Advanced Tui Na

The Complete Online Program for Acupuncturists

Length: 20 hours

Instructor: Sarah Pritchard

Take your Tui na knowledge to the next level and learn to use it intuitively and powerfully in your practice, for increased results.

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Need to know

Who is this course for?
Acupuncturists · TCM/Doctors of TCM · Acupuncture/TCM Students
Course length (start & watch when you want)
20 hours of video content
Course credits (online program)
20 CEUs/18 PDAs

*Please note that many of the associations listed under ‘CEUs/PDAs’ do not formally pre-approve online courses for credits, and thus require the student to track their own online course hours to submit for approval for their annual CEU/PDA requirements.

NCCAOM (AOM-OM), AcNZ, CTCMPAO, CTCMA (Section B), AACMA, BCNA (Category C)
Course credits (live workshop)
14 CEUs

*Please note that many of the associations listed under ‘CEUs/PDAs’ do not formally pre-approve online courses for credits, and thus require the student to track their own online course hours to submit for approval for their annual CEU/PDA requirements.

CTCMPAO, CTCMA (Section B)
Extras
Lifetime access · Certificate of completion

Boost your bodywork skill confidence and gain valuable CEUs/PDAs
with this complete online Tui na program. For all levels of Acupuncturists/TCM Practitioners.

Course Description

This course, for both the beginner and advanced Acupuncturist and Tui na practitioner,  will take you on a journey back to the shamanic foundations of Chinese Medicine to the ancient massage manipulations of An Wu/An Mo that predate acupuncture. All needling techniques evolved from An Mo (press rub), known more commonly now and since the Ming dynasty as Tui na (Push grasp).

The therapeutic abilities of Tui na are broad and deep. It is both a physical bodywork (Yang and invigorating) and a subtle energy medicine (Yin and deeply nourishing). Some points and channels are better stimulated with hands and others with needles. This course will bring you the flexibility to use both in your practice, giving you the versatility and potential to flow creatively and intuitively with the changing dynamics of your patients’ Qi. And, your patients will love it!

For those new to Tui na, this course will provide a comprehensive foundation for how to apply all the fundamental techniques effectively and confidently with connection and presence. For those who already work with Tui na, the course aims to inspire you to deepen, refine and advance your skills.

The course will provide you with a clear understanding of the therapeutic qualities of the techniques and when you may choose them in practice. For example which technique would you choose to expel wind and where on the body would you apply it? How would you nourish Yin? How would you unwind what is bound and soothe and contain what is scattered?

The course aims to encourage what is innate and often under-valued – the intuition and realm of feeling. I want to enable the student and practitioner to step out of their own way, to become like water, to connect to the Dao and become the conduit that allows change to happen. The work is ever-evolving as we all evolve.

What our students are saying…

“This program was so professional, complete, and well thought out. This was the single best Tui Na experience I have had. I had read Sarah’s book prior and had been wanting to study with her. To be honest I just didn’t want the course to end.”

R. Scott Moylan - Vermont, USA

“I loved every bit of it. I finally feel that I can do something for patients who are anxious of needles (some of whom I had to refer to other therapists in the past).”

“I would recommend Sarah’s courses as they are clinically applicable straight after. The practical side of this work benefits the treatments you are already giving, and therefore the clients.”

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • To return to the Daoist, shamanic roots of Tui na
  • Deepen, advance and refine the Tui na and needling skills you already have
  • Learn how to apply all the fundamental Tui na techniques effectively and confidently
  • Understand the therapeutic qualities of these techniques and when to choose them in practice
  • Learn effective foundation routines for all the main areas of the body, including areas little worked on such as the chest and abdomen
  • Learn simple and powerful Yin style Tui na for deep nourishment and therefore for chronic diseases
  • Learn how to release painful congested Ah Shi areas anywhere on the body and how this applies in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions
  • Learn how to direct the flow of Qi more efficiently, how to unwind what is bound, open what is closed, nourish what’s empty, disperse what’s congested
  • Learn how to integrate Tui na into your current acupuncture practice, with a focus on preconception preparation, menstrual problems, digestive issues, MSK issues and hidden/chronic diseases (such as fibromyalgia, PD, ME, cancer care, depression/anxiety, end-of-life, and more)
  • Discover the versatility and flexibility that comes from combining these skills
  • Develop confidence in your hands and intuition, learn how to feel, find, and follow
  • Learn the effectiveness of working with presence, relaxation and connection
  • Improve palpation skills, bodywork confidence and be reminded of the power of therapeutic touch

