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CoVid19, George Floyd, and the Kidney-Heart Axis

Join Alaine Duncan, author of the Tao of Trauma for a three-hour online class (3 PDAs pending) on addressing the impact of recent events on our nation’s nervous systems and Kidney/Heart axis.

June 29, 2020 | 1pm-4pm

Class held online via Zoom

3 NCCAOM PDA's (Pending)

Class Description

CoVid19 is an invisible, insidious, ever-present threat. George Floyd’s murder has ignited a similar felt sense of “inescapable attack” that racism presents to black, brown and indigenous people. Many individuals, as well as our nation as a corporate body, are experiencing deep, historic wounds. What has been held within is now in full view – and has become more available for transformation and healing. Integrating a PolyVagal approach to nervous system regulation with the Five Elements, acupuncturists can restore relationship in the Water/Fire axis, build capacity in the Wood to protect and defend, and enhance the Earth’s function to digest the gristle – maximizing this profound opportunity for transformation of our nation’s oldest wound.

This class will use polyvagal theory and the five element model of acupuncture and Asian medicine as a contextual framework for exploring:

• The critical importance of regulating the relationship between the Kidney and the Heart; the Water and the Fire, in complex trauma.
• The long-term impact of a freeze response imposed on the Earth Element in complex trauma
• How healers can support the development of capacity in the Sympathetic Nervous System, or the Wood Element to protect and defend ourselves and others.


Class Prerequisite

Registrants should plan to read the first five chapters of The Tao of Trauma: A Practitioner’s Guide for Integrating Five Element Theory and Trauma Healing by Alaine Duncan prior to class.

Goals & Objectives

As a result of this class, participants will be able to:

• Describe the features of “inescapable attack” as a unique form of traumatic stress.

• Distinguish danger from life threat or “normal” trauma from complex trauma.

• Describe the poly-vagal system and the critical role of the Kidney-Heart axis in traumatic stress.

• Using polyvagal theory, explain the basis for physiological responses to stress affecting the digestive system.

Class Costs

See class costs and special offers below:

• $45- Won Institute Students

• $65 – Won Institute Alumni, Faculty and APA Members

• $75- Licensed Acupuncturists (Not Affiliated with Won Institute)

Alaine D. Duncan, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Meet The Instructor

Alaine Duncan is a Licensed Acupuncturist and certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She graduated from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly TAI Sophia Institute) with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture in 1990 and completed Somatic Experiencing Practitioner training in 2007. She completed certification in the use of touch to build capacity for self-regulation in trauma survivors in 2012; and Somatic Resilience and Regulation Training in body-centered approaches to ameliorate the impact of pre-and peri-natal trauma in 2015.

Alaine’s research background includes serving on studies assessing the impact of integrative medicine on compassion fatigue in military caregivers; the use of acupuncture for the treatment of combat-related traumatic stress, the treatment of chronic headaches in current conflict Veterans with traumatic brain injuries and for Gulf War Veterans Illness.

She founded Integrative Healing, LLC in 2012 with a goal to integrate the wisdom of Chinese Medicine with the study of neurobiology and traumatic stress in both the classroom and the treatment room.

To learn more about Alaine Duncan visit integrativehealingworks.net.

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