Balancing the Koshi

Jeffrey Dann, L.Ac

Episode Qi168

The medicines and martial arts of Asia have long considered the lower belly and back to be of significant importance in health, wellbeing and as a kind of seat of power and presence.
In this conversation with long time practitioner Jeffrey Dann we explore the structural powerhouse of the Koshi, the dynamic lower abdomen with all it’s energetic and physiological functions. 

Additionally we explore how to approach the body and appreciate the body and develop a sense of listening and connection that becomes the compass that guides our work.
Listen into this discussion of discovery, appreciation and medicine. 
In this conversation we discuss:

  • How Jeffrey found his way into East Asian medicine
  • The power of putting your hands on people
  • Importance of the dynamic reciprocal relationship
  • The Koshi and its central role in the body
  • The Gall Bladder as a fascial organizer
  • Using your hands to get information
  • What happens when the symmetry is off
  • Mapping acupuncture points onto visceral junctions and connections 
  • Investigating the fascia
The difference between a master and great partitioner is in the details.
Master tip: 
Instead of just driving a needle in thru the guide tube, pause as the needle touches the skin. “Listen and Follow” the feeling on the tip of the needle in response to the tissue. 
Jeffrey Dann, L.Ac

Forty five years of acupuncture and bodywork training, including 3 years in Japan, running a massage school for many years, and annual study with a variety of Japanese masters in Japan and domestically, along with a decade of Visceral Manipulation, has allowed me to develop an integrated manual medicine acupuncture system. I call it Koshi Balancing Energy which is a whole body approach to structure and function 
My structural approach to meridians and hara visceral work, was encouraged by Shudo sensei in 2004 and combines Meridian therapy with Sotai movement, Seitai Shimpo structural acupuncture, shiatsu, and osteopathic Visceral Manipulation. 
Constant learning and teaching acupuncturists to integrate manual medicine and body workers to learn the structural and visceral Zang-Fu of Traditional East Asian Medicine is my passion.
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Michael Max

Acupuncturist, Podcast Host
About me
I've always been more drawn to questions than answers. And the practice of medicine seems to more lively when infused with a sense of curiosity and inquiry. It's been delight and honor to be able to discuss our medicine with so many thoughtful and skilled practitioners.