The first module of the Engaging Vitality three module series will be offered in New York City on March 11-12, 2017. This palpation workshop is based on osteopathic practices and sensibilities developed by Dan Bensky, Chip Chase and Marguerite Dinkins. It is an integral part of the core curriculum at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. Marguerite will be teaching this workshop. Participants who have taken Module 1 are then eligible to take subsequent modules taught by Dan and Chip.
In 2014, I was fortunate enough to take all three modules at the White Pine Institute hosted by White Pine practitioner, Jack Radner. You can read more about his experience with this work here. Since that time, putting these palpation techniques into practice have deepened and clarified my diagnoses, greatly informed my treatment plans and allowed me to connect with the patient in a more profound and sensitive way. I use these techniques with every patient and have been amazed by the amount of feedback I receive and how it’s led me to use points and channels I would have otherwise overlooked. I hope that the offering of Module I in NY will help to cultivate a local community of practitioners who can share in the development of this work.
In this workshop you will be introduced to very practical, accessible and easy-to-apply techniques to feel qi in your patient’s body. You will learn to feel where qi is flowing and where it is stuck; which channels are most affected and which points on the channels are most available to access qi. You will also learn to evaluate when you’ve done enough (or if you’ve done too much) and check the effectiveness of your treatment while it’s still in progress. These techniques will amplify the listening capacity of your hands and allow you to create a true dialogue with your patient’s qi. You will learn to be able to let the body guide you to where it most needs assistance.
For those of you who already practice a palpation-based form of acupuncture, this workshop will integrate well with whatever style you practice and serve to refine your diagnosis and treatment plan. For those of you new to palpation, this workshop will provide you with a good foundation to start directly perceiving your patient’s qi. Engaging Vitality can help enliven your practice and greatly improve results.
If you would like to register, you can do so here. Class size is limited so students can have plenty of hands-on practice with direct supervision from the instructor.
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