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Upcoming Course2020

Interpreting the zangfu 臟腑 organs

of Chinese Medicine​*

these courses will be on ZOOM

Sat 27 and Sun 28 June 2020

Treating musculo-skeletal conditions usinga TEAM approach*
Sat 12 Sept 2020

​​​​Holographic Guasha - a practical introduction *
Sat 26 Sept 2020

The Diaphragm - dynamo of the meridians *

Sat 17 Oct 2020

Treating musculo-skeletal conditions using a TEAM approach - ADVANCED
Sun 18 Oct 2020

​Introduction to Sa am style Five Element acupuncture*
Sat 20 March 2021
Introduction to Scalp acupuncture
Sun 21 March 2021
*open to students or anyone with an interest in this area *



As practitioners are aware, the hardest part in any treatment is correct diagnosis.  Classically channel palpation was a major part of diagnosis (alongside pulse, tongue and asking questions) in the classical physician’s repertoire – where the physiology of the channels (applied channel theory) was studied alongside zangfu, yin / yang and wuxing.  In addition, the beauty of Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) is the wide array of tools to then treat the patient – including Acupuncture, Tuina, Herbs, Moxibustion, BagGuan, Guasha, Bleeding, Qi Gong and Tai Qi. 


Moving forward, the advances in functional anatomy have increased our knowledge of how the body moves and works in real-life, and the increased research in the fascial network over the past few years has opened up an entirely new branch of patient treatment options – which ties in very neatly with the Channel Sinew system.  In addition, where the pain is located may not be where the main cause of problem is found.  The muscles work in pairs and, in a rush to reduce the pain (a key indicator of the problem), the source of the problem may be overlooked.


This 1-day intermediate level workshop is practically based and has been designed to enable a practitioner to utilize channel palpation together with applied channel theory and to integrate them with modern western diagnostic methods to increase accurate diagnosis and treatment of Channel Sinew and Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.  It reviews the practical skills and underpinning theory learnt on the 1-day introduction, and builds on the skill set by introducing various orthopaedic tests and the use of Muscle Energy Techniques (METs) to “Release the Brakes”.  In addition we will apply the skills learnt to other regional areas (including neck, back and pelvis).

Overview of this course includes:
- A review of Applied Channel Theory, the Jing Luo and Jing Jin (Channel Sinew) systems;
- Channel Palpation in Musculoskeletal Conditions;
- A systematic approach to dealing with any musculoskeletal condition;
- A review of Gua Sha (both its use and recent research) and bleeding;
- An introduction to orthopaedic testing, mobilization and Muscle Energy Techniques
- An integrated approach to a variety of conditions including:
- A review of shoulders; neck, lower back and pelvis.


Entry requirements
​This 1-day intermediate workshop is aimed at Acupuncture practitioners (although no prior bodywork experience is presumed), Tuina practitioners and also final year students of either discipline. 

The course is limited to 12 people to maximise practical time and individual feedback and is only open to candidates who have completed the one-day introductory course.                                    

* Earlybird: book and pay by 18 Sept 2020: £70 * 
Book and pay for both courses by 12 Aug 2020, only £135
Alex Brazkiewicz is an Acupuncturist and Tuina practitioner, a martial arts student & teacher and student of osteopathy.  Alex has a clinic in Worcester where he operates a community-based system.
 He began his interest in bodywork in the early 1980’s through his martial arts teacher who taught Namakoshi shiatsu and Alex then went on to study Zen Shiatsu. In 2007, he qualified with a BSc (Hons) at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM), Reading  and went on to study Tuina under Sarah Pritchard, qualifying in 2009
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About your tutor: Alex Brazkiewicz

By a strange quirk of fate, in 2008 he met Jason Robertson during his pre-launch tour of his book Applied Channel Theory.  In 2009 Alex was invited to accompany Jason to China for a month-long intense study trip to study under his teacher Professor Wang Ju Yi (co-author of the aforementioned book) - a trip he repeated in 2011 and 2013.  He has subsequently studied with Professor Wang in Germany and Dublin and has assisted Jason in his courses on Applied Channel Theory in the UK, Germany and Dublin.
Through his martial arts training, Alex has always had a keen interest in Musculoskeletal conditions and, during his last study trip to China, in addition to a month training at the Beijing Tuina Hospital, he had private tuition under Yefim Gamgoneishvili focusing on the Classical treatment of MSK conditions. Alex subsequently invited Yefim to lecture in the UK during 2014 in London and York to lecture on this subject.
 Alex subsequently undertook Phil McQueen’s introductory and advanced courses on treatment of MSK conditions for acupuncturists and was the first person in the UK to complete Arya Nielsen’s Diploma in Gua Sha.  He is currently studying a degree in Osteopathy (having almost completed his 5th and final year) and is on the Faculty at CICM (Reading) where he teaches Conventional Medical Sciences and he is on the faculty at the City College of Acupuncture (London) where he teaches Tuina.

"I thought the balance between theory and practical was just right.  The varied  styles of presentation and activities (quizzes and skeleton) was more visual, engaging + fun, which has helped me remember the info better.This course has given me more knowledge, tools & confidence to add to my acupuncture practice.  Thanks Alex – I loved it" Deb Trafford (Acupuncturist)


"Really enjoyed – thanks" Apostolos Apostolou (Acupuncturist)


"Look forward to another one!  Thank you" Paula Creasy (Acupuncturist)


"Excellent! Just what I had been looking forward to – 3 things in the first 5 minutes to change my practice.
I used the pricking of the vessels following testing of Shu Stream points for aching shoulders on Monday - instant result - how amazing is that. I've used it about 4 times this week and the results have definitely improved my patient outcomes and are now firmly in the mainstay of my practice. Gua Sha - oh my word, I'm a total convert. I still need more practice but again, amazing. I can't thank you enough." Martine  Duma (Acupuncturist)

Further Applications in treating Musculoskeletal Conditions using Traditional East Asian & Western Medicine - an Integrated Approach

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         Date         Sunday 18 Oct 2020 

        Time         10am - 5pm
        Cost          £75 
        Spaces      Max 12
        Tutor       Alex Brazkiewicz