Oops. It looks like its been a couple of months since I made another update here. Things have been quite busy with a rush of new people towards the end of January and start of February combined with a few interesting developments.
Firstly I have had a few opportunities to hone some skills that I would like to apply in clinic but feel I need more practice first. These include things both straight forward how-to skills and some of the more subtle ones that appear in Chinese texts such as specific manipulations that are meant to generate specific sensations and then directing those sensations along a channel in a particular direction. The main reason for this is a few friends who have expressed an interest and are willing to give me feedback while I concentrate on my technique, something that cannot easily be done on yourself or during a regular treatment.
The second is that I have an opportunity to revise a lot of basic physiology as I have offered to assist another friend, who is training to be a yoga teacher, in learning and revising for their anatomy units. I was always quite good at that aspect of my studies and have always found it important in assessing safety when thinking creatively in bodywork, for example when connecting points and considering what the needle may be passing through or close to, as well as in massage to know what I am putting pressure on or stretching out, but as with any education some of the details and exact names of less commonly used things begin to slip over time so this will be a welcome refresher to see what I have forgotten.
Finally, I have heard that the Acupuncture Research Resource Centre are hosting their conference in Kings College this year which is an easy distance for me to reach. The speakers sound interesting and this should hopefully supply me with new ideas to hone on my own and then introduce to my practice. I also recall some workshops being advertised in Brighton in April which I am interested to attend regarding electroacupunture, that I am already familiar with but would be interested in hearing any ideas that would improve and expland my use of it, and scalp acupuncture which I can do but can be quite fiddly and so I would like to hear any practical tricks and tips that I can take home and try, then apply in my clinic.
I get the feeling that 2014 is going to be a good year for self-development.