Friday Schedule2018-10-10T16:29:44+00:00

Friday Morning Lectures

Don't forget! Morning Qi gong with David Bray happens Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 7:15 AM - 8:15 AM. Start your day off with energy and focus, plus earn an extra CEU per Qi gong session!
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Friday, March 15

9:15 AM – 10:10 AM

Don’t Dismiss It As Just “A Small Bump on the Head”

With Monika Kobylecka

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), especially in sports, is being considered with the seriousness it deserves. Many school and professional organizations are forced to develop protocols to identify and treat concussions in their athletes. These are steps in the right direction to help protect this generation of kids and adults playing sports. However, the problem is far from solved. The reality is that many people – including those that do not play sports, sustain TBIs and often are not aware of how much it affects their health.

In Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KMS) acupuncture, we see a very specific pattern of reflexes (abdominal as well as other areas of the body) that show up in some patients with a history of TBI. Of note is the fact that many of these patients are not seeking acupuncture for symptoms usually associated with head injuries like headaches, neck pain, dizziness, etc. Instead, they present in clinic with IBS or menstrual irregularity or other seemingly unrelated symptoms. Many of these patients may not even think to mention the history of playing sports like soccer or football which carry a high risk of TBIs – they simply don’t see any possible connection between the two.

In her presentation, Monika Kobylecka will discuss how to identify and manage patients with concussion history using KMS acupuncture. You don’t have to be a “Kiiko Style Practitioner” to benefit from this lecture. Monika will share quick and simple assessment and treatment strategies that can easily be applied to your current practice.

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Friday, March 15

10:15 AM – 11:10 AM

Essential Components in Postpartum Care

With David Bray

Without a doubt, TCM has proven itself to be an invaluable resource for women having difficulty conceiving and/or completing their pregnancy to term. While a tremendous amount of attention is focused on these challenges, post-partum care is often minimized or forgotten, an important element in complete care. David Bray, drawing on his numerous years of clinical practice in TCM gynecology and fertility work, will share with practitioners the potentially severe consequences that can occur when proper care after childbirth does not occur. He will review some of the common omissions practitioners make in their fertility practices and offer simple steps that can be taken to support the patient.

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Friday, March 15

11:25 AM – 12:20 PM

The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine

With Josephine Spilka

As the essence of the plant, essential oils represent a very special and dynamic relationship of wei qi and yuan qi. In this introduction to the use of essential oils from a Chinese medical perspective, we will discuss the way in which any essential oil operates on the body via its nature and functions. We will discuss the care and formulation of essential oils and how to discern good quality and retain therapeutic action through a course of treatment. Through a few specific common essential oils, we will look at the different applications of essential oils both in the treatment room and as take-home medicinals for your clients. You’ll be able to immediately put these ideas into your own practice for amazing ease and effectiveness in the most common ailments!

Friday Afternoon Lectures

Please note that all three afternoon lectures run at the same time. Please use the morning presentations to help you select the afternoon lecture of your choice.

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Friday, March 15

2:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Spotting and Treating Concussion Patterns

With Monika Kobylecka

If you thought you didn’t have to consider concussions because you’re not working in sports medicine, you may be missing a key factor in helping your patients get better. Expanding on the introduction to this topic presented in the morning lecture, attendees will learn:

  • Simple KMS acupuncture diagnostic techniques they can easily apply to any current practice
  • Three of the most common patterns in patients with a TBI history and how to treat them
  • How to identify patients with a pattern of depression that mimics TBI patterns without direct brain injury.

The afternoon presentation will include live demonstrations and discussion. Monika will share her clinical experience treating these patterns in the adult and pediatric population.

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Friday, March 15

2:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Postpartum Care and Recovery According to Chinese Medicine

With David Bray

The postpartum time is a period of great recovery for the mother according to Chinese medicine. At this time it is important to reset and restore balance in the body. In Western societies, a great deal of attention is paid to the period of pregnancy, both for medical and social reasons. In general, women are the center of attention during pregnancy, in particular when they are pregnant for the first time. Once the baby has arrived, the mother’s self-care is often given little attention, yet this period of time is critical to ensure future fertility and ongoing health. Yet this period of time is critical to ensure future fertility and ongoing health. Traditionally there was a period of postpartum confinement known as known as 坐月子 (zuò yuè zi, “sitting the month”), sometimes termed the ‘Golden Month’. The first mention of Chinese postnatal confinement in China’s recorded history dates back 2000 years to the Han Dynasty. There is a long documented history in traditional Chinese medicine of women using diet and rest to encourage lactation and recovery from childbirth or a miscarriage. This was seen as very important for ensuring future fertility and health of the postpartum mother. Much of the lore and wisdom of this information derives from the classics as well as the midwifery tradition. In this workshop we will explore the rationale of the recommendations and guidelines of the antenatal or post-parturition time as well as some of the most common conditions treated with Chinese medicine; among the topics included are lifestyle advice, dietary suggestions as well as the prescriptive use of Chinese herbs, acupuncture and moxibustion.

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Friday, March 15

2:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Fate and Destiny in Chinese Medicine: Essential Oils and Epigenetics

With Josephine Spilka

Essential oils contain the blueprint for the entire plant, resonating with our own DNA and bringing their message directly to the deepest level of the body. Recent research suggests that so much of our health is bound up with how we respond to our environment based on the resources we have at a given time. Using essential oils we can communicate, consolidate, activate and transform our essence through specific plant messages. In this workshop, we will consider specific essential oils created from both common plants such as Eucalyptus and Chinese herbal medicinals such as Schizandra. We’ll examine how they can be used to work with disorders occurring at the essence level such as cancer, infertility, personality disorders and auto-immune conditions.