Expanding the palpatory experience in the practice of East Asian Medicine

This will be an introduction to and exploration of the basic tenets, mindset, and techniques of Engaging Vitality (EV) as an approach to refining and expanding our palpatory awareness in clinical practice.  Engaging Vitality is a synthesis of Osteopathic palpation techniques and Traditional East Asian Medical theory and practice.  We frame these “listening” techniques in the terms of East Asian Medicine, and use them inform and refine our practice, and to more directly engage with our patients’ Qi, and with our rich medical traditions.  EV is an invitation to leave the elegant and heady world of Chinese medical theory behind, just for a moment, to cultivate sensitivity and receptivity in our hands, in order to return to our practices more balanced – head, heart and especially hands.

These techniques can work in any style of acupuncture practice.  They help us get direct feedback from our patients, in our hands, that will help identify restrictions and problem areas in the body, refine our point choices and point location, and know when we have done enough, and maybe even too much treatment.  

This course will take place over 3 weekends.  In each of the first 2 weekends participants will learn to practice assessing the qi by listening to changes in the body’s motions, rhythms, discrete temperature changes, and areas of restriction.  We will introduce a few new palpatory techniques each weekend, and spend a lot of hands-on time practicing.  Class size will be limited to allow for plenty of supervision, help and clarification.  Each weekend is a prerequisite for the next, as we will be building on skills already learned, putting them all together, and learning to integrate these skills into your clinical practice.  The third weekend is intended as a time to consolidate this basic skill set into a form that you can bring with you into your practice, no matter the current style of your practice. 

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The class will be held, (in-person) at:

White Pine/Amherst Community Acupuncture
86 Henry Street, Amherst MA 01002


  • October 15 – 16, 2022
  • November 5 – 6, 2022
  • December 10 – 11. 2022

39 CEUS Pending, NCCAOM Provider #278

Students who have studied this material in the past or attended this worksop before may be considered to attend select weekends at a discounted rate. Please contact us to inquire about these options.

White Pine Circle Members


General Public


Here is a general outline of the techniques we will learn in this series:

Shape of Qi:  Direct palpatory experience of Qi. Learn to listen to and facilitate the state of dynamic stillness, where the natural healing capacities take charge. This is the first gateway that will lead you out of your head and into your hands.

Yang Rhythm:  Palpatory experience of the yang qi in the body; the yang qi manifesting in various body parts. Use as feedback for effective needling. Effective measure to prevent overdose.

Local Listening:  Learn to feel the place(s) where Qi is not open, local restrictions that everything (muscles, fascia, acupuncture channels) organizes around.

Qi Signal Assessment:  Useful for identifying areas where the qi dynamic is not open/communicating with the rest of the system, areas of bu tong.  Used over the 3 Jiao to identify systemic issues, and also a key skill in identifying and accurately locating active acupuncture points.

Shape of Qi Needling:  Introduction to a way of needling consistent with the state of Qi we’re trying to facilitate.  Helps us (and the patient) get the most out of each needle insertion.

Channel Listening:  Learn to feel the channels as a whole, start exploring their qualities and the experience of openness or blockage tong. Channel Listening as a tool to feel the connection between a local listening and a singular channel.

Global Listening:  After being exposed to Local Listening, we now learn to feel the least open place from a global perspective. A quick way to get you to the least open place where you can start the conversation with your patient’s system in the present moment.

For more information on Engaging Vitality, refer to www.engagingvitality.com

Refund Policy:

Refunds of 75% will be granted up to 30 days before the start of class.

Jack Radner

Jack Radner has been studying and working with Engaging Vitality palpation practices since starting his studies at Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine (then SIOM) in 2000. He has maintained a busy community acupuncture practice in Amherst Massachusetts and has practiced at the Student Health Services at UMass Amherst since 2006. He has studied this material extensively with Dan Bensky, Chip Chace, Marguerite Dinkins and Rayen Anton, and he continues to study. He has taught and assisted in teaching Engaging Vitality since 2016.