“I have been studying and practicing a wide variety of advanced and cutting edge body work and massage therapy techniques for the last 8 years, and practicing the power of touch my entire life.
The information and techniques Sifu Scott Jensen shares in his gong fu medicine course is life changing. His teaching educates and empowers anyone who studies with him to be able to safely and effectively help their students, friends, family, and clients to heal and recover from acute and chronic injuries.
He also shares valuable information about how to take care of, and not hurt your own body, in the process. I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to understand the body in more depth and how to work with it from an eastern perspective.”
– River Rudl, River Mind / Body Clinic
Valuable Training in Traditional Manual Therapy
Students continue to receive priceless wisdom and skills from Sifu Scott Jensen during the Six Month Intensive Medicine Course. We have now completed 4 of the 6 seminars and have covered a significant amount of content.
The Course has been held at the River Mind and
Body Clinic, 10 School Street Plaza in Fairfax CA. The clinic has beautiful wood floors and wall paneling, and windows looking out towards the lush hills and trees, an ideal location to meet and learn about medicine.
Helping Family Members
Students are required to practice in between seminars and encouraged to practice on friends and family. Many students report the delight and appreciation people have been expressing after receiving treatments. By practicing on many different people, we learn different body types, and conditions, and how best to treat them.
Medicine Training For Black Sash
Students that are testing for their Black Sash this summer are required to take the Medicine Course. Understanding Medicine is of great use to practitioners. In part, to gain better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the human body. Also, to recover quickly from injury or intense training sessions. By having basic healing skills, we can help our friends, families and communities.
Session 1: Philosophy and Foundation Skills of Tui Na
During the first session, we were introduced to major themes and principles of Chinese Philosophy, with a special focus on Yin Yang theory as a diagnostic tool. We learned of the importance of communication between body worker and patient, how to palpate and sense the condition of the body, proper hygiene, etiquette, and other important considerations before making physical contact with the patient, or starting treatment. We also learnt over a dozen foundation strokes and practiced them under close supervision.
Session 2: Back Protocol
The second session, having been prepared with the basics of how to approach and begin treatment, we were taught the Back Protocol in detail by Sifu and sent to practice with fellow peers. After explaining Tui Na fundamentals, Sifu walked us through the series of techniques in application of the Back Protocol. The Back Protocol covers the entire back of the body from the shoulders down to the feet.
Tui Na (Push/Pull) are techniques to work muscles, tissue and stimulate energy pathways, or meridians. For the most part, Tui Na can be very relaxing and feel great like a nice massage. Other Tui Na techniques are very painful while being performed but treat and resolve chronic conditions. The affects of Tui Na can be felt immediately after and for days following.
Session 3 Leg Protocol
We continued our Tui Na practice in session 3 and learned the Leg Protocol. After softening and loosening the legs with gentle pushing and rolling techniques, we continued onto deeper tissue and learned about more intensive treatments like dredging the Gall Bladder channel on the outside of the thigh. These techniques are painful for most people the first few times administered. But they are very effective, and afterwards there is noticeable relief, and increased range of motion, enhanced function, and improved alignment.
Session 4: Arm Protocol
During session four, we learned the Arm Protocol. Much like the Back Protocol and Leg Protocol, the Arm Protocol utilizes Tui Na techniques to loosen and relax muscular tissue and open up channels, releasing stagnant Qi. Relaxing the shoulders and arms also allows the neck to relax. This deeply therapeutic protocol treats many serious shoulder conditions successfully.
Session 5: Traumatology
In the next course we will learn about traumatology. How to perform triage (assess the situation in the field) and treat injuries immediately after an accident. We will also learn how to prepare lineaments and poultices to apply them to injuries, and other valuable first aid skills.