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Ba Mai & Fluids:
Explorations in the Morphology and Inherent Movement Palpation

with Rayén Antón

October 25-27th, 2024 

9AM - 5PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday

@ Amherst Community Acupuncture

86 Henry Street, Amherst, MA 01002



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About the class...

The Extraordinary Vessels are one fascinating piece of TEAM, with their overarching influence, connection with primal qi, and unique place as gateway between internal alchemy, Nei Dan and medicine. The direct perception of the vessels themselves has been largely overlooked in our field of medicine, relegated to the Nei Dan practitioners and their field of internal alchemy. More often than not, our decision-making process when selecting a vessel for treatment tends to be based on theoretical considerations and/or indirect forms of palpation (as the pulse or the abdomen). Few scholars have taken the bold step of exploring the Ba Mai from both perspectives, keeping a fluid and open-minded approach while rigorously pursuing clinical efficacy. Li Shizhen, the outstanding XVI century physician, was one of those scholars. Li Shizhen was himself a medical and Nei Dan practitioner, and in his seminal book Qi Jing Ba Mai Kao he approaches the issue from both perspectives, revisiting previous knowledge on the topic and adding his own interpretations. After a couple of decades working on the Ba Mai, and 11 years of work on Li Shizhen’s Qi Jing Ba Mai Kao, Charles Chace, who was a practitioner of both these disciplines and one of the core developers of Engaging Vitality®, mapped out the Morphology of the Ba Mai on the Fluid Body. The Engaging Vitality® palpatory skills served him to bring direct access of the Ba Mai back into the medical realm, allowing any practitioner of medicine-even without inner alchemy or qi gong training- to grasp them in a tangible and clinically useful way.

The Fluid Body and the Ba Mai share some characteristics. For instance, they organize themselves around a midline and they tend to layer. This, and the palpatory training to be able to listen to the Fluid Body, are the starting points of the journey that takes us into engaging the Ba Mai in one of their most direct manifestations: The Morphology.

We’ll be exploring yet another form of palpation for the Ba Mai in this seminar. Developed after the Fluid Body palpation and making use of the palpatory skills acquired with the Engaging Vitality® training, the Inherent Movement palpation is a complementary approach to directly engage the vessels by listening to their movement. We can directly palpate or resonate with the inherent movements of the vessels; this offers another angle to approach them and another cross-referencing tool.

In this seminar we will explore both of these novel ways to directly contact the Ba Mai and will be cross referencing this with abdominal palpation and simplified forms of Ba Mai pulse diagnosis coming from Li Shizhen.

This class will be 3 days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Course Topics:

  • Revisiting the Shape of the Qi

  • Revisiting the Fluid Body

  • Revisiting pulse and abdominal diagnosis for the Ba Mai

  • The Ba Mai as fields of influence. General indications. Trajectory and treatment holes.

  • The morphology, mapping the terrain.

  • Walking the path: practice session on the morphology. How it feels under our hands. How to work with it in clinic.

  • Inherent movement: generalities and conceptual frameworks.

  • Palpation and recognition: practice sessions to learn how to tune into the inherent movement of the vessels.

  • Putting it all together: practice sessions to cross reference the multiple ways of listening at the Ba Mai and work with it in clinic.

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Prerequisite: Completion of Fundamental Module Series (Mod I, II, & III)

Cost: $550

CEUS: CEUs will be distributed through the NCCAOM for this course

Course Cancellation Policy: Engaging Vitality reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If Engaging Vitality is forced to cancel an event, a full refund will be granted to those already registered. Engaging Vitality is not liable for any expenses incurred in preparing to attend the course. However, as much notice and consideration as possible will be given.

If you cancel more than 30 days before the first class, you will receive a 100% refund minus a cancellation fee of $60.

If you cancel within 15-30 days before the first class, you will receive a 75% refund of the course fee.

If you cancel with fewer than 15 days before the first class, NO REFUND will be offered.


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