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International Diploma in Medical Acupuncture for Voice and Swallowing


Monday 22nd – Thursday 25th July 2024

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International Diploma in Medical Acupuncture for Voice and Swallowing


Unlock the power of acupuncture and its application in the realm of voice and vocal health. Our 4-day course delves deep into the fascinating world of relational acupuncture, helping you explore the connections between trigger points, muscle tension, and pain as they relate to vocal professionals. With a comprehensive curriculum designed to empower you with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, this course is your gateway to a holistic understanding of voice care.
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Day 1: Exploring the Connections

On the first day, we kick off the journey by delving into the connections between trigger points, muscle tension, and pain. You’ll gain a profound insight into the intricate web of the body’s musculature and how it relates to vocal health. Through hands-on experience and guided learning, you’ll discover the essential techniques for relieving tension and promoting vocal well-being.

Day 2: Understanding Medical Acupuncture

Day two is dedicated to understanding the principles and techniques of medical acupuncture. We explore the modern medical applications of acupuncture and how it can be integrated into the care of voice professionals. This knowledge will provide you with a solid foundation for evidence-based practice in vocal health.

Day 3: Understanding TCM Acupuncture

On the third day, we journey into Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture, offering a comprehensive understanding of the ancient wisdom that underlies this holistic healing approach. You’ll learn how TCM acupuncture can be applied to enhance vocal well-being and overall health.

Day 4: Dry Needling and Manipulating the Needles

The final day of the course is dedicated to the art of dry needling and needle manipulation. You’ll master the techniques required to effectively address trigger points and muscle tension, with a focus on their relevance to vocal health. By the end of this day, you’ll be equipped with the skills necessary to make a real difference in the lives of voice professionals.

Throughout the 4 Days: VOCAL Framework and Protocol

During the course, we emphasize the importance of the VOCAL framework for consent and the Vocal protocol for voice. These are foundational principles that guide your practice, ensuring ethical and effective care. You’ll also discover the significance of working with the 11 points for orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMFT), voice, and swallowing, addressing the unique needs of your voice professional clients.

Background Theory: Building Bridges Between Ancient and Modern Views

Beyond the practical aspects, this course dives into the background theory that underpins relational acupuncture for voice professionals. You’ll explore research on topics such as DNIC (Diffuse Noxious Inhibitory Control) and pain science, allowing you to connect ancient wisdom with current scientific insights. This bridging of ancient and modern views on needling and acupuncture is what sets this course apart, offering a comprehensive and holistic approach to vocal health.

Caroline Van Looy


Caroline is a respected Speech Therapist from Belgium, having graduated from the University of Louvain with a Master in Speech Therapy and Audiology in 1998.

For the past 25 years, she has specialised in treating people with Voice Problems and attended several postgraduate training programs in London, Europe and online. Caroline attended the postgraduate training program in Voice Problems from 2018-2019 at Thomas More, in Belgium. Her areas of expertise include manual therapy, osteopathic techniques, taping, cupping, dry needling and other therapeutic modalities to help people with vocal issues.

In addition to her impressive qualifications and continuing education, Caroline is a teacher of manual therapy, and is renowned for her commitment to the development of her colleagues and her warm, nurturing personality.

Stephen King


As a thought leader in the voice health sector, Stephen has been responsible for creating the Voice Care model in the UK, enabling greater access to private voice therapy services from a biopsychosocial perspective. As a Co – Founder of the not for profit Vocal Health Education, he has overseen the education of over 2,000 externally accredited Vocal Health First Aiders and several industry leading Voice Rehabilitation Specialists. As an author, Stephen has co-written Help! I’ve Got A Voice Problem, with further academic articles published in peer reviewed journals.

Within his role as a manual therapy educator, Stephen has delivered masterclasses and seminars across Europe, China and Japan, as well as having written and delivered the UK’s only intensive vocal massage training qualification. Stephen currently sits as the Director of London’s award winning, multidisciplinary Voice Care Centre, where he still occasionally gives treatments to people with voice problems seeking biopsychosocial management of their ongoing issues.  

Join us on this transformative journey as we unravel the intricate connections between acupuncture, trigger points, muscle tension, and voice care. Whether you’re a voice professional or a healthcare practitioner seeking to enhance your skills, this course will equip you with the knowledge and techniques needed to make a profound impact on the world of vocal health. Enroll today and take the first step towards becoming a skilled practitioner in Relational Acupuncture for Voice Professionals. Your clients’ voices will thank you.