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. 

Level Eight

Advanced Daoist and Shaolin Qi Gong

The primary focus at this level of Qi Gong training is to strengthen your Mind’s and your Body’s innate ability to conduct and maintain a connection with increased Qi activity for hours at a time. For Monks, Martial Artists, and Healers, a certain part of your capacity resides in an awareness of Qi, but most of your capacity resides in your deeper energy systems and structures that ‘hold’ and express all of that energy throughout the day.

This ‘level of practice’ primarily exists to prepare people for a career as a MedicalQi Gong Therapist, share some advanced forms with future scholars of Qi Gong, and guide some Qi Gong adventurers who want to see ‘how far down the rabbit hole goes.

Because this last phase of studying Qi Gong is so specific, I will not discuss what I recommend and why in much detail. I will assume you have already trained for a few years and are aware of what you are getting yourself into.

This course is delivered over a one-year period.

At this level of Qi Gong practice, it is wise to cultivate a great deal of patience, a dedicated personal practice, and a connoisseur’s relationship with refinement.

  • Inner Power development (Shaolin Nei Jing Gong) – practicing Medical Qi Gong takes a great deal of concentration.  On a regular basis, you will need to ‘purify’ your Meridians and Dan Tian, to ensure that you are not getting stuck in any patterns. When you need it, the Shaolin Nei Jing Gong (Inner Potency Restoration) will ensure that you do not get energetically burned out or ‘pick up’ other people’s energetic curses and challenges.
  • Daoist Shamanic Dao Yin – if you are going to rely on your connection and relationship with the Sky, Land, and Primordial Qi of the Universe to heal others, I recommend that you regularly heal and restore your relationships with these sources of Life and Existence.
  • Daoist Alchemy (Nei Dan) and Advanced Breathwork (Jin Hua Nei Dan), the ancient Indigenous people of Asia developed a form of meditation and breathwork that can induce hibernative states of bliss, or Consciousness expanding states that induce visions.
  • 100 Day Chan meditation – a rite of passage –  committing one hour a day to some Qi Gong, and a 45-minute seated Chan/Zen meditation.

Level Nine

Daoist, Buddhist, and Indigenous Wisdom Teachings

Wisdom takes time, and Wisdom is always worth the time.

If you are a Qi Gong professional or scholar of any kind, learning more about the history, experience, and culture that created Qi Gong can only deepen your appreciation for subtler implications and experiences of Qi Gong practice.

In most ancient traditions, the therapy/counsellor part of being a Healer was usually accomplished through storytelling, speaking of myth, and the Wisdom of the ‘old ways’.’ As you learn to become a Medical Qi Gong Therapist, I will share some Daoist (and other Indigenous) teachings on Ontology (The Nature of Being), Cosmology, (the Nature of Existence), Seasonal and energetic attunement practices, personal and professional ethics to support your connections and collaborations with Nature, the Seasons, and the Universe.

Also, if you are a contemplative person and are thinking of working in health care, finding a way of life that keeps you connected with Wisdom, Philosophy, and Ceremony will ensure you have a guiding light in your Mind if your Heart ever gets heavy.

If you see yourself offering lectures and seminars, I recommend learning about the recent reunion of modern Quantum Physics and certain Indigenous truths or understandings about reality, consciousness, and the many layers of conscious and physical existence.

The Eight Branches of Daoism

  • Dao Jiao, Dao Jia – The History, Lore, Ethics Beliefs, Rituals, and Classic texts of Daoism.
  • Yu Zhuo Zhi Dao – understanding Cosmology and Ontology.
  • Ri Yue Feng Shui (Sun/Moon/Wind/Water) – cultivating awareness of the ever-shifting seasons, climates, and weather.
  • Yang Sheng Fa – Methods for Nourishing Health (Level Seven – above)
  • Wu Shi Zhi Dao – Daoist Shamanic Practices include advanced Qi Gong practices (Level Eight), Fasting, Ceremonial Offerings, Dream Qi Gong, Ancestral Recapitulation, Soul Retrieval, and Rites of Passage.
  • Shen Ming Zhi Dao – Spiritual Luminosity and Reunion with Your Authentic Self. Mindfulness, emotional intelligence, personal accountability, and life coaching are all buzzwords – because we all need a path for our ego and personality, perhaps our social maturity, to grow. Sometimes you need a map to becoming your authentic self.
  • Dao Yin Qi Gong – Cultivating Embodied and Energetic Awareness (Levels One to Six)
  • Nei Gong Zhi Dao – The Path of Inner Cultivation

The Eight Branches are the most common foundations in contemporary Daoist life. You do not need to learn about Daoism to becomes a Qi Gong teacher or therapist, you just need a Spiritual compass and a map.

Working as a health care professional comes with certain responsibilities and challenges. The following topics can be helpful in preparing for this kind of career.

