The Tao of Trauma: Integrating Five Element Theory and Trauma Healing

Acupuncturists, Somatic Psychotherapists, Medical Providers, and Bodyworkers will learn interaction, observation and touch skills to help restore regulation and balance in tissues and functions that may remain disturbed by historic, known and unknown, traumatic experiences.

Rooted in an East-meets-West foundation, it follows the 5 steps of the Self-Protective Response and their mirror in the Five Elements of Chinese Medicine — and uses polyvagal theory to refine the clinical interventions that emerge.

Here’s some comments from current participants:

  • It’s hard to express how incredibly valuable I find this course because it is so rich on so many levels.
  • Thank you for making this an experience that was so full of opportunities to learn, share ideas, and immediately practice with classmates.
  • Many of the approaches that I’ve studied for years coherently came together.
  • There is a real synthesis going on within me, and a familiarity with what weare learning on both a spiritual and visceral level.

Alaine’s book, The Tao of Trauma: A Practitioner’s Guide for Integrating Five Element Theory and Trauma Treatment will be our text. It is available in print, audio and electronically wherever you buy books online.

In the spirit of cultural transformation through healing, if you are BIPOC, LGBTQ or a first-generation immigrant, you are invited to take 25% off course fees.

Approved by the NCCAOM and the California Acupuncture Board for 14 units per class; 70 total. CEU’s for other providers are pending.

Class size limited, catch the early bird by September 10, 2021.


Sep 24 - 25 2021


9:00 am - 6:00 pm


8720 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring Maryland

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