My Journey in Professional Development and Continuing Education as an Acupuncturist

When I enrolled in acupuncture school in September of 1990, I had been a student and teacher of bodywork for over 14 years. I always loved to teach. I taught elementary school, Montessori and then adult massage therapists and energy workers. My first introduction to the transformational aspects of continuing education and professional development came to me through the work of Dr. Randolph Stone. He was an osteopath who explored the varied worlds of Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and western medicine. His work was eclectic and felt integrated to me.

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Why Distance Learning Courses are Valuable for Acupuncturists’ Professional Development

As an acupuncturist with a California license and a Diplomate from the NCCAOM, I'm required to have a substantial number of Continuing Education Units and Professional Development Points to renew my licenses. This professional development activity keeps me connected with the profession and inspires my work. I really enjoy learning and seek out courses that interest and challenge me and also ones that will help my patients.

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Lao Tzu’s Lymph Nodes

The lymphatics are an elegantly designed intricate waterway system that flow quietly and steadily throughout the body. Their constant work is in cleansing and purifying the blood. They separate the pure from the impure. The most refined lymphatic fluid is distilled into cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricles of the brain. Working with the lymphatic system involves slowing down, centering yourself and moving at the pace of your client’s lymphatic system.

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The Everyday Arts of Balance & Rejuvenation

As you wake up and, before the world grabs you, and your mind resumes its incessant chatter, place your hands upon our warm belly and breathe deeply. Beginning the day with conscious breath and belly work prepares you for the moment by moment unfolding of each day, no matter what it holds. Let me guide you into the day and give you suggestions as to how your life can become more joyous, peaceful and meaningful. These practices are simple and require very little additional time. What they do require is presence, awareness and self love.

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The Inner & Outer Bully

The inner aspects of my personality are continually communicating and interacting with each other. As I pay attention to my inner life and notice who inside me is speaking, I ‘m more able to decide who to pay attention to and who to ignore. As a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, I run this information through my 5 Element grid. Am I coming from a place of fear?

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