תיאור סדנת מטפלים עם כריס 2011

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 ! Let the 1000 Flowers Bloom

 
In last year's workshop we focussed in our acupuncture practice on what we called Jiaki - that is to say the energies which can become lodged in a person, unconsciously, but which do not actually belong there. If you recall, we looked at a treatment to dislodge and dissolve trauma, a protocol to evauate Jiaki via the back Shu points and the twin patterns of rousing dragons to chase away demons.
 
This year I wish to shift the focus to the other side of the equation. We will concentrate primarily on the true Qi, the righteous energy, that which we are supposed to be made up of, that which the Chinese in their beautifully concise way have named: Zheng Qi.
 
If you think back to last year, you'll remember that we discussed the balance of energies which make up the human energetic system in real life. First there are the inherent energies that help us breathe, think, walk and talk: Zheng Qi is the term which sums all this up. Then there are the energies which infiltrate - either through external trauma or internal subsidence - and which disrupt these healthy processes: Jiaki (called Xie Qi in Chinese).
 
This year we are going to learn and practice four new patterns for acupuncture treatment, each of which boosts certain aspects of the Zheng Qi resource pool in the human energy system. These are:
 
·         Eight Gates Yang Ming
·         Taiji treatment
·         Tree of Life
·         Middle Dragons
 
Let me say a few brief words about each of them:
 
Eight Gates Yang Ming
This is a pattern which seeks firstly to support and promote the abundance of energy in the Yang Ming division (Stomach and large Intestine combined meridian). Secondly, it is designed to simultaneously open and release blockages of Blood and Qi, by incorporating the classic "Four Gates" combination of Liver 3 and Large Intestine 4. The ultimate aim of the treatment is to spread the abundance thus created and send it down into the Kidney Shao Yin, the core level of the system.
 
The idea is then one of increasing and recycling energy from the surface down to the depths, where new resources can then be created and mobilised to start a fresh cycle of growth and creativity.
 
Taiji treatment
This pattern, like the pattern outlined above, can be used when the entire system seems sluggish and stagnated, or to boost an average system to new levels of vitality. In this protocol we use the so-called Group Luo points. These are special points which have been shown to exert an influence not only on their own meridian but on their two nearest neighbours. This means that with very few needles we can activate and coordinate the four meridian groups - leg yin, leg yang, arm yin and arm yang meridians -  into one unified flow.
 
We combine these special points with selected points on the Governor and Conception vessels: the "seas" of yin and yang. This brings the coordinated flow of the 12 main meridians into the central channel, where the system is regulated at an even more basic level: yin and yang (hence the name Taiji - "great polarity"). The aim of the treatment is then to align the various and separate meridians into one large flow, whence a new balance can be established in the system as a whole.
 
Tree of Life
This is a treatment which is designed to rouse the sleeping Hun. We use points on the Liver meridian to raise the Wood energy in the meridian, and select points on other meridians to spread the "sap" of the tree into the branches. This treatment is ideal for patients who need a creative boost, who have lost faith in themselves, forgotten their dreams and lost touch with their vision.
 
Middle Dragons
This is an expansive treatment which focuses on the Gall Bladder, and to a certain extent on the Dai Mai. There are two major scenarios for the use of this combination: either to expel residual jiaki or "demonic" energy in the system, or to complement the Tree of Life. This combination reduces the tendency to contract around safety and security and increases the possibility of opening up to life and all its myriad possibilities.
 
As far as the bodywork part of the workshop goes, I have prepared three sessions. The fourth and final session we will leave open for spontaneous inspiration. The three sessions I have planned cover:
 
·         lower back, Kid/Bl, shu points, spirit points
·         mobilising the legs and hips, lower back and sacro-iliac region
·         releasing the neck and upper back
 
As you can see, we will be covering several strategic areas of the body and generating a kind of whole body treatment, using most of the meridian pairs and divisions.
 
Also, and very importantly, we will produce some enjoyable sequences for ourselves as practitioners - it is my firm belief that the person we most do shiatsu for is our self. This is not to be egoistic, but realistic. Ask yourself why you do bodywork and the answer will almost certainly - utlimately - be because you enjoy it, because it makes you feel good, because it teaches you about people, about yourself and about life. So why not be honest about this and embrace it?
 
As for the qigong part of the workshop, last year several people asked for more movement, so this year we will be practising Taiji Qigong. This is a very modern qigong form and indeed, quite a new programme in my own practice. There are several reasons for my choosing this form this time around. One is that I am enjoying practising it myself, and wish to continue doing so with you! The second is that it provides an excellent opportunity for movement, though not strenuous movement - it has hardly any stretches and is actually very soft and quite fluid, so I think participants will enjoy it.
The fourth reason is that as a form it is very easy to break down into small components and individual movements. It is therefore ideal for giving to patients who have specific aches and pains but are too lazy to go to a qigong class and learn a programme.
 
The fourth reason is that the movements, being soft and rounded, gentle and pleasant, make it very easy to feel Qi in and around the physical body. This makes it a great reinforcer for the practitioner on days of doubt (What am I doing? What is Qi? All this is pointless! There is no scientific proof for any of this stuff etc etc). It also makes it an excellent form to teach beginners, who can then get an easy first taste of the Qi sensation - once tasted forever changed!
 
 
 
 
 
 

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