Common Terms      

Ki is the life force that animates our bodies.   Ki in Japanese, or chi in Chinese, allows for the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual movement and stability of the body.

Meridians are channels of energy that take a specific shape as they move through the body.  Meridians are not physical structures that show up on an X-rays, but are more like radio waves that are invisible yet real. The energy flows through and as these meridians is called Ki.

Tsubos are pressure-sensitive points located along the meridians; potent entryways into the body’s own healing force. There are over 300 of these tsubos, each with a unique function. They are same points used in acupuncture.

5 elements

Five Element Theory: 

The five elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal are the flavors of Ki.  The elements  are the elaboration of yin and yang that comprise all of relative nature.  It defines how the elements create and control each other.  Thousands of years of human observation of this play are the basis for 5-element theory. 


Yin and Yang:  The principal of yin and yang is a basic force in nature; that of complementary opposites.  The original meaning of yang is the sunny side of the slope, while yin referred to the shady side.  Yin and Yang are qualities that can only be defined in relationship to one another.  These two opposing, yet complementary, forces in the universe are equally necessary for harmony.  Yang includes such principles as strong, active, bright, and male.  Yin includes receptive, passive, dark, and female.  This dynamic is represented by a circle with interlinking black and white halves.