Ashi Treatment for Musculoskeletal Conditions: Rearranging the landscape of the body with bodywork and acupuncture

With Zarig and Conny Cooper
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June 2022, 10am-5pm

It is a great shame that Ashi treatment is often poorly understood, as it is an essential aspect of acupuncture treatment. When done correctly, it can yield significant results remarkably quickly, often in just one or two sessions – even for chronic conditions.

Ashi treatment is the bulk of physical treatment that we do. Most of our referrals at Yi Dao Clinic come from successful Ashi work, and we regularly receive GP referrals for physical conditions for it. This course was set up as we hope to spread the usage of high-quality Ashi work in the UK. At the end of it, participants will have the understanding and skill to perform simple Ashi treatments and start building up experience of using this remarkable way of treating.

There are several Ashi techniques and skills that should be mastered and then combined for an effective treatment.
• DaoYin exercises. We will start with instruction on specific DaoYin exercises and will de-mystify and illustrate how these exercises help develop our sensitivity to Qi and our ability to manipulate it
• Palpation. This is in our opinion by far the most important skill that a practitioner can develop. We will practice identifying Ashi points and areas on the body. We will discuss what constitues an ‘injury’ and how to manually feel for imbalances in the body
• Sparrow Pecking Technique. Perhaps the most well known of the Ashi needle techniques.
• Spreading Needle Technique. When using Spreading Technique, the aim is to release Qi trapped in a local area causing buildup there. This is a gentle technique used to release tension slowly in a soothing manner
• Gathering Needle Technique. Gathering Technique is used when we want to bring Qi and Blood to a local area. This may be an end in itself, or in preparation for using another technique such as sparrow-pecking.

We will also cover 3 bodywork techniques: Point Pressing, Traction, and Deep Qi with Vibrating.
• Point Pressing is the manipulation of a point using our fingers only.
• Traction is a physical manipulation which gently lengthens the musculoskeletal system, allowing it to relax and reset. Of great importance is the skill of “riding the traction”, ie feeling the body as it lengthens and releases and constantly adjusting the traction to keep it at the optimal level
• Deep Qi. This is a deeply settling technique which puts the patient into a very relaxed, lulled state. Often patients will comment that this is their favourite part of the treatment! We will learn how to practice this technique on different body areas with added vibrating
• Joint Mobilisations. Not to be confused with the rapid manipulations performed by chiropractors or osteopaths. Appropriate joint mobilisation following needling or heavy bodywork is essential for successful Ashi treatments.

Prerequisites: Practitioners or students of acupuncture
Course dates: Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June 2022, 10am-5pm
Cost: Earlybird is £180 for the 2-day course if paid by 25th May, after that £200

Zarig and Conny Cooper are long-term students of Andrew Nugent-Head. They are part of his teaching team, travelling internationally to assist at his seminars

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