  • An Ethical Life of Autonomy and Reciprocity – every patient needs every clinician to have a clear sense of boundaries, and a deep compassion for the depths of confusion and disorientation that can occur with Trauma. As a potential Qi Gong Teacher and Therapist, you have a unique opportunity to help people on many dimensions in their lives. You also carry the ethical responsibility to ‘do no harm.’
  • Buddhism, Reincarnation, and Karma –becoming conscious of your deepest wounds, fears, and truths, can bring up a lot of instinctual, visceral, and existential pain. Some Buddhist teachings and practices are very precise to accepting life, embracing death, finding meaning.
  • A Fractal, Manifold, and Quantum Universe – some people are more likely to trust what ancient cultures knew, and some people need some science to trust that what they are relying on makes sense. Fortunately, there are many intersections between both.
This course is taught over a year in time with the seasons.

Level Ten

Medical Qi Gong Therapy

To become a Qi Gong Healer of any kind, you will need to touch people, often, and with a lot of intention.

You will also need some guiding principles and protocols to learn and practice this ancient art. Medical Qi Gong focuses on combining intention, visualization, repetitive gestures of interaction with the patient’s Qi Fields, systems, meridians, and internal organs.

Modern Medical Qi Gong has evolved towards ‘hospital’ protocols that focus on the interaction with the disease process and the vital capacity of the patient’s Qi. This is a good place to start for most western practitioners, because in this model, Qi is a substance or field that can be moved or changed. Conceptually, this could look like scooping out grey turbid and foul Qi, then clearing the area with cleansing Qi, and then nourishing the area with Healing Qi. That is a very oversimplified example.

In the older forms of Medical Qi Gong, specifically the more physically interactive and hands-on approaches, the focus shifts from effecting Qi Fields, to connecting with a series of layers of interaction with how the system is containing, exhausting, dispersing, or collapsing on itself.

In this model Qi is not a substance, its expression is a result of the interaction between Jing (Essence) and Shen (Spirit), Sky and Land, Yin and Yang. The more layers of interaction between the Healer and the patient, the deeper the shift in Jing Shen (physical and emotional state of being). There is also the understanding that these interconnection, co-regulation, inter- regulation processes are happening anyway – just because the Universe loves itself. In this tradition, coherent states, guided visualizations, and multilayered tangible interactions shift the result, through reorienting the cause of the Qi dysfunction. In the old school approach, these processes occur during ceremonial or intentional ‘treatment’, that involve tangible shifts of State through Breathwork and Trauma Release (Dao Yin) practices.

The modern version and ancient version come from the same source, they just focus on different relationships and potential. This program includes a carefully designed combination of both the old-school and new-school approaches to Qi Gong Healing.

The following skills and knowledge are the foundation of what I recommend and teach.

The world definitely NEEDS more Healers and Doctors – especially the Qi Gong kind.

  • Bodywork for Deep Relaxation
  • Myofascial Release of Embodied Memories
  • Somato-Mapping  It is good to have a Healing roadmap that you can watch change over time as you optimize what is working.
  • Breathwork and Bodywork Integration
  • A Collaborative and Symbolic Diagnosis – a clinical diagnosis can save your life, or it can just become another elephant in a room full of elephants. In Medical Qi Gong practice, the focus is on restoring innate systems within the body, not the treatment of disease – at least in the clinical sense.
  • Feeling into Qi and other energetic connections – cultivating Qi awareness is like becoming a Jedi. We all start with the basics and eventually become very skillful.
  • Gathering Allies from Nature
  • Somatic Mindfulness Processing – people need to talk about their experiences. Having a ‘counseling-like’ approach to a feeling-centered conversation can be invaluable at the right moment.
  • Dan Tian and Meridian Clearing 
  • Internal Organ Restoration 
  • Ancestors, Souls, Instincts, and Intuition – life is like a river that moves through species, millennia, generations, families, relationships, lives, and days. Sometimes this river comes with ‘baggage’ and sometimes this river is barely a stream.
  • Trauma, Addiction, and Polyvagal System – in TCM there are certain kinds of meridians called Extraordinary Meridians. Of them, there are four that regulate every system and cell in your body at a foundational level.
  • Fertility and Longevity – everything that exists has limits. Improving your physical and metabolic health is not often complicated, it just takes a lot of self-love, patience, and discernment.
  • Autoimmunity and Cancer – modern illness is complicated. Autoimmune diseases happen when your immune system no longer recognizes a part of your body and attacks it. Cancer happens when a cell becomes overwhelmed metabolically and begins to divide and grow out of control, theoretically to catch up with the overwhelm,
  • Medical Qi Gong Clinical Case Studies –going over case studies is one the most fun and engaging aspects of learning any form of medicine. It is also the best place to learn where following protocols end and the art truly begins.
  • A supervised solo-clinical practicum – if you are seeking certification as a Somatic Qi Gong Practitioner, you will need some practical experience, preferably with a lot of notes, questions, and time-sharing with colleagues and mentors.
  • Two Live and in-person weekend Practicum Experiences – to qualify for certification as a Somatic Qi Gong Therapist, you will need some practical hands-on experience, trying advanced techniques on other students, and then on patients in a supervised setting.

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:


(save $400)

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:


(save $400)

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:


(save $1500)

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:


(save $1500)

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.

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