June 3rd-29th, 2012
Part of its external forms, the Chinese medical system has developed an extensive knowledge and various methods of holistic treatment. Among them herbology, massage and acupuncture figure as the main tools. This training offers an introduction to the basic theories and tools coming from the Traditional Chinese Medicine and the information so the participant can establish a personal diagnosis to plan a personal healing program. It includes a whole body Tuina routine (Chinese therapeutic massage), how to use the basic Chinese herbs and some acupuncture points, and lifestyle, diet, dao yin stretches, and other exercises suggestions to strengthen the body and to counteract common imbalances to restore the body-mind-spirit harmony. Included in the program will also be offered numbers of Internal Qi Gong (nei gong) practices.
(3 segments that can be taken separately)
(Also promoted on “Chinese Medicine Times” : http://www.chinesemedicinetimes.com/ )
What is TCM?
Traditional Chinese Medicine refers to a broad range of medicine practices like Tui Na, acupuncture, moxibustion, fire cupping, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Qi Gong, Tai Ji and dietary therapy to balance the Yin and Yang polarities of the body. Those disciplines are sharing common theoretical concepts which have been developed in China and look back on a tradition of more than 2000 years.
The doctrines of Chinese medicine are rooted in books such as the “Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon” and the “Treatise on Cold Damage”, as well as in cosmological notions like Yin-Yang and the Five Phases. TCM focuses mainly on the identification of functional entities which regulate digestion, breathing, aging etc. While health is perceived as harmonious interaction of these entities and the outside world, disease is interpreted as a disharmony in interaction. TCM diagnosis consists in tracing symptoms to an underlying disharmony, mainly by palpating the pulse and inspecting the tongue, eyes, nails, hands and hair.
Objectives and Program
During this retreat you will be offered the basic knowledge and tools that the wider system of TCM uses to bring back harmony. You will learn to apply the basics principles of diagnosis, the main manipulations of a Tui Na, the main acupuncture points and most useful herbs to be applied for your own self-healing.
Yin & Yang principle
Qi & Xue
Five Phases System
Main acupuncture points
Most useful herbs
TUI NA THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE
Tui na is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy that uses Chinese Daoist and Martial Art principles to bring the body to balance. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press and rub the areas between each of the joints (known as the eight gates) to open the body’s defensive (wei) chi and get the energy moving in the meridians as well as the muscles. The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, massage with the stimulation of acupressure points; this is claimed to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions. Tui na is an integral part of TCM. In ancient China, medical therapy was often classified as either “external” or “internal” treatment. Tui na was one of the external methods.
Acupuncture is the aspect of the TCM that treats patients by insertion and manipulation of needles in the body. In TCM we use acupuncture to promote and balance the Qi (energy) and Xue (blood) flow throughout the Meridians (energy pathways). In this way, acupuncture relieves pain, prevents and treats diseases and promotes general health.
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
Chinese Herbology is a traditional medicinal practice based on the use of plants and plant extract. The scope of herbal medicine is sometimes extended to include fungal and bee products, as well as minerals and shells.
TCM THEORY, DIAGNOSIS, QI GONG, DAO YIN & MEDITATION
External methods like Herbs, Acupuncture, and Massage although important tools, only play an actual role of support in a healing process. Healing happens from within and require participation and changes. This is why in the context of our Self-Healing school we always integrate Theory & Philosophy, Qi Gong & Dao Yin exercises, Nei Gong meditation practices and teach about lifestyle, emotional transformation, diet and other elements that influence ones health.
Yangshuo, Guangxi, China
In the northeast of Guangxi Province and to the southeast of Guilin city, Yangshuo offers breathtakingly beautiful scenery, particularly along the hill-lined Li River. Streets in Yangshuo are kept in their original style, preserving the layout of the ancient city.
The special geography gives it breath-taking beauty while over 1,400 years of history bless it with a deep traditional culture. The diverse ethnic minority groups including Hui, Zhuang, Yao and others, enrich it with special folk cultures represented by their various festivals; while many foreign residents add exotic flavors to its fascination.
The famous Li River traverses the county and brings it the most beautiful scenery. Along the extremely pure river, thousands of hills stand in different poses and with different expressions, such as Moon Hill, Mural Hill and Schoolboy Hill which is the natural stage of the world famous opera ‘Impression Sanjie Liu’. Sanjie Liu is a fairy singer in the legend of the Zhuang minority group. Big Banyan, a huge tree with a history of over 1,400 years, is said to be the place where her love story happened. The ‘Little Li River’- the Yulong River – is a paradise for a cruise because of its green hills, silky water and ancient bridges. You can also go to Xanadu, a primitive minority village full of folk culture and tranquil rurality.
Master Daniel Li Ox
Master Li Ox will be teaching TCM theory, Meditation, Dao Yin and Qi Gong.
Dr Lily Li
Dr Li will offer teaching on TCM daily … (5 days / week)
(prices include teaching & shared accommodation)
Note that the first 12 participants will have a room on site, the following will be in a hotel of the neighborhood.
The Basics of TCM (4 weeks):
12,750 Yuan ($US 1,999)
If taken Separately …
Tui Na Therapeutic Massage (week 1 & 2):
6,500 Yuan ($US 999)
Chinese Herbal Medicine Basics (week 3):
3,825 Yuan ($US 599)
Acupuncture Basics (week 4):
3,825 Yuan ($US 599)
Two Payment Methods
Pay the full amount of the 4-Week Retreat on registration and save the 3% Paypal fees.
The balance must be paid one month prior to the beginning of the retreat on May 3rd.
*Note that for technical reason when you will click on the Paypal button you will open on a “Donation” page. Make your payment through this page, we will remedy to this technical detail shortly.
Minimum deposit for official registration is $US 618.
(notice that you have to pay the transfer fees)
Bank Name: Caisse de Montcalm
Address: 2590, rue Yvan-Varin
City: Ste-Julienne, Québec
Country: Canada, J0K 2T0
Beneficiary: Daniel Taillefer
Account No: 4150736
Swift Code: CCDQCAMM
(Please send by email a scan of your bank receipt)
Cancellations made less than a month prior to the beginning of the retreat: 30% will be taken as penalty.