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Chinese Medicine Introductory Class 

Tuina • Qigong des Jingluo (Meridians) • Basic Theoretical Elements

What:  Traditional Chinese Medicine Tuina Course

When: Mondays evenings: 6pm - 9pm

Dates:

January 27 and February 3, 10 & 17

March 16, 23 & 30 and April 6, 13 & 20

(Two extra dates to be determined)

Total cost: $500 (*2 BIPOC scholarships available, an initiative of TLC's mandate to support the accessibility of treatments and education)

Educational materials extra (~$10)

*This course will be taught bilingually in French and English 

To register contact the instructor, Émilie Breton at emiliebretonac@gmail.com

            

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Qigong of Jingluo

 

The Jingluo Qigong comes from Mr. Li Ding, a Chinese doctor with more than 50 years of practice, now living in Buenos Aires. Although its purpose was to provide a tool for acupuncture students to practice Qigong while learning the routes of the channels (meridians), the form gained popularity and began to be practiced by a wider audience. The form is for everyone, regardless of the level of knowledge and practice. Students will learn the basic postural principles for practicing Qigong, as well as all major pathways. This form of Qigong is complete in itself and promotes relaxation, meditation, balance, and health of the spine and joints in general.

*This portion of the course can be taken individually at a cost of $150, from 6pm to 7pm

 

Introduction to Tuina

 

Tuina is the bodywork specific to Chinese medicine. Tuina has its own unique tools for assessing the body and its ways of treating various pathologies. More than a massage, Tuina is part of a global understanding of the body according to meridians. During the course, we will learn the techniques of basic palms, pressure, seizure (not sure what you mean here...in English that is just used for the medical condition or for seizing property...not sure what the right translation is), (maybe compression, stretching, holding tension, movement, rocking, etc) as well as the protocols for the following: back, posterior and anterior portions of the legs, neck and shoulders. We will also touch briefly on related therapies (cupping, application of compresses with or without herbs) and a set of reinforcement exercises for practice.

*Learning techniques requires some practice. It is expected that students will be able to do at least one practice session outside of class

 

Theoretical Elements

 

Chinese medicine has its own descriptive system, understanding and treatment of diseases. Chinese medicine is inspired by the observation of the natural world and individuals whose conclusions have been gathered in canonical writings dating back 2000 years. During the course, we will discuss the following elements: 6 divisions (meridians), Yin / Yang, 5 movements (water, wood, fire, earth, metal), understanding of ZangFu (organs and bowels) and others. This portion of the course will be a brief presentation of thematic areas defined in advance, and then a discussion of the practical applications of these elements.

*Readings will be suggested (not mandatory) and informative sheets will be provided as the primary course material

 

The Chinese Medicine Introductory Course is a benefit to those from all walks of life, whether you are already a practitioner in a related field, or just have an interest in health and the well being of yourself, friends and family. No prior knowledge or experience is required.

Instructor Bio

Émilie Breton have been learning Chinese Medicine for a decade. She has always had an interest in movement and self-cultivation, first approached through dance and movement improvisation, before gaining an interest in Chinese Medicine when faced she herself was faced with back pain.

 

What she found in her practice was a humble way of seeing the body and a means to support it's holistic healing.

 

She is a certified Jingluo Qigong Instructor and Shen Long Xing Yi Quan (martial art) Instructor with the North American Tang Shou Tao, certified Tuina practitioner with the Montreal Gongfu Center and certified Acupuncturist. She was drawn to the work of Tiger Lotus Coop since recognizing the different ways her practice is shaped by many political realities and related systemic oppression, and wanting to be part of a project that aims to approach healthcare through this lens. She is also a member of the Community Healing Days initiative.