Engaging Vitality – Opening to the Source

with Charles Chip Chace – Module 1

A palpation based approach to work more effectively with Qi in clinical practice.

London College of Osteopathic Medicine
6th & 7th October 2018

Charles Chace 

has been integrating this ancient wisdom with modern Western research and osteopathic palpation techniques in the treatment of contemporary diseases for more than 30 years. He is a renown author and translator of numerous books and articles on Chinese medicine including The Yellow Emperor’s Systematic Classic of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (Huang Di Zhen Jiu Jia Yi Jing) (1994), co-authored with Yang Shouzhong, A Qin Bowei Anthology (1997), co-authored with Zhang Tingliang, Channel Divergences, Deeper Pathways of the Web (2001), and An Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels, Acupuncture, Alchemy and Herbal Medicine (2010, both co-authored with Miki Shima.

In this introductory workshop (Module 1) you will be introduced to very practical, accessible and easy-to-apply techniques to feel qi in your patients’ body. This palpation based workshop has been developed by Dan Bensky, Chip Chace and Marguerite Dinkins, integrating classical Chinese medicine theory with osteopathic practices.

You will learn the following:

  • Techniques for assessing where qi is flowing & where it is stuck.
  • How to feel the location of core restrictions.
  • How to directly feel which points are most available for treatment and their precise locations.
  • Learn how to activate the live point.
  • How to feel whether your treatments have produced meaningful change.
  • How to evaluate correct dosage of treatment.
  • How to use the principle of effortless action (wu wei) in your practice.
  • How to enhance your needle technique.

This approach is readily integrated with most styles of acupuncture and provides a means for the fundamental concepts of Chinese medicine to quite literally come to life in your hands. For those of you who already practice a palpation-based form of acupuncture, this workshop will give you further information to help refine your diagnosis and treatment plan. For those of you new to palpation, this workshop will provide you with a good foundation to start directly perceiving your patient’s qi. Engaging Vitality can help enliven your practice and greatly improve results.


Introductory Workshop

aka Module 1

Participants will learn the basics of this palpatory approach in this first weekend.  There will be plenty of opportunity for hands on learning to integrate these skills into your practice. To ensure extensive hands-on practice with direct supervision, class size is limited.

Engaging Vitality Curriculum – Module 1

  • Yang Rhythm (YR) as a general listening technique
  • Local listening: Abdominal Listening
  • Manual Thermal Diagnosis (MTD) (as a local listening technique)
  • The Shape of Qi: an Approach to QI palpation
  • Approach to needling: using MTD, stickiness, needle direction, depth. (Neutral, Shape of Qi, Shape of Qi needling)
  • Introduction to the Engaging Vitality Treatment Protocol

Learning Outcomes of Module 1

  • Participants will be introduced to and practice palpation techniques and skills for clinical application. These techniques are helpful to inform the clinical diagnosis and to assess the patient’s response to acupuncture.
  • Participants will have a broader sense of how to assess a patient’s response to acupuncture in their clinical practice.
  • Participants will have gained an appreciation for how palpation techniques can be integrated into a clinical practice protocol to inform an acupuncture treatment. This protocol can be practiced on patients in clinical practice as soon as this class is completed, or to prepare for Modules 2 and 3.


“Putting these palpation techniques into practice has deepened and clarified my diagnoses, greatly informed my treatment plans and allowed me to connect with the patient in a more profound and sensitive way.  I use these techniques with every patient and have been amazed by the amount of feedback I receive and how it has led me to use points and channels I would have otherwise overlooked.”


Charles (Chip) Chace, LicAc

Charles (Chip) Chace is a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture (1984), and is certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists in the practice acupuncture (Dipl.Ac) and Chinese herbal medicine (Dipl. C.H.). He is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Colorado (Lic.Ac) where he has practiced for more than 30 years.

Chip’s approach to acupuncture has been strongly influenced by three decades of study in a variety of acupuncture styles originating primarily in Japan, most notably the Toyohari style. Developed by the blind in Japan, Toyohari places a great emphasis on palpatory sensitivity and precision, and is characterized by its remarkably gentle needling techniques. Complementing this is Chip’s longstanding interest in the palpatory techniques of cranial osteopathy and their adaptation to acupuncture. Such a synthesis allows the practitioner to truly listen to a patient’s qi and to engage it directly.

In addition, Chip is a committed student of Classical Chinese literature and its practical application in the practice of medicine. He has published extensively on the application of pre-modern Chinese medical ideas to modern clinical practice in the west. He is a faculty member at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine where he teaches both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

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