Lesson plan

Section I – INTRODUCTION

  1. Introduction
  2. Course Outline

    2.1 How to use this Course

  3. Course Guidebook

Section II: BACKGROUND

  1. History
  2. Main Schools of Tui na
  3. The Principles of how Tui na works
  4. Yin and Yang styles of Practice
  5. The Three Stages of Treatment, & the Dynamics and Language of Qi

Section III: QI GONG & SELF MASSAGE

  1. Qi Gong
  2. Self-Massage

Section IV: FEW PRACTICAL THINGS

  1. Introduction to Tui na techniques
  2. Equipment
  3. Practical advice – Their body positioning, your positioning & preparation

Section V: BASIC TECHNIQUES

  1. Tui fa (pushing) – intro & demo prone
  2. Tui fa (pushing) – demo on skin/with media
  3. Tui fa (pushing) – supine
  4. Mo fa (round rubbing) – intro & demo supine
  5. Mo fa (round rubbing) – prone
  6. An fa (pressing) – intro & supine
  7. An fa (pressing) – prone
  8. An fa (pressing) – holding yin – supine
  9. Ya fa (suppressing) – intro & demo prone
  10. Ya fa (suppressing) – supine
  11. Rou fa (kneading) – prone
  12. Rou fa (kneading) – supine, nourishing & detox Rou fa
  13. Na fa (grasping) – intro & demo prone (more in Compound Techniques)
  14. Yi Zhi Chan Tui fa (one finger meditation pushing technique) – demo rice bag & point
  15. Yi Zhi Chan Tui fa (one finger meditation pushing technique) – demo (moving)
  16. Gun fa (rolling) – intro & demo
  17. Zhen fa (vibrating) – intro & demo (Yin and Yang styles)
  18. Ma fa (wiping) – intro & demo (supine)
  19. Ca fa (scrubbing) – intro & demo (prone)
  20. Nian fa (holding twisting) – intro & demo (supine)
  21. Combination of all striking techs (prone)
  22. Ji dian fa (digital striking) – intro & demo (supine)
  23. Ji fa (chopping) – intro & demo (prone)
  24. Pai fa (patting) – intro & demo (prone)
  25. Tan bo fa (plucking) – intro & demo (prone)
  26. Cuo fa (rub rolling) – intro & demo (sitting up)
  27. Duo fa (shaking) – intro & demo

Section VI: COMPOUND TECHNIQUES

  1. Introduction
  2. Holding-grasping – demo (prone)
  3. Pinching-grasping – demo (prone)
  4. Holding-grasping – demo (prone)
  5. Pinching grasping – demo (supine)
  6. Nipping grasping – demo (supine)
  7. Grabbing-grasping – demo (prone)
  8. Lifting-grasping – demo (supine)
  9. Pulling-grasping – demo (supine)
  10. Kneading grasping – demo (prone)
  11. Kneading-pinching – demo (prone/seated) (inc kneading nipping)
  12. Kneading-vibrating – demo (supine)
  13. Pushing-pressing – demo (supine)
  14. Whisking-sweeping & spreading

Section VII: CO-ORDINATED TECHNIQUES

  1. Introduction
  2. Gun fa & Rou fa – demo (prone)
  3. Gun fa & An fa/ya fa – demo (supine)
  4. Gun fa & Tui fa – (prone)
  5. Rou fa & Na fa (pinching grasping) – demo (supine)
  6. An fa & Mo fa – demo – (supine)

Section VIII: PASSIVE MOVEMENTS

  1. Introduction
  2. Demo of a few (supine), rocking, Ba shen fa, Yao fa, Ban fa
  3. Ba shen fa (traction) – demo (supine)
  4. Yao fa (rotating) – demo (supine) inc unwinding
  5. Yao fa (rotating) – demo (prone)
  6. Yao fa (rotating) – demo (chair)
  7. Ban fa (pulling-twisting) – demo (supine)
  8. Ban fa (pulling-twisting) – demo (prone)
  9. Rocking & spreading – demo (prone)

