The following essay outlining an integrative approach to the use osteopathic palpation in the practice of acupuncture was originally published in the Australian journal of Chinese medicine, The Lantern, (v. 5 No. 1, Jan. 2008: 4-11). The ideas presented in that original paper are now part of a more comprehensive system of qi palpation called Engaging Vitality developed by Dan Bensky, Marguerite Dinkins and Charles Chace. The Engaging Vitality approach is currently practiced by a growing number of acupuncturists in the United States,
Europe and Australia. The vocabulary we use to describe the shape of qi has evolved as more people have adopted this perspective and the present version of this essay reflects those refinements. The content of the paper is also addapted to better meet the needs of those specifically interested in the Engaging Vitality approach.