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Tuina Course

Our Tuina course is a comprehensive massage and acupressure course that has the combined techniques of many other individual courses alone. This course is very comprehensive in its practical content and will permit you to gain full professional indemnity/malpractice insurance cover with Balens upon completion.

The course will teach you the most commonly used powerful pressure points, many massage strokes, passive stretches and gentle joint manipulation techniques for the effective treatment and relief of many common musculo-skeletal disorders and their associated pain. By the end of the course you will have a powerful tool at your fingertips. This will get you known and your client base will soar. You’ll be able to help many people and get paid for the privilege. This course also lays a great foundation for our acupuncture course later in the summer.

One-to-One Teaching at Your Home

I currently only offer one-to-one trainiing at your home at this time. This is subject to distance of course. You would need a friend or partner for you to practice on during the time I spend with you, but I would supply the table if you don’t have one available and all course material for everything I will be teaching you. Simply take the full Tui-Na course at your home one day per week (to be agreed). I would spend around 3 hours with you for each visit. Please email, text or call me if this is something that interests you.

About Tui Na

The SCCMA tuina massage course is a comprehensive hands-on practical study of the theory and principles of Chinese massage therapy known as Tui Na. The course is supplemented with well-presented, comprehensive course material for each day’s training with enough material for you to study in your own time and practice on your friends and family before attending the next training day.


Our tuina course teaches many massage techniques

‘Tui Na’, also spelt ‘tuina’ and pronounced ‘twee nar’, actually translates to ‘push-grasp’ which are two of the many massage strokes that are commonly used in this ancient and powerful form of Chinese physiotherapy. Tuina is taught as standard in China’s TCM training programs alongside acupuncture and herbal therapy and is as much a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine as these other two well-known forms of treatment.

Tuina utilises many techniques such as; passive stretches, soft tissue manipulation, joint mobilisation and targeted acupoint stimulation commonly known as acupressure. Tuina could be seen as a form of ‘Chinese Physiotherapy’ or ‘Chiropractic’ treatment with the addition of soft tissue manipulation and acupressure techniques. It is a very powerful and versatile treatment that offers a broad range of therapeutic techniques for the effective treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, common ailments, medical conditions and various types of pain and discomfort.

The therapeutic effectiveness of tuina therapy can often bring about quite dramatic results. This will not only benefit your patients, but also your practice through more patient referrals!

The Benefits of Tui Na massage & What Type of People it’s Good For…

Although tuina is not that well-known here in the West, in China it’s renowned for its extremely effective treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. I know from personal experience just how true this is after effectively treating many conditions such as frozen shoulder, stiff neck (wryneck), tennis elbow, lumbago (lower back ache), sciatica, rheumatism and arthritis. In Chinese medicine all these conditions come under the category of what is known as ‘Bi syndrome’ which means obstruction, and where there is obstruction in the body there will undoubtedly be pain of some sort or another.

Tuina’s effect on musculoskeletal conditions and their associated pain, in my experience, is something quite astonishing to say the least. Not only are the results of tuina very positive in nearly all cases, but the speed of its effects are also often quite incredible with most patients feeling relief from their condition after just one treatment. In addition to this is the fact that tuina can relieve both acute conditions as well as long-standing chronic conditions that have lingered around for years.

Tuina is also a very safe treatment that can be offered alongside Western medicine. It’s the perfect accompaniment to acupuncture and can also be safely and effectively applied alongside any other form of alternative therapy or healing.

Another bonus of offering tuina to potential clients is the fact that it can be administered through light clothing. This means that patients don’t have to undress to receive a tuina treatment. This can be a welcome aspect of your treatment for those self-conscious clients which in turn should attract more clients to your practice.

Tuina is also an ideal therapy for treating active sports people, both as a maintenance treatment as well as for injuries too.



Our tuina course teaches many acupressure techniques

Acupressure offers an ideal alternative for those patients with a fear of needles. Acupressure utilises the same pressure points as acupuncture and plays a major role in tuina therapy. In the right hands acupressure can be just as effective as acupuncture and in many cases more so. This is particularly so where there is a lot of muscular tension which is a very common condition for many people.

Tuina’s combination of soft tissue manipulation, meridian stretches and acupressure techniques makes this ancient therapy a powerful medium for the treatment of these types of conditions among others.

Treating The Whole Being

In addition to the physical aspects of the body, tuina, like acupuncture and Chinese herbalism has an affect on the whole person. Humans are a combination of physical matter and emotional, mental and ethereal energies. To put it another way would be to say we are; mind, body and spirit. All of these aspects of a person will be affected to a greater or lesser degree through the application of tuina. This means the whole person is treated to help bring about balance and harmony on every level to the individual.

