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

Date(s): 26 March 2020

Time: 10am - 5pm

Eligibility: Acupuncture practitioners and 3rd year clinical students

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 John Hicks, Angela Hicks and Kim Chan.

Prerequisite: You must be an acupuncturist or in your 3rd year at an acupuncture college, and have completed ’The art of feeling qi’ or received the permission of the instructor based on equivalent experience and skill.


Bill Ryan has studied qigong, 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 practices qigong tui na bodywork. The approach to needling that he teaches is an adaptation of the approach used in qigong tui na energy gate and channel work.  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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