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  • Roots and Wings Yoga and Healing Arts 317 North Main Street Natick, MA, 01760 United States (map)

Saturday-Sunday, June 17-18, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuina Fundamentals with Bill Helm, Tuina AOBTA® CI
Hand Techniques and Full Body Protocol, Plus Treatment of Structural Disorders of the Neck and Shoulder

We are delighted to host Bill Helm, director and lead instructor at the Taoist Sanctuary of San Diego and the Department Chair of the Massage and Bodywork Program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, as a guest teacher with Eastern Medicinal Therapies Education Center during his annual late summer expedition to the Boston area.

Broaden your clinical skill treating structural disorders with this renowned Tuina practitioner and instructor. NCCAOM PDAs Pending

Event Location:
Roots and Wings Yoga and Healing Arts
317 North Main Street, Natick, MA 01760


To order Books and Study Material in advance visit Taoist Sanctuary (link)

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Tuina Hand Techniques and Full Body Protocol  
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Day One Course description: In this hands on practical class students will be taught specific Tuina oscillating hand techniques, as well as principals of effective expression of kinesthetic force. Patterns and underlying factors of Bi Syndrome and Deficient Wei Qi will also be identified, and students will have the opportunity to practice, under supervision, a whole body Tuina treatment designed to expel pathogenic factors from the channels, muscles, tendons, and joints, relieve qi and blood stagnation, and tonify underlying deficiencies.

Goals and Objectives:

  1. Learn oscillating techniques; Rolling, Finger Springing, Grasping and kneading.
  2. Learn pressure techniques; Pushing, Pressing and Press-rub.
  3. Learn movement techniques; Passive Movement, Traction
  4. Identify symptoms of excess Qi
  5. Develop specific skills in applying Tuina oscillating hand techniques
  6. Define specific patterns of qi obstruction and deficiency in the channels, muscles, tendons, and joints
  7. Learn a whole body Tuina treatment protocol which can be used right away to address these conditions

Sunday, June 18, 2017
Tuina for Structural Disorders of the Shoulder and Neck
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Day Two Course Description: In this hands on practical class, students will learn and practice specific Tuina treatment protocols which can be used right away to treat structural disorders of the shoulder and upper back/neck. Students will identify specific joint and soft tissue problems, and will be instructed in appropriate Tuina techniques and acupoints to use to address these problems. There will also be sufficient supervised practice so students will have the skill to use these protocols with confidence.

Goals and objectives:

  1. Identify structural disorders of the upper spine, neck, and shoulder
  2. Identify related patterns of obstruction of qi and patterns of deficiency of channel/organs
  3. Identify appropriate acupoints for treating specific patterns
  4. Learn and practice specific Tuina protocols to address these patterns, using oscillating techniques, acupoints, and joint mobilization

Participants have the option to attend for the full weekend program or for one-day. Prior experience is expected if attending only on Sunday.

Cost to Attend: 

$195 Professional (one one-day class) 
$350 Professional (two one-day classes)

Supportive Discount Codes

10% AOBTA® Members = (one-day $175.5 or weekend $315)
20% Recent Graduates (less than 1 year) = (one-day $156 or weekend $280) 
25% Student = (one-day $146.25 or weekend $262.5)

$75 Event Volunteers (per day) 
We have room for one more volunteer who is participating for the entire weekend program.
Must be able to lift 50+ lbs, move, set up and breakdown equipment. Inquire to apply.

To Learn More about Program Details and Bill Helm, AOBTA®-CI

On Saturday Bill will teach the foundational oscillative hand techniques of Tuina, including rolling, finger springing, plucking and pressing. Acupuncturists and Asian Bodywork Therapists alike will find these rhythmic, penetrating techniques fun to perform and receive, as well as powerful additions to your clinical methods of summoning and moving qi.

Once you have had a chance to get comfortable with these techniques, Bill will demonstrate and supervise practice of a whole body treatment to put those skills to use. Sunday Bill will examine structural disorders of the neck and shoulders. He will cover diagnosis from a Chinese bodywork approach, including identifying Bi Syndrome, review Zang Fu Patterns of Obstruction of Qi in the Channels, Muscles, Joints, and Tendons, and assess pain, both chronic and acute, as a result of injury and trauma.

Specific Tuina protocols will then be demonstrated to address these disorders, and attendees will have time for supervised practice of these protocols to improve and expand their clinical capability.

Bill is a 20th generation Indoor Disciple of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, and holds a 6th Duan Wei from the Chinese Wushu Association. Bill has also studied with Taijiquan Master Chen Xiaoxing, Master Chen Zhiquang, Master Ren Guangyi and Master Chen Bing.

Bill travels periodically to Chen Village for focused practice of Chen Style Taijiquan. He studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in China at the Shanghai College of Medicine and the Beijing Olympic Training Center, and in the United States with Taoist Master Share K. Lew and Dr. Yu Da Fang.

Investing in our Community: the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®)is launching a membership drive and fundraising campaign. The AOBTA® is a national Membership Association for Asian Bodywork Therapy Students, Professionals, Educators and Schools and the only organization dedicated exclusively to serving the ABT profession and schools. 

To support the AOBTA® and ABT community Eastern Medicinal Therapies Education Center (EMTEC) will offer all new AOBTA® professional members $75 credit to apply towards the full program price of one program. For current members, EMTEC will match any contributions given though waving the 10% AOBTA® member discount.
Offer good from April 1, 2017-April 1, 2018. Inquire for details.

To learn more about the AOBTA® or EMTEC’s event schedule visit:

Eastern Medicinal Therapies Education Center (EMTEC)
Continuing Education for Acupuncturists and Asian Bodywork Therapists


American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®)
Membership Association for Asian Bodywork Therapy Students, Professionals, Educators and Schools