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Upcoming Course2021

​Introduction to Sa am style Five Element acupuncture*
Sat 3 July 2021
Introduction to Scalp acupuncture
Sun 4 July 2021


​Interpreting the zangfu 臟腑 organs
of Chinese Medicine​*

​these three days are available to buy as ZOOM recordings

*open to students or anyone with an interest in this area *

Treating Musculoskeletal Conditions using Traditional East Asian & Western Medicine - an Integrated Approach

Some previous attendees comments on this course
                                                                              **Open to all* 

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). The physiology of the channels (applied channel theory) was studied alongside zangfu organ physiology and pathology, yin/yang and wuxing Five Elements. 

This workshop 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 and various modalities of Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) to increase accurate diagnosis and treatment of all conditions, but mainly focusing on sinew channels and musculoskeletal conditions.   

The course focuses on:
- The use of Applied Channel Theory and the Sinew Channels in diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions;
- A systematic approach to the integrated treatment of musculoskeletal conditions;
- An introduction to Guasha and brief overview of the modern research to gain an insight as to its clinical possibilities (apart from its use in musculoskeletal conditions);
- An introduction to bleeding/pricking the vessels and its incorporation into an integrated approach;
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Time allowing, some basic Tuina and western soft tissue techniques.

Entry requirements
This course is aimed at acupuncture practitioners, Tuina practitioners and also final year students (although it is also suitable for practitioners with little or no formal Tuina or bodywork training)
The course is limited to 9 attendees to enable maximum use of practical time and individual feedback.

This day is prefaced by a half day online theory module to allow more time for the practical day.   

Due to current COVID-19 measures, the following are now in place:

  • A risk assessment is made prior to each course and for any onsite courses, and we comply with current government guidelines
  • A health screening questionnaire must be completed prior to attending any course and must be brought with them on the day.  Failure to do this may result in refusal of course attendance
  • All students must wear face masks and gloves, unless they are sitting down (with at least the current 2m social distancing).
  • Students work in bubbles around a couch.
  • Sufficient hand sanitizer, masks and gloves are provided - also eye glasses and disposable aprons are available if delegates wish to use them;  we have a portable UV steriliser for the cups.                                

Between 2009 and 2013 he was fortunate to undertake 3 month-long intense study trips to China where he studied Classical Chinese Medicine personally  under Professor Wang Ju Yi, co-author of the seminal text Applied Channel Theory.  During these trips he was also able to further his study of Tuina Chinese Massage at the Blind Tuina Teaching Hospital in Beijing (gaining a further certificate in manipulation) and Classical Chinese Medicine applied to Musculoskeletal and Sports Injuries under Yefim Gamgoneishvili.   Alex has also assisted another of Professor Wang's apprentices (and co-author of the book Applied Channel Theory) Jason Robertson in the teaching of Applied Channel Theory and Channel Palpation both in the UK, The Republic of Ireland and Germany. Alex has also completed courses in Western Massage, Kinesiology Taping and has a Certificate in Education.  He was the first person in the UK to complete the Post Graduate Diploma in Gua Sha under Dr Arya Nielsen PhD and he is currently in his 4th year studying for a degree in Osteopathy. Alex is currently on the faculty at CICM where he lectures and assesses Conventional Western Biomedicine to Acupuncture undergraduate students, and he also teaches Tuina at the City College of Acupuncture, London on their postgraduate Tuina course. He is also an HCPC registered Paramedic and is registered with the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC) , the UK Register of Tuina Chinese Massage (MRTCM) and with the College of Paramedics (MCPara) holding all the appropriate insurances.

         Date         Sunday 21 March 2021 ​

        Time         10am - 5pm

        Cost          £75 
        Spaces      Max 9
        Tutor       Alex Brazkiewicz 

About your tutor: Alex Brazkiewicz
Alex's passion for integrating Chinese and Western medicine stems from almost 35 years training in Japanese Martial Arts, philosophy and studying Namikoshi Shiatsu at Elite Martial Academy whilst serving concurrently for 23 years as a registered paramedic (undertaking over 17 years front line duties with the London Ambulance Service).
In 2007, Alex qualified from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM), Reading with a 1st Class BSc (Hons) in Traditional Acupuncture, and subsequently completed his postgraduate diploma in Tuina Chinese Massage and Medical QiGong in 2009.  Alex subsequently became a volunteer at the NHS Gateway Clinic in London.

"I'll be using this when I return to clinic.  It will fit perfectly into how I work already.  Many thanks"
Subsequent email - "I had a patient returning with residual shoulder pain, after palpating it was definitely PC Sinew Channel.  Blood let PC9 and the pain completely disappeared - I don't know who was more amazed, me or the patient!!  Thanks again for the course.  excellent and refined  some things I've been doing for years"  Marek URBANOWICZ (Acupuncturist, Applied Kinesiologist, Swedish Massage, Shiatsu and Reflexology practitioner)
"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)
"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)