Thursday, May 12, 2011

Listening to the Pulse

Class and Walking Tour
Wednesday, May 18, 5:30-7pm

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, reading the pulse is considered one of the "two pillars" of diagnosis (the other being tongue examination). Accurate pulse reading requires great energetic sensitivity -- a capacity to “listen” very deeply. It is an art as much as a science.

The pulse is read by palpating the radial artery--just above the crease of the wrist--in three positions and at three depths. Each position relates to a specific organ, and there are certain qualities of the pulse that are used to diagnose more general conditions in the body.

Mastering this skill does require a lot of time and some innate talent. However, in this month's class, Amanda Lewis, L.Ac, will demonstrate how pulse-taking can be learned and used in a meaningful way without having to study for many years.

How Things Move: Natural rhythms in the body and nature

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011, 5:30-7pm
Greenstar’s Meeting Room
Amanda Lewis, L.Ac

Everything in the phenomenal world has a distinct way it moves. The seasons, planets, and elements, as well as our own physical development and lifecycle are all in a constant state of change. By understanding variations and their observable patterns, we can learn to live in better harmony with them.

In this class, Amanda will explore the inherent movements at play in:

1. The channels, or meridians of the body
2. The five flavors: pungent (acrid), sweet, sour, bitter, and salty
3. The organs: lungs, stomach, spleen, liver, kidneys, and intestines

Come learn more about how to live in balance with the natural rhythms in your body and the natural world.