On-demand Course • Communicating with Qi
Language Can Make or Break the Clinical Relationship
While we rely on pulse, tongue, and palpation, it is through language that we learn much about our patients. What’s more, language can not only reveal patients to the practitioner, it can reveal patients to themselves.
In this 30 minute discussion we explore how questions and using a patient’s own language, metaphor and perspective not only helps us in crafting an effective treatment, it also helps a patient to better understand resources within themselves that they did not realize they had.
Meet Your instructors
Margot Rossi, L.Ac
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Eastern medicine and philosophy saved my life. They have rocked my world for over thirty years. In private practice, I see myself primarily as an educator, aka wizard of possibilities. I use the interview process as my main modality for diagnosis and treatment. Patients and I explore the fabric of reality and build an awareness of experience and perceptions. Along with mindfulness, using nature’s systems to understand ourselves helps us feel right at home and capable of shifting with self-compassion, confidence and resourcefulness.
Another essential in my repertoire is movement therapy—either Dao Yin or yoga. I find mindful movement and breathing can influence all issues regardless of where they’re housed, just like water can flow in places nothing else can or wants to go. This medicine keeps reminding me: there is wonder here, simply awaiting our presence.
When you invite the bodymind into the conversation with Clean Language, painful and frustrating symptoms can rapidly turn into signposts on the path towards the kind of life a person really wants to be living.
In researching my book, Words That Touch, I found the neurological explanation for Lao Tzu's great riddle: the Tao that can be spoken of is not the “constant/eternal/real” Tao because speech traps us in the left brain hemisphere's abstract world of names, concepts and categories, as one remove from reality. It's only through the right hemisphere and its wordless but deeply embodied way of knowing, that we can ever get a sense of what the unspoken Tao is really all about.
This is how I love to work, integrating gentle and respectful questioning with the meridian-based bodywork of shiatsu. I invite the two sides of the brain to have a better relationship with each other, and our patients to have better relationships with themselves.