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TUINA SEMINAR: Structural Disorders of the Lower Extremity Seminar


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

Tuina for Structural Disorders of the Lower Extremity with Bill Helm

Join us next Veteran’s Day weekend, November 10-12, 2018 to learn Tuina techniques and protocols from Bill Helm, Tuina and Qi Gong Teacher, AOBTA® Certified Instructor, and longtime former Chair of the Massage and Bodywork Program at Pacific Collage of Oriental Medicine.

The weekend will begin on Saturday with a special 7-hour class devoted entirely to the oscillating hand techniques used in Tuina bodywork to restore correct anatomical musculoskeletal relationships and neuromuscular patterns, and to increase the circulation of blood and qi.

For those who are familiar with the techniques of rolling, grasping, kneading, pressing, and finger springing, this will be a valuable opportunity for review under Bill’s direct instruction. For those unfamiliar with these techniques, this class is not only a rare opportunity to learn them from an exprienced teacher, but also required to get the full benefit of the rest of the workshop.

With each session, after an assessment protocol has been presented and the structural disorders identified, Bill will demonstrate specific Tuina sequences, including both oscillating techniques and specific applicable acupoints, to relieve pain and promote healing. All participants will then have time to practice these sequences under Bill's supervision, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and receive direct personal instruction.

Bill’s last workshop was very successful. Most of the participants expressed an interest in coming back, so be sure to sign up early. Don’t miss this opportunity to study with someone who is not only a great Tuina practitioner, but also a wonderful teacher.  


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To learn more about this masterful teacher: 

Visiting teacher at Eastern Medicinal Therapies Education Center and longtime faculty and former chair of the Massage and Bodywork Program at Pacific Collage of Oriental Medicine.

Bill Helm, Tuina and Qi Gong Teacher, AOBTA® Certified Instructor, 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.

He 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.

An ordained Taoist Priest, Bill has been studying Chinese martial and healing arts since 1965, specializing in Taijiquan, Tuina Chinese Bodywork, Qi Gong and Herbal Medicine. Bill travels periodically to Chen Village for focused practice of Chen Style Taijiquan.


Tuina Essentials: Hand Techniques and Full Body Protocol

Saturday, November 10, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 6:30 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.

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.

For Massage Therapists looking to expand their repertoire to include Asian Bodywork Therapy treatment styles and principles, this is a perfect introductory class. 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.

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 Tuina Treatment Techniques which can be used right away to address the Whole Body

Recommended Books and Instructional DVDs:

Book: Tuina Hand Techniques and Full-Body Protocol
http://www.taoistsanctuary.org/shop/copy-of-tuina-hand-techniques

DVD: Tuina Hand Techniques (or the 2-Disk set listed below)
http://www.taoistsanctuary.org/shop/tuina-hand-techniques


Tuina Treatment Strategies for the Lower Extremity
Saturday-Sunday, November 11-12, 2018

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 hip, knee, ankle and foot. 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.

On Sunday Bill will examine structural disorders of the hip and knee, and on Monday the ankle and foot. 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.

Tuina Treatment Strategies for the Hip and Knee
Sunday, November 11, 2018

MORNING SESSION:
Identifying structural disorders of the hip, including. Demonstration of appropriate tuina techniques and identifying applicable acupoints. Instruction and supervised practice.

AFTERNOON SESSION: 
Identifying structural disorders of the knee. Demonstration of appropriate tuina techniques and identifying applicable acupoints. Instruction and supervised practice.

Tuina Treatment Strategies for the Ankle and Foot
Monday, November 12, 2018

MORNING SESSION: 
Identifying structural disorders of the ankle. Demonstration of appropriate tuina techniques and identifying applicable acupoints. Instruction and supervised practice.

AFTERNOON SESSION: 
Identifying structural disorders of the foot. Demonstration of appropriate tuina techniques and identifying applicable acupoints. Instruction and supervised practice.

Recommended Books and Instructional DVDs:

Book: Tuina for Structural Disorders
http://www.taoistsanctuary.org/shop/tuina-for-structural-disorders

DVD: Tuina for the Lower Extremities
http://www.taoistsanctuary.org/shop/tuina-for-the-lower-extremities

DVD: Tuina Hand Techniques and Orthopedic Disorders (2 Disks)
http://www.taoistsanctuary.org/shop/tuina-hand-techniqueorthopedic-disorders-2-disc

Early Tuition: by December 31, 2017
$150  Professional  -  Friday
$175  Professional  -  Saturday or Sunday
$300 Professional  -  Saturday + Sunday
$400 Professional  -  Full Weekend Program

Regular Tuition: after January 1, 2018
$175  Professional  -  Friday
$195  Professional  -  Saturday or Sunday
$350 Professional  -  Saturday + Sunday
$450 Professional  -  Full Weekend Program

Don't miss out, we only have room for 20 participants per class, register now to reserve your space!

NCCAOM and NCBTMB PDAs pending

Program Designed for Practitioners and Students of Eastern and Western Healing Traditions, including: Acupuncturists, Asian Bodywork Therapists, Massage Therapists, and other Manual Bodywork Therapists interested in learning this ancient healing craft. *Please note: Prior experience is expected if attending only on Saturday and/or Sunday.

Supportive Discounts: Select the appropriate “Professional Status” and timeframe when checking out.  
$20 Discounted for AOBTA® Members
$30 Discounted for Recent Graduates (< 1 years)
$50 Discounted for Students


Investing in Community: The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (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. 

As president of the AOBTA®, and in an effort to support the 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. Offer good April 1, 2017 - April 1, 2018.

For current members, EMTEC will match any contributions given though waving the AOBTA® member discount upon purchase of each class. i.e. in this offer $20 waived equals $40 donated to the AOBTA®. Inquire for details.

To Learn More About the AOBTA® and Asian Bodywork Therapy Visithttp://www.aobta.org/

To Apply for Professional Statushttp://www.aobta.org/apply-for-professional-membership