Courses & Programs

Below is a summary of Acupuncture, Qigong, and other Wellness Classes, Workshops and Programs with Leah


Yin Yang Wellness Qigong Classes

[Previously held Mondays 5:30 - 6:30 pm at my 20A Rukutai Street clinic location, overlooking Rangitoto and Eastern Bays]


Locations, Dates & Times for USA classes & workshops will be available soon (including online access)!

$20/class  OR  Package discounts available

For inquiries or to reserve a spot, please contact me via email.


If you are interested in me teaching any of the following for your venue/audience (e.g., for Professional Development Courses; University, Corporate, or Private Wellness Initiatives, etc.), or perhaps tailoring an existing course topic for your specific client/patient population needs, please feel free to contact me via email or phone (USA: +1 202-630-LEAH [5324]).


Yin Yang & 5 Elements—A Template for Balance in Nature & in Your Life:

Hourly Wellness classes developed for my existing patients and modifiable for teaching as a program series for group wellness classes from introductory to advanced levels and in hourly or half or full day formats.  Course provides recognizable and easy-to-follow models and interactive examples, which can be used as guidance for how to live by the laws of nature and its seasons (i.e., spring, summer, late summer, autumn, winter) and thus thrive in life vs. merely survive.  I am quite passionate about the underlying philosophies of these natural models--adopting these philosophies invaluably changed my life and my way of being in the world (with self, family, friends, patients--everyone!). Thus, I love to share my own experiences and lessons learned in efforts to provide attendees with easy-to-use tools, which they can immediately begin using in their own lives.  The Learning Objectives of this course can also be catered to most any applicable personal or corporate environment (e.g., stress/anxiety reduction, taming addictions or obsessive/compulsive disorders, conflict resolution, etc.).

 

Yin Yang Wellness Qigong & 5 Element Qigong:

Hourly Qigong classes developed for my existing patients, which are modifiable for teaching as a program series for group exercise classes from introductory to advanced levels and for the layperson and practitioners.  These Qigong exercises, rooted in posture, breath, and intention, provide easy-to-follow and gently flowing breathing and movement techniques, which can also be performed most anywhere or any time of day depending on one’s needs.  Consistent and appropriate practice of Qigong techniques will help you achieve a state of mindfulness and bliss that will permeate all facets of your life. Certain techniques may feel to you like you are giving yourself a nice warm heart-filled hug, which can particularly aid in warding off HDD (Hug Deficit Disorder; SEE and HEAR some of the stress-busting research for yourself!).  Classes specifically developed for acupuncture practitioners focus on self-cultivation of the 5 Daoist Yin and Yang exercises, as well as learning Medical Qigong techniques and exercise prescriptions that may be useful for their own patients.  Classes previously available from Monday, 13th July 2015 at my 20A Rukutai Street, Orakei, 1071 location.


Acupuncture as a Stress Buster—How a Poke or Two is Good for You! 

Hourly classes developed for introductory talks on acupuncture in general and from a 5 Element perspective. Classes are modifiable for teaching as a program series to either clinicians or the layperson and from introductory to advanced levels.  Talks and demos were previously given at Peak Pilates Physio Group (Greenlane) during their monthly lecture series.  

 

Shonishin 1/2 Day Training Workshop for Non-Practitioners/Parents:

Developed based on an integration of my work and experience with Dr. Soma Devi Glick (and from the Miki Shima lineage) and my Zheng Gu Tuina and Medical Qigong training.  Provides parents with proven non-invasive therapeutic techniques they can begin immediately using on their child for acute and chronic issues and for preventative care and overall wellness.  Course is modifiable for full day training to provide more hands-on experience for parents to practice on their own or other’s children who may be in attendance. 

 

CLASSES SPECIFICALLY FOR PRACTITIONERS:


Shonishin 1/2 Day Training Workshop for Practitioners:

Developed based on an integration of my work and experience with Dr. Soma Devi Glick (and from Miki Shima lineage) and my Zheng Gu Tuina & Medical Qigong Training.  Provides clinicians with proven techniques for treating children (and thus entire families) to help resolve acute or chronic ailments.  The non-invasive Shonishin tools and techniques are also excellent for elderly patients and those with severely compromised immune systems.  Course is modifiable for full day training to provide more hands-on clinic time with demo patients.


