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Dan Bensky in his own words:

I have been actively involved in the practice, teaching, and translation of East Asian medicine and osteopathic medicine  for over thirty years. My training has included a Diploma in Chinese Medicine from the Macau Institute of Chinese Medicine (1975), a Doctor of Osteopathy from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (1982), and a Ph.D. from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (2006).

The primary modalities I use are a variety of osteopathic manipulative approaches, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicines. It is important to remember that in all of these forms of medicine, the actual treatment is usually the patient’s response to the what the practitioner does, not what the practitioner does directly. The focus of the treatment is on the getting the organism to regain its normal balance by engaging it in a dialogue through providing information and (usually) gentle forms of stimulation.

For this reason, not only is it not a good idea to be treated too frequently, but there are often things that patients need to do in their daily lives in order to get the optimal response. This can include physical activities and exercises, dietary or lifestyle changes. Often it will be helpful to make sure that you have a healthy approach towards life.

My colleague Philippe Rivière has a summary of  this approach, as taught to him by the famous modern Chinese doctor Leung Kok-Yuen:

    Take responsibility for your actions and choices
    Be involved in activities that help to transcend the self
    Try and resolve conflicts as quickly as possible to avoid wasting emotional energy
    Accept and respect yourself. Learn to be at ease with yourself when you are alone.

A couple of Dan's talks:
Side benefits of palpation [Munich, 2017]
On Engaging Vitality [Melbourne, 2016]

Published books by Dan:

Charles Chace

Charles (Chip) Chace is a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture (1984), and is certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists in the practice acupuncture (Dipl.Ac) and Chinese herbal medicine (Dipl. C.H.). He is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Colorado (Lic.Ac) where he has practiced for more than 30 years.

Chip's approach to acupuncture has been strongly influenced by three decades of study in a variety of acupuncture styles originating primarily in Japan, most notably the Toyohari style. Developed by the blind in Japan, Toyohari places a great emphasis on palpatory sensitivity and precision, and is characterized by its remarkably gentle needling techniques. Complementing this is Chip's longstanding interest in the palpatory techniques of cranial osteopathy and their adaptation to acupuncture. Such a synthesis allows the practitioner to truly listen to a patient's qi and to engage it directly.

In addition, Chip is a committed student of Classical Chinese literature and its practical application in the practice of medicine. He has published extensively on the application of pre-modern Chinese medical ideas to modern clinical practice in the west. He is a faculty member at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine where he teaches both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

Hear Chip in this interview by Heavenly Qi colleagues:
Palpation based Chinese Medicine

Some of the published books by Chip Chace:


Marguerite Dinkins

Marguerite has been a student of acupuncture and palpation since 1997, when she began her studies at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. Since that time, she has continued to study palpation with Dan Bensky and Chip Chace, and for many years has assisted them in teaching palpation in the practice of acupuncture. She has also completed three years of osteopathic training at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Vancouver, BC.
For the past 8 years, Marguerite has been instrumental in making palpation a central part of the clinical experience at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. In addition to her extensive clinical experience, Marguerite has a unique ability to understand the specific needs of her students, especially those grappling with the early challenges of developing palpatory awareness.
Marguerite has maintained an active private practice since her graduation from SIOM in 2000.

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