By mingmengv4, May 12 2015 09:56AM
Paul King (PK): Tell us about your progression in oriental treatment systems to the style you practice now.
Renzo Tat (RT): I started studying Chinese Martial Arts when I was 14 years old, however, my healing adventure started by studying western massage in my early 20’s. I gave massages to friends and family but had no intention of practice professionally. I then went looking for a TuiNa school, at the time finding any kind of school or person with whom to study Chinese body work therapy was a little like pulling hen’s teeth, impossible, so I let a few years go by until I was introduced to Zen Shiatsu a Japanese body work system, which is far more powerful than it looks. I was then introduced to a Mr Chen, a lecturer at Venice University, who was teaching Chinese language, but was also a Qi Gong and TuiNa specialist. I ran a weekend workshop for him and then went to HeBei medical university with him to learn more about TCM TuiNa. I was also studying Qi Gong at the time and Master Lam, who shared some of his five, phases TuiNa with us. On returning from China I went to The University of Westminster London to study TCM Acupuncture.
In my practice, I find that the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system of acupuncture can be quite needle hungry, can be slow, and produced varying results. I became increasingly frustrated with my acupuncture practice, I had studied and I knew that my treatment principles where sound, however I was dissatisfied with the treatments I was giving. As a Member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC) I have to undergo Continuing Practitioner Development (CPD) and was told by a number of my colleagues about balance acupuncture. Apparently TCM Acupuncture was intended for rapid and easy dissemination, as a response to the frantic health needs in the rural China in the 1950’s. It's not that TCM acupuncture is not effective but when systems are developed some aspects are promoted while some features are lost and there other methods. I started to study and attend courses regarding Balance / I Ching Acupuncture, systems development before TCM. I found that Balance Acupuncture was centred on the channels and collaterals, this I found very interesting, as although it was different to Shiatsu theory, it was a return to looking at how the Channels interacted.
PK: The way you treat people integrates concepts and procedures from a number of traditions. How did it develop?
RT: I have drawn from the best in my body work and acupuncture training. My treatment protocol is based on balance acupuncture. The theories come from the Nei Jing (Inner Classic); Nan Jing (Classic of Difficulties). My first venture into oriental health systems was the study of Japanese Zen Shiatsu, which has the balancing of empty and full channels at its route. I use tongue & pulse and can use Japanese abdominal palpation; and the palpation methods used in Dr Richard Tans’ balance method as an intrinsic aspect of diagnosis. Dr Tan's 123 and ba-gua based balance methods really interest me; Balancing Channels makes a lot of sense.
PK: You stress imaging approaches i.e. microsystems. I’ve heard you mention the metacarpal bone system?
RT: You have to remember that in Chinese culture image is at its route. The written language is pictorial not a code as in languages that use an alphabet based written system, that has an influence on how oriental cultures look at the world. So the image of the body can be seen in many ways around the body. One is as a micro image of the body along the length of the second metacarpal bone. The 12-point system of the second metacarpal bone, is a system that can treat the entire body with just a few points that stretch between Large Intestine 3 (LI 3) and ling gu. The clinical effects are first-rate! There are many imaging methods and ways to balance the body the metacarpal bone is only one.