Less Strain on You

The many tuina techniques that are employed utilise various parts of the practitioner’s limbs such as; the forearms, elbows, palms, back of the hand, knuckles, loose fists, and outside edge of the hand. This gives you, the practitioner, a lot of variety for treatment as well as providing a welcome relief to the potential strain placed upon your hands and fingers as experienced with more conventional forms of massage practice. The importance of posture and technique and how this can help you to give a powerful treatment without taxing your own energy too much is also taught on our tuina massage course.

Tuina Course Outline

The SCCMA tuina course consists of ten days of practical hands-on training. You will learn the theoretical principles and practical applications of this ancient and very effective therapeutic art to a good working standard. The core emphasis of this course focuses on the treatment of various muscular and skeletal disorders and their associated pain. Basic traditional Chinese medical principles will also be covered on the course, as well as the treatment of various common ailments.

This course is also an important prerequisite for those of you who want to learn Chinese acupuncture as it will teach you basic Chinese medical principles and many acupoints that are commonly used in traditional acupuncture treatments.

What You Will Learn On This Course

Our tuina course will teach you how to apply the many massage strokes and manipulative techniques for pushing, pressing, kneading, rolling, rotating and stretching the body’s muscles and joints. You will learn how to use a range of motions, tractions and stretches to release tension and to help increase flexibility and mobility of joints etc. This helps to increase the circulation of the blood and the body’s defensive chi (wei qi) between the muscles and along the meridians to aid the healing process to help restore balance and harmony within the body. You will also learn a number of acupressure points to incorporate into the treatment to enhance the overall effect.

This tuina course aims to teach you to be a confident and effective practitioner of Chinese massage therapy and acupressure collectively known as Tui Na. Make no mistake, tuina is a very powerful and effective therapy and once mastered it will give you the power to ease or heal many common medical and muscular-skeletal conditions right at your fingertips.

Once completed, this course will give you all the tools you need to effectively practice Chinese massage therapy to a safe and competent level. You will then be eligible to gain medical malpractice insurance to get your practice up and running quickly.

Note: Tuina is powerful and effective enough to be used as a stand-alone therapy. This course will also open the door to the Chinese acupuncture course.

Please see bottom of page for course pre-requisites and who can enrol.

Tuina Course Content

This course is a comprehensive hands-on study with well-presented comprehensive study material.

TCM Theory Covered Throughout The Course

  • Basic TCM diagnostic principles
  • Meridian (Energy Channels) Theory
  • Pain according to TCM Principles
  • Acupressure point locations and treatment principles
  • Commonly used Acupoint classifications
  • Ah Shi Acupoints
  • Trigger Acupoints

Western Conditions Covered Within The Course

  • Muscular and skeletal disorders – frozen shoulder / sciatica / lumbago / stiff neck / arthritis / rheumatism / general aches and pains / joint pains & stiffness (immobility) / poor circulation and various associated pains
  • Sports and traumatic injuries
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Asthma / chronic cough / breathing difficulties
  • Digestive problems
  • Gynaecological problems
  • Chronic fatigue / low energy etc.
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress

Tuina Course Modules

Tuina Course – Module 1

  • The Meridians (energy channels)
  • The Muscle Regions
  • Qi & Blood
  • Pain – locations & indications according to TCM
  • The Chinese Cun – the anatomical measurement for acupoint location
  • Ah shi acupressure points / trigger points
  • Contraindications to Tuina massage
  • The importance of posture & good technique in tuina practice – training methods and techniques for self-development
  • Acupressure points located on the foot & ankle – locations & indications
  • Tuina massage strokes & techniques for the foot & ankle
  • Tuina manipulative techniques for mobilisation of the foot, ankle & digits
  • Workshop hand-out

Tuina Course – Module 2

  • Revision of the previous module
  • Acupressure points located on the lower aspect of the leg – locations & indications
  • Tuina massage strokes & techniques for soft tissue manipulation of the calf muscles
  • Passive stretches affecting the calf muscles & associated meridians
  • Tuina manipulative techniques for mobilisation of the knee joint
  • Workshop hand-out

Tuina Course – Module 3

  • Revision of the previous module
  • Acupressure points located on the thigh, buttock & hip – locations & indications
  • Tuina massage strokes & techniques for soft tissue manipulation of the thigh, hamstrings & buttocks
  • Passive stretches affecting the thigh, hamstrings, buttocks & associated meridians
  • Tuina manipulative techniques for mobilisation of the hip joint
  • Workshop hand-out

Tuina Course – Module 4

  • Revision of the previous module
  • Acupressure points located on the neck & upper/middle back – locations & indications
  • Tuina massage strokes & techniques for soft tissue manipulation of the neck & back
  • Passive stretches affecting the neck, back & associated meridians
  • Tuina manipulative techniques for mobilisation of the neck & back
  • Workshop hand-out

Tuina Course – Module 5

  • Revision of the previous module
  • Acupressure points located on the lower back – locations & indications
  • Tuina massage strokes & techniques for soft tissue manipulation of the lower back & waist
  • Passive stretches affecting the lower back, waist & associated meridians
  • Tuina manipulative techniques for mobilisation of the lower back & waist
  • Workshop hand-out

