The Pulse of Balance – Summer 2022

Written by: Sonia Tan

June 19, 2022

Look towards the sky, let the sun warm your face! Each breath a smile!
  • Tips, Tricks and Musings
  • Community spotlight
  • New and current courses
  • What’s coming!
Summer is cresting the hill as Yin wanes and Yang is moving into its strongest position of the year. As the spring has dethawed us, it is now time to start looking into the future and putting the plans we have nurtured throughout the winter into place. As the flowers and trees bloom, so do our hopes and ambitions, both professionally and personally. Take just a moment to gather yourself before stepping forward into action.
The warmer months bring with it outdoor activity and exploration. Look forward to more sprains and strains coming to you in clinic as people dust off their bikes and running shoes. What a wonderful opportunity to utilize the Balance System! Speaking of Balance, remember to remind your patients that while keeping cool is important, living in line with the Dao means we are meant to be a bit warm and that always hiding from the heat and being over exposed to A/C and cold foods will throw off our energies and douse our inner flame.
After a long 2 years of hiding away and concealing – this summer seems to be even more so an opportunity to reignite old passions and reclaim connections that might have suffered. Take the opportunity to follow up with old friends and reground yourself in community.
The summer season is the time for outward expression and growth, to the best of your comfort and ability try to allow yourself the space to grow into your potential.
Zai Jian 再见 (再見)!
See you in the HUB,
The Tan Academy of Balance team
On Behalf of The Team,
Adam Slamang, RAc,
Tan Academy of Balance Team Leader

Tips, Tricks and Musing from the TAs

Keeping your feet on the ground

With the Summer bringing in the strongest yang energy, we might more so than usual find our energy become a bit flighty with a higher chance of getting pulled into our patients energies and spirals. If you work in the mental health space as I do, it is especially important to make sure you ground yourself in between and during sessions so as not to take on too much of your patients’ mental state.
I find keeping wood and metal in my office space, in a place that I can easily reach that I can touch and connect with, can do a great deal to help and anchor me to the present, deep controlled breathing will also help to control your nervous system, with the added benefit of giving your patient something to mimic and ground themselves on as well.
– Adam
Adam Slamang, RAc
Certified Balance System Practitioner
TAB Team Leader & Teaching Assistant
#HealthTips #ChineseMedicine #grounding #mentalhealth
Adam Slamang, RAc
Adam is our Atlantic/Eastern Canadian Teaching Assistant & Team Leader. He has been taking over the Health & Beauty Wellness space with his line of TCM inspired organic, nourishing & energizing products ( You’ll find Adam on the HUB answering your case questions, creating quizzes & sharing his great sense of humour through memes & jokes.
Adam’s clinic Acuflow Wellness ( is located in Stratford, just outside beautiful Charlottetown, PEI.


Did you know as a member of the HUB, we maintain an up-to-date practitioner list on the website?
  • If you are a member and your office locations and/or contact information has changed, please update this in your member profile and notify us through email or the TAB HUB.
*Note: An Office address is required for the GoogleMap

Tan Academy of Balance Teaching Schedule

Dr Sonia Tan’s current worldwide teaching schedule is available at a glance on the Tan Balance website, or her consulting website.
Alternatively scroll down to review all Courses and Seminars by the Tan Academy of Balance Inc or Dr. Sonia F Tan.

BSA Foundations Levels 1+2 – In-Person Classes (Two Locations)

Levels 1+2 Single & Multiple Systems – The Foundations – back in person this year and over 3 consecutive days!
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 the basic structures of the five main systems of Balance System Acupuncture, an evolution of the Balance Method. 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 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. 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 of Acupuncture Level 1. This class will discuss treatment of functional and internal disorders and how to treat them with multiple systems. Students will expand on the knowledge from Level I, extending their clinical reach, including the discussion of complicated cases that include both MSK pain and functional internal disorders. The mirror and imaging format will be further discussed and how it is used in clinical practice to treat internal issues and body pain. Practitioners will understand how to approach complicated cases involving multiple channels in clinical practice.
Langara College – Vancouver, BC
Dates and Times:
Fri, Aug 12 to Sun, Aug 14, 2022
9:00am to 5:30pm (incl. 1hr lunch)
Email kramsden(at) or call registrar office at 604.323.5322 & provide course code BSAP1100
Pacific Rim – Victoria, BC
Dates and Times:
Fri, Aug 19 to Sun, Aug 21, 2022
9:00am to 5:30pm (incl. 1hr lunch)

