The Pulse of Balance – May 2023 Newsflash

Written by: Alex Lake

May 9, 2023

This is your monthly pipeline news!
Quick updates coming your way…

Important news: 

We’ve been having technical difficulties with our community Hub resources for questions, cases, learning, engagement, videos, news, etc. If you are a member of our Hub, it is currently down and we are working on transitioning to a FABULOUS NEW PLATFORM that is iOS, Android and browser friendly. We will have more features, cost less to you, and it will be a more direct and easy way to interact with other like-minded colleagues speaking the same language as well as myself and my team. Please stay tuned and join us in the evolution!

  • Dr. Sonia F. Tan, DAOM, RAc, RTCMP


We’ve got teaching programs underway and new updates to share with you! Here’s what’s coming down the Tan Academy of Balance pipeline!




  • Teaching program updates
  • Upcoming LIVE IN-PERSON courses
  • Update for Tan Academy HUB private group & memberships

    Our more detailed updates and musings will come in our summer newsletter in June.
    Until then, see you online, in-person, or in The TAB

    See you online, in-person, or in The , JiāYóu (加油)!


    The Tan Academy of Balance 

    JiāYóu (加油)
    1. to add oil
    2. to accelerate or to step on the gas
    3. (figure of speech) to make an extra effort
    4. to cheer somebody on

    Live & In-Person Balance Acupuncture Seminars

    BSA Foundations (Levels 1+2)
    Live, In-Person Seminar coming this year! 


    The votes are in from our recent survey, and we have set dates for our 2023 & 2024 live + in-person seminars for the Balance System Acupuncture Foundations Levels 1 + 2

    Offering live + in-person Balance System Acupuncture Foundations:

    • This is a LIVE IN-PERSON ONLY COURSE with a practical component! 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.



        Part One:

      • Learn the history and basic structures of the five main systems of Balance System Acupuncture, an evolution of the Balance Method.
      • The logical processes for determining the acupuncture channels, including an easy-to-use format to outline the treatment plan.
      • A detailed explanation of the Holography (Mirroring and Imaging).
      • Dr. Tan will show participants formats to assist in effective point selection, how to use distal points in order to avoid aggravating the area of discomfort and will include demonstrations. Particular attention will be focused on musculo-skeletal conditions in this introductory level.

        Part Two:


        • Expands on the basic principles taught in the Single Systems: Balance System Acupuncture Level I. 
        • Discuss treatment of functional and internal disorders with multiple systems of Balance System Acupuncture
        • Expanding on the knowledge from Level I, extending clinical reach from musculoskeletal (MSK), orthopedics and pain, to treating internal medicine disorders, including complicated cases such as MSK pain and functional internal disorders.
        • Further holography (mirror and imaging) formatting and how it is used in clinical practice to treat internal issues and body pain.
        • Advanced treatments for use in-clinic such as an Eight-Channel combo for women’s health. 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.

    Prerequisite: A license to practice Acupuncture*
    *Any health care practitioner who is legally able to practice 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.



    Dates and Locations:

    • August 25 – 27, 2023 (Vancouver, Canada)
    • April 2024 (TBD)


    More information on registration to come in newsletters to follow – stay tuned!

    Look to the TAB BSA page for more information on this special training and certification program

    To join the waitlist and receive updates on applications and important dates for Cohort 5, email us at

    BSA Live + In-Person Foundations Seminar in Sydney, Australia

    Hosted and provided by Chinese Medicine Education

    • Level 2.5RP – Refinement and Practical
    • Level 3 – Channel Conversion
    • Level 4 – The Twelve Meridian/Magical System

    This is an intensive and accelerated 3-day course that will elevate your overall understanding and practice of Balance Method Acupuncture, an evolutionary and systemic technique focused on getting further results to the next level. 

    This course consists of:

    • 1 day of Level 2.5 Refinement and Practical (Refine, Refresh and Practice)
    • 2 days of deeper advanced theory of the Balance Acupuncture in Level 3 (Channel Conversion) and Level 4 (12 Magic).

    Participants will be able to apply the concepts immediately in practice and develop effective treatments. Balance System Acupuncture, as taught by Dr. Sonia F. Tan, is based on the culmination of her education, research and experience with various teachers including the late Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan, Dr. Yvonne Farrell and Dr. Jeffrey Yuen.

    Students who have previously taken Level 1 and Level 2 or equivalent courses are welcome to attend this course after completing the outlined prerequisites.

    Click here for more info at Chinese Medicine Education!

    Extra Vessels and Channels Mentorship Cohort 1 already underway!

    Cohort 2 entry is set for April 2025!

    Join our mailing list to hear about this live + in person only mentorship and to receive updates on the Cohort 2 application and delivery dates by email at 

    Tan Academy of Balance (TAB) HUB News & Membership Update

    A message to all HUB members:

    At this time, we have run into technical difficulties with the GlueUP HUB, and may soon be changing platforms. 

    However, the good news is that the HUB community will remain available and MUCH IMPROVED engagement ease and access to the Learning Labs videos. As well, all memberships will always include a Find a Practitioner listing and will have low cost + lifetime access to these two TAB platforms, without annual renewal applications and fees! 

    Members on the HUB enjoy:

    • Private and secure learning, network, like-minded community resources and communication.
    • Practice Directory Listing on our Find a Practitioner page.
    • Access to Learning Lab videos.
    • Special discount coupons for events.
    • Interacting directly with Tan Shifu, the Laoshi’s and like-minded professionals that speak the same language and strive for growth!

    Steps to earn a Find a Practitioner posting and HUB membership:

    To earn your own Find a Practitioner posting and become a member of the online support HUB, you’ll need to complete BSA Foundations Levels 1 + 2 through either route as Trained or Certified (see more information here).  

    Email your proof of completion of Dr. Tan’s Net of Knowledge Levels 1+2 webinars to, or upload to your HUB membership application for us to review and approve!

    Recorded Webinars

    BSA Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4

    Astrology & Feng Shui Introductions and Prerequisites


    • 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.
    • Updates to new writings are also available on the Books page on the website.

    The International French Version of The Foundations of Balance Acupuncture is
    Now Available!

    Looking for more?

    Gain direct communication with Shifu Tan & the Teaching Assistants Community and support of like-minded practitioners.

    Want to refer your patient?

    Find trained or certified practitioners in your area.

    ~ Inspiring Confidence ~ Creating Balance ~ Motivating Evolution ~

    Alex Lake
    Author: Alex Lake

    Administrator & Registrar

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