Engaging Vitality with Charles Chip Chase

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

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


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 Chase 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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Course fees:                 Early bird payment £275 before 31st August 2018, £295 thereafter

Prerequisites:              Any ‘style’ of acupuncture knowledge

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Finding Freedom:
Freely Expressing the Principles of the Classics in Clinical Practice


Edward Obaidey

at The City College of Acupuncture

Seminar: July 12th & 13th    Workshop: July 19th & 20th

Places are limited on both the seminar and workshop.
We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

 “The most important thing for me is to talk, demonstrate and teach the things that are useful in actual practice. The most efficient way is to approach this in terms of general principles.

       People seem to think that I am generating clinical practice from the classics. This seems to be true, but it is not  what I am setting out to do. Rather, I am freely expressing myself in my clinical practice. As part of my freedom and indeed essential to it, is awareness. This awareness leads me to understand that it is not necessary to reinvent the wheel. 

The “wheels” of Oriental medicine are to be found in the classics. They are the general principles and, using them, the vehicle that we have to explore Oriental medicine. This was given to me by my teacher Masakazu Ikeda sensei. I would like to be able to pass this freedom on to you.”

Edward Obaidey 2014

What to Expect

Edward Sensei will guide attendees to gain greater understanding of their practice of acupuncture and moxibustion.In this seminar, you can expect to learn about the skilful use of both fine needles and Chinese needles as exemplified in the Nei Jing. This approach to acupuncture is based on the Nei Jing, the  Nan Jing (難経)  and also the Shang Han Lun classical texts. Edward Sensei will also cover effective point selection, needling techniques and the application of acupuncture and moxibustion. There will be opportunities to observe treatments and to practice techniques.

Edward Sensei will be discussing and demonstrating how to build true understanding through the use of the general principles expounded in the classical texts. With this grounding in the fundamentals, you will gain freedom to creatively select your own approach to best deal with the circumstance of the patient before you.

It is Edward Sensei’s goal that no attendee leaves the seminar without gaining a more solid foundation in classical theory and practical competence.

Pricing:- Places are limited on both the seminar and workshop. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Early bird  before 30 April 2014 – £180 per Seminar or Workshop (or £340 if both booked together)
Standard – £200 per Seminar or Workshop (or £380 if both Seminar and Workshop booked together)

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Explorations in Traditional Japanese Moxibustion Therapy


Junji Mizutani Sensei

London – 11th and 12th October 2014
at The Kailash Centre, London

  “Junji Mizutani was led to the practice of traditional Japanese medicine through a teacher practising the Sawada style. He has a passion for traditional approaches coupled with a no-nonsense pragmatism. Direct moxa has a central role in the Sawada style and he has remained close to his roots while absorbing other approaches. Junji has established himself as an authority and proponent of moxibustion in North America.”

Stephen Brown.

Moxibustion Therapy was mentioned as an integral part of treatment in the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen (150 BCE). It is a stand-alone therapy, useful in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions. It is also one of the most useful health preservation therapies. Junji will give an introduction to moxibustion, its functions and indications. This workshop will focus on many of the most widely used techniques as developed by Japanese practitioners, with examples of treatment strategies. Junji will demonstrate all techniques and there will be time for practice and questions. He will cover a variety of treatment strategies, local, whole body (Sawada style), special effect points, autonomic nervous system balancing, needle and moxa combinations etc.

This is a practical workshop and can be used with any style of acupuncture. Participants will learn:

• An introduction to the functions and indications of traditional Japanese moxibustion therapy
• How to palpate and accurately locate points requiring moxa.
• Sawada style whole body treatment.
• Local treatment and special effect points.
• Autonomic nervous system balancing treatment.
• Combination needle and moxa treatment
• Moxibustion for Gynaecology, Musculoskeletal and Digestive disorders.
• Junji will share some of his personal clinical experience and cases and demonstrate how to use this in treatments.

Junji Mizutani, was born and raised in Japan. He graduated from Japan Central Acupuncture College in Tokyo in 1983 and obtained his license to practice shiatsu, acupuncture, and moxibustion in Japan. In 1983 he continued his study at Kikkawa College, Toronto, Canada, going on to join their teaching faculty. He moved to Seattle in 1992 where he is in private practice. He is also a practitioner and teacher of shiatsu. Junji travels widely, teaching, mostly on moxibustion. He is a well-known and popular teacher in North America. He is a founding member, and director of the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine devoted to Traditional Japanese medicine.

Course fees:             Early bird payment £205 before 20th August 2014, £225 thereafter.

Prerequisites:          Any ‘style’ of acupuncture knowledge.

Time schedule:        Saturday: 10.00 – 18.00 hrs.      Sunday: 9.30 – 17.00 hrs.

Cost includes:          Moxa kits (moxa pen, incense, moxa, shiunko cream, bamboo tube & wood blocks for rolling  thread moxa)

Registration:           Click to dowload registration form – Junji 2014 registration form