Body Wisdom Acupressure Therapist Certification Program

What is Body Wisdom Acupressure©?


The Body Wisdom Acupressure© Method is a blend of techniques from western and eastern traditions. Using these methods allows practitioners and clients to find and establish balance, improve their resilience, and increase their vitality in response to the  ever present challenges of daily life. This results in greater connection with the beauty and joy of living fully.


Body Wisdom Acupressure© is a full mind-body practice that improves one's complete health.


Body Wisdom Acupressure© is based on the rich history of Chinese Five Element Theory, Taoist philosophy, Medical Qigong, and meridian based acupressure theory. Body Wisdom Acupressure© utilizes these ancient traditions to enhance overall health, body and emotional awareness, and well being.  


To stimulate the body’s self-healing responses, we use a combination of deliberately focused breathing, gentle yet highly effective acupressure techniques, and supportive coaching. 


Promoting the skillful use of our energies resolves struggle with minimal effort. Muscular and energetic tensions naturally release as the client and practitioner both move into physical, emotional, and mental harmony.

Learning Body Wisdom Acupressure©

This training presents theories and techniques to enhance personal awareness, learn effective acupressure skills, and acupressure point locations with anatomy and western physiology.


The Body Wisdom Acupressure© Method introduces points and theory progressively by addressing common energy congestion patterns and related physical symptoms. Each class in the sequence builds skill levels by introducing techniques to assess and treat energy blocks.


Qigong exercises, breathing, and meditation techniques are given as homework prescriptions for self empowered healing for the client after receiving Body Wisdom Acupressure© sessions.


Beginning with 40 acupressure points that are introduced in the first class and progressing to a knowledge of over 300 important points upon completion of the Body Wisdom Acupressure© Therapist Program, the student gains a thorough understanding of the Body Mind interface.


Refinement of acupressure point location, contact, and angle of point stimulation is emphasized.


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Learning Body Wisdom

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Approximately 50% of each seminar is experiential with demonstration of technique and practice. Students practice with each other using traditional treatment patterns. As students build their skills, they learn to create individual treatments for each client. These personalized treatments are based on understanding and application of traditional theories and techniques.

Physician, Heal Thyself

"Whenever eminent physicians treat an illness, they must quiet the spirit and settle the will, they must be free of wants and desires, and they must first develop a heart full of great compassion and empathy. They must pledge to devote themselves completely to relieving the suffering of all sentient beings.


- Sun Simiao

Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang I.2
 
(as translated by Sabine Wilms)



Studying to become a Body Wisdom Acupressure© Practitioner is a progressive, step-by-step process. Each class and each experience builds on one another – helping you to progress into becoming a more skillful person and practitioner.


Open to all who  are interested, including health care professionals, Massage therapists, nurses, school teachers, students of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and those interested in Chinese energetic medicine, this is a multi-level certification program designed to teach the theory and practical application of the Body Wisdom Acupressure©  Method.


Emphasis is placed on both intellectual and intuitive approaches. Students comprehend and utilize Body Wisdom Acupressure© for benefiting themselves and others. The experiential aspect of the course is well balanced with a solid theoretical foundation.

Body Wisdom Acupressure©

Practitioner and Therapist Certification Seminars


The Body Wisdom Acupressure© Therapist Certification Program with Zander Townend is a 200 hour program, comprised of four 5-day seminars (either 2 Friday evenings combined with 2 Saturdays and Sundays, or 5 consecutive days), and a final 3 day Clinical Practice and Exam session.


Students do readings, clinical practice, and homework assignments between seminars, with a practical and written exam for completion of the certification. Students are welcome (but not required) to participate in an online course component, designed to help students stay current between seminars with their progress (with suggestions for completing the reading assignments), give them access to reviews of in-class exercises and materials, and to interact with the instructor.


MQP 1: Introduction to Medical Qigong Therapy

Upcoming Classes:

  • November 1st to 5th, 2018 Ajax, Ontario

This first course is designed to introduce the student to Medical Qigong exercises to maintain health, heal their bodies, calm their minds, and reconnect with their spirit. Medical Qigong exercises will be taught that help the body correct the physical … Continue reading →


MQP 2: Introduction to Assessment and Treatments

Upcoming Classes:

  • January 24 - 28, 2019 Ajax, Ontario

Introduction to the three energy centers and energy fields.

This second course is designed to introduce the student to the further theories of energy purging, tonification, regulation and cultivation. In addition, strengthening the body’s protective energy field (Wei Qi) and the techniques … Continue reading →


MQP 3: Clinical Foundations of Medical Qigong Therapy

Upcoming Classes:

  • March 21st to 25th, 2019 Ajax, Ontario

This third course is designed to offer the student an overview of a number of the major principles and foundation structures that govern Traditional Chinese Medical Qigong.


Other topics covered include: Three levels of Ancient Daoist Mysticism; Four Functional Properties of Energy Materializing … Continue reading →


MQP 4: The Supportive Treatment of Organ Diseases, and Medical Qigong Prescription Exercises

Upcoming Classes:

  • May 16th to 20th, 2019 Ajax, Ontario

This fourth course offers the student a further overview of major principles and foundation structures that govern Traditional Chinese Medical Qigong. This course is designed to introduce students to the advanced theories and clinical modalities of Internal Organ treatment, as … Continue reading →


Medical Qigong: Clinical Theatre, Internship, and Final Examination

Upcoming Classes:

  • July 13th to 15th, 2018 Ajax, Ontario

This seminar will be the culminating event for each of the certification programs (MQP, MQT, and MMQ). Beyond the theoretical and practical exams, it offers the student exposure and first hand experience of Medical Qigong assessment and supportive treatments. The … Continue reading →


Clinical Externship

In the clinical internship, the academic and theoretical knowledge gained in the Medical Qigong courses gets put into practical application. The objective is for the student to become confident in assessing and offering supportive treatment for clients, as well as creating and maintaining accurate clinical records.


After completing “Introduction to Assessment and Supportive Treatments” (Course 2), the student should begin to offer supportive treatment to clients and gain clinical experience.


As the student gains experience and attends more advanced courses their knowledge and abilities will increase, as will their abilities to assess and offer supportive treatment to more challenging cases.


The student is expected to keep complete histories on clients, which include client histories, treatments, and prescription exercises.


Prior to completing their Medical Qigong Practitioner level certification, the student must provide:

  • copies of their clinic log (verifying their clinic practice hours),
  • a sample of patient histories,
  • and case studies (samples will be provided for the student to use as reference).

Registration and Fees

  • Class enrollment is limited. 
  • A $300 non-refundable deposit will ensure your place in the Body Wisdom Acupressure Certification Program.
  • Deposits will be held until the first day of the last seminar when the balance for that seminar is due. 
  • The cost per seminar is $900. Canadian funds when you enroll in the Full Program.
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    If you would like to attend the Body Wisdom Acupressure Seminar #1 only, the fee for that class is $1100. 

 Upon receipt of your deposit, all of the information to prepare for the first seminar will be emailed to you, including your login to the online course materials.

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