Section IX: AREA FOUNDATION ROUTINES

  1. Introduction
  2. Head & Face Foundation routine – Introduction
  3. Head & Face – demo (seated)
  4. Head & Face – demo (supine) (Head & Face Foundation routine – common complaints)
  5. Neck & nape foundation routine – Introduction
  6. Neck & nape – demo (seated)
  7. Neck & nape – demo (prone)
  8. Neck & nape – demo (supine)
  9. Neck & nape – common complaints
  10. Back area foundation routine – Introduction
  11. Back routine – demo (prone)
  12. Back routine – adaptation, demo, mid-back, harmonise Wood/Earth
  13. Back routine – adaptation, demo, lower-back/sacrum, Cold/Latency
  14. Back routine – common complaints
  15. Upper Limb area foundation routine – Introduction
  16. Upper Limb – demo (seated)
  17. Upper Limb – demo (prone)
  18. Upper Limb – demo (supine)
  19. Upper Limb – common complaints
  20. Lower Limb area foundation routine – Introduction
  21. Lower Limb – demo (prone)
  22. Lower Limb – demo (supine)
  23. Lower Limb – common complaints
  24. Chest & hypochondrium area foundation routine – Introduction
  25. Chest & hypochondrium simple area foundation routine – demo (supine)
  26. Chest & hypochondrium – extra work, diaphragm An fa, scooping the diaphragm – demo (supine)
  27. Chest & hypochondrium – common complaints
  28. Abdomen area foundation routine – Introduction
  29. Abdomen simple area foundation routine – demo (supine)
  30. Abdomen – extra work: 8 gates, wave rou fa, demo (supine)
  31. Abdomen – common complaints

Section X: ANCILLARY THERAPIES

  1. Ancillary therapies – Introduction
  2. Ancillary therapies – Cupping, static, sliding, flash, wind needle & cupping over needle – demo (prone)
  3. Gua sha, demo (prone)
  4. Moxa – demo – ginger
  5. Moxa – demo (supine) – salt, dispersing, rice grain

Section XI: TREATMENT

  1. Treatment – Introduction
  2. General Principles of planning Tui na treatment + PFs & Areas of body
  3. Choice & Application of Techniques + Different Levels (Wei, Ying, Yuan)
  4. Qi Dynamics & demo (supine)
  5. Integration of hands and needles
  6. Tui na Treatment Tips – considerations in creating a treatment structure
  7. Role of practitioner/Healer archetype

Section XII: TREATMENT OF COMMON SCENARIOS

  1. Treatment of Common scenarios – Introduction
  2. Menstrual & Fertility – Introduction
  3. Menstrual & Fertility – general principles & stages of cycle
  4. Pre-conception – Introduction
  5. Pre-conception treatment demo – prone
  6. Pre-conception treatment demo– supine
  7. Pre-conception treatment demo – mini routine
  8. Period pain – Introduction
  9. Period pain treatment demo – prone & supine
  10. PMT – Introduction
  11. PMT treatment demo – Prone & supine
  12. Digestion – Introduction
  13. Digestion treatment demo – back routine for all digestive issues – prone
  14. IBS treatment demo – supine
  15. Constipation treatment demo – supine
  16. Indigestion treatment demo – supine
  17. MSK pain & how to work with Guo anywhere on the body – Intro to channel sinews
  18. MSK pain & how to work with Guo anywhere on the body – demo
  19. Chronic/hidden mysterious diseases – a Yin approach to Fibromyalgia, ME, MS, PD, Cancer care and recovery and end of life care
  20. Yin approach – Yuan Qi treatment – demo prone
  21. Yin approach – Yuan Qi treatment – demo supine
  22. Yin approach – Yuan Qi treatment – demo side lying

Section XIII: CONCLUSION

  1. Conclusion & thank you for being such wonderful students!

Give more effective treatments and strengthen your patient relationships
when you learn to allow their body to speak to you.

What do you get with the program?

  1. High quality, step-by-step video tutorials (like being in the classroom with Sarah, only with unobstructed views!)

  2. Virtual clinic hours 2 times within 12 months with Sarah and Isabel where you can ask all of your burning questions

  3. 132-page guidebook to use when following along with your videos and to take into your clinic for fast reference

  4. 25% off discount on any of Sarah’s online courses for one full year!

Sample lesson

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Exclusive

Live Workshop

BONUS feature for Tui na program students only: LIVE in-person 2 day practical component specifically and exclusively for students of the online program.

When: TBA

*Please note that these dates will be changing due to the current COVID crisis. Please check back soon.

Where: Pacific Rim College, Victoria, B.C., Canada

This is an opportunity to be guided in-person, to deepen your practical skills and to feel the tangible effects of this work within your own body. You will work together (in real-time with Sarah) on one another, both giving and receiving treatment. This is a rare opportunity for in-person mentoring, practice and assessment to take your skills to an even higher level.

