Morning Lectures: 9:15 am – 12:20 pm
9:15 – 10:10 am
Third Position on the Left: The Bladder, Kidney and More
The Pulse in the proximal position on the left is especially full of information. This lecture will be aimed at expanding your comfort zone for diagnostics within this small zone. Pulse descriptions will be explored for the Bladder organ, the Bladder meridian, ovulation, kidney yin, low back pain, prostate problems, cancers, and the extra meridians represented there.
10:15 – 11:10 am
Therapist as Therapy – Historical Review
This one hour lecture will summarize key ideas from the earliest literature that describes needling not as the mechanical event that has become the focus of many in modern practice, but rather as a qi regulatory event that is highly dependent on the state of the practitioner – something that is not easy to do.
Lingshu 75 instructs us that ‘needling is done to regulate qi’, what and how is this achieved? The literature on needling repeatedly refers to the abilities of the ‘superior’ physician. How and why does the early literature describe this and how do we enact it to develop our skills as clinicians? What is an acupoint and how to engage it? How do we grasp ‘deqi’ historically and in clinical practice? What is the optimum posture of the practitioner? The lecture will look at these issues and explore how earlier self-cultivation literature laid the groundwork for these early descriptions of needling and treatment.
11:25 am – 12:20 pm
Dynamic Interactive Acupuncture (DIA) – A Process that Enables a Deep Natural Transformation Process to Unfold for Lasting Health
Traditional acupuncture is often performed in a quiet environment with perhaps some gentle background music or incense. In contrast, in DIA the acupuncture experience is intentionally more interactive and dynamic. The intention between the practitioner and patient is to unravel emotional factors that have inhibited the natural healing process. When put into action, DIA can facilitate the emergence of deeper energies, such as anger, terror or grief and so on, which when expressed are often found to be intimately related to presenting symptoms. From a Chinese Medicine standpoint, transformation can be conceptualized as passage through a Golden Gate, located between the Metal and Water phases.
The point of DIA is not to dig around in the pit of buried emotions, which can often go around in circles, but rather to connect patients more deeply to their authentic self. This morning’s lecture will share the theoretical and clinical results of DIA as an established clinical tool developed over a twenty-year period at the Victoria Pain Clinic.
Afternoon Lectures: 2:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Pain, leakage and Frequency – An Insider’s Guide to treating Bladder Problems
This course is devoted to helping unravel disharmonies of the Bladder. Incontinence, frequent urination, slow urination, inability to urinate, urinary pain, Interstitial Cystitis, acute and chronic bladder infections will all be discussed. Clinical wisdom for the resolution of these issues will include herbs, acupuncture, and tricks of the trade.
Therapist as Therapy – Practical Applications
This three hour workshop will explore and demonstrate various practical applications that attempt to reproduce historical descriptions of needling, point location, interacting with qi through touch and needling in order to help ‘regulate the qi’ of the patient.
The lecturer will cover a hands-on approach to understanding historical descriptions of practice. He will also demonstrate tried and tested applications and methods, while describing and demonstrating direct feedback techniques that allow realistic judgment of the success of those applications.
The practical skills that are taught draw from the lecturer’s studies and practice of Toyohari and the many blind teachers he has studied with. The lecturer will teach about physical and inner posture relative to diagnosis and needling. Palpation skills will be covered including how to touch in a manner that does not disturb the patient’s qi and allows you the ability to discriminate details of the condition of the patient and that which is touched. The lecture will also cover how to touch when looking for the acupoint in a manner that begins the process of needling. Palpation feedback by the radial pulses will be covered in detail.
Aims and objectives of the course: To help the participant learn simple daily practice methods to facilitate development of skills that will enable them to perform more effective treatment techniques in their practice and the skills and techniques needed for feedback to help facilitate their development. To help develop palpatory skills through touch and pulse assessment.
Dynamic Interactive Acupuncture – Techniques and Protocols
This afternoon session will provide practitioners with more in-depth understanding of the process of DIA. You will learn to discern when DIA should be considered as a treatment option and the acupuncture techniques to initiate/facilitate the process. This will include understanding “The Field” and “Field Splits”, 5 phase energy circuits for unlocking tension bands, and needling techniques used to facilitate the DIA process.
Lasting health change can only occur when Qi is allowed to flow on all layers. When you and your patient begin a DIA process you are initiating a birthing process that sheds the padlocks of old emotional wounds and introduces the patient back to their authentic self. During this three hour session Dr. Greenwood and Cherie Greenwood will provide practitioners with a foundational framework for this fascinating work.