Opening to the Source: Modules I and II (ACUP - 12OPEN11)

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November 30th, 2012 6:00 PM   through   January 13th, 2013 5:00 PM
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
ROOM 286 in November; ROOM 286 in January
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
United States

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Phone: (425) 602-3152
Professional both modules in full $ 989.00
Professional payment option, first payment $ 642.00
Professional payment option, 2nd payment $ 347.00
Bastyr/NIAOM Alumni both modules in full $ 889.00
Bastyr/NIAOM Alumni payment option, first payment $ 572.00
Bastyr/NIAOM Alumni payment option, 2nd payment $ 317.00
Full-time student payment in full $ 189.00
Full-time student, payment option, first payment $ 122.00
Full-time student, payment option, 2nd payment $ 67.00
For retake fee if you attended in Jan. 2011 call 425-602-3152 $ 0.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience acupuncturists & medical doctors with acupuncture training; full-time AOM students with at least one year clinical experience
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This training, over two weekends, is based on the premise that many palpation techniques used in cranial osteopathy can be understood as aspects of the state of the body’s qi, and can therefore be interpreted in the context of a Chinese medical perspective. The insights gained from such a perspective both inform and enrich our understanding of many opaque passages in the Classical acupuncture literature, providing a practical, hands-on context for a critical analysis of these texts. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from these two talented practitioners – this is the only venue for these seminars in the U.S. this year. Both modules will include lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice. A two-weekend course: Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2012 and Jan. 11-13, 2013 Fri, 6-9:00p.m.; Sat/Sun 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Instructors: Chip Chace, LAc and Dan Bensky, DO 30 CEUs/PDAs

Module I: Dan Bensky, Instructor

How does one go about making sense of the acupuncture Classics and then put those ideas into clinical practice? These are perennial questions for those interested in both the practice and development of Chinese medicine. How we go about answering them shapes the way we approach acupuncture.

Those with no experience in palpation-based forms of acupuncture practice will be given a thorough introduction to this approach. The training will also help those with previous experience in osteopathic palpation to both broaden and deepen their understanding, and to better integrate it into their acupuncture practice.

Participants will be introduced to the acupuncture applications of palpatory techniques that include manual thermal diagnosis, as well as general and local listening techniques.  In addition, participants will be introduced to the following cranial rhythms and how they can be understood and applied in the context of an acupuncture practice: cranial rhythmic impulse (CRI), mid tide, and long tide. Participants will also be introduced to the foundational principles and techniques used in listening to qi, including the Shape of Qi technique, manual thermal diagnosis, and channel listening – including how to apply them to enhance the efficacy of their acupuncture practice.

Upon completion of this seminar you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate manual thermal diagnosis which will be used in clinical practice
  • Demonstrate Shape of Qi listening technique which will be used in clinical practice
  • Demonstrate channel listening which will be used in clinical practice
  • Demonstrate the cranial rhythmic impulse which will be used in clinical practice

Module 2: Chip Chase, Instructor

Participants will apply the skills learned in Module 1 to deeper energetic structures focusing primarily on the eight extraordinary vessels. We will use Li Shi-Zhen’s Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels as a framework for the weekend and apply the principles presented in this text in our hands-on practice session. Our focus will be directed on the engagement of dynamic stillness and the fluid body in acupuncture practice. Extraordinary vessel pulse diagnosis will also be discussed in some detail.

Upon completion of this seminar you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the mid tide which will be used in clinical practice
  • Demonstrate the techniques learned in module I in the clinical application of the extraordinary vessels
  • Demonstrate extraordinary vessels pulse diagnosis which will be used in clinical practice
  • Demonstrate extraordinary vessel topography which will be used in clinical practice

Dan Bensky, DO, is a graduate of the Macau Institute of Chinese Medicine (Oriental Medicine Diploma, 1975), University of Michigan (B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, 1978), Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Doctor of Osteopathy, 1982), University of Washington (M.A. in Classical Chinese, 1996), and Chinese Academy of Traditional Chinese Medical Sciences (Ph.D. in Discussion of Cold Damage, 2006). He contributed to the translation and editing of commonly used textbooks of East Asian medicine including Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica and Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas & Strategies. He has been involved in the practice and teaching of osteopathy and related forms of palpation for almost 30thirty years.

Charles “Chip” Chace, LAc, as a student of Chinese medicine and palpation based forms of acupuncture for more than 20twenty years, Chip is uniquely positioned to teach a class such as this. He has maintained a longstanding interest in the medical literature of China and is the translator of a wide variety of books and articles on pre-modern acupuncture and Chinese medicine. His include a translations include of the first textbook of acupuncture from 100 C.E., The Yellow Emperor’s Systematic Classic of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (Huang Di Zhen Jiu Jia Yi Jing), and Li Shizhen’s Qi Jing Ba Mai Kao, the seminal text on the extraordinary vessels , which was published by Eastland press in 2009.

He is also a long time student of palpation-based forms of practice in both the acupuncture and osteopathic traditions, completing. He has completed both basic and advanced Toyohari training. Chip, who has practiced acupuncture for over 25twenty-five years, is on the faculty of the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine where he teaches palpatory approaches to acupuncture. He maintains a clinical practice in Boulder, Colorado. To read more about this presenter, please visit his website at

Cost Notes

Registration is for both modules (registering for only one module is not an option). As a courtesy to practitioners we have divided the fee into two payments. Register for Module 1 and pay 65% of total fee to reserve a seat for both modules. The remaining 35% is due by Dec. 19 by registering for for the second payment. No refund will be granted for payments made for either module unless request to cancel is received by CCCE on or before Nov. 16.

30 NCCAOM PDAs approved for LAc's
30 CEUs approved for LAc's licensed in CA

Course Notes

The required book An Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels by Charles Chace & Miki Shima may be purchased through our bookstore.  Call ahead for availability: 425-602-3026.  Reading the text prior to starting Module I is highly recommended and required before attending Module II.

Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room 286 in Nov/Dec and 286 in Jan. Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.

30 Min dinner break on Friday evening.  Please bring a sack lunch and drink, as the dining commons will be closed. 

Sat/Sun: One hour lunch break – Bring a sack lunch or eat in Bastyr’s dining commons