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Foundation courses: Extraordinary vessels

For an overview of all we offer for shiatsu practitioners, and how the foundation course relates to the Diploma course, please visit our introductory page

The next courses in the UK

June 10 th and 11th: Supporting a healthy menstrual cycle and fertility with shiatsu with Nicola Endicott, Dorking

12th – 15th October 2017,(new dates) Exploring the 8 Extraordinary Vessels: the warp and weft of our life tissue ,  with Suzanne Yates at  London School of Capoeira (N4 3RF nr Finsbury Park tube)

Course prices and dates

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Foundation courses:
The Extraordinary Vessels

These lay the foundations for the Diploma course, introducing some of the principles of the way Suzanne works and the “new” meridians.The Extraordinary vessels are important for working with all clients not just in the maternity period. Each course will give an overview of the importance and role of the Eight Extraordinary Vessels as a group. For the maternity courses there is a special focus on the Penetrating Vessel (Chong), Heart-Uterus, Kidney-Uterus and Girdle (Dai) Vessel. For general courses, Suzanne also teaches about the Yin and Yang Qiao and the Yin and Yang Wei.

They are self-contained and are a pre-requisite for the diploma course, but can be attended without committing to the full diploma course. They are sometimes in the form of a one day workshop, two day, foundation module or 4 day course, depending on the country. They are often taught by Suzanne Yates but may sometimes be offered by one of her teachers.

They are open to any shiatsu practitioner, or students nearing the end of their studies.

Overview of four day general course on Extraordinary Vessels

You will learn about:

The importance of the vessels and the qualities and function of each one for any client at any stage of life: their potential

Their links with the 12 meridians

Exercises and meditations to develop your personal understanding of the vessels as well as to providing tools to support your clients

Day 1:  Yin et Yang Qiao Mai : the connection with the current moment

Day 2 : Yin et Yang Wei Mai : the fabric of our being

Day 3: Integrating the Qiao with the source: Du (Governing) and Ren (Conception) Mai

Day 4 : Integrating the Wei with Chong et Dai Mai and the integration of all 8 vessels.

Overview of topics on a maternity focus course

You will learn about:

The importance of the vessels as a group in supporting the maternity period: mother and baby and with an emphasis on the fertility cycle

Exercises and meditations to develop your personal understanding of the vessels and your relationship to the maternity period as well as to providing tools to support your clients

You will acquire new skills, a better understanding of the maternity period, and have a firm foundation on which to build your work with pregnant women, whether or not you continue to do the Diploma modules.

Sample days: 

Day 1: Penetrating Vessel and Blood; fertility, first trimester and postnatal focus
Day 2: Girdle Vessel and pelvic issues; later pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period
Day 3: Three Burners/Triple Heater and the lymphatic system; Work with scars, effects of birth

Maternity focus courses

Aims

To develop an over-view of shiatsu techniques, including exercise and breathing, for pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period for mother, including positioning.

To provide an understanding of the theory (both TCM and anatomy and physiology, and the medical approach) of pregnancy, for mother and baby, particularly in relation to body work, including understanding when not to work and when to refer.

To begin to develop a holistic approach to maternity care, including providing practical tools for self development and supporting shiatsu therapists in the field of birth support.

Day 1:Penetrating Vessel and Blood

On this day we will learn about the importance of the Penetrating Vessel and its role in regulating Blood. This theory will be linked in with an understanding of the western view of changes in blood in the maternity period as well as fertility and women’s cycles. Practical work will be done on the Penetrating Vessel, with an especial focus on techniques suitable for fertility work, first trimester work and work in the early postnatal period. Connections will be made between the Penetrating Vessel and the 12 meridians. Work will mainly be using the supine and side position.

We will cover

  • Consolidation of shiatsu theory of the Penetrating Vessel
  • Western views of changes in blood in women’s health
  • Exercises and meditations for the Penetrating Vessel for self development and for clients
  • Shiatsu for the Penetrating Vessel and its links with the 12 meridians
  • Indications of specific uses of PV
  • Understanding when blood issues may mean that referral or modification is required

Day 2: Girdle Vessel and Pelvic issues

On this day, we will learn about how the Girdle Vessel regulates the Pelvis, both structurally and energetically. We will consider pelvic girdle issues and their relevance to conception, pregnancy, and the postnatal period. We will learn practical techniques, including how to work the Girdle Vessel with the client in all fours, including the ball, and for use in labour and birth preparation work.

We will cover

  • Consolidation of shiatsu theory of the Girdle vessel
  • Western views of changes in the pelvis in women’s health, including pelvic girdle instability
  • Exercises and meditations for the Girdle Vessel for self development and for clients
  • Shiatsu for the Girdle Vessel and its links with the 12 meridians
  • Indications of specific uses of GDV
  • Understanding when pelvic issues require referral or modification

Days 3: Three burners/Triple Heater and the Lymphatic system

This day provides an opportunity to continue developing the work of the first two days, with an understanding of the role of the Three Burners, Triple Heater meridian and its link with the Extraordinary vessels and the lymphatic system. This work will be considered especially in working with clients in the second and third trimester of pregnancy, but also links will be made with fertility and postnatal work.

Work will mainly be done in the side position.

There will also be work done with scars, (especially c section) and the effects of birth.

How to book

How to book maternity courses

For course dates, please click on the course you are interested in and you will find a link to the course dates on the left hand side of the page

If you would like to book a course in the UK you can email a copy of the correct booking form directly to Well Mother.

More information maternity courses

If you would like to book a course, but have a few more questions before booking, then please don’t hesitate to email web@wellmother.org

or phone us with any questions – see our contact details.

If you would like to book a course outside the UK, please contact the relevant organiser.

Methods of payment accepted are:

  • Cheque (payable to Well Mother)
  • Bank transfer (details available on demand)
  • PayPal (there is an additional charge of £15)