PRC Elective: Tui Na & Moxa For Menopause
Be guided by one the top Tui Na instructors globally and start mastering your Tui Na and Moxibustion techniques. Learn how to foster deep connections with your patients to improve clinical results.
Need to know
*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.
Meet your course instructor
Sarah Pritchard | Lic.Ac, MBACC, Dip.Tui na, Clin. Cert. Tui na (NanJing)
Sarah Pritchard (www.sparktheshen.com) 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. 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.
*This is a 1 credit PRC-Approved course for on-campus students only. Please note that online PRC Electives taken through Pacific Rim College Online do not qualify for Student Loans.
Still somewhat a taboo subject, the menopause is a powerful rite of passage for women and holds the potential for profound spiritual development.
As practitioners, how can we best support and enable women to have a positive experience into and through the menopause as a fundamental doorway of life? How can we provide the nurturing space for women to feel, process, surrender, and reclaim their power? How can we help to alleviate symptoms that can become distressing and depleting using our hands, needles and moxa without repressing a natural and potent process?
You will learn about:
- Common symptoms during, before, and after menopause
- The important aspects of CM theory such as Yin decline, Yin Stasis, Empty Heat and Blood Heat
- Yuan Qi and the Role of the Qi Jing Ba Mai Eight Extraordinary Meridians especially the Wei Mai or vessels of ageing which represent the 7 & 8 year cycles
- A simple and effective Yin style Tui na protocol for nourishing the root, calming, centering and slowing Qi down to support the Yuan Qi
- Nourishing the kidneys and calming the Shen
- Moxa protocols to aid the prevention of osteoporosis, strengthen kidney Qi and support the patient’s constitution
- A powerful protocol for working with the Yin Wei Mai which can enable you to bring the vessel to life in your hands
- The flexible and creative possibilities for combining hands, needles, and moxa in practice
- The power of therapeutic touch and methods for nourishing, cooling, containing and descending Qi using your needles and your hands that will bring greater connection and presence to your work
Section I: Welcome!
Sarah explains her deep interest in working with the flow of the hands using simple Tui Na techniques and needles, using touch as an invaluable form of treatment. Discover the importance of targeting the Yin Wei Mai, the vessel of deep nourishment, in treating symptoms that arise during menopause. Learn about Sarah’s treatment philosophy and approach to creating a nurturing treatment space for women during this phase of life.
- Course Outline and Objectives
As practitioners, how can we help women to have a good experience into and through the menopause? How can we alleviate the symptoms that can be distressing and depleting during this stage of life without repressing natural processes? Sarah delivers a brief overview of the information and guidance that will be provided during this course to answer these questions and many more.
- What Is the Menopause?
Sarah defines the perimenopausal and menopausal states. She explains the menopause as a fundamental doorway of life that provides an opportunity for reflection and spiritual development. Sarah touches on the way this stage of life is seen negatively in contemporary society, leading to issues with the Wei Mai vessels that represent time, the cycles of life, and aging. Physical and emotional symptoms of the menopause from anxiety to hot flashes are discussed to provide a foundation for understanding appropriate treatments.
- Chinese Medicine Theory | 3 Main Factors
What are the main Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) patterns that present in menopause? Sarah reviews the three main factors that are particularly important during the perimenopause and menopause.
Learn about Yin decline in which the production of the Ye fluids, being the hormones, is deficient. Sarah explains how the manifestation of certain symptoms coincides with specific body constitutions. Learn a rice grain moxa treatment prescription for osteoporosis, a common condition of Yin decline.
Sarah explains Yin stasis in which blood, phlegm, and damp fluids are held in the body. Learn about how the body attempts to dry this dampness, contributing to common menopause symptoms resulting from empty heat.
- The Role of the 8 Extraordinary Vessels
Menopause deals with the movement of Yuan Qi, in which the Eight Extraordinary Vessels are fundamental in the supportive work that can help women through this phase. Sarah explains the genesis, development, and significance of these vessels. In terms of practical treatment for the menopause, the vessels that are most relevant are the Yin Wei Mai, Chong Mai, Ren Mai, Dai Mai, Yang Wei Mai and, if Yang is deficient, the Du Mai. Sarah explains these vessels with interesting examples in relation to menopause.
