• Engaging Vitality 2016

ENGAGING VITALITY - A Palpation Workshop for Effectively Working with Qi in the Clinic with Dan Bensky, Chip Chace & Marguerite Dinkins

Course Outline

Efficacy in acupuncture is grounded in a therapeutic engagement with qi. Doing this well requires not only carefully listening to patients with our ears, but also with our hands.  

Although pulse and abdominal diagnosis are hallmarks of manual diagnosis in East Asian medicine, they represent just a fraction of the information available. This three-weekend training will enhance your ability to more directly perceive and make use of qi in your practice.

Module Dates 2016

1 | April 30 - May 1 (Ferdinand Beck): Introduction to Qi Palpation in the Practice of Acupuncture

2 | June 2-3 (Dan Bensky): Intermediate techniques in Qi Palpation in the Practice of Acupuncture

3 | July 3-6 (Chip Chace): Fluid Dynamics and the Use of the Extraordinary Vessels in the Practice of Acupuncture

How Is This Program Applicable To Your Practice?

Using the palpatory sensibilities and vocabulary of osteopathy, participants will be introduced to tangible palpatory referents for different aspects of qi, including: 

  • How to feel the location of core restrictions (what could be more important!)
  • How to use variations in temperature to gain general and specific information
  • How to directly feel which points are most available for treatment and their precise locations
  • Directly assessing the flow in each channel
  • How to feel whether your treatments have produced a clinically meaningful change
  • How to use of the principle of effortless action (wu wei) in your practice.

How Is The Program Organized?

This program has evolved over the years and is now offered as a three-module format. This allows to give the students time to improve their skills and learn how to integrate this work into their clinical practice.

Participants will learn the basics of this palpation approach in the first two weekends. In the third weekend, Chip will demonstrate how these diagnostic aids can deepen our understanding and improve our ability to use the extraordinary vessels.

Techniques such as these allow us to respond more fluidly to the requirements of our patients’ qi in a true dialogue. They are primarily diagnostic in nature and are readily integrated with nearly any style of acupuncture. They provide a means for the fundamental concepts of East Asian medicine to come to life in our hands.


Ferdinand Beck, LAc
Ferdinand initialy spent 8 years in China to earn a medical degree at the University of TCM in Chengdu, PRC. Two years of internship at the University Medical Centre in Chengdu and learning with various masters of Chinese medicine in their private clinics. Later basic and advanced training in Toyohari Acupuncture as well as courses and assistance with Dan Bensky and Charles Chace. Ferdinand Beck today mainly treats his patients with Chinese and Japanese acupuncture, extended by the methods taught in the Engaging Vitality classes.

Dan Bensky, DO
Dan has a long term interest in Chinese and Chinese medicine. He also graduated with a Doctor of Osteopathy from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1982, where he was a research assistant for John Upledger. He has studied with Jean-Pierre Barral since 1986 and table trained for himon numerous occasions. In addition to teaching for both professions, he has been working on utilizing the connections between osteopathy and East Asian medicine for over thirty years maintains a clinical practice in Seattle Washington.

Charles (Chip) Chace, LAc
Chip has been a student of Chinese medicine and palpation based forms of acupuncture for more than twenty years. He has maintained a longstanding interest in the medical literature of China and is the translator of a wide variety of books and articles on premodern approaches to acupuncture and Chinese medicine. He is on the faculty of the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine where he teaches palpatory approaches to acupuncture and maintains a clinical practice in Boulder, Colorado.

Find more information on the Engaging Vitality Website: www.engagingvitality.com


Ferdinand Beck (Berg, Germany) | Dan Bensky  (Seattle, USA) | Chip Chace (Boulder, USA)
Teaching language:
German - Module 1 | English - Module 2-3
EIOM | Leonrodstr. 58 | 80636 Munich | Germany
Dates & Times:
Module 1: April 30 - May 1, 2016 | Sat 10 am - 6 pm & Sun 9 am - 4 pm
Module 2: June 2-3, 2016 | Thu 10 am - 6 pm & Fri 9 am - 4 pm
Module 3: July 4-6, 2016 | Mon 11 am - 7 pm & Tue 10 am - 6 pm & Wed 9 am - 4 pm
Lecture hours:
54 (= Credits)
Early Bird (registration prior to March 7, 2016): € 1155
Regular: € 1255
Registration is only possible for the complete program (Module 1-3).

Please note: Cancellations less than 31 days prior to nominated seminar dates are non-refundable.

Maximum number of participants is 24

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