Engaging Vitality

Palpation Workshop

Effectively Working With Qi In The Clinic

 
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Dan BenskyMarguerite DinkinsChip Chace
Engage With The Qi 
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. Pulse and abdominal diagnosis are hallmarks of manual diagnosis in East Asian medicine, yet they represent just a fraction of the information available. This three-weekend training will enhance your ability to directly perceive and to make use of qi in your practice.
In Your Practice 

You will learn how to discover and to engage with practical manifestations of qi. In this class, using the palpatory sensibilities and vocabulary of osteopathy, you will learn how to:

  • Feel the location of core restrictions
  • Use variations in temperature to gain general and specific information
  • Directly feel which points are most available for treatment and their precise locations
  • Directly assess the flow in each channel
  • Feel whether your treatments have produced a clinically meaningful change
  • Use 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.

related publications
Axis of Efficacy: Part I
Axis of Efficacy: Part II

Instructors
Marguerite Dinkins, MAcOM, LAc Dan Bensky, DO Chip Chace, LAc

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Marguerite has been a student of acupuncture and palpation since 1997, when she began her studies at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. Since that time, she has continued to study palpation with Dan Bensky and Chip Chace, and for many years has assisted them in teaching palpation in the practice of acupuncture. She has also completed three years of osteopathic training at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Vancouver, BC.

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. In addition to her extensive clinical experience, Marguerite has a unique ability to understand the specific needs of her students, especially those grappling with the early challenges of developing palpatory awareness.

Marguerite has maintained an active private practice since her graduation from SIOM in 2000.

portrait photograph of Dan Bensky

Dan has a long-term interest in Chinese and Chinese medicine, having obtained a diploma in Chinese medicine from the Macau Institute of Chinese Medicine in 1975, a Masters in Classical Chinese from the University of Washington in 1996, and a Doctorate in the Discussion of Cold Damage from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in 2006.

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. He has studied with many notable osteopathic practitioners, including Robert Fulford and Jean-Pierre Barral.

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. He is currently a medical editor at Eastland Press and has a private practice in Seattle.

Dan is a co-author of both print & app :

  • Chinese Herbal Medicine : Materia Medica
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine : Formulas & Strategies

portrait photograph of Chip Chace

As a student of Chinese medicine and palpation based forms of acupuncture for more than twenty years, Chip is uniquely positioned to teach a class such as this.

He has maintained a longstanding interest in the medical literature of China and is the translator of a wide variety of books and articles, on premodern approaches to acupuncture and Chinese medicine including a translation of the first textbook of acupuncture from 100 C.E., The Yellow Emperor’s Systematic Classic of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (Huang Di Zhen Jiu Jia Yi Jing), and Li Shizhen’s An Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels, Acupuncture, Alchemy and Herbal Medicine (Qi Jing Ba Mai Kao), the seminal text on the extraordinary vessels. He is also a long-time student of a wide range of palpation-based forms of practice in both the acupuncture and osteopathic traditions.

Chip has practiced acupuncture for over twenty-five years and is on the faculty of the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine where he teaches palpatory approaches to acupuncture. He maintains a clinical practice in Boulder, Colorado.

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The Program 

The basic course consists of three modules, each one building on the previous one. There are some venues that present only module I; subsequent modules can be taken elsewhere as desired. Each module is paced to allows for depth of learning, ample time to practice skill sets, and opportunities to learn methods to integrate these skills into your practice.

To afford extensive hands-on practice with direct supervision, class size is limited.

Participants will learn the basics of this palpatory approach in the first two modules. In the third module, Chip will give an example of how these diagnostic aids can deepen our understanding by demonstrating how they improve our ability to use the extraordinary vessels.

Modules I, II, & III
Module I

Introduction to Qi Palpation in the Practice of Acupuncture
Module II

Intermediate Techniques in Qi Palpation in the Practice of Acupuncture
Module III

Fluid Dynamics and the Use of the Extraordinary Vessels in the Practice of Acupuncture
CEU : 13 hours of NCCAOM PDA credits. CEU : 13 hours of NCCAOM PDA credits. CEU : 18.5 hours of NCCAOM PDA credits.
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Advanced ClassesPast

After completing Modules I, II, and III, we invite you to attend our advanced classes.

  • icon of country flag for United StatesSeattle WA US
    • Location: 444 NE Ravenna Blvd Suite 106
    • December 8-9, 2016 (Thursday-Friday ) 9am - 5pm
    • Module: Structural Aspects - Cranial Course
      In this two-day class we will start by working on how to properly touch the head to get the maximum amount of information safely. We will then discuss how the head fits into the rest of the organism as it becomes the “eighth listening post.” The bulk of the class will be working on understanding and palpating the sutures and the cranial base along with how what we feel can be integrated into our practices. We will also learn the proper use of the CV-4 technique and share some ideas about what this technique and its effects mean in the context of Traditional East Asian Medicine.
    • Prerequisites: Modules 1, 2, 3.
    • Instructor: Dan Bensky
  • icon of country flag for SpainBarcelona ES
    • January 26-27, 2017 (Thursday-Friday)
    • Module: Structural Aspects - Cranial Course
      In this two-day class we will start by working on how to properly touch the head to get the maximum amount of information safely. We will then discuss how the head fits into the rest of the organism as it becomes the “eighth listening post.” The bulk of the class will be working on understanding and palpating the sutures and the cranial base along with how what we feel can be integrated into our practices. We will also learn the proper use of the CV-4 technique and share some ideas about what this technique and its effects mean in the context of Traditional East Asian Medicine.
    • Prerequisites: Modules 1, 2, 3.
    • Instructor: Dan Bensky
    • Register

