Courses for Massage Therapists

Michelle will be offering a new course on Ear Reflexology in Spring 2023. This course will focus on regions of the ear that affect systems in the body by improving microcirculation. For example, the shallow groove in the upper region of the ear, known as the triangular fossa, is helpful for pelvic inflammation, dysmenorrhea and other gynecological issues.

If you are interested in the course, please use the contact form accessed on the main page to be included in the mailing list.


Ear Reflexology for Massage Therapists

Date: January 21, 2023

Time: 10 AM to 1 PM

Location: 430 N. Greensboro St. Carrboro NC 27510

Michelle Thelen, L.Ac. MSTOM is a seasoned practitioner of both massage therapy and acupuncture. She has taught massage therapy at a technical college while living in Denver in the early 2000’s and has owned and operated a private acupuncture studio for the past 12 years.

What you will learn:

  • Specific ear massage techniques to engage the vagus nerve to relax the body and mind.
  • Point protocols for pain, insomnia, and anxiety
  • Marketing techniques to use ear acupressure as an add-on or stand-alone service

The ear is a microsystem. By massaging and stimulating specific areas of the ear it is possible to affect nerves, muscles, and organs. These techniques are based on the teachings of world-renowned expert, Dr. Liu Chun Huang. Because she worked on protocols that could be used in a wide variety of settings, ear medicine is easily accessible to all types of health care providers, from doctors to acupuncturists to massage therapists.

Many clinical studies verify the value of ear acupressure to signal the parasympathetic nervous system and induce a calming state. The vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the body and has branches that enter the ear. Learn how to engage this nerve and slow breathing, calm heart rate, and improve sleep for your clients.

Equally beneficial is the application of specific point protocols based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. These are both areas and specific points on the ear that ramp up healing benefits and also address conditions such as neuropathic pain, headache, insomnia, and psycho-emotional states of congestion or imbalance.