Online Acupuncture Classes - NCCAOM Approved
Below you will find a variety of classes on acupuncture and mind-body medicine. All of my courses are approved by the NCCAOM for continuing education credits.
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201 Class - Acupuncture, Myofascial Lines, & Tung's Points
This class discusses how myofascial lines relate to meridians and acupuncture anatomy. It establishes an anatomical basis for understanding how acupuncture points work. Traditional points and meridians are discussed as well as extra points and some of Master Tung's key points.
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Approved for 12 NCCAOM Credits
This class is essential for mastering the treatment of some of the most common clinical conditions involving the neck, shoulders, and upper back. Learn how to integrate traditional acupuncture methods with structural analysis, myofascial lines, and Master Tung's points. The 201 class is recommended as a prerequisite.
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Approved for 14
Master Tung's Points & Internal Medicine
In this online class, the visceral fasciae are discussed in terms of how they relate to Dr. Tan's six meridian systems. An anatomical basis for Tan's systems is presented along with Master Tung's most effective points for internal medicine. Topics covered include how to use points with abdominal diagnosis, bone-pecking, Global Balance Method, and more.
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Approved for 12 NCCAOM Credits
Acupuncture & the Autonomic Nervous System
This class discusses how yin-yang theory relates to the ANS in the context of stress and trauma. In it stress and trauma responses are discussed, needle techniques, and how acupuncture affects the ANS. This course is essential for deepening your understanding of how to treat stress and trauma related conditions.
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Approved for 5 NCCAOM credits
210 Class - Acupuncture & Fascial Lines for the Shoulder Joint
This is a five-hour class on the shoulder joint that discusses myofascial lines, detailed shoulder anatomy, diagnostic tests, traditional points, and Master Tung's points. Learn an anatomical basis for how points work differently to treat the shoulder.
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Approved for 5 NCCAOM Credits
214 Class - Acupuncture & Fascial Lines for the Hips & Pelvis
Hip and pelvic disorders generally respond well to acupuncture, but expertise is required to get consistent and reliable results. This class integrates the structural anatomy of the hip with Tung's points and TCM acupuncture. The 201 class is recommended as a prerequisite.
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Approved for 12 NCCAOM Credits
Meridian Circuits Systems & the
Global Balance Method
This class covers the essentials of Dr. Tan's Balance Method and expands on his six systems. It goes into great detail about the more advanced Global Balance Method and relates this to conventional TCM patterns. If you have studied the Balance Method yet feel incomplete, this course will fill in many of the blanks while elaborating on advanced pattern diagnosis.
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Approved for 9 NCCAOM Credits
Somatic Therapies for Acupuncturists
& Manual Therapists
This class is vital for getting better results in treating shen disturbance, and mental and emotional disorders. Topics covered include mindfulness, interoceptors, TCM, Felt Sense, and the Big 4 methods of treating mind-body related disorders.
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Approved for 8.5 NCCAOM Credits
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"Awesome course! What a complete treat to get such academic rigor. You really did the work. I've been using this information in my practice to great effect. Thanks for the great presentation. I really like the format of being able to go back and go over your lectures. It's taken me some few weeks to finish the first course, and it's so convenient to be able to go back and hear your presentations again and follow in the notes. I really liked the videos, too. Great setup. Very easy operation. Top marks for an online course!"
- Chris Huson L.Ac.
"I found your material rich, and plan to watch the videos again, as it is a lot to digest in just one go-round. I have been seeking this material for a long time. I am very pleased with your presentation of the information, and look forward to the shoulder class once I get a firmer grasp on the basics from this 201 class."
- Elizabeth Kerle L.Ac.
"I loved the content of your classes. I feel that I have had a lot of good results using your protocol in general. It was very helpful to think about things in layers to pinpoint how to choose the points with my chronic pain patients. I love the exercises for the hips."
