Missing the point is OK as long as you see the pattern and then get the point!
The start point should not become the end point! “We are not all perfectly symmetrical” and “where is Sp 15 (Daheng)”? These are just some of the interesting topics discussed in this podcast.
Point location in Abdominal Acupuncture can be a chore for some, but it should not be seen in that way, as it can be taught to be a very simple process without too much emphasis on mathematical formulas or head space. After teaching Abdominal Acupuncture to numerous groups there are common problems that people experience. It is only by dealing with these that instruction can be tailored to try and cover or anticipate these mistakes. The important thing when learning Abdominal Acupuncture is to be as accurate as possible and to allow for a little “wiggle room” when zoning in to the areas such as the elbow or the shoulder. In these cases your location should be as accurate as possible. But how big is the area that represents the shoulder i.e. St 24 (Huaroumen) or Ab 1 (elbow)? This is where your palpation skills can be a great guide to help you zone right into the point that will give you the best therapeutic results. This is my way of teaching and I find that most of the people I have taught find it works really well and their clients benefit from this painless system that gives amazing results when performed correctly.
In this podcast Pia and I discuss all aspects of abdominal point location and the pitfalls that it can bring up. We share some interesting stories of teaching groups and of the lessons we have discovered from how different people learn. If I were to suggest anything to you, if you are planning on learning Abdominal Acupuncture, I would say get an inter active course that will give you an opportunity to test your newly acquired skills. Learn all the subtleties of Abdominal Acupuncture practice with simple cases and get feedback that boosts your confidence. The proof will be in the pudding. Don't mix your treatment modalities in the early days. In this way you will be sure that your results are from Abdominal Acupuncture.
Enjoy this podcast abdominal point location really is important and there are easier methods that can be used to ensure that you are confident and comfortable using this beautiful and incredible system.