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Rosemary Essential Oil ~ Powerful, Penetrating and Rising

Rosemary Essential Oil ~ Powerful, Penetrating and Rising

This is the first in a series of essays on the energetic directionality of Essential Oils. Practical applications and functions are discusses in my foundation series for the L. Ac. and LMT (http://dreamwork.marcjgian.com/?p=521). By having a clear intention on what you want to do, there are many ways to devise a treatment plan. An understanding of the oils’ functions will be your guide as to which massage strokes to use and needling technique.  While all are welcome to enjoy and learn from these essays, they are intended for the Licensed Massage Therapist and Acupuncturist, as well as the advanced student of MT and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Rosemary: Cardinal Oil for Upward Direction There are 4 major directions when working on clients: Upward and Outward corresponding to Yang energy (as with Rosemary and Lavender), Inward and Downward- correlating to Yin (as with Myrhh and Spikenard) To understand the directionality of Essential Oils, it is important to know the temperature and the depth that oils will penetrate into the body — or in terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Wei, Ying or Yuan levels. It is also important to understand how and where the plants from which the oils are obtained grow.  Understanding these basics help us to accurately predict and anticipate the desired effect. As this is the first blog in a series, we will begin with the Upward direction. The cardinal oil for the Upward direction is Rosemary. Rosemary’s temperature is warming. It enters the Ying level, the level of self or ‘I.’ This is the place where we can begin working with Emotions, Blood and Internal Qi. One... read more
don’t try this at home…

don’t try this at home…

Essential oils can be a powerful and effective way to heal a multitude of ailments and complaints. They have been used effectively for millennia. But they can also be dangerous. The real truth is that to be safe and effective, essential oils should only be used by, or under the guidance of, trained professionals such as massage therapists, aromatherapists, acupuncturists, medical doctors and holistic practitioners. They should only be used in a carefully prescribed course of treatment where the results of the their use can be closely monitored and adjusted by someone with both the knowledge and experience to recognize the progress of the treatment. And even then, these professionals should beSPECIFICALLY trained in the use of oils. The internet is littered with misinformation, some of it well meaning, though much of it carelessly made in an attempt at selling essential oils (typically low quality or adulterated ones) to susceptible individuals. Given the concentration and potency of essential oils, people who have merely read a book or two without classroom training, or worse, have collected information online, should NOT be trying to medicate or treat themselves or others without proper professional supervision. So how do you spot misinformation? Many articles we see online are just plain BS. Often they don’t even make sense. Many are a bunch of internet keywords strung together designed to attract high ranking on the search engines like Google and Yahoo, but with little concern for the poor individual who actually follows their advice. One article I saw today claimed that some essential oils can be used to treat acne — which they can. But while it mentioned... read more
Aromatherapy: “First Do No Harm”- Hippocrates

Aromatherapy: “First Do No Harm”- Hippocrates

Essential oils are one of the greatest and most accessible modalities of healing used in therapeutic massage today. However, they are also the most widely misused. In large part, this is due to the inadequate training and false beliefs about essential oils and how they are used. They are in fact very powerful tools that can assist people in great ways. Still, if not used properly, they can have adverse effects. The great power of essential oils comes with great responsibility. The integrity of a practitioner using essential oils depends greatly on the devoted study and practice of allopathic or holistic medicine to an expert level. A truly qualified practitioner will know the possible routes the oils will take. He or she will have the ability to explain to the client why the specific oils were chosen and blended together and what possible physical or emotional manifestations the client may experience while using the oils. Reaching this level of expertise can only be attained through the guided, in-depth study of the functions and indications of the oils. Unlike over-the-counter or prescription medicines, essential oils carry little, if any, directions, warnings, regulation or guidence. Yet they still hold the same potential to help or to harm. Any professional who desires to use essential oils in their practice owes it to the people they treat to bypass the rumours and misinformation. They need to respect the benefits and dangers of essential oils through serious study from reliable sources of information. And for non-professionals, I encourage you to find qualified professional treatment and guidence, and not experiment on yourself with potentially harmful... read more
Rosemary Essential Oil ~ Powerful, Penetrating and Rising

Rosemary Essential Oil ~ Powerful, Penetrating and Rising

This is the first in a series of essays on the energetic directionality of Essential Oils and the proper massage strokes to use. Demonstrations of these techniques will be shown in my upcoming online course in Essential Oils for Massage Therapists. By having a clear intention on what you want to do, there are many ways to devise a treatment plan. An understanding of the oils’ functions will be your guide as to which strokes to use. While all are welcome to enjoy and learn from these essays, they are intended for the Licensed Massage Therapist and Acupuncturist, as well as the advanced student of MT and Traditional Chinese... read more

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- Jose Ignacio Gonzalez Ledezma

"I was looking for someone who could actually dig down to the core of my problem. And I found Marc. His intuition and capability of relating to your problem is what makes him a great practitioner. His use of essential oils and dream work imagery w...


- Fai Chan (Clinical Aromatherapist, CMAIA)

After attending Marc’s webinars on essential oils, I found that he was inspiring. Undoubtedly, he is a talented teacher. His passion for his work arouses my curiosity toward aromatherapy. After taking his class, I was able to develop my busin...


- Donna Ma, L. AC

The opportunity to work with Marc aligned just as I was beginning to think about ways to more actively grow my practice. In the first two calls, and in the key questions that Marc had me consider in preparation for the first call, it became clear ...


- Carol Anne Lehmann

After the one hour session I was walking on air and the weight of the world was lifted.


Ann Tamminen, L. Ac, California

Marc’s webinar introducing the use of essential oils in traditional Chinese medicine was extremely worthwhile. I have taken other courses in this area that have also been very useful, but I found that the way Marc organized the material ...


Julie Dalbec, L.Ac, Massachusetts

Marc was an a amazing instructor! As an acupuncturist-herbalist who has some experience working with essential oils, his classes took my clinical knowledge to a whole new level. I am now able to include the TCM spiritual aspects with the physical ...


Amye Clark, Reflexologist and Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Maryland

Marc Gian is a gifted teacher and his knowledge of essential oils is clearly his passion. He has a unique ability to explain a complex philosophical system, which is the 5 element theory based on Traditional Chinese Medicine to a ...


Joanna Haerle, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM), RH(AHG)

I have studied and successfully incorporated essential oils in my practice over the last 10 years. Marc’s classes by far have given me the most in-depth understanding of essential oils from a TCM perspective and will take my practice to ...


Lynn Bamberg, DOM New Mexico

Marc Gian’s webinar on using Aroma Therapy and Essential Oils with Acupuncture was exactly what I was looking for.  I wanted to compliment my Acupuncture practice by using essential oils. Marc’s course was very organized and ...


Mark Kuebel, L.Ac. BA, MS.

For a grounded, practical approach to the use of essential oils in acupuncture, massage or other modalities, Marc’s classes are unparalleled. This is a no-nonsense class that gives one a well-rounded but uncomplicated introduction to the...