  • icon of country flag for GermanyMunich DE
    • March 27-28, 2017 (Monday-Tuesday)
    • Module: Ignition and Integration
      We are delighted to present our 2 day advanced palpation class Ignition and Integration.
      The weekend will be structured to accommodate a wide range of familiarity with the material presented in previous trainings. Some of you may wish to review techniques covered in those classes and some of you will be ready for new material. As with previous classes, the curriculum will focus on deepening and integrating your existing skills while introducing you to a few more palpatory techniques. The new material we will be covering this weekend explores the range of palpatory referents that help to inform us when a treatment is finished and properly integrated. As always, we will be actively working to help you integrate this approach into your own clinical practice.
    • Prerequisites: Modules 1, 2, 3.
    • Instructor: Chip Chace
    • Information: ABZ München.
  • icon of country flag for United StatesSeattle WA US
    • Location: 444 NE Ravenna Blvd
    • May or June 2017 (Saturday-Sunday) [exact date TBA]
    • Module: Ignition and Integration
      We are delighted to present our 2 day advanced palpation class Ignition and Integration.
      The weekend will be structured to accommodate a wide range of familiarity with the material presented in previous trainings. Some of you may wish to review techniques covered in those classes and some of you will be ready for new material. As with previous classes, the curriculum will focus on deepening and integrating your existing skills while introducing you to a few more palpatory techniques. The new material we will be covering this weekend explores the range of palpatory referents that help to inform us when a treatment is finished and properly integrated. As always, we will be actively working to help you integrate this approach into your own clinical practice.
    • Prerequisites: Modules 1, 2, 3.
    • Instructor: Chip Chace
  • icon of country flag for SpainBarcelona ES
    • September 29-30, 2017 (Friday-Saturday)
    • Module: Ignition and Integration
      We are delighted to present our 2 day advanced palpation class Ignition and Integration.
      The weekend will be structured to accommodate a wide range of familiarity with the material presented in previous trainings. Some of you may wish to review techniques covered in those classes and some of you will be ready for new material. As with previous classes, the curriculum will focus on deepening and integrating your existing skills while introducing you to a few more palpatory techniques. The new material we will be covering this weekend explores the range of palpatory referents that help to inform us when a treatment is finished and properly integrated. As always, we will be actively working to help you integrate this approach into your own clinical practice.
    • Prerequisites: Modules 1, 2, 3.
    • Instructor: Chip Chace
    • Register

  • icon of country flag for United StatesSeattle WA US
    • September 30-October 1, 2017 (Saturday-Sunday ) 9am - 5pm
    • Module: Structural Aspects - Cranial Course
      In this two-day class we will start by working on how to properly touch the head to get the maximum amount of information safely. We will then discuss how the head fits into the rest of the organism as it becomes the “eighth listening post.” The bulk of the class will be working on understanding and palpating the sutures and the cranial base along with how what we feel can be integrated into our practices. We will also learn the proper use of the CV-4 technique and share some ideas about what this technique and its effects mean in the context of Traditional East Asian Medicine.
    • Prerequisites: Modules 1, 2, 3.
    • Instructor: Dan Bensky
  • icon of country flag for NetherlandsAmsterdam NL
    • Early October 2017 [exact date TBA]
    • Module: Ignition and Integration
      We are delighted to present our 2 day advanced palpation class Ignition and Integration.
      The weekend will be structured to accommodate a wide range of familiarity with the material presented in previous trainings. Some of you may wish to review techniques covered in those classes and some of you will be ready for new material. As with previous classes, the curriculum will focus on deepening and integrating your existing skills while introducing you to a few more palpatory techniques. The new material we will be covering this weekend explores the range of palpatory referents that help to inform us when a treatment is finished and properly integrated. As always, we will be actively working to help you integrate this approach into your own clinical practice.
    • Prerequisites: Modules 1, 2, 3.
    • Instructor: Chip Chace
    • Registration
  • Barcelona SP | Ignition and Integration | 2016 October
  • Amherst US | Module I | 2016 October
  • Barcelona SP | Module I | 2016 September, October
  • Boulder US | Module I, II | 2016 September, November
  • Munich DE | Ignition and Integration | 2016 July
  • Amsterdam NL | Module I, II, & III | 2016 May, June, July
  • Munich DE | Module I, II, & III | 2016 April, June, July
  • Seattle US | Structural Cranial & Visceral Pilot Course | 2016 May
  • Amsterdam NL | Module I | 2016 May
  • Munich DE | Module I | 2016 April
  • Raleigh NC US | Module I | 2016 April
  • Melbourne AU | Introductory talk on Palpation in TEAM | 2016 February
  • Sydney AU | Review class | 2016 February
  • Seattle US | 2015 December, 2016 January
  • Amherst MA US | Ignition and Integration | 2015 November
  • Amsterdam NL | Module I | 2015 October
  • Barcelona SP | Ignition and Integration | 2015 October
  • Munich DE | Mid 2015
  • Seattle US | Early 2015
  • Amherst MA US | Mid 2014
  • Sydney AU | Early 2014
  • Portland OR US | Late 2013
  • Seattle US | Late 2012
  • London UK | 2011 October
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