially, by engaging your mind in an exercise you can protect yourself from overstretching and injury. Our bodies can only do so much on instinct and for the rest, we have our minds.
Janet Matthies is an integrative wellness bodyworker located in Natick, MA. Read more about her experience here!