A palpation-based approach to East Asian Medicine
Palpation played a central role in the nascent days of Chinese Medicine and it remains one of the most important sources for diagnostic information and direct feedback during treatment. Engaging Vitality is an approach to East Asian Medicine based on palpation. It has been developed by Dan Bensky, Charles Chace and Marguerite Dinkins, integrating osteopathic palpation techniques with East Asian Medicine framework and accumulated knowledge. Understanding diagnosis as the entry point and treatment as a dialogue with our patient’s qi, this communion of palpation skills and flexibility of mind offers the practitioner a wide range of tools which allow a moment-to-moment adaptation during the treatment, maintaining the clear orientation while responding to the changes and needs of the individual patient.
Engaging Vitality core training is a 60 hours course, so the goal of this class is for you to have a glance of what Engaging Vitality can offer to enhance your practice, and also for you to take home 3 extremely useful skills to start using right away, regardless of the style or method you’re currently successfully using in your clinic.
Engaging Vitality is a hands-on training, and so will be this class. Teachers will introduce the techniques and right away during the practice session we’ll make sure your hands get all the necessary references for you to apply them in your clinic. Teachers and table trainers will be available to clear doubts and help you walk the path. You’ll get a taste of how the Engaging Vitality classes actually are.
This will be a hybrid seminar, so we’ll have the opportunity to work directly with Marguerite Dinkins and Dan Bensky from US, who will be directing one session online.
What will you learn in this class?
- 3 extremely useful techniques which will allow you to appreciate the state of the qi (Shape of Qi) at every step of the way, the activity of the points (Manual Thermal Evaluation), and the main restrictions ob the body (Yang Rhythm). These tools will help you keep a fluid dialogue with your patient’s qi while doing treatment, minimize overdose and enhance efficacy.
- You’ll practice the means to make your needling more effective, avoid overdose, and refine your current point location.
- You’ll be encouraged to think out of the box and become more flexible in your treatments.
Note to the participants of the Engaging Vitality introductory class:
You will get more out of the class if you have someone you can practice palpation and needling in the third hour. For this, and for the first two hours you will need acupuncture needles and a felt pen or marker to put dots on the skin. It is also recommended to have a small mirror nearby so that you can check your own tongue.