I've been teaching my short course in Chinese Medicine for almost seven years now. First as Chinese Medicine for Bodytalk Practitioners, and then redesigned for everyone as Accunect Ancient Wisdom. With the redesign, the material is even simpler to apply in practice. More importantly, I made much more practice time so that people could experience a balancing on each meridian by the end of the course - we end up balancing everything from head to toes during the course. This makes it more transformational than before.
I originally thought of it as a really powerful tool for practitioners - you gain enough understanding in three days to be able to use the extensive handout pages using muscle checking. The results are pretty cool - I get tons of feedback from students with no prior training in Chinese Medicine that their clients really relate to the balancings that come up. And I get professional acupuncturists taking the course who tell me that it helps them to think outside the box and adds ease and power to their sessions.
I'm pretty proud of how well the course works as a professional development tool. But it's not the most important aspect of the course.
The most important reason I teach the course is that it brings hope. Once you have a basic understanding of Chinese Medicine a lot of things seem more possible. Lots of conditions that are considered difficult or incurable in western medicine are simple energy imbalances in Chinese Medicine.
For example, asthma is a difficult condition in western medicine, relatively simple in Chinese Medicine. In fact, to get acupuncture needles as medical devices, the acupuncture association decided to pick asthma as a test case - because asthma is easy: you can get much better results with asthma using Chinese Medicine than with western medicine.
Atrial fibrillation is a difficult heart condition with no good treatment in western medicine. In Chinese Medicine it isn't a heart condition - rather it is an imbalance between the Kidney meridian and the Heart meridian. This shift in perspective makes it treatable.
For practitioners, having a deeper understanding of what is possible increases confidence and enthusiasm, which is then shared with the client energetically, thereby increasing results. For everyone, gaining insight into what is possible helps give hope - for yourself or for a family member or loved one. This is invaluable.
The course also really helps to explain the mind-body-spirit connections in a very tangible way. And experiencing those connections during the practice sessions during the course makes it a felt experience.
I hope you can join me sometime for this weekend of transformation, inspiration, with a lot of effortless learning and balancing thrown in for good measure.