Complementary techniques: Powerful tools to add to your toolbelt.


We have an excellent class for healthcare professionals and students of all bodywork modalities coming up: Complementary Techniques with Jennie King (LAc, MAcOM, LMT). This exciting, hands-on class has been a longstanding favorite of our students and we are excited to have it back on the calendar!

The class will be held on 6 consecutive Wednesday’s starting September 10th.

If you ever wish you could…

  • get through blockages and accomplish results a bit faster
  • make your clients or patients feel extra cared for
  • add more variety to your practice
  • explore new tools to use in your treatments

… then this class is for you.

To share some insights into these complementary techniques and how they can be integrated into your practice, we interviewed the instructor for this blog post.

What techniques will you be sharing in this class series?

Jennie King, Qigong instructor at the Wellspring School

We will explore a variety of topics including moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, ear seeds, use of the TDP lamp, and liniments. I will offer a few different styles for each modality, so that the participants have a well rounded understanding of the techniques and a variety of options when applying them in clinical practice.

Just to pick one profession as an example, could you tell us a bit about how a massage therapist could integrate some of these techniques into her practice?

They are really powerful tools to have in your tool belt as an LMT.

For bodyworkers specifically – which is also my background – each technique can add depth to your treatments.

These are all Chinese Medicine modalities which are typically reserved for acupuncturists. However, because these techniques don’t penetrate the skin with a needle they can be learned and utilized by anyone. Each one has its own benefit. Moxa actually adds substance back to the body. Bodywork is typically a very moving treatment so moxa is unique in this way.

On the flip side, gua Sha and cupping increase the moving aspect of treatment. They are both great for strongly dissolving blocked, stagnant spots in the body so that subsequent treatments are more effective and your clients will get the results more quickly. In some cases, one gua aha or cupping treatment can replace ten regular massage treatments.

Using ears seeds and liniments extends your treatments far beyond the hour that you spend with your patient.

What do you find other health care professionals appreciate about these techniques?

Well, of course the results they get for the patients are very satisfying, and patients feel like they are getting extra care. They round out a treatment nicely – it’s like you’re scooping up the bits at the end. Ear seed are a quick and easy way to treat someone. I actually just today had a conversation with a nurse who is practicing at a hospital and she has been using ear seeding with her patients for years – they absolutely love it.

Practitioners also find that it adds variety and depth to their treatments, and they enjoy the process of exploring and practicing something new. It keeps things interesting.

Do you have a current favorite?

I love them all, but right now, I am really delving into gua sha and auricular. They are the techniques I use less frequently, in my practice. Because I am exploring them more to get ready to teach I find myself playing with them in treatment and the feedback has been great.

Some practitioners with a background in Chinese Medicine have likely studied these techniques as part of their degree. What do you think they will gain from this class?

I think some practitioners don’t feel fully confident about applying these techniques just with the training they got at school. I felt that way what when I graduated from acupuncture school. However, with additional training and practice on both patients and colleagues I have built up my complementary techniques repertoire.

Practitioners often hold back using these techniques because they don’t feel like they’ve had enough hands-on practice, or they they find it challenging to explain the techniques to their clients. We will address both of these obstacles in the class. Patient education will be a big topic, especially when it comes to techniques like gua sha and cupping which are a bit heavier and can leave temporary marks on the body. It’s important that the patients understand the treatment and feel safe with it.

I think that these skills apply to many practices. The class is designed to serve any healthcare professional, whether they already have some training or are completely new to these techniques.

Thank you!

Complementary Techniques will be held on 6 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning September 10th, from 2:45 until 5:45 pm. The class is eligible for 15 CEU hours.

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