Making a Practice Pad
When I was in acupuncture school (in the late 80’s and early 90’s), little emphasis was placed on developing “hand skill” i.e. improving needling skill. I hope that has changed, but it probably hasn’t. It wasn’t until I met Dr. Naiming Chen, head of the acupuncture department of the Shandong provincial hospital, that I was seriously introduced to the development of “hand skill”.
It is a common concept in China that practicing something, even something simple, for a long time will develop a special skill. In fact they have a name for a special skill developed over time. It is called “gong fu” (the old Wade-Giles romanization is kung fu).
This post is to introduce a simple practice method that Dr. Naiming Chen taught me that will develop basic “hand skill”.
Practice Pad Construction
a roll of toilet paper
a needle for practice