(I couldn’t decide whether to post here or in the Qiological podcast category but it seemed logical to post in a Sa’am category.)
Michael’s beginners mind interview had my wheels turning and I am curious about your take. My thoughts:
Interesting that Andreas uses Sa’am on one side and then may do some other style on the other. I am incredibly apprehensive about mixing these treatments styles as I have seen good results go sideways when I did too much. I do mix channels and may do a partial Sa’am treatment on the opposite side to support the primary side. (Daniel I know you’ve shared about treating BL Shu points after Sa’am)
For channel issues Andreas gave an example of shoulder pain on SJ meridian. He immediately went to tonifying SJ+ whereas we take the archetype into consideration and possibly we may tonify the LR+ if it fits.
The idea of choosing a point based on the 3 characteristics of the point - (meridian, Wu Xing, Liu Qi) - is cool and I can see how possibly it can expand into some points to choose within what we have learned.
He seemed to be using Sa’am based on TCM pairs where he gave an example of treating back pain on extension with the LU channel. I recall a question over a year ago to Toby about the TCM pairing and he said he doesn’t use it in this system. When I first started Sa’am I was thinking of TCM pairing but have kept within the Sa’am pairings. Do others consider the TCM pairings and found consistent clinical usefulness? WWTD
Comparing the 2 Sa’am books I own I am grateful for how Toby has presented the archetypes in Sunin Doam’s Sa’am system. I find there is a gracefulness and a heart connecting approach in Toby’s teachings that is missing in other Sa’am methods I’ve explored.