Respiratory Issues: Eastern

Date: Mar 11, 2014 - May 13, 2014
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Online bookings are not available for this class, please see registration info below.


Pieter Sommen

Please Note: This class has been cancelled due to under enrollment, but we hope to offer it again in the future.

Class One: March 11th, 10am-2pm
Class Two: March 25th, 10am-2pm
Class Three: April 8th, 10am-2pm
Class Four: April 29th, 10am-2pm
Class Five: May 13th, 10am-2pm
$487
20 CE hour NCBTMB / NYS-certified (approval pending)

This course will look at Lung imbalances that are known in Western Medicine as
common cold, bronchitis and asthma, and allergies. It will look at these conditions from
an Eastern perspective and we will explore ways to treat these conditions with Shiatsu
and other Chinese medical techniques, like gua sha and cupping.

In addition, we will find time to explore the idea of Eastern Medicine that there is a
continuum of body – mind – spirit and what that means in the case of Lung: the ability to
be present in the now, to be in your body and some of the issues that arise when we are
not able to do that.

This class will be divided into five sections,

1) Assessment Tools

2) Defining Condition

3) Treatment Protocols

4) Follow-up and Self-Care

5) Case Studies

Students will be taught assessment techniques using the filters of the 8 guiding principles:

  • Interior/Exterior,
  • Deficiency/Excess,
  • Cold/Hot,
  • Yin/Yang and the 3 Jiao’s

2. Each condition will be defined using the assessment tools.

3. Protocols will be demonstrated and practiced for each condition (Allergies, Asthma,
Colds, Flu and Bronchitis) using massage techniques, cupping, guasha and moxibustion.

Standard informed consent and discussion of the risks and contraindications will be
outlined for each condition.

4. Students will be shown self-care techniques specific to Lung conditions.
Students will practice these techniques on each other, and then role-play with
a classmate to mimic the client-practitioner dynamic.

PieterSommenPieter Sommen, MS, L.Ac, LMT, is chair of the Eastern Studies Department in the Massage Therapy Program at the Swedish Institute, where he teaches shiatsu and TuiNa and is also a clinic supervisor. He teaches Sinew channels in the classical acupuncture program at Pacific College. In addition, he has a private practice in New York City in acupuncture, shiatsu, and TuiNa. He is also a certified AOBTA instructor. He has studied Quantum Shiatsu with Pauline Sasaki and classical
Chinese medicine with Jeffrey Yuen.

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