Acupuncture—How a Poke or Two is Good for You! 

Classes developed for introductory talks on acupuncture in general and with a 5 Element acupuncture focus if requested. Classes are modifiable for teaching as a program series to either clinicians or the layperson and from introductory to advanced levels, including treatment planning.  Current introductory talks and demos are being given at Peak Pilates Physio Group in Greenlane during their monthly lecture series (beginning Mar 2015).


The 5 Elements— Applications for Acupuncture Practitioners:

One- and two-day short courses based on my 5 Element private practice experience and training at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) [formerly TAI SOPHIA Institute, originally founded as a Classical 5 Element Acupuncture School].  Course is also modifiable for teaching as a program series for group classes from introductory to advanced levels, including treatment planning examples.  Special attention is given to understanding how a person's constitution from a 5 Element perspective plays a key role in how body, mind, emotional, and spirit level imbalances may manifest and key strategies for how to address such imbalances in partnership with patients and clients.  The Program Series level course fits very nicely into a seasonal format (e.g., the wood element presented during beginning of its respective season, spring; fire element during summer; earth during late summer; metal during autumn, and; water during winter).


Spirit of the Points:

Classes focus on the symbolism of the individual acupuncture point names (e.g., LU-1, Zhong Fu / Central or Middle Palace; PC-6, Nei Guan / Inner Pass or Frontier Gate, etc.) on their respective Chinese primary meridian (e.g., Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen, etc.).  Some attention is also given to the actual Chinese characters and their different interpretations as transliterated/translated into English.  Participants will learn how the quality of an acupuncture point and its function(s) is metaphorically embedded in its name.  As Sun Simao so eloquently stated, as researched and translated by Heiner Fruehauf: 

"The quality of an acupuncture point is metaphorically embedded in its name—this principle can be applied to all of the point names and the functions they represent." 

Classes may be taken as half-day stand-alone classes for each yin/yang primary meridian pair (e.g., Lung/Large Intestine; Spleen/Stomach; Heart/Small Intestine; etc.) or as a program series of 6 classes that encompasses all 12 primary meridians.  Due to the nature of the material, these classes are appropriate for any level of practitioner from student to long-term practitioner and is geared toward those wanting to explore the deeper meanings of acupuncture point names and how to use them in practice.  It is my personal clinical experience and my experience working and studying with master level acupuncture practitioners that speaking a relevant point name to a patient during treatment can often engender an emotionally deeper and more meaningful and thus longer-lasting treatment effect. 

 

NZ-ADA (New Zealand Acupuncture Detox/De-Stress Applications/Association):

One- and two-day Training for practitioners in New Zealand based on my work as a certified Acu-Detox Specialist (ADS) with NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) in the USA and Battlefield (BFA) acupuncture training with its inventor, Dr. Richard Niemtzow.  This training course and its clinical applications are modifiable for various treatment focuses (e.g., PTSD; acute & chronic pain issues; acute & chronic stress issues; adrenal fatigue; sleep disorders; alcohol, prescription/recreational drugs, and/or food addictions/dependencies, etc.) and treatment styles (e.g., individual treatments, community-style group acupuncture, humanitarian relief/support clinics, etc.).  If enough interest is generated from other practitioners in NZ, another aim is to develop this into a professional association called NZ-ADA (NZ Acupuncture Detox/De-Stress Association & NZ Anti-Depression Acupuncture), which could service numerous Detox/De-Stress and anti-depression focused markets in local NZ communities.


Integrating Classical Tuina (Medical Massage) Techniques into Your Practice: 

One- and half-day Training for medical (eastern or western) practitioners based on my Classical Tuina Certification training with the Zheng Gu Tui Na group in NYC, USA and my experiences with effectively integrating it with 5 Element, 8 Principle, and Classical Chinese and Japanese acupuncture techniques.  Tuina is an excellent, effective, non-invasive  way to improve the flow of Qi and Blood and Body Fluids from both a Chinese Medicine perspective and a general Western Medicine therapeutic intervention perspective.


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