The Flow of the Hand & the Needle –
Qi Dynamics & Deepening Skills

Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th May 2019
Pacific Rim College
Victoria BC Canada

For Acupunturists: 14 CEUs

This two day practical workshop for both new and experienced practitioners of acupuncture and Tui na is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the experience of Qi Dynamics. To empower and deepen your practical Tui na/An Mo and needling skills and to cultivate the creative flow of the hand and the needle in your practice. As part of our skill development, we will also go through the theoretical and practical application of cupping gua sha and rice grain moxa.

In my experience, I’ve found that for most students, skills and knowledge move deeper when felt and embodied, so this workshop will be very practical and experiential!

As practitioners, we can spend a lot of time ‘doing’ to others and also worrying that we are not ‘doing enough’. I would like to remind and inspire you to rediscover the power of presence, and the potential of the connection created in the relationship between us, the Dao and the individual we are working with.

Over the two days we will learn Qi Gong specific to practitioners. These exercises enable the development of Qi and sensitivity in our hands. We will then apply this practically - working together in pairs (in real time with me) on the body, using our hands and needles.

During this two day live practical workshop for acupuncturists, you will :

  • Practise Qi Gong to develop Qi sensitivity, and learn how this extends to the hands-on application of Tui na and acupuncture
  • Learn ways of enabling Qi to flow more easily, using body positioning, posture, breath, and the use of clear, relaxed intention
  • Work with Qi Dynamics, for example how to open what is closed, contain what is scattered, descend what is risen, collect and gather what is empty, and unwind what is bound
  • Develop and deepen the application of the fundamental Tui na techniques
  • Experience how An fa (pressing) is at the root of all the other techniques
  • Work with Rou fa (kneading), Na fa (grasping), Yi Zhi Chan Tui fa (single finger meditation pushing technique), and Zhen fa (vibrating). Feel how these extend from An fa and how our needling techniques developed from these
  • Discuss and practise needling techniques such as ‘cooling sky’, ‘burning mountain’, ‘vibrating needle’ and ‘wind needling’
  • Work with Tui fa (pushing), the underestimated technique - for guiding and directing the flow of Qi
  • Discuss and feel the therapeutic qualities of our Tui na and needling techniques and which techniques are best used to access the various levels of Qi (Wei, Ying, Yuan)
  • Introduce and/develop Gun fa (rolling technique) – be reminded of its therapeutic qualities, and why persevere!
  • Explore how to combine the flow of the hand and the needle creatively in practice
  • Discuss and practise different methods of cupping, gua sha and rice grain moxa

The Flow of the Hand & the Needle –
Qi Dynamics & Deepening Skills

$385 CAD (Canadian Dollars)


Student Feedback

'I would like to say a huge thank you for the wonderful workshop. I loved every bit of it and can’t wait to apply the techniques in clinic. I know that many of my patients will benefit from it, and I finally feel that I can do something for patients who are anxious of needles (some of whom I had to refer to other therapists in the past).'

'I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your course and the work you do. I was totally absorbed into it and can’t wait for the next one. I have used a few of the techniques you have taught us and my patients seem to love it. I am a newly qualified acupuncturist and massage is a whole new technique to me so I was quite nervous but really had no reason to be in your relaxed classroom.'

'Thank you for the fantastic weekend. It is not often that CPD delivers such comprehensive and usable content. I thought the way you taught it was faultless. Thank you for putting the course together.'

'On a personal level, I feel humbled by the encounter that tui na opens up between receiver and giver - connecting with the receiver's Qi, his/her breathing, and so on on quite an intimate level. We are thought so little about these embodied aspects of practice in acupuncture colleges today, where some teachers even advocate needling the patient without touching the body.