- Lily Coogan
James' classes are excellent! I have been able to finally "connect the dots" with his fascial planes information. He has taken Tom Myers and Ida Rolf's fascial work into the acupuncture meridian system. The complexity and details of these fascial planes have been striped away to become a starting point for me to learn their usefulness. (I have read a small portion of Tom Myers' Fascial Planes text. It is excellent, but detailed and not immediately useful for my patients.) James' classes helped immediately in my understanding of how these fascial planes work, how to incorporate acupuncture points distally. For example, I have used Ling Gu and Dai Bi with tremendous success, but not with everyone. Now I understand why. More importantly, now I can use my current acupuncture knowledge, add the fascial planes and the musculoskeletal system networks to make new point prescriptions for better and faster patient outcomes. Thank you, James, for making the complex fascial system useful for my clinical work. I have already used what I have learned and put it into clinical use.
- Dr. Mary Jennings
"I would highly recommend this course (214) and all the fascia/Tung courses .While in acupuncture school, I became aware of Tom Myers work (on my own, as they did not covert this material) but did not know how to begin to integrate it into my acu treatments. I love this way of thinking. The material is presented in a logical and accessible manner. Very satisfied with what I learned in this course and happy to bring it to my patients"
- Stephen Longo L.Ac.
"These courses provide unique, valuable, and immediately useful understandings of acupuncture points and meridians through the perspective of fascial planes and anatomy. His presentations are clear and thorough, and his emails are generous with instructive information. Highly recommend!"
- Shelley Baldridge
"Great courses, this will greatly enhance my effectiveness in treatments. As a PT, I have been working with manual myofascial release for many years and additional TCM acupuncture has been beneficial for me. I know your courses will deliver even better results."
- Paul d B.
"As an acupuncturist I feel fortunate to live at a time where Chinese medical knowledge is widely available but even so, the practical use of this knowledge is often obscure. For myself the Master Tung system is one of these puzzles. I was pleasantly surprised that Jim’s Master Tung Fascia Course wasn’t just another paint by numbers Tung style course, but presented progressive ideas of fascial planes, anatomy and channel theory that help explain Tung point indications. Through this Jim’s course has helped me get beyond memorizing points for symptoms to a deeper layer of clinical reasoning behind the Tung points. The format was better than expected with well-paced knowledgeable audio files (no rambling on) that referred appropriately to the relevant visually rich slides"
- Paul Burns, Registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Australia
This material has really improved my treatments. I have been getting faster, more consistent results because I have a much better framework of how and when to use particular Dao Mas and how to use them in combinations for even better results. I have listened to the recordings multiple times and feel like I get some new nugget each time. This material is so useful, particularly in a community acupuncture clinic where treatment strategies need to be easy to administer and precise. Thank you so much Jim! I just bought the next course for internal medicine as well!
- Sarah Street, Sol Centered Community Acupuncture, Colorado
"I have been practicing Master Tung's points and Dr.Tan’s Local & Global balance method for the last 2 years. After I enrolled in Master Tung's Points and Fascial Planes course by James Spears, I was introduced to a completely new dimension of acupuncture, and news ways to look at my practice. This course has not only improved my understanding of anatomy, but considering fascial planes is giving me additional insights to connective tissue dynamics (which is also helpful for needling depths estimation). My clinical outcome has been quickly improving since taking this course and hopefully will improve even more with time.
An example of practicing with my new understanding using Fascial Planes. It is well known that while LU channel alone can clear the BL channel, however for Thoracic pain on UB around & behind Scapular area 22.08 & 22.09 worked excellently because of the relationship of the Deep Fascial Line which lies on SI channel."
- Ismail Ratlamwala, Mumbai, India
"After years of searching for a practical understanding of the mechanism behind the use of distal points, I stumbled upon the work of James Spears. Inspired by the work of Thomas Myers and his book Anatomy Trains, Dr. Spears has married the functionality of the points of the Tung System and Balance Method with the physical form of the fascial planes. With this clearly explained, the practitioner gains the ability to plan with greater precision in order to achieve the intended result. Dr. Spears has provided a portal of understanding and clarity into patterns of injury and dysfunction and how our needles can best address them. This has given a literal new dimension to treatment planning and application that is very satisfying and produces more effective results. Furthermore, Dr. Spears provides an easy-to-follow model for diagnosis and choosing the most effective points. With this information, I didnt walk away with the feeling that "something was missing." There is no mystery here.
I think this information is absolutely essential for practitioners who want to take their diagnostic skills and treatment results to the next level."
- Beth Jones Lic. Ac.