A journey into palpation
This half-day course will serve as an introduction to Engaging Vitality. Engaging Vitality is an approach to acupuncture developed by Dan Bensky, Charles Chace and Marguerite Dinkins which is based on incorporating osteopathic palpatory techniques into East Asian Medicine. Engaging Vitality is an approach which puts palpatory awareness at its centre of clinical practice.
In Engaging Vitality we teach a wide array of palpatory techniques which help us to directly engage with the qi of the patient. These inform us about different aspects of qi and the fluids.
Instead of following protocols, the practitioner learns to discover the inherent treatment plan of the patient. In other words, the patient’s body will tell you what is going on and what you can do and whether your strategy is effective or needs amendment. Even withing the confines of protocol-based approaches, these techniques can refine your point location and understanding of the underlying dynamics.
This class is an introduction to some oft he palpatory techniques used in Engaging Vitality. It is directed to students who have received basic acupuncture training. Basic knowledge of acupuncture channels and points and the basic theories of East Asian Medicine is required.
In this course you will learn how:
- to feel the Qi Signal Assessment, a great way to estimate the condition and circulation of Qi in the three Jiaos. This technique will also enable you to find active acupuncture points.
- to needle more effectively. By using the previous mentioned Qi Signal Assessment, you will be able to monitor the reaction of the Qi during the needling
- to feel what we call the Shape of Qi which gives us a further parameter about the condition and circulation of Qi in the entire body
- to feel the patient’s Yang Rhythm and incorporate this information to understand the effects of our needling on the body
- to establish the mindset needed to use the Engaging Vitality techniques. The EV instructors will demonstrate simple exercises to enhance the practitioner’s palpatory awareness.