Workshops

Opening

TO THE PULSE

Learn to Slow Down & Really Feel:
Understand the Message in the Pulse
through Embodied Experience

Frequently asked questions answered

It’s both! Here’s our perspective: The way people are taught pulses, it’s not holistic and it’s not tailored to their own make-up. It’s presented as a simplistic check sheet, which doesn’t work for a lot of students (most students??). So there’s this lingering baseline uncertainty. Most practitioners then assume that the uncertainty is because they need more techniques, more information, more data, that there must be some *thing* missing. Our view is that once you discover and tap into *your own way* of connecting with the pulse, then the technical aspect just follows. Yes you might want to calibrate your sensations with someone else… and with our method, the aim is that you can calibrate this with anyone – a colleague, not just a teacher or “expert”. You can describe what you feel and most of the time you’ll then know what to do. Will the pulse have curve-balls? Yes, for sure. But we’ve even got ways of working with those too. Our aim is to deliver a big leap of confidence.

We gave this a lot of thought. With practitioners being mostly self employed and often working weekends, there really isn’t a ‘perfect’ time that suits everyone. A lot of practitioners feel disappointed to cancel their busy Saturday shifts for weekend seminars. Many practitioners like to keep their weekends work-free so they have time to recharge. And of course, some love to learn on the weekends! So we chose Monday and Tuesday as it’s early in the week and most participants will then have the chance to go back into their practice and start applying their learning right away. Thank you for your understanding – we trust that the timing can work for you!

We’re very dedicated to passing on this perspective shift above. We really want to “unlock” something for you so that pulse diagnosis now feels accessible, you’ve got that “ahh, I can do this!” experience. That’s our offering to the group. Then for each individual participant, you’ll receive an invitation to respond to a structured questionnaire and let us know the exact places where you feel stuck or could do with specific support. We’ll aim to address all these needs in the 2-day workshop, combining group exercises with individualised attention. Will you become a pulse master overnight? Ah, we all probably harbour that secret wish! However the reality is that it’s a relationship. We develop a relationship with pulses over time and with care and continuing to show up. We aim to give you a big leap forward so that this relationship feels amazing and you’re excited to keep learning.

Experiential and embodied support and practice for meeting the message in the Pulse

A 2-day, in-person workshop with limited participants for maximum spaciousness and intimate learning with 3 facilitators in inner city Sydney

Why this workshop was created

This workshop was created because many practitioners suffer with confusion, shame, frustration or hopelessness when trying to feel the pulse. This situation can equally be true of students, new graduates or seasoned practitioners.

Why do I lack confidence?

1

Our culture is very left-brained, focused on facts, data and structures

2

Our acupuncture schools focus on academic results over deep assimilation of embodied, transmitted wisdom

3

Practitioners learn to search the pulse using the thinking mind

4

This interrupts the richness of what can be felt, and easily leads to confusion and overthinking

“My mind takes over before I realise! I am thinking, analysing what I am feeling, not even sure what I’m feeling any more, then getting filled with doubt and confusion!”

When we identify too closely with the thinking mind, then it becomes hard to be truly feeling.

Therefore the incoming signal suffers from poor quality.

When the thinking mind tries to analyse that signal, then the result is often anxiety, frustration, lack of clarity, confusion and the experience of being prevented from knowing something important.

Part of our workshop will be experiencing various methods of pacifying the thinking mind so that it becomes a helpful participant in the process.

“I want to feel the pulse but how can I even be sure what I am feeling is right?”

There are two main steps to pulse diagnosis. 


The second step is analysis, taking the felt signals and comparing them to the clinical map. The map can be learned through words – spoken, written, in person, online or in a book. 

However, the first step of pulse diagnosis is feeling. 

 When we truly focus on feeling, it’s not with the thinking mind that uses words. So getting from that thing that’s happening under your fingers, over to that map of words like “slippery” or “vibrating”, requires an intermediate step. 

 We need to help the feeling-mind employ the thinking-mind appropriately, until they learn to operate together as a team. 

When this becomes part of your clinical practice, you can feel humbled and awed at the beauty and depth that has been there all along, ready for you to open into it.

“No person ever steps into the same river twice,

for it is not the same river

and they are not the same person.”

– Heraclitus

Practitioner Testimonials

“Lois helped me yesterday and brought me to tears as I truly connected to the pulse for the first time (in nearly 15yrs of working!!). Even sitting here writing this I have tears with how profound it was/is!”

– April Wood

“I used to be embarrassed and overcompensate to hide this from my patients and this quickly became exhausting! Through this process of exploration (working with Yanan), combined with the provision of tools to acknowledge them, my confidence in the treatment room has continued to improve every week. I now have the tools and awareness to become the successful practitioner I know I am!”

– Richard Ney

DATES
20 & 21 May 2024

LOCATION
Sydney central area (venue TBC)

CATERING
Nourishing lunch, snacks, and beverages included for both days

FACILITATORS
Lois Nethery (Pulse facilitator)
Yanan Kim (Practitioner coach, Workshop organiser)
John Walsh (Qigong/Tai chi teacher)

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Take the pulse with confidence, curiosity and calmness so you can open to what your patient’s pulse is asking you to do.

We hope to see you there.

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