  • During the two days you will:
    • Have the opportunity to FEEL Sarah & Isabel’s Tui na techniques and receive feedback to refine, deepen and advance your skills
    • Practise Qi Gong to develop Qi sensitivity and good techniques
    • Work with the root techniques in flowing sequence in real time with Sarah
    • Practise the ‘tricky techniques’ – Gun fa, Yi Zhi Chan Tui fa & Zhen fa with feedback & guidance
    • Explore the therapeutic qualities of the techniques and how they affect the three levels of Qi (Wei, Ying, Yuan Qi)
    • Develop your Yin style Tui na – feel the nourishing, calming, centring effects of this powerful work in your own body. Key to the treatment of chronic disease
    • Work with the principles of Qi dynamics, such as opening, clearing, dredging channels and guiding Qi to flow smoothly
    • Practise and feel the Guo/Ah shi ‘fruit squashing’ sequence – key to working with MSK pain
    • Develop your ability to Feel, Find and Follow – trusting your hands and intuition
    • There will be continual assessment and guidance through observation from Sarah and Isabel

Note: this component isn’t a necessary part of this online program, but it is certainly highly recommended if your location allows you to join! The live workshop is an exclusive offer to the program students only.

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What happens after you sign up?

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Watch your videos at your own pace and watch the calendar for the next virtual classroom.

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Connect with your community on the discussion boards. Ask questions and receive answers from our in-house Herbalists.

  1. 1. Enroll

    Watch your videos at your own pace and watch the calendar for the next virtual classroom.

  2. 2. Join virtual classroom

    When the date arrives be sure to log in and enjoy your virtual class.

  3. 3. Ask your questions!

    Connect with your community on the discussion boards. Ask questions and receive answers from our in-house Herbalists.

Meet your instructor

Sarah Pritchard
LIC.AC, MBACC, DIP.TUI NA, CLIN. CERT. TUI NA (NANJING)

Sarah Pritchard was one of the first westerners to practice Tui na in the UK and is known as an inspiring teacher and workshop leader. She originally trained to be an actor at RADA where she was introduced to Alexander Technique, Qi Gong, yoga, and meditation as well as the performance and communication skills that have proved invaluable for teaching. Her Chinese Medicine studies began in 1992. She trained at the London School of Chinese Clinical Massage Therapy, the Nanjing University of TCM and the London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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Sarah has been a member of the British Acupuncture Council since 2000. Sarah is the author of two Tui na books ‘Chinese Massage Manual’ originally published by Piatkus in 1999 and re-published with Singing Dragon in 2015 is the definitive introductory text on Tui na Massage currently published in English. Her second book ‘Tui na- A Manual of Chinese Massage Therapy’ published by Elsevier Churchill Livingstone in 2010 and re-published by Singing dragon in 2015 is a comprehensive handbook for the 21st century student and practitioner of Tui na working in the West. Both books are used as essential texts on Tui na training courses in the UK, Europe and the USA. Sarah has 17 years of teaching experience. In 2001, she wrote and developed the professional Tui na course for the LCTA London College of Traditional Acupuncture. She was course co-ordinator and senior lecturer until the college closed in November 2010. She is currently senior lecturer and Tui na course co-ordinator at the City College of Acupuncture in London. Sarah has run courses, workshops and postgraduate seminars on Tui na and the integration of acupuncture, moxa and Tui na for the LCTA, the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM) in the UK, for Total Health in Holland, the Florence Tui na Congress and the ScuolaTao Milano in Italy and for Pacific Rim College in Victoria BC. Sarah has been in private practice since 1994. She is the founder and Director of Blackheath Complementary Health Centre in London established in May 2000.

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Isabel Milner
Lic.Ac MBAcC Dip.Tui na

Isabel originally studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University and practised martial arts for 14years; along the way she attained two black belts in Kickboxing and Kung Fu. Following an injury, she was introduced to acupuncture which had a profound effect not only on the physical trauma but also led to unanticipated emotional healing.

She studied Acupuncture and Tui na at City College of Acupuncture in London where she met Sarah Pritchard. During this time, she began to work as Sarah’s apprentice and teaching assistant. She is now working with Sarah to create continuing education courses, live and online.

Isabel and Sarah have developed a way of working together that integrates their skills and complementary natures. They relish the opportunity to work together in clinic (as a pair) when they can with those who come for help and healing.

In her practice, Isabel enjoys integrating Tui na, acupuncture and more recently sound therapy. She has trained with Don Conreaux, and in Acutonics with Jude and Paul Ponton in Seattle. She is particularly interested in working with the psycho-emotional roots of pain and illness.

Together with Sarah she runs regular gong and sound baths, sound ceremonies and women’s circles in North London and at Blackheath Complementary Health Centre.

Isabel taught martial arts for 9 years. She also a trained yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner.

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Do you lack confidence in your Tui na skills?

