Chad Dupuis is introducing the benefits of Tong Ren energy healing therapy to the area through free classes offered at the Yin Yang House Acupuncture and Wellness center every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
The process begins with one person in the group describing their ailment, said Dupuis, and the instructor informs the class of the corresponding points in the body that need to be worked on.
Everyone in the group then hammers the points specified for that condition on an acupuncture model before moving on to the next person, he said.
"It's an interesting and easy way to help other people out, and it can't hurt anybody, which you can't really say for most forms of medicine," said Dupuis.
The thought of hammering into a doll brings voodoo to mind for many, but he said most people come around once they experience for themselves the positive results the practice consistently produces.
"People who get it the most are people who come and experience it with an open mind. If you don't, you've just wasted 30 minutes of your time," he said. "The only leap you have to take is to understand that your intent can have an impact on someone else's physical health."
The Yin Yang House Acupuncture and Wellness Center is at 512 Tremont St., Suite A. For more information, call 521-0480 or visit the Yin Yang House Acupuncture and Wellness Center Web site.
Focusing the energy of the group onto a specific point on the model builds the strength of the collective unconscious, Dupuis said, often causing the face of the person being worked on to redden.
"The model helps people focus their intent," said Dupuis. "The hammer is a way to focus their consciousness and remind people what they're doing. That constant reminder is where the strength comes from."
He said the class usually consists of a core group ranging from around eight to 20 people treating a variety of conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, migraines and allergies.
While Tong Ren therapy focuses on the same points on the body as massage or acupuncture, certain conditions seem to achieve better results from the hands-off approach of Tong Ren.
"Different points respond to energy healing more than anything else," he said.
Dupuis said he went to graduate school for acupuncture and trained with Tong Ren founder Tom Tam in Boston for seven years before opening the Yin Yang House in Chattanooga.
"When I met (Tom Tam) and saw what he was doing, it just kind of clicked and I just attached myself to his hip," said Dupuis.
He said he has never charged for the classes in order avoid putting up a barrier to participation.
"You have to have people build a collective unconscious," said Dupuis. "The more people you have, the more amazing things will happen."