The SCCMA is run by Paul Chislett Cert.Tui-na, Cert.Ac
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, acupoint locations and indications of over 50 acupoints at that time, TCM principle theories and TCM diagnostic techniques such as the 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 run a small home-based practice.
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 practiced 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 (TCM). I think we often complicate things unnecessarily and when we do this we often lose the essence of what we are trying to learn or achieve.
Although many of us are similar, many are also very different in our way of understanding things, especially of an academic nature. It is important to learn theory but sometimes too much is often required for the task at hand in my opinion. I truly believe it is far more important to have a nice way with people and a good touch with a little academic knowledge, than lots of academic knowledge with little practical ability and no sensitivity towards the patient.
I feel there are far too many financial and academic obstacles in the way of many practically minded and naturally gifted therapists from achieving their full and true potential. I therefore want to make affordable courses for those who are not so academically gifted or financially secure. This does not mean that the courses I run are in any way deficient of theoretical content. It simply means that you do not need to be an academic type of person to be accepted and to get through the course.
If you would like to ask any questions about any of the courses I offer please feel free to call or text me on 01424 772539 or 07484 184 007.