Space and Spirit: The Final Frontier for Acupuncturists

Morning 1hr talk

Space and Spirit: The Final Frontier for Acupuncturists

In this morning talk, we will explore the relationship between spaces, spirit and the clinical practice of Chinese medicine. The philosophy of Daoism is very clear on the relationship between form, the spaces delineated by form and spirit. As we will learn, this relationship is manifest in the embodiment of spirit in the material body. The observation and treatment of blockages, discontinuity or lack of coherence between the two is a major part of Chinese Medicine practice and, indeed, a major part of the foundational anatomy explicated within its theories. This discussion explores the questions ‘how do we as clinicians understand this relationship’ and ‘how can we rectify any discontinuity such that our patients better manifest their health and vitality’.

Afternoon 3hr talk

Energetic Hygiene and the Practical Training of Hands and Heart for Clinicians

Beginning with a short introduction to practices that help energetically protect the clinician as they work in the field of Qi, the bulk of the class will be given over to simple practices that enable the opening of sensitivity in the hands and Heart. Ultimately, with daily practice, you will experience improved confidence in “knowing” and in a short time, the increased tactile sensitivity you eventually cultivate will become a normal part of your clinical experience with the following benefits: firstly – removing much of the stress inherent in feeling that one is “guessing” on their diagnosis and treatment plan and secondly, but even more importantly, improving your patient outcomes.

  • Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • Speaker: Brenda Hood 
  • CEUs/PDAs: 4
  • Modality: Body/Mind/Spirit, Palpation

Brenda Hood

Much of Brenda’s CM education was earned in China: first with a degree in CM from the Beijing U of CM; followed by a PhD in Daoist Philosophy from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; finally followed by a Post-Doctorate in Chinese Medicine from the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine under Professor Deng Tie-tao. During the more than 20 years she spent in China gathering this education, she worked with Chinese Medicine doctors outside the academic setting as well as studying with practical adepts of Daoist and Buddhist meditation. Once returned to North America, she started a stint as a professor at National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR which lasted 8 ½ years. Presently Brenda is in private practice in Canada, she is working on translating and writing.

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