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Tuina Chinese Massage Course1Tuina Chinese Massage with Classical Chinese Medicine Theory:

Starting April 2017: see course information below

Our teaching is grounded in classical Chinese medicine thinking which constantly sights the person within the natural landscape, recognising each person as both a unique individual and a microcosm of the universe. You will explore the concept of qi through the classical theories of yin yang and wu xing (5 elements) and the practice of qi gong and yang sheng (nourishing life).

The style of tuina taught is subtle, deep and versatile, being rooted in an understanding of qi and drawing on daoist philosophy; it is used to treat both musculo-skeletal and internal conditions. The practice of qi gong is key to developing both an understanding of qi for diagnosis and treatment and effective hand techniques.  In addition to the two weeks where Tuina techniques are specifically taught, you will be using these skills throughout the course to assess, diagnose, treat and really unite theory and practice.

The earliest records of tuina being practiced in China date to the 2nd century BCE and, along with acupuncture and herbal medicine, it remains central to the development and practice of Chinese medicine today. As would be expected over this long period there are a variety of styles of practice and the techniques are often used in conjunction with acupuncture and/or herbal medicine and supplementary advice on diet, exercise and the practice of qi gong. The word tuina simply comes from two techniques: tui – downward stroking and na – grasping and lifting. In some areas of China massage techniques are called anmoan – pressing and mo – circular rubbing.

Entry Requirements: The course assumes an existing knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology and an ability to reach a diagnosis and treatment plan. Membership of a professional body and insurance is necessary: for example The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists; Nursing and Midwifery Council; The General Osteopathic Council; The Shiatsu Society; The British Naturopathic Association

To Apply: Email: with your CV and reasons for wanting to do the course. Numbers are limited to 14 people.

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34 day course over 6 months Cost £1,900

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3rd – 7th April:  Introduction to Classical Chinese Medicine.: Core Concepts

An in-depth exploration of the core concepts of Chinese medicine: yin yang, wu xing (5 elements) and patterns of three. From discussing these ideas and the practice of qi gong you will develop an understanding of qi in nature and people. We will look at zang fu (organ systems), their related jing luo (channels) and the importance of qi hua (transformation).

Palpation techniques, supported by the skill of fa qi (projecting qi), will be introduced to explore the 12 jing luo as a means of moving and distributing qi and to begin the practice of tuina.  You will also look at the qi jing ba mai (8 extraordinary vessels) and their role in the development of the individual and continuing support throughout life.

This work will be built on over the next 4 Friday sessions:

21st, 28th April, 5th, 12th May:  Development of Classical Chinese Medicine and Exploring Jing Luo (channels)

19th, 26th May & 16th & 23rd June: Diagnosis. Here we will develop your understanding of Chinese medicine by focusing on the classical Chinese art of diagnosis: The divine art of gazing (observation), the sagely art of listening and smelling and the crafty art of palpating (Nanjing: The Classic of Difficulties). This will include developing an understanding of tongue and pulse diagnosis and will, again, be underpinned by the practice of qi gong.

Your learning of these techniques will build on your understanding of the core Chinese medicine concepts and a developing knowledge of channels.  During these sessions, we will look at the effects of lifestyle on health; including diet, exercise, work and rest. We will discuss the concept of yang sheng (nourishing life).

5th – 9th June: Musculo-Skeletal Tuina. During this week, you will learn to assess and treat a range of common musculo-skeletal conditions using tuina shou fa (techniques) including: rou fa (kneading), an fa (pressing), na fa (lifting), tui fa (stroking), ji fa (squeezing), mo fa (rubbing), pai fa (chopping), kuo fa (clapping), qian yin (traction) and tai ji hands.

Your learning will be underpinned by observation and the practice of qi gong. This week will be case based and you will be able to discuss and learn how to treat conditions which are of interest to you.

3rd – 7th July:  Building on a simple understanding of diagnosis through observation, listening and palpation we will focus on bringing theory into practice through the discussion of cases. These will be a mix of those provided by course leaders and by course members. Be prepared to bring ideas from your own experience and practice to form a focus of learning for the group as a whole. Each day we will focus on a different system or area of the body and continue developing your practice of tuina.

