The Pulse of Balance – July 2023 Newsflash

Written by: Alex Lake

July 16, 2023

This is your monthly pipeline newsflash!

Exciting updates on learning opportunities and ways to connect with us this month and next!


  • Balance System Acupuncture October Learning Lab - Oct 16/23
  • Upcoming Live IN-PERSON ONLY Balance System Acupuncture (BSA) seminars:
    • BSA Foundations Levels 1+2 in-person only, Vancouver, BC - Dec 1-3/23
      • Early bird rate ends Oct 31/23!

See you online, in-person, or in the Tan Balance Hub,

We hope to see you soon! 

Alex & Tan Shifu and the Tan Academy of Balance Team


October Learning Lab
- Oct 16/23!

 SP/ST Zang Fu vs Channel theory comparison 

The next Earth month is here, and you know what that means…

It’s Balance System Acupuncture (BSA) Learning Lab time! 

Join Suzanne, Adam and Tan Shifu on October 16 at 1:00 PM Pacific time for the next instalment of the Channel vs. Zang Fu learning series. 

New to BSA and struggling to shift your brain from Zang Fu to Channel-based acupuncture mode? Experienced BSA practitioner but need to refine your channel knowledge? Do you want further clarification on BSA channel theory vs Zang Fu function? This is the Lab for you!

We covered Lung and Large Intestine in our July learning lab, and in October we’re continuing on with the Spleen and Stomach channels. We will analyse each channel’s pathway, characteristics and function, and discuss:

  • The similarities and differences in SP and ST Channel vs. Zang Fu functions
  • Where and why we find SP and ST in BSA treatment strategies
  • How SP and ST pathologies are treated through BSA even when they’re not in a treatment truss

Who should join? Students interested in diving deeper into channel theory, holography and Classical Chinese medicine.

Strongly Recommended PREREQUISITE: Those who have taken a minimum of BSA Levels 1 and 2 (Balance System Acupuncture (BSA) Foundations - Level 1: Single Systems + Level 2: Multiple System balancing) through Tan Academy of Balance (in person or webinars) or an equivalent course through another provider. 

$7 for the hour, free for (premium) members of the Tan Balance Hub (the private Tan Academy learning community). Coupon code can be found in Tan Balance Hub on the Activity Feed. Non-members can find the registration link in the Events tile.

Join online for 1 hour from wherever you are!
We'll begin at 1:00pm Pacific time on Oct 16/2023!

Register Here!

* Learning Labs are recorded, and available afterwards on the new
Tan Balance Hub Members Area. Sign up as a premium member for access to the members area! 

* Please note that CEUs are available only for those
in live attendance of Learning Labs

Live & In-Person BSA Foundations (Levels 1+2) Seminar 

December 1-3, 2023
In-person only in Vancouver, Canada

April/May 2024
(Location TBD)

This is a LIVE IN-PERSON ONLY three day course with a practical component. Gain hands-on practice with Dr. Tan and her teaching assistant(s). This course provides knowledge and skills of the basic Foundations of Balance System Acupuncture (BSA), Level 1: Single System Balance and Level 2: Multiple/Global System Balance.

In Part One, learn Balance System Level 1: Single Systems and the basic structures of the five main systems of Balance System Acupuncture, an evolution of the Balance Method. The systems are rooted in the concept of healing the body by balancing channels. Students will learn the history of the Balance Method/System, the basis of each of the Five Systems, and the logical processes for determining the channels to acupuncture, including an easy-to-use format to outline the treatment plan. A detailed explanation of the Holography (Mirroring and Imaging) Formats will also be explained to assist participants in effective point selection. Dr. Tan will show how to use distal points in order to avoid aggravating the area of discomfort and will include demonstrations and hands-on practice. Particular attention will be paid to musculo-skeletal conditions in this introductory level.

Part Two expands on the basic principles taught in the Single Systems: Balance System Acupuncture Level I. Part two will discuss treatment of functional and internal disorders and how to treat them with multiple systems of  Balance System Acupuncture. Students will expand on the knowledge from Level I (part 1), extending their clinical reach from musculoskeletal (MSK), orthopaedics and pain, to treating internal medicine disorders, including the discussion of complicated cases that include both MSK pain and functional internal disorders. The Holography (mirror and imaging format) will be further discussed and how it is used in clinical practice to treat internal issues and body pain. Advanced treatments will be discussed for use in clinic such as an Eight-Channel combo for women’s health and a Nine-Channel combo for digestive disorders. A Four-Channel combo will also be discussed as a treatment strategy to treat bronchial disorders, cardiology symptoms, digestive disorders and urogenital diseases. Practitioners will understand how to approach complicated cases involving multiple channels in clinical practice, have hands-on practice with newly introduced acupoints and techniques, and have feedback from the teaching team.

Prerequisite: A licence to practise Acupuncture*

*Any health care practitioner who is legally able to practise Acupuncture in their jurisdiction, with a minimum 250 hours of Acupuncture and foundational training. Acupuncture students that have completed Year 2/knowledge of all channel flow and acupoint location and needling.

Register now!

Early Bird rate of $650 + tax ends October 31, 2023.
Regular rate is $850 + tax for the 3 day seminar.

Optional certification test February 11, 2024, to qualify for as a Certified in BSA Foundations, the Certificate stream, and entry into the BSA Certificate program in the fall of 2024.

Steps to Register

Our new registration system now streamlines the process for students to see and register for all available TAB courses, make deposits, early-bird, and pay-as-you-go payments directly, and see course outlines and schedules all from our central!


  • Click Here to Register for a TAB Student Account. 
  • You can then access the TAB Student Access page and see all available Courses in the TAB Store.
  • Select and register for Balance System Acupuncture Foundations (Levels 1+2): Single + Multiple Systems - Live & In Person.
  • Pay and complete your purchase!

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Continued Learning Resources

Recorded Webinars


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Net of Knowledge:
Dr. Sonia F. Tan

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Chinese Medicine Education

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Tan Academy of Balance

BSA levels 1, 2, 3 & 4

Astrology & Feng Shui introductions and prerequisites

Course-only &
CE Options Available

BSA levels 1 & 2

Dr. Sonia Tan wrote this book with the intention that it be a reference textbook to Levels 1+2: Single + Multiple Balance. It is an essential clinical reference.

Available in English & International French!


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See you when the stars align!

~ Inspiring Confidence ~ Creating Balance ~ Motivating Evolution ~

Alex Lake
Author: Alex Lake

Administrator & Registrar

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