Do you feel confident using Tui na effectively in your practice? Have you ever wondered if there was a gentler, yet incredibly powerful form of Tui na? Most colleges in Canada/North America offer a basic Tui na course that leaves students wanting for more, and unclear how to integrate Tui na into their acupuncture practice.  With over 25+ years of clinical experience, 20+ years of teaching and 2 essential Tui na textbooks, I am thrilled to be able to offer you my Complete Advanced Tui na Online Program (with an optional live component!).

I would like to share my knowledge with you, to provide a thorough understanding of Tui na both practically and theoretically, to inspire you to return to the roots of Tui na, to integrate what has been forgotten, a softer more Yin-style of practise. This has powerful clinical effects, patients love it and it will sky-rocket your clinical confidence. I want you to be able to intuitively use your hands for dynamic and potent healing, and for this reason, I invite you to join me in this virtual space as I humbly pass my knowledge on to you.”

What can you do after completing this program?

  • Increase your clinical confidence by integrating Tui na into more of your treatments for increased patient results
  • Use your hands more instinctively in practice
  • Add Yin-style Tui na to your clinical offerings for a gentler, yet powerful treatment method
  • Utilize your Tui na, needling and palpation modalities at a deeper level immediately in your practice
  • Creatively flow with more intuition in clinic 

Enroll Today

Option 2

Online program only

20 CEUs/18 PDAs | 20hrs
Save $73 vs pay monthly
or
Billed monthly

7-day money
back guarantee

Please note that the 7-day money back guarantee applies to stand-alone courses only and to courses that are not completed in full. The 7-day money back guarantee does not apply to students that have completed a course and have received a certificate of completion.

Lifetime access
to materials

100% Secure
checkout

What our students are saying…

“I feel humbled by the encounter that Tui na opens up between receiver and giver – connecting with the receiver’s Qi, his/her breathing, and so on on quite an intimate level. We are thought so little about these embodied aspects of practice in acupuncture colleges today, where some teachers even advocate needling the patient without touching the body.”

“I learned innumerable concepts and techniques that I had never been introduced to before. Some of the simplest things completely changed the way I approached treatments. These are techniques that you can implement immediately after the course to start to see their clinical effects. My understanding of foundational concepts of Chinese medicine were broadened and deepened.”

“As a student at the beginning of my journey it was so great to see Tui na from your perspective. When we learned it in college it was very intense and more about just putting a lot of pressure on points. I really loved the way you gave visuals to think about while doing the techniques. I was still able to give effective pressure but it didn’t feel so harsh.”

“I adore Sarah Pritchard and her style of teaching. More courses from her!”

Ruta Cypiene - Austria

  • “I feel humbled by the encounter that Tui na opens up between receiver and giver – connecting with the receiver’s Qi, his/her breathing, and so on on quite an intimate level. We are thought so little about these embodied aspects of practice in acupuncture colleges today, where some teachers even advocate needling the patient without touching the body.”

  • “I learned innumerable concepts and techniques that I had never been introduced to before. Some of the simplest things completely changed the way I approached treatments. These are techniques that you can implement immediately after the course to start to see their clinical effects. My understanding of foundational concepts of Chinese medicine were broadened and deepened.”

  • “As a student at the beginning of my journey it was so great to see Tui na from your perspective. When we learned it in college it was very intense and more about just putting a lot of pressure on points. I really loved the way you gave visuals to think about while doing the techniques. I was still able to give effective pressure but it didn’t feel so harsh.”

  • “I adore Sarah Pritchard and her style of teaching. More courses from her!”

    Ruta Cypiene - Austria

FAQ

  • How long do I have access for?

    Lifetime access to all video content.

  • Do I receive continuing education credits for these courses?

    Yes! Depending on where you live, this program has been approved for 20 CEUs, or 18 PDAs (NCCAOM has 18 PDAs as their limit for one program). You may also use the live workshop credits if it is applicable with your regulatory body. Please note that the live workshop has not been approved with the NCCAOM for 2020.

  • Do I receive certification?

    There are no regulatory bodies for Tui na, but you do receive an Advanced Tui na Certificate of Completion to display on your clinic wall.

  • Are all courses online?

    Yes! There a live component if you are able to join, but it isn't necessary to complete the online program.

  • Do I have access to instructors?

    Yes! Sarah and Isabel will be answering your questions during their virtual clinic hours twice/year. You will be able to upload your questions and have them answered through video!

  • What supplies are required?

    None are required, but some would be beneficial. If you have a tui na cloth/sheet (100% cotton sheet) a treatment couch/table and massage oil, you are good to go! Rice bag is optional for practicing some of your Tui na moves as are cups, gua sha and moxa.

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