The SCCMA is run by Paul Chislett – cert.Tui Na, cert.Acu.
“I started studying Chinese massage therapy and acupressure in 1995 under the guidance of Michael Keisner, an experienced tuina practitioner and acupuncturist at the London School of Chinese Massage and Acupressure (no longer in existence). The ten month course included soft tissue massage techniques, passive stretches, acu-point locations and indications of over 50 acu-points, TCM principle theories and TCM diagnosis which included tongue and pulse. Also included in the course curriculum was a relatively in-depth study of Western anatomy and physiology. I passed both the practical and theory examinations and started to practice from home.
Having a natural affinity with TCM, I also taught myself Chinese acupuncture and Moxibustion while practicing on myself, friends, colleagues and family members. During this time I continued my study of TCM diagnosis and treatment principles and the running of my home-based practice for around nine years. During this time I treated many patients who suffered from a variety of medical and musculo-skeletal conditions.
However, I knew it was necessary to gain a formal qualification in acupuncture to allow myself to practice more freely. I subsequently completed a six month acupuncture course in 2010 with the HAC in Brighton, founded and run by Jamie Hedger, an experienced and respected acupuncturist.
I have also practiced Li (Lee) style T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Taijiquan), Chi kung (Qigong), and Feng Shou Kung Fu (Gungfu) for around twenty five years under the guidance of the brilliant Master Tony Swanson. At one time I was also a CRB checked and qualified TAO instructor for Lee style T’ai Chi, Chi Kung and Kung Fu, and although this has now lapsed, I still practice this amazing art in private.
I hold full Professional Indemnity and Medical Malpractice insurance cover with Balens for the practice and teaching of Chinese massage therapy (Tui Na), acupuncture, cupping and Moxibustion.”
“I have been practising Chinese massage therapy (Tui Na) on and off for over 20 years and still pride myself on keeping things as simple as possible whilst maintaining the basic yet fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We often complicate things unnecessarily. When we do this we often lose the essence of what we are trying to learn or achieve.
I want to make affordable courses in Chinese Massage Therapy (Tui Na) and acupuncture with emphasis on TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) principles. I feel there are far too many financial and academic obstacles preventing many practically minded and naturally gifted therapists and healers from achieving their full and true potential.
When treating patients, it’s far more important to have a nice way with people, a good touch and a natural feel with a little academic knowledge, rather than lots of academic knowledge with no sensitivity towards the patient.”