- The Yin Wei Mai | Vessels of Aging and Time
In this section you will learn about the Wei vessels, which collect the experiences of aging. These vessels hold together the threads that make up the cloth of time and maintain the balance between Yin and Yang. In detail, Sarah explains the Yin Wei as our physical form and the Yang Wei as our actions and accomplishments. Learn about prescriptions to support the Yin Wei and the Yang Wei complete with opening points, coupling points, and trajectories. These vessels represent our stories of life, our history, and our major life decisions and are essential areas to be targeted during the menopause.
- Our Presence as Practitioners | Dropping Into Stillness
Sarah discusses the role of the practitioner as a facilitator of nourishing space, quietude, and stillness during treatment. She provides some techniques to best support the relaxation of the patient, which begins with the practitioner entering into an empty state of simplicity and stillness. In the next section Sarah will guide you through a Qi Gong practice to help you to enter into this state.
- Qi Gong Exercise | Pericardium Prayer
Join Sarah for a beautiful meditation exercise. She invites you to enter into a place of simple, non-judgemental presence and emptiness. This exercise can be repeated preceding each treatment to allow you to best support your patients.
Section II: Treatment
- Main Chinese Medicine Treatment Principles
Sarah reviews the nine main treatment principals for supporting women through the menopause. Some of these principals include: nourish the kidney Qi, nourish the Yin, support the constitution of the woman, relax tension, move stagnation, and clear accumulation among many others. She then sums up the intention of applying these principals using the language of Qi.
- Root (Yuan Qi) Treatment Routine
As the first demonstration with her patient Isabel on the treatment table, Sarah presents a root treatment to nourish the kidneys and the Yuan Qi. This treatment is to harmonize the relationship between fire and water, the heart and the kidneys, and to calm the Shen. Learn about why Tui Na is an adaptive technique and why Sarah suggests using it at the beginning of a treatment. Sarah carefully demonstrates and explains the other Tui Na techniques throughout this section.
You will be guided throughout a prescription with a patient in both prone and supine positions. This is an adaptable treatment that allows for many creative possibilities depending on if it includes needles and / or moxa.
- Moxa Protocol | How To Make Rice Grain Moxa
Sarah beautifully explains the materials you will need and the steps for rolling rice grain moxa. She demonstrates how to apply the moxa to points to be stimulated. Learn about when to use ginger and garlic as intermediaries to provide complementary benefits to the moxa treatment.
- Moxa Protocol How To Apply Rice Grain Moxa | Demonstration
In this section, Sarah demonstrates using the rice grain and ginger moxa that was made in the previous section. Sarah guides you through the application of rice grain moxa on BL20 (Pishu), to nourish the earth element, and then through the application of moxa on ginger on BL23 (Shenshu). Learn about a treatment Sarah calls, ‘The Dice’, that she uses to nourish the kidney and spleen for people experiencing deep fatigue from overextended lives. Sarah provides many potential modifications for this treatment. Lots of possibilities!
- Moxa Protocol | How To Apply Rice Grain Moxa for Osteoporosis Prevention
Sarah presents a prescription for targeting six points for osteoporosis prevention and for nourishing the spiritual journey of the menopause. The points presented can be used with rice grain moxa. Starting at the top of the neck, Sarah works her way from the Yang through the governing vessel, into the gall bladder, through the bladder to return to Yin and the spirit at the front. Sarah also provides additional points that can complement this protocol to treat excess empty heat.
- Yin Wei Mai | Introduction
The Yin Wei Mai are the vessels of the seven and eight year cycles, the vessels of aging. Sarah introduces a prescription that will make this vessel come to life in your hands. Learn about this trajectory and how to hold points to enable consciousness, surrender, space, and nourishment for the patient. The treatment principles for working on the Yin Wei Mai include harmonizing the kidney and the heart, nourishing Yin, and supporting the process of reflection on the spiritual journey. Through this next part of the course the Yin Wei trajectory will be worked through in sections.
