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Chinese Medicine Foundation for Bodyworkers

 

Theory, assessment, treatment

Starting May 2019

A series of three, one-day seminars, bringing to life the skilled practice and underlying principles behind Chinese Medicine bodywork.

 

This series is aimed at all bodyworkers who would like to extend their skills to begin treating physiological dysfunction in patients.

Each teaching day will mostly involve demonstration and practice of bodywork techniques, with pre and post reading, video support and follow up practice sessions to integrate the fundamental principles of Classical Chinese Medicine.

 

Rather than teaching protocols, the Foundations course aims to provide thought processes and techniques to help Bodyworkers begin to use their skills to help re-establish a patient’s physiology, whatever their symptoms or diagnosis.

 

Our aim is not to teach exotic concepts or difficult terminology, but to introduce you to a clear framework for understanding what you will already have observed in your practice and to help take your treatments to a new level of efficacy.

 

This series is open to anyone with a insurance which covers them for bodywork and it forms the basic practical skills and treatment theory for all other YUJI needling courses and apprenticeship training including future acupuncture courses

If you are interested in the 2019 running of this course, please register or email

yujiteaching@gmail.com

 

Places are limited to 10 participants.

 

 

 

 

Session 1: Influencing the nervous system (one day course)

11th May, 9th June

Beginning to guide the responsiveness of the body and gaining an awareness of what the Chinese call Qi.

 

 

Session 2: Blood level manipulation (one day course)

8th June, 14th July

 

Moving the muscular channels, articulating the joints, finding and releasing the trapping places.

 

Session 3: Regulating the ingestive system (one day course)

15th July, 7th September

Focusing on the digestive and lung system, massaging and pressing the viscera for internal medicine treatment.

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Session 1: Influencing the nervous system (one day course)

Beginning to guide the responsiveness of the body and gaining an awareness of this aspect of what the Chinese call Qi.

Here we begin to look at the movements through, and interactions between, the levels and layers of the body (skin to bone) according to the Shang han lun (the treatise on cold damage). We will investigate how dysfunction in this aspect typically presents and how to begin to correct it through touch.

Practically, this means the training for the practitioner to develop warm, soft and responsive hands enabling them to gain the ability to subtly engage, and drop below the awareness of the patient’s sympathetic nervous response, influencing the patients reaction at various levels (to affect the qi as required). 

The techniques that will be taught include; Initial (3 stage) touch to engage the system of the patient, rocking to skeletal level to calm and regulate the nervous system, various methods for creating sensations within and up and down the body and warming deep into the joints.

The above techniques use various types of touch which are developed through a full body training called the 8 storing qi and guiding awareness Dao Yin exercise. In reality this means a practice to be done daily which develops and enhances your ability to create and guide sensations in the patient.

Pre-reading and videos will be supplied prior to the course and we will practice the storing, closing, raising, lowering and dispersing Dao Yin exercises to support the practical techniques we will cover on the day.

 

Session 2: Blood level manipulation (one day course)

 

Moving the muscular channels, articulating the joints, finding and releasing the trapping places.

Here we begin to focus on the “tendo muscular channels” of Chinese medicine, the palpable fibrous and blood rich tissue lines, which act as functional movers of the skeletal system. We look at how to palpate and look for the places where these lines get blocked, twisted and trapped and the significance of the more commonly seen problem areas and points.

 

We examine the importance of the functional blood system to the body and the characteristic signs and symptoms of dysfunction in this aspect for a patient. 

 

The techniques become more focused on manually moving blood and fluid through tissue using scrubbing, rubbing, massage, point pressing, squeezing, mobilisation and traction of joints.

 

Pre reading and videos will be supplied prior to the course and Dao Yin body training on the day will focus on storing, closing (with hand techniques), raising, lowering and dispersing

 

 

 

Session 3: Regulating the ingestive system (one day course)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Focusing on the digestive and lung system, massaging and pressing the viscera for internal medicine treatment.

 

Here we begin to look at the theory of fluid, blood and “qi” production via the digestive (ingestive) system. We look at the nature and common locations for blocks in the system and the characteristic signs and symptoms they might be associated with.

 

We use the techniques gained in the previous two sessions to learn to manipulate the tissue around the lungs and the digestive system to begin to influence and enhance their function. The warmth and varying pressure of the hands are used to allow the patient to relax deeper in to a parasympathetic state and for digestive processes to regulate, and stronger hand techniques are used to manipulate the ligament bindings and actual organs of the digestion itself.

 

Pre reading and videos will be supplied prior to the course and Dao Yin body training on the day will focus on entering and gathering to allow deeper access to the abdominal area.