BSA Foundations Refresher & Practical Course

It’s been a while since you first studied BSA, or you did it on-line as a webinar? This course will help you
  • Refresh & Review your Foundational Balance Acupuncture theory:
  • Level 1 – Single Balance
  • Level 2 – Multiple & Global Balance Systems
  • Earn CEU’s
  • Is a great hands-on skills refresher
  • Prepare & Review to challenge the Level 1 & 2 exams if you are interested in earning your Certification.
It’s a great way to meet the teachers & teaching assistants, ask questions and have a better understanding on how the Langara Balance Acupuncture Certificate Program is run.
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Where: Langara College – Vancouver, BC
Format: Live In-Person
Level 1 – Single Balance *
Level 2 – Multiple & Global Balance Systems *
Prior approval required, email:
* via approved Langara course, webinar or other Balance System class/instructor

Challenge the BSA Foundations Level 1 & 2 Exams and become Certified

You have taken the Foundations levels and are ready to do more. Taking these two exams are a great next step!

Some of the reasons people have taken the exams in the past have included:

  • Getting certified as a Level 1 and 2 (Foundations) BSA Practitioner
  • Improving your understanding & application of BSA & get feedback & improving proficency
  • Improved visibility of your practicing listing on the Tan Academy of Balance’s Find A Practitioner List (pre-requisite: Foundations levels and HUB membership)
  • It’s one of the prerequisites for the full Balance System Acupuncture (BSA) Certificate Program (all advanced levels)
If you are wondering about taking the Certificate program, this is a great example of how the program tests are handled & what you can expect them to look like. Just like the tests within the program, you will receive feedback on your test results & answers from the Teaching Team.
Sunday, August 28, 2022, or Tuesday Sept 13th, 2022
Host: Langara College – Vancouver, BC
Format: Live On-Line (adjudicated)
BSA Level 1 Equivalency Exam:
  • Sun, Aug 28, 2022, 9:00am  or  Tue, Sept 13, 2022, 9:00am
Level 2: Multiple Systems
  • Sun, Aug 28, 2022, 11:00am  or   Tue, Sept 13, 2022, 11:00am
* 15% discount to exam fees when writing at both levels at the same time

Balance System Acupuncture (BSA) Certificate Program

Continuing Education Credits:

Eligible for 75 CEU Hours
  • 43 Lecture hours, 24 clinical hours & 7 Exam Hours
Approved by: CTCMA & CNPBC


*multiple options available
Classes & Exams:
  • Sept 16 thru 18
  • Exam: Oct 2
  • Oct 15 & 16
  • Exam: Oct 30
  • Nov 5 & 6
  • Exam: Nov 27
  • Jan 14 & 5
  • Exam: Jan 29
  • Feb 11 &12
  • Mar 11 & 12 *in-person attendance mandatory
Final Exam:
  • April 16
To apply for the program and approval, or for any questions.


Students must have BSA (Balance System Acupuncture) Foundations OR Equivalency course completion + Exam + Practical Refresher course 1).
This can be achieved by various methods:
1) BSA Foundations Levels 1+2 – In-Person Classes
  • Vancouver & Victoria, BC classes offered in Aug 2022
2) Webinar & Refresher Classes:
Level 1 – Single Balance & Level 2 – Multiple & Global Balance courses through Net of Knowledge

3) Completing the Level 1 & 2 Equivalency Exams

  • Dates in Aug and Sept, 2022

Visit Langara’s website for more details & info

* Or other approved Balance System classes

I used to practice Balance Method for quite some time but since I took the certificate program at Langara/Tan Academy of Balance, I honestly can say it changed my practice once more! I can diagnose and treat patients with more confidence and get better results. I highly recommend Dr. Sonia Tan’s certificate program.

Fatima Hozouri

Cohort 3 Alumni Testimonial

The Balance System Acupuncture Certificate Program includes all Advanced levels of Balance Acupuncture and many Grand Rounds classes of adjunct topics, cases and guest lecturers. The progrom explores strategies to effectively deliver more immediate, lasting results.

Based on a long lineage of ancient, authentic teachings and applied channel theory, the Balance Acupuncture Certificate Program teachers bring Balance Acupuncture to life.
Start Studying in September!

Hybrid Program: 

The Balance System Acupuncture Certificate program at Langara College has been transformed to a hybrid style.
This combination of online and in person learning provides more flexible learning options, especially for individuals living outside of Vancouver’s Lower Mainland.
Study Balance Acupuncture from
Near & Far!