14th, 21st, 28th July & 4th August: Treatment Planning. During these sessions we bring all your learning together to hone your skills of treatment planning and application. We revise and refine what you have covered during the course, looking at all the stages of the treatment of diagnosis and assessment through planning, application and the giving of advice.

4th – 8th September: Internal Conditions Tuina. This week will build on what you have learnt in theory and practice; developing your shou fa (techniques) to treat a range of internal conditions. Each day will focus on different Zang fu (organ system) and its related wu xing and you will learn to adapt your tuina accordingly.

Your learning will be underpinned by observation and the practice of qi gong. As before, this week will be case based and you will be able to discuss and learn how to treat conditions which are of interest to you.

15th  & 22nd September: Consolidation of knowledge and end of course exam.

Qi Gong for Practitioners and Students

A new qi gong group specifically for students and practitioners who want to come together to practice qi gong and to learn about using qi in diagnosis and treatment

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Welsh Weekend and Day Courses:

Weekends at Alltfechan Barn offer a wonderful antidote to the madness of everyday life. There is time unwind, walk across fields and hills, discuss and practice on a deeper level, while enjoying beautiful scenery and simple local food. The Barn is set high on a hillside rooted in the ancient and modern landscape; the valley is dotted with busy working farms, age old drove routes wind along the ridges, while high points are marked with standing stones and hill forts

combines physical exercises and stretches with meditation. It is usually practiced in standing or sitting and has a very long history in China, images of people practicing the postures and qi gong1movements have been found in a tomb dating from 167 BCE. There are many styles of practice ranging from strong physical movements and martial arts to silent meditation; at the root of all is the aim of balancing the mind and body, both internally and within the wider environment. The style practice at the Apothecary sessions is simple, quiet and rooted in finding a natural balance. It draws in daoist philosophy: ‘By sitting still you can know the whole world’ . We start with exercises in standing, allowing the body and mind to stretch, release and find their natural balance; slowly we move into a quiet sitting (nei gong) encouraging stillness and a deep connection with the world around us. The benefits are many: release of tension, sense of calm and well being, a better understanding of yourself and your world, a sense of balance, a few moments to escape from a busy life

The wild hill country of mid-Wales is the perfect setting to engage with qi, relax and rebalance, and discover our connection with nature and the natural landscape.


Qi Gong and Yang Sheng Sunday

This one day course is a great introduction to the classical Chinese art of qi gong (see above) and the idea of yang sheng – nourishing life. We’ll spend the day practicing simple qi gong exercise, mediation and exploring ways of of nourishing the self through food, exercise, colour and living in tune with the seasons. The practice of yang sheng dates back until at least the 7th century and is central to the Chinese approach to health and the practice of qi gong. As well as practical exercises, you’ll learn about some key elements of Chinese thinking including yin yang and the 5 elements

1st October 2017 10am – 5pm Brecon Beacons

Venue: Alltfechan Barn, Brecon, Powys

Cost: £60, concessions £35 includes lunch

Accomodation is available if you want to make a weekend trip


Qi Gong and Stretch Sunday

On this one day course we’ll practice some simple, classical qi gong exercises (see above) and explore ways of rebalancing and relaxing through stretching. If you go to the gym or get involved in sport to improve your health; if your job involes long hours in front of a computer or driving a car; if you are a practitioner and want to learn some simple practical techniques for yourself and your patients: this is a day for you. However you are using your muscles they need stretching to stay fit and healthy. Stretching, done simply and slowly, improves circulation, releases tension, improves posture and makes you feel good. Combined with the mindfulness of qi gong you can discover a much deeper level of relaxation and balance.

22nd  October 2017 10am – 5pmStretch2 

Venue: Alltfechan Barn, Brecon, Powys

Cost: £60, concessions £35 includes lunch

Accomodation is available if you want to make a weekend trip


Qi Gong & Tuina Massage Sunday

This one day course is open to anyone interested in the classical Chinese art of qi gong, who wants to develop a deeper understanding of qi, Chinese philosophy and develop techniques for self-treating. It is also an excellent introduction to tuina Chinese massage. During the day we’ll practice some simple, classical qi gong exercises and explore ways of rebalancing the body and self-treating common conditions with tuina Chinese massage. Tuina is an ancient, versatile style of massage which can be used to stimulate acupuncture points and release muscles. It is an effective and enjoyable way of discovering more about how your body works and how you can get it to work better.

