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The art of needling with qi - level 1: point location and needle insertion

Date(s): 29 March 2019

Time: 10am - 5pm

Eligibility: Acupuncturists and acupuncture students in their clinical year who meet the prerequisite listed below

Venue: College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading


 This course builds on our ability to feel qi and extends that skill into our needling.

  • Clinically it is essential for us to learn how to establish and maintain a qi-sensing state. Over time, this capacity helps us to protect our own qi and to diagnose clearly.
  • The qi-sensing state means that we are neither sending out (giving away) our own qi nor drawing in our patent’s qi. From the qi-sensing state we can explore how to feel the qi in a point so we are confident that we’ve located it precisely.
  • This greater sensitivity helps us develop a more refined needling technique. The qi contact we feel and maintain through the needle will guide us in insertion and treatment.


Bill will be assisted in this seminar by CICM joint principals John and Angela Hicks and Kim Chan, CICM Programme Leader for Acupuncture Skills and Techniques.


Prerequisite: 'The art of feeling qi' or permission of instructor based on equivalent experience and skill.


Bill Ryan has studied qi gong, tai chi, and related energy arts since 1980 with Daoist Lineage Master Bruce Frantzis. In 1992 Bill founded Brookline Tai Chi near Boston, USA which under his direction reached a peak enrolment of over 450 students. He now teaches qi gong and practises qi gong tui na bodywork. The approach to needling that he teaches is an adaptation of the approach used in qi gong tui na energy gate and channel work. He developed this adaptation with CICM joint principals Angela and John Hicks and Kim Chan, CICM Programme Leader for Acupuncture Skills and Techniques. Find out more about Bill at


Awesome! By attending Bill’s seminars my needling has evolved in an exciting way. - John Hicks

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