Become a Medical Qi Gong Therapist
Additional 500 Hours
(over 1 – 2 years)
Welcome to the final phase of your Qi Gong training.
You do not have to teach large Qi Gong classes to be a Medical Qi Gong therapist. You will, however, need to be comfortable teaching your clients the exercises, forms, meditations, and breathwork to improve their inner vitality.
You will also need to have a regular, in-depth, and very well-balanced Qi Gong practice to be a grounded and effective Qi Gong Healer.
I am going to take a moment and speak to the Qi Gong ‘experience’ and its potential. I will imagine that I am speaking to a person who is interested in going very deep into the Qi Gong Universe, and who has recently invested a great deal of time and effort becoming embodied, aligned, and playful, while opening to vulnerability, personal healing, and conscious transformation.
If you have:
- Opened your joints and can actively repair your body,
- Learned to assess, assist, and replenish your internal organs and meridians,
- Cultivated a connection with Qi awareness, energy centers, and energy gates,
- Found a seasonal balance with strength, flexibility, feasting, and fasting,
- Restored the innate structure of your bones and marrow.
- Learned to meditate like a Shaolin monk,
- Practiced Consciousness expanding breathwork, while being guided through your Inner Landscape and Innate Minds,
- Committed at least one Rite of Passage to a Shamanic Qi Gong practice for a Reunion with Nature,
- Learned how to release Embodied Trauma,
- Restored your innate internal circulation through the Microcosmic Orbit,
- and have explored Shaolin and Daoist Meditation, Breathwork, and Spiritual Practice or already participate in a Wisdom tradition,
it is likely you will live a longer, healthier, and happier life.
Also, after all of that deep Healing and Spiritual work, you are probably capable of experiencing and conducting a great deal of ‘aliveness’ and vitality, or Qi.
It is usually at this point that Qi Gong practitioners make a deeply personal decision. Continue your journey and flow with life as you have and become an excellent Qi Gong teacher, or become a hermit or a monk and ‘Return to the Source’, or become a Healer and help reawaken this capacity in others.
Today, there are several options to becoming a certified Medical Qi Gong Practitioner, Therapist, or even a Doctor of Medical Qi Gong. Most of the courses available, including what I offer, are a combination of online content, in-person hands-on experience, and clinical training with your own patients or clients.
The term Medical Qi Gong, in some states and provinces, is a ‘protected act’, only allowed to be used by licensed Doctors of Traditional Chinese medicine. So, depending on where you live, if you sought out a Medical Qi Gong Therapist or Doctor, you may meet very different people with very different training. The letters that you may eventually place after your name may or may not be easy to recognize, at least not yet. In the program that I offer, graduates who choose to become certified to practice can use the acronym SQP/SQT (Somatic Qi Gong Practitioner or Therapist) depending on the degree of clinical training and responsibility they choose to engage in. I chose that designation because I teach a combination of an ancient Daoist practice, TCM, modern Medical Qi Gong perspectives, Trauma Release skills, and an Indigenous form of Hands-on-Healing. The Somatic awareness and engagement are almost equal to the Qi Gong component. Hopefully, in the near future, there will be a more formal standard for education, certification, and eventual licensing – which means that medical insurance companies are more likely to pay for the treatments.
It is an exciting time for Medical Qi Gong!
Learning Medical Qi Gong Online Requires a lot of Support
You will receive the same support as in the 200 and 350 Hour Programs.
The first form of support will be weekly LIVE webinar events.
EVERY WEEK, we will focus on the most essential, foundational, and tangible principles of Qi Gong practice. Similar to an in-person class, we will practice together for part of the class, then I will teach a new exercise or skill, demonstrating the correct version and some common errors specifically for learning on a screen. I will do my best to exaggerate the subtler aspects so that nothing is missed. LEARN MORE…
We will also gather monthly as a group and learn together. For the first few months, I will be going deeper into the principles and theories of Qi Gong. Once the group has learned the essentials and is ready to begin sharing, you will have an opportunity to share an exercise or two, or lead the group through a 20 minute (mostly silent) Qi Gong experience, or enjoy learning from the offerings from your peers. LEARN MORE…
The third form of support is a Bi-Monthly LIVE and in-person, (or in e-person) connection will be your Private Review, Evaluation, and Guidance sessions. In these sessions, you will have a chance to demonstrate what you are learning, ask questions, share breakthroughs, and get some feedback on the subtle details of your practice. As you progress through the levels of the Soma Dao process, you and I will develop a familiarity with your good habits and specific challenges. This will help you develop the best personal practice for your present needs, as well as guide you in what you may want to focus on as a Qi Gong teacher. LEARN MORE…
Another form of support will be follow-along audio files and/or written descriptions of every exercise, skill, theory, and/or traditional teaching. This part of the program is in development. The course manuals will be available ASAP. Keep in mind that Qi Gong is an embodied practice. You will learn much more from your personal practice, watching the instructional videos and taking notes, watching others practice online during group sessions, or from practicing your teaching skills while sharing Qi Gong with people in person.
Once you are ready to work with people in need of Medical Qi Gong Therapy, you can join in on the group Case Study Review Sessions. This can help you choose the best Qi Gong exercises and practices to teach your clients, strategies for the Progressive Somatic Release of Trauma, as well as specific Hands-On Qi Gong Healing protocols for each condition and personal history.
If and when you are committed to becoming certified as a Medical Qi Gong Therapist you will be invited to two LIVE in-person weekend clinical trainings. There is a small fee for these intensives and there is a minimum number of participants.
Please read the Student Resources and Application Package for clarification of commitments and responsibilities, especially with respect to note-taking, clinical records, and personal accountability.
Each level of the 500 Hour Medical Qi Gong Therapist Program
takes you deeper into the journey of Embodied Awareness, Inner Cultivation,
Somatic Healing, Medical Qi Gong, and many other skills needed to become a confident Practitioner or Therapist.
There are Four Tuition options.
If you have already completed Phase One and Two, the remaining tuition to complete Phase Three as a Practitioner or deferring payment for the LIVE seminars until you can participate is:
If you have already completed Phase One and Two, the remaining tuition to complete Phase Three as a Therapist and pay for the LIVE seminars now is:
If you want to commit to all three Phases of the Soma Dao program now, and either intend to become a practitioner instead of a Medical Qi Gong Therapist, or intend to become a Therapist but prefer to pay for these LIVE seminars as you attend them then your total tuition is:
If you want to commit to all three Phases of the Soma Dao program and prepay for the LIVE seminars now, then your total tuition is:
If you feel drawn to becoming a Somatically orientated Medical Qi Gong Therapist, I can say with absolute confidence that this program is the most comprehensive online Qi Gong training available today.
As a graduate, you will also become a part of a community of people from around the world, dedicated to health, self-awareness, and a more conscious way of living.
Schedule a Phone or Video Interview with Dr. Michael Smith to make sure that this long-term learning opportunity is aligned with your present health status, personal needs, and long-term goals.