Tuina Course – Module 6

  • Revision of the previous module
  • Acupressure points located on the head & face – locations & indications
  • Tuina massage strokes & techniques for the face – facial rejuvenation techniques
  • Facial diagnosis in TCM
  • Workshop hand-out

Tuina Course – Module 7

  • Revision of the previous module
  • Acupressure points located on the hand, wrist and forearm – locations & indications
  • Tuina massage strokes & techniques for soft tissue manipulation of the hand & forearm
  • Passive stretches affecting the hand, wrist, digits, forearm & associated meridians
  • Tuina manipulative techniques for mobilisation of the hand, wrist, digits & elbow
  • Workshop hand-out

Tuina Course – Module 8

  • Revision of the previous module
  • Acupressure points located on the elbow, upper arm & shoulder – locations & indications
  • Tuina massage strokes & techniques for soft tissue manipulation of the upper arm and shoulder
  • Passive stretches affecting the upper arm, shoulder and associated meridians
  • Tuina manipulative techniques for mobilisation of the elbow & shoulder joint
  • Workshop hand-out

Tuina Course – Module 9

  • Revision of the previous module
  • Acupressure points located on the abdomen & chest – locations & indications
  • Tuina massage strokes & techniques for the abdomen
  • Tuina techniques for opening the chest & affecting the lungs
  • The emotions in TCM – their effect on health and their treatment
  • Workshop hand-out

Tuina Course – Module 10

  • Revision of previous modules
  • Cold – causes & treatment
  • Moxibustion & heat lamps – applications & contraindications
  • Cupping therapy – applications & contraindications
  • The use of balms, creams and heat plasters
  • Building a practice, insurance, supplies, advertising, patient referrals
  • Free e-book ‘building endless patient referrals’
  • Workshop hand-out

Tuina Course Examination

There is no formal examination for this course. Each student is continually assessed during class hours and will be required to take simple, practical and written tests held randomly at various stages of the course. Students are also encouraged to take case studies from friends and family in their own time outside of class hours for discussion in class.

Tuina Course Graduation

Graduation will be awarded to those students who have successfully completed the tuina course in full and demonstrated a satisfactory level of understanding and competence to practice tuina safely and confidently. Every effort is made to bring all students to the required standard. However, in the event of a student not attaining this standard or if the student feels they need or would like extra time, extra days will be made available. This will incur an additional fee of £80 per day.

Tuina Course Certification

As a graduate of the SCCMA tuina massage course you will be awarded the SCCMA Certificate of Competence to practice Chinese massage and acupressure (Tui Na) and may use the letters Cert Tui Na SCCMA (UK) after your name. This will show potential patients that you have reached a satisfactory level of the college’s standard to practice Chinese massage and acupressure to a safe and competent standard. Professional Indemnity and Medical Malpractice Insurance can then be purchased through Balens upon presentation of your certificate to them.

Tuina Course Pre-requisites & Who Can Enrol

You will need to be at least 18 years of age and able to read, write and speak the English language fluently.

This course is ideally suited to health care professionals and practicing therapists who wish to learn a powerful and effective additional therapy to incorporate into their existing treatment strategy, or may even want to change direction entirely from their present treatment approach such as hypnotherapy for example.

Although this course is quite in-depth as far as massage techniques are concerned, beginners to massage are more than welcome to start the course providing they have started an anatomy and physiology course and are studying this field at the time of starting the SCCMA tuina massage course. This will be sufficient and acceptable for enrolment subject to my decision after talking with you over the phone. I can reached on 07484 184 007. Please leave a message and I will get back to you. Please note, I will need proof that you have started an anatomy and physiology course of some type or another before you are accepted on the course.

Note: The SCCMA does not teach or offer a certificate for anatomy and physiology because that would increase the cost of the course considerably, especially when most students already hold some form of qualification in A&P already.

If you do not hold an A&P certificate and you have no understanding or prior knowledge of anatomy you may hold the class up considerably. In addition to that is the fact that you will not be able to gain insurance with Balens. Please see no formal qualification and course entry requirements

As already mentioned, any student of this course could study and gain an A&P certificate from another course provider whilst attending this course. There are many online A&P courses available that offer qualifications and do not cost a great deal of money. Many of these can often be completed in a relatively short time. Both certificates can then be presented to Balens.

Tuina Course Requirements

You will need to purchase any decent acupuncture book of some type or another for point reference, actions and indications although these will of course be discussed in-depth on the course. All notes and illustrations for massage strokes and joint manipulation techniques will be provided by the college.

A good book for acupoints is;

‘A Practical Guide To Acu-points’ by Chris Jarmey and Ilaira Bourantinos

It can be seen here at Amazon
ISBN: 978-0-9543188-4-0


‘Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion’ by Cheng Xinngong & Foreign Languages Press

It can be seen here at Amazon

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