Tools for Transformation is a bold investigation into a new model of healthcare. The model has proven effective in helping people to re-pattern deeply conditioned responses that are effecting their physical and/or emotional health. The dominant healthcare model seeks to alleviate symptoms, but rarely takes the time to address the underlying patterns which cause symptoms. This is akin to yanking out weeds in a garden, without ever digging up the roots. Tools for Transformation is a non-profit research project providing individuals with intensive education/treatment experiences to help them regain a sense of agency in relation to their own physical and mental health. By giving people back some of the “missing pages of the owner’s manual” for life in a human body, we can create a collaborative model for health care in which the individual takes primary responsibility for their own well being.
At the heart of the intervention is a classical Chinese medicine model for understanding how change and transformation occur in nature. Through this integral lens a variety of modalities are used to help the participants identify and correct blocks to their own vitality. The modalities include physical exercises, acupuncture, reflective conversation, basic bodywork techniques, and an understanding of how these processes work in the natural world.
Participants meet with the facilitator/practitioner six days a week in small groups of six individuals. The intervention sessions are held for one month: Monday through Friday for two hours in the morning (to allow participants to get to regular jobs and other commitments) and four hours on Sunday afternoons. After the month long immersion, monthly follow up sessions are made available to all participants. All services associated with the project are offered free of charge. Participants who have the means to do so are encouraged to make donations of any size to support this work and continue to make it available for others regardless of their financial resources. The goal of the project is not just to make people “feel better”, but to empower them with the ability to understand and influence the mechanisms of their own vitality, and to understand in a meaningful way how transformation works.
Greg Sax (project founder) has spent several decades exploring systems of transformation. He excels at incorporating the insights of both the healing and the creative arts. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in semiotics from Brown University, a Master of Fine Arts in directing film from UCLA and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine. Greg is a licensed acupuncturist and has more than 20 years of experience facilitating dynamic group educational experiences in both the creative and the healing arts at such respected institutions as UCLA, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz, and the National University of Natural Medicine. Greg has trained and taught in classical lineages of internal cultivation for more than 25 years. He is a long-time student of Shadow Yoga founder Shandor Remete, and is one of only five non-Chinese nationals to be accepted as a formal disciple of Qi Gong and Taoist healing master Wang Qingyu. Greg is a faculty member at the National University of Natural Medicine, and lectures nationally on Chinese medicine as a tool for transformation.
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