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Engaging Vitality: A Palpation-Based Approach to More Effectively Work with Qi in the Clinic

Marguerite Dinkins
Dan Bensky
Rayen Anton

18.-19.1.2020  modul 1 with Marguerite Dinkins
22.-23.2. 2020 modul 2 with Dan Bensky
21.-22.3.2020  modul 3 with Rayen Anton

Efficacy in acupuncture is grounded in a therapeutic engagement with qi. Doing this well requires not only carefully listening to patients with our ears, but also with our hands.

Although pulse and abdominal diagnosis are hallmarks of manual diagnosis in East Asian
medicine, they represent just a fraction of the information available. This three-weekend
training will enhance your ability to more directly perceive and make use of qi in your practice.

How Is This Program Applicable To Your Practice?

Using the palpatory sensibilities and vocabulary of osteopathy, participants will be introduced
to tangible palpatory referents for different aspects of qi, including:
•    How to directly feel which points are most available for treatment and their precise
locations
•    How to feel whether your treatments have produced a clinically meaningful change
•    How to use of the principle of effortless action (wu wei) in your practice

Techniques such as these allow us to respond more fluidly to the requirements of our patients’
 qi in a true dialogue. They are primarily diagnostic in nature and are readily integrated with
 nearly any style of acupuncture. They provide a means for the fundamental concepts of East Asian
 medicine to come to life in our hands.

Participants will learn the basics of this palpation approach in the first two weekends. In the
third weekend, Chip will demonstrate how these diagnostic aids can deepen our understanding and
improve our ability to use the extraordinary vessels.

Dan Bensky, D.O
Dan has a long term interest in Chinese and Chinese medicine. He  also graduated
with a Doctor of Osteopathy from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic
Medicine in 1982, where he was a research assistant for John Upledger. In addition
to teaching for both professions, he has been working on utilizing the connections
between osteopathy and East Asian medicine for over thirty years maintains a clinical
practice in Seattle Washington.

Marguerite Dinkins, MAcOM, EAMP, LAc

Marguerite has been a student of acupuncture and palpation since 1997 when she began
 her studies at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. She has also completed
three years of osteopathic training at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Vancouver.
For the past 8 years, Marguerite has been instrumental in making palpation a central
part of the clinical experience at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. Marguerite
has maintained an active private practice since her graduation from SIOM in 2000.

Rayén Anton currently lives in Barcelona, where she received her certification as
acupuncture therapist in 2003. In 2004, she learned Japanese acupuncture Manaka style
and also learned with Keiraku Chyrio. In 2006 she finished her Tuina and a year later
her Toyohari training. Since 2011 she has been working on the "Engaging Vitality" method,
taught by Charles Chace.

dates
18.-19.1.2020 
22.-23.2. 2020
21.-22.3.2020
course hours
Saturday: 10:00 -18:00
Sunday: 09:00-16:00
Creditstunden
15 per weekend, altogether 45
costs
1175 €
AGTCM-Members: 940 €