19th November 2017 10am – 5pmTuina 31

Venue: Alltfechan Barn, Brecon, Powys

Cost: £60, concessions £35 includes lunch

Accomodation is available if you want to make a weekend trip


Qi Gong for the Solstice

At the darkest time of the year, at the point when light begins to return explore this time of change within yourself and the environment. This is the time for nourishment through meditation, warming food and balanced activities – to prepare for the vibrancy which comes with spring and summer

Chinese herbal medicine123rd December 2017 10am – 5pm

Venue: Alltfechan Barn, Brecon, Powys

Cost: £60, concessions £35 includes lunch

Accomodation is available if you want to make a weekend trip


Wei Syndrome: A practical approach grounded in qi gong and classical textsCourses Group

Basing our exploration in the classical texts, this will be a practical weekend exploring wei syndrome through cases, palpation and qi gong.

Dates: Weekend TBC

Venue: Alltfechan Barn, Brecon, Powys

Cost: £225, concessions £175. Includes locally sourced, seasonal food and simple accommodation. More comfortable accommodation is available at a local B&B approx £25 per person in shared room


Tuina Courses

Open to practitioners already qualified in Chinese medicine: acupuncture and/or herbs, these 4 – 5 day courses offer an intensive practical training in this versatile ancient massage which is such a useful addition to practice. In China it is normally taught with acupuncture, somehow in the west the two have become separated to the detriment of both.

Rosey Grandage, Kang Xian Li and Sandra Hill have run qi gong tuina courses together for more than 15 years and have real dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm for passing on these skills and ideas.

Musclo-Skeletal Conditions: working systematically through the body we explore the relationship between physical and qi, formed and moving, yin and yang. Examining the physical body through observation of posture and range of movement and palpation we revise anatomy and gain a deeper understanding of structure. We use cases which are of interest to the participants and discuss practical advice for patients, including qi gong, stretches and exercises.

Dates: 18th – 22nd December 2017
Venue: Apothecary Natural Health Centre, 33 Greyhound Road, London, W6 8NH
Cost: £350, concessions £250.

Internal Conditions: each day we explore a different zang fu from the perspective of its related element and then take this theoretical knowledge into practical techniques for diagnosis and treatment. The emphasis is on quiet, deep, focused work to understand the movement of qi in balance and imbalance. We use cases which are of interest to the participants and discuss practical advice for patients, including diet and qi gong.

Dates: 1st – 5th February 2018
Venue: Apothecary Natural Health Centre, 33 Greyhound Road, London, W6 8NH
Cost: £350, concessions £250.

 Advanced Tuina Chinese MassageAdvanced Tuina Chinese Massage1

These monthly advanced sessions explore treatments for specific areas of the body and conditions. They are an opportunity to discuss cases, fine tune skills and learn new techniques. They are open to those who have completed their training in tuina

Thursdays 7 –

Cost: £10

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Apothecary Natural Health Centre runs weekly courses in qi gong

Fridays 10 – 11am

This class is open to everyone who wants to learn and practice the ancient Chinese art of qi gong. The style taught draws on  Daoist roots of quiet observation and practice. We start each session with some stretches and warm up exercises and then move on to standing and sitting qi gong. Rosey Grandage spent several years during the 1990’s studying acupuncture, tuina and qi gong in China at both government hospitals and as an apprentice.

Fortnightly Wednesdays 6 – 7.30pm

This class is for students and practitioners of Chinese medicine and offers both qi gong practice and a space to discuss and explore concepts, cases, treatment, advice, yang sheng and really anything of interest to the group. The focus is on nurturing your own qi and developing your perception and understanding of qi so you can diagnose and work with qi during treatments.

Qi Gong classes
Teacher: Rosey Grandage
Cost: £10 per class

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