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Chinese Bodywork for Clinical Practice

The greatest force in healing is touch. The ancient Chinese realized this, using medical theory and clinical experience to develop touch into the highest healing art within the field of Chinese medicine. The usefulness of a sword depends on the warrior’s handskill; the efficacy of a needle depends on the practitioner’s skill of touch. To treat internal diseases or external injuries without deeply training the hands is to be overly optimistic of ones clinical results. This five module training program provides the same bodywork foundation that Andrew Nugent-Head learned in China, set sequentially in the way he learned over his years training there. It is, in his opinion, the most important piece of practicing tangible, effective and reliable medicine. Taught by Andrew Nugent-Head

Module 01: Daoist Zangfu Acupressure
Focused on regulating the Qi flow in the organs of the body cavity, Daoist Zangfu Acupressure is a powerful bodywork treatment method to return fundamental health to very sick patients. Originally passed on by a wandering Daoist, it was nearly lost in the Cultural Revolution. Today, there are only a handful of people focused on using this incredible bodywork system in the clinic. It was the first clinical treatment method learned by Andrew Nugent-Head, taught to him by the late Professor Wang Jin-Huai.

Module 02: Yin Style Bagua Bodywork Techniques I
Modules 02 introduces the medical bodywork of Yin Style Bagua. Bodywork is the fundamental treatment method of Yin Style Bagua medical practitioners, the core of their Qi based skillset and the source of their acupuncture skill. These two modules cover the 24 basic hand techniques, the differences between Qi focused vs. Blood focused techniques, skeletal alignment, protocols and treatment demonstrations.

Module 03: Yin Style Bagua Bodywork Techniques II
Modules 03 continues the medical bodywork of Yin Style Bagua. Bodywork is the fundamental treatment method of Yin Style Bagua medical practitioners, the core of their Qi based skillset and the source of their acupuncture skill. These two modules cover the 24 basic hand techniques, the differences between Qi focused vs. Blood focused techniques, skeletal alignment, protocols and treatment demonstrations.

Module 04: Yin Style Bagua Bodywork Techniques III
Modules 04 completes the introduction to the medical bodywork of Yin Style Bagua. Bodywork is the fundamental treatment method of Yin Style Bagua medical practitioners, the core of their Qi based skillset and the source of their acupuncture skill. These three modules cover the 24 basic hand techniques, the differences between Qi focused vs. Blood focused techniques, skeletal alignment, protocols and treatment demonstrations.

Module 05: Awakening the Yuan–The Deep Qi Protocol
Using Deep Qi work only, the final module introduces the skills to address the intangible yet most fundamental Qi of sickness and health, which is the Yuan Qi. It focuses on understanding what we must tangibly do to get to and awaken the Yuan Qi when working with the chronically, systemically or terminally ill. Candid discussions on the possibilities of spontaneous healing, giving quality of life through the dying process, the successes and failures of both Chinese and allopathic medicine, and practitioner maturity are balanced by learning and practicing a protocol sequence for awakening the Yuan Qi as well as adapting it to redressing physical and emotional imbalances.



Your Instructor


Andrew Nugent-Head
Andrew Nugent-Head

Andrew Nugent-Head is the founder of the Association for Traditional Studies (ATS), a 501c3 organization dedicated to the preservation, documentation and dissemination of China's traditional knowledge. Andrew moved to China in 1986 to study Chinese medicine, martial arts, and internal cultivation. Having spent his entire adult life in China dedicated to these arts, he has obtained the highest quality education possible in traditional, mentor-disciple relationships for over 25 years.

Andrew's studies and work have been featured on French and German television, the NBC Sunday Today Show, and on ABC News Special. He also worked on and appeared in the Mystery of Qi episode of the Bill Moyers PBS documentary series, Healing and the Mind. He has been featured in newspapers across the United States and written prolifically on Chinese Medicine, culture and the importance of preserving traditional knowledge worldwide.

Andrew has translated six books, produced over 400 educational videos and translated for and assisted practitioners of Chinese Medicine, Yin Style Bagua martial arts, Daoyin practices, and Calligraphy during more than 140 seminars between 1993 and 2003. With the passing of his teachers, Andrew now dedicates himself to bringing the practice of Chinese medicine as he learned it to fellow practitioners, opening a teaching clinic in Asheville, NC, and teaching internationally.


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