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Gold Standard Facial Acupuncture™ Certification Program - The Wakefield Technique™

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Level I Body: The Somatic Level

Learn to address the body and its physical manifestations of imbalance; reflect on how comfortable you feel in your own skin.  A grounded presence promotes the capacity for learning, awareness, a sense of being present, and the ability to manifest what is requried for survival and prosperity in the physical world. Without this feeling of well-being and groundedness, health, happiness and a balanced nature are difficult to maintain. Addressing the issues of soma first facilitates a smoother transition into the other levels.

Module 1, Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal™/Herbal Therapies & Essential Oils
April 24-26, 2015
(new material included)

  • An overview and introduction to The Wakefield Technique™
  • History of facial acupuncture, benefits and contraindications
  • 5 Element Chinese physiognomy ; constitutional harmony/disharmony and health issues
  • Facial needling techniques according to acupuncture energetics and muscle function
    • Gold and silver needles for tonification and sedation techniques
  • The Eight Extraordinary meridians; physical, emotional and psychospiritual treatment principles
  • Specific points for facial syndromes
  • Introduction to the Kidney spirit points
  • Topical Chinese herbal protocols for facial acupuncture treatments
  • Herbal treatments for dermatological syndromes, e.g., acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc.
  • An essential oil Materia Medica: custom-blending essential oils
  • Lifestyle recommendations and changes for patients
  • A full Facial Renewal™ protocol, integrating all the techniques
  • Homework:
    • Business Forum checklist

Module 2, Advanced Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal™/Non-Needle Modalities
May 1-3, 2015
(new material included)

Become grounded in the constitutional aspects of facial acupuncture.  Learn facial acupuncture protocols, targeting acu-muscle points, recommended constitutional treatment approaches, facial syndromes, herbal therapies and lifestyle counseling, plus non-needle techniques, such as microcurrent, facial massage, sound therapy, and light-emitting diodes (LED’s) and laser therapy.  Guidelines about usage of these non-needle techniques for each state, and associated acupuncture organizations, will be discussed.

  • Energetics of the face
    • The Three Treasures
  • Aging: the intrinsic passage of time.
  • The function of facial motor points: an Oriental medical perspective
  • 23 facial motor points and usage
  • Advanced needling techniques; intradermals, scar therapy, “wrapping around the bone”, needle depth and insertion techniques and more
  • Contraindications and benefits
  • Five Element pathology and constitutional points
  • Non-needle treatments; microcurrent, facial massage, sound therapy, and an overview of LED and laser usage
  • Facial “gym” exercises for patients
  • Physiognomy: “Balancing the corpus callosum”
  • Homework:
    • 3 case studies integrating the information and skills from both modules 1 and 2

Module 3, Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Archetypes™: The 3 Yangs
Oct 23-25, 2015

Understand the 6 Energies or Stages described in the Shang Han Lun, and as further elaborated in the Ling Shu, the Nei Jing, and in French acupuncture texts.  The archetypal nature of Taiyang/Shaoyang/Yangming (the 3 Yangs) and the Taiyin/Shaoyin/Jueyin (the 3 Yins) is discussed.  The impact of these patterns upon your patients’ constitution, physiognomy, general health, attitude, behavior, and life choices is practically outlined.  Motor, trigger and “ashi” points for both face and body, as well as protocols for root treatments and psychospiritual issues are presented in depth.

  • Definition of archetypes within the context of Oriental medicine
  • The 6 Stages of the Shang Han Lun; an overview
  • Definitions of motor, trigger and “ashi” points; similarities and differences
  • Determining the dominant archetypes for the 3 Yangs – Taiyang, Shaoyang and Yangming – by examining personal expression, complexion, physiognomy, temperament, health imbalances and aging tendencies
  • Contraindications and benefits
  • Charts and diagnosis: advanced needling techniques for face and body for each specific constitutional archetype – Taiyang, Shaoyang, Yangming
  • Hormones and the Eight Extraordinary meridians for the 3 Yangs
  • Recommended points for treating the root and psychospiritual support for each Yang stage
  • Specific needling techniques for “ashi”, motor and trigger points

Module 4, Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Archetypes™: The 3 Yins
Oct 30 - Nov 1, 2015

  • The 6 Stages of the Shang Han Lun and the 3 Yins – Taiyin, Shaoyin and Jueyin
  • Archetypal qualities, personalities, emotional tendencies and manifestation of health-related imbalances in the “Sensitive Ones”
  • Hormones and the Eight Extraordinary meridians for the 3 Yins
  • Face and body points for the 3 Yins; “ashi”, motor and trigger points, as well as root treatments and psychospiritual points
  • Integration of all the 6 Stages; how to discern usage, and identify which particular archetype to treat
  • Homework:
    • 3 case studies integrating the information and skills from both modules 3 and 4

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