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Transforming your work with the Extraordinary Vessels

helping us tap into the creative power and potential of our body on a profound level

Completion time

About 10 hours but allow extra time for practice
Usually completed in About 10 hours but allow extra time for practice

Introduction from your tutor

Welcome to the course. I hope you enjoying learning with me, Suzanne Yates, founder of Wellmother and author of your course materials.

Suzanne Yates teaching birth work with sacrum

Don’t forget you can ask for clarification of anything or discuss with me and other students in the forum. This is accessed in each lesson by scrolling down to the end of the lesson. Try it now!

I hope this course inspires you to start using the Extraordinary Vessels more in your work and in your life. There are such profound energies that they will transform your practice. Please don’t expect to have understood all the theory by the end of the course! Some of it is put in here for background material and for you to refer back to as you start using them more. With the practical, there are a lot of suggestions, so again, just work with what makes sense to you. You might want to have some individual in person supervision with me or another Wellmother teacher or attend an in person course to deepen your understanding of the practical work. I am still discovering their depths even after having started working with them over 20 years ago!

First exercise:

What do you want to learn from this course?  I invite you to take 10 minutes and note down what you already know about the Extraordinary Vessels and what you would like to learn by the end of this course.  Come back to this at the end of the course and compare!

What you will learn

How the course is structured:

The course is set up with 6  lessons. It is probably best initially to work through them in order from 1 to 6: but you can go back and forward between the Lessons. In each lesson there a mix of videos, audios and text documents. At the end of each lesson is a quiz to check your learning and an assignment, which is either doing and recording some practical work, or a reflective piece. You can work through these lessons and the assignments at your own pace. Once you have completed all the lessons and assignments you receive a certificate.

I have given an indication of length of video, audio and an average reading time for the text documents.

Total length of time for the course is about 10 hours, not including any personal exercise practice or working with friends or clients.

Don’t forget you can ask for clarification in the forum

Supporting material (for all lessons)

Extraordinary Vessels

My blogs: search Extraordinary Vessels  on the main website

My recent articles in the Shiatsu Society journal:copied on the blog

Some information in my book: “Pregnancy and Childbirth” chapter 4 p 121-129 and “Shiatsu for midwives” p35-43

None of the following have quite the same “take” on the Extraordinary Vessels as I do, but you might find them interesting to read.

Royston Lowe: 1983 The Secondary Vessels of acupuncture: Thorsons

It is out of print but you might be able to get a second hand copy.

Macicioa G 2006: Channels of acupuncture, Churchill Livingstone

This is a useful book to have. It covers not just the Extraordinary Vessels and 12 Channels but also Connecting Channels, Muscle Channels, and Divergent Channels

Jeffrey Yuen 2005: The Eight Extraordinary Vessels, New England School of acupuncture

It is a transcript of lectures, but I like the way he presents his ideas. You might need to do some googling to find out how to get it!

Psycho pain and the eight extraordinary vessels: Yvonne Farrell, Singing Dragon 2016

She is a student of Jeffrey Yuen. I don’t completely agree with everything she says, but it is an interesting read.

Eight Extraordinary Channels David Twicken Singing Dragon 2013 

A more classical interpretation, but interesting for his detailed knowledge of the points.



Nessa Carey “ The epigenetics revolution”

“Endless forms most beautiful” Sean Carroll (the new science of Evo Devo)

Bruce Lipton “The Biology of Belief”

Sadler, Langman’s medical embryology

Larsons embryology

website: (in French, German and English)

the pictures are from here and the ones in the videos and there is much useful information.


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  1. suzanneyates on 06/09/2019 at 2:15 pm

    Sorry, I didn’t reply. Hope you can access them now! I think so because I have marked some quizes!

  2. namaste on 19/01/2019 at 5:57 am

    Hi Suzanne,
    I was just popping back to the course to see if I had my certificate yet and I saw that it looks like I hadn’t completed the last module. Now it says my access has expired. Can you please just check if my access is still in date and then I can check why I hadn’t finished that last module? I was sure I had completed it.
    Just wanting cert for my PD points.

    • suzanneyates on 22/01/2019 at 9:02 pm

      Dear Deborah, I just had a look and you bought the course on 18th January so now a year has gone by so the course access has expired. I just need to think about the best way to go forward. How have you enjoyed the course? Suzanne

      • namaste on 22/02/2019 at 8:24 pm

        Hi Suzanne,

        I have really enjoyed the course. I would love to be able to continue to access the course even after its all finished. The material is great reference. Perhaps this is an opportunity for you to produce a theoretical textbook.