In-Person Practicum:

The in-person weekends of hands-on learning, demonstrations and practice allow you to organically learn and cultivate relationships with your classmates, Tan Academy of Balance Certified BSA Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Shifu Sonia Tan.
Learning is fun when it’s done together!

Course Schedule:

Lecture Weekend Dates:
If you live in the Greater Vancouver area, you are expected to attend in-person. Online option is available for those outside of this area and in cases of illness.
Classes are from 9am – 4/5pm PST and include a scheduled 1hour lunch break.
  • Pre-requisite weekend: *in-person attendance mandatory
  • Sept 16, 17 & 18
  • Oct 15 & 16
  • Nov 5 & 6
  • Jan 14 & 5
  • Feb 11 &12
  • Mar 11 & 12 *in-person required
Final Exam:
  • April 16th – Final Exam (online)

How do you know if this is the right program for you?

The Langara Balance Acupuncture Certification is:
  • An intensive 1-year program
  • An opportunity to learn channel theory acupuncture
  • An place to fill your gaps of knowledge
  • A higher quality of teaching focusing on:
  • Academic Teaching
  • Classroom Collaboration & Case Studies
  • Grand Rounds Cases & Adjunct topics
  • Real World Stories & Experiences
  • Optional Online 1 hour Study Labs with a Teaching Assistant
  • Fostering & grows your community
  • Visited by guest speakers
  • A place to grow your proficency and achieve more confidence
If this program is not for you, That’s OK!
We have other courses and webinars to support your learning and are actively working to create more Balance Acupuncture content in the TAB HUB. (let us know what you would like!)

Optional TA Study Labs:

1 hour on Sunday mornings between the class & exam
It’s a great opportunity to bring your cases & questions and review discussions before the exam.


Why We Love a Webinar?

It’s a great way to start learning a new topic. It can be completed on your own schedule
Lifelong Course Access = Review Materials When You Want
  • Please remember that while webinars do discuss the basic principles being taught, they can lack the normal exchange of energy and/or ideas that case studies and classroom Q&A’s can bring.
  • Unless otherwise noted, webinars are offered through Net of Knowledge, and purchases are automatically redirected to your host country’s provider.

Balance System Acupuncture On-Line

Level 1 – Single System: Balance System Acupuncture
Learn the history, development & the basic foundations of five main systems of the Balance Method/System. Learn how to apply the quick, efficient results effectively! 
Level 2 – Multiple Systems: Balance System Acupuncture
This course expands on the basic principles taught in the Balance System of Acupuncture Level I. This class will discuss treatment of functional and internal disorders and how to treat them with multiple systems of the Balance System of Acupuncture.
Level 3 – Channel Conversion (abridged)
Students broaden their knowledge on the applications of Balance System Acupuncture, discuss a variety of internal syndromes including digestive, respiratory, gynecological and emotional states while using “Channel Conversion” and the Yi Jing (I Ching).

Ready for something completely different?

Consider taking a Chinese Metaphysics and Astrology webinar! Open the door and scratch the surface into the world of Chinese metaphysics, and the harmony of nature and humankind.
Intro to the Three Essences – A FREE CEU COURSE!
An introduction to the integration of Astrology, Feng Shui and Acupuncture. This course provides a brief introduction to the basic foundations of the metaphysical origins and framework of Sān Cái 三才 → The Three Essences of life in Chinese Metaphysics.
Discover the synthesis of the Three Essences (Sān Cái 三才) with some simple starter tips and case examples. Learn basic Feng Shui concepts you can implement right away in your practice and your life.
Learn the language of Chinese Astrology and Feng Shui to elevate your Five Phase and Yin / Yang knowledge and begin living in harmony with the Sān Cái 三才 – Three Essences. Take your first step on the journey of Chinese metaphysics, Astrology, Feng Shui, and seeing the world with a new language of integration and harmony! *Prerequiste course for Tan Shifu’s upcoming Certified Chinese Astrology Practioner program. Tentatively scheduled to begin February/March 2023.
NOTE: Chinese Astrology Practitioner Cohort 1 applications: Early Bird deadline November 7, 2022 at 8:11pm Pacific time. Regular deadlineDecember 7, 2022, at 12:49pm Pacific time. This will be a private class by application only, limited space, online and in-person, Vancouver, BC, Canada.Info and application link coming soon!*


Dr. Sonia Tan continues to write!
  • What topic would you like to hear first?
  • Let her know!
  • Updates also available on the Books page on the website.

Coming this summer – International French Version of the textbook: The Foundations of Balance Acupuncture!

Sonia Tan
Author: Sonia Tan

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