        Do you recommend any textbooks? I would love one for my practice to keep close by when I am with my clients. I occasionally have thought how handy a quick reference would be.

        Thanks for this course. Hope to make it over to the UK at some point for more training. Or perhaps next time you are in Australia.

  3. julzf on 08/01/2019 at 8:46 am

    I have completed all the modules, but the course isn’t marked as complete yet?

    • suzanneyates on 18/01/2019 at 11:13 am

      Sorry for taking so long to reply: I was away on holiday and only just catching up. I still havent had time to look into this and am about to go off and teach, so I thought to just write to you meanwhile to say you just need to make sure that you have marked all the modules as complete. Maybe you misssed one? Just let me know and I can look into it further next week

  4. Emma Charlton on 02/07/2018 at 9:26 am

    Interestingly this article came up when I looked for some information about the Chinese saying about the differences in blood and Uterine blood

    • suzanneyates on 13/07/2018 at 2:47 pm

      Ah, that’s very interesting! Did you share that in the course forum? Suzannne

      • emma on 12/09/2018 at 1:30 pm

        Hi Suzanne
        I don’t think that I have been on the course forum. I have a look. I think I have completed the course – do I get a certificate at the end? I have purchased the Psycho pain book and hope to reinforce my learning with it. Can we still go over the material until our year is up?
        Thanks Emma

  5. nadja.nydegger on 12/03/2018 at 1:42 pm

    Dear Suzanne I have now completed the course but it still says not completed?

    • suzanneyates on 13/03/2018 at 9:35 pm

      Dear Nadja

      Well done for completing the course! I am trying to work out how to do a course evaluation so I can check out how people find the courses and what they liked and any suggestions for improvements. I just checked where you are at in the course and noticed that although you have completed the quizes and assignments you have not marked all the topics as complete. That means the videos and texts that you have read. They have to be marked as complete just so I know people have gone through everything so that the certificate accurately represents the number of hours.

      So if you go into each lesson you will see that there is not a green button on each of the topics. At the end of those topics there is a gold button which you have to click: mark as complete. Was it not clear when you were going through that you needed to do that and how could I make it clearer. Anyway do let me know how you get on. I am about to go and teach in Paris for 4 days so I might not be able to reply till next week. Best wishes Suzanne

      • nadja.nydegger on 16/03/2018 at 6:24 pm

        Thank you Suzanne. Its true I went so many times through the lessons that I didn’t mark them as complete. I thought when I finish the quizz it would be sufficiant . Enjoy your time in Paris. Best wishes Nadja

  6. Maggie Lowe on 21/02/2018 at 9:43 am

    The extraordinary vessels feel so powerful and I want to know more about just what I am finding I am connecting with and how best to work with them.

    • suzanneyates on 26/02/2018 at 8:35 pm

      Glad you are finding out about them. Do let me know if you have any questions

  7. Julie on 24/01/2018 at 1:45 pm

    I am trying to go back into read the text from the first part again, but it someohiw wont let me even when I highlight that option…. any advice?

    • suzanneyates on 01/02/2018 at 12:48 pm

      Hmm: you should be able to have access to all parts of the course at any time. Perhaps you need to go back to the first page of the course and click again on the module that you want to access. I have set it so you should be able to move back and forth between the lessons. But do let me know if for any reason you can’t. Sometimes when the updates to the site are done then it changes some of the settings so I will have to change them again!

  8. emma on 08/01/2018 at 1:31 pm

    I am looking forward to learning more – we were just covering the Extraordinary vessels yesterday – so it will be great to have another route to understanding and using them.

    • suzanneyates on 01/02/2018 at 12:51 pm

      Dear Emma: who was teaching you the Extraordinary Vessels? It’s always good for me to know what is out there. Suzanne

      • Emma on 02/02/2018 at 12:01 pm

        Hi Suzanne
        I am currently doing a course with Maria Mercati at Body Harmonics in Cheltenham. I have completed Tui Na massage with her and am now struggling through a mountain of TCM theory and case studies for acupuncture. The course is very compacted and needs a lot of home study. I am finding that doing your course is helping me to re-inforce some of the learning and make it more interesting 🙂

        • suzanneyates on 06/09/2019 at 2:14 pm

          Sorry I realised that I didn’t reply. Glad that my course is helping to reinforce your learning.

    • emma on 14/03/2018 at 4:39 pm

      Hi Suzanne
      I am having a problem accessing the lessons. The links seem to be inactive. Thanks Emma

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