- Tui Na Demo | Yin Wei Mai | Part 1 | Forearm, to Activate PC6 (Neiguan)
In the first part of the Yin Wei Mai routine, Sarah works on the forearm to activate PC6 (Neiguan). She instructs you through various Tui Na techniques to guide the Qi and explains the particular use of each type of movement. Learn about a technique using Yao Fa (rotation) to unwind any channel. Sarah also shares with you a forearm Tui Na technique to lower anxiety and calm the Shen and spirit.
- Tui Na Demo | Yin Wei Mai | Part 2 | Lower Leg, to Activate KI9 (Zhubin)
Sarah leads you through a protocol to activate KI9 (Zhubin), the guest house point. By activating this point the patient can enter a state of feeling like a guest in their own body, to have an objective experience of the treatment and more largely, objectively reflect on their life experience. The whole lower part of the kidney meridian is activated with Tui Na techniques. When the channel is open, Sarah demonstrates applying a Zhen Fa (vibrating) needle to KI9 (Zhubin) in order take the treatment to the Yuan Qi level.
- Tui Na Demo | Yin Wei Mai | Part 3 | Abdominal Work
In this section of the Yin Wei Mai treatment, Sarah works from the abdomen up to the area of the gate of life. She demonstrates moving Qi through the digestive system and targeting the spleen meridian to activate points SP13 (Fushe), SP14 (Fujie), and SP15 (Da heng). Sarah provides many possible modifications and additions to this treatment. Learn about how to work with your patients’ breath to encourage the movement of stuck energy and how to use diaphragm scooping to support the descending movement of Qi.
- Tui Na Demo | Yin Wei Mai | Part 4 | Chest to Return to Chong
This is the final part of this Yin Wei Mai trajectory treatment in the chest. Sarah provides various adjustments and treatment additions for both ascending and descending symptoms in the menopause phase of life. Learn about common areas of blockages in the chest and how to move Qi by activating specific points and using Tui Na techniques. You will be encouraged to tune into your intuition when moving across the body of your patient during treatment. Sarah concludes the Yin Wei Mai routine at the Chong, where it all began.
- Tui Na Demo | Mini Yin Wei Mai Treatment
Using her hands and needles, Sarah demonstrates a shortened version of the Yin Wei Mai treatment protocol that was previously presented.
- Tui Na Demo | Simple Head and Face Routine
Learn a very calming routine that complements a needling treatment. You will discover how to calm the Shen and Yang while descending the Yang that may be excessively rising. This routine is excellent for addressing symptoms of migraines, insomnia, depression, frustration, and tension.
- Tui Na Demo | Additional Work for Common Symptoms During Menopause | Part 1 | Hot Flushes/Insomnia
In this section Sarah presents needling techniques to disperse rising heat in the body. She demonstrates how to apply needles for cooling, vibrating needles, and through needles, with options for adding moxa to this prescription.
- Tui Na Demo | Additional Work for Common Symptoms During Menopause | Part 2 | Reflux/Oesophagitis
A common symptom during the perimenopause and menopause is gastric reflux, resulting from uprising and rebellious stomach Qi. Sarah shares additions to the basic Yin Wei protocol and the Yuan Qi treatment to target digestive issues. You will be presented with creative modifications for using hands or needles to provide the most ideal treatment for your patient.
- Tui Na Demo | Additional Work for Common Symptoms During Menopause | Part 3 | Lower back / Sacrum / Pelvic / Back Pain
Muscular aches, stiffness, and pain in the lower back and pelvis is common during perimenopause and menopause. This is the Dai Mai, the area of latency and stagnation. In this section, Sarah guides you through a prescription that can be added on to other treatments demonstrated earlier in the lecture. Options for needling and moxa are provided. Learn how to disperse Guo with moxa and how to apply a long needle to GB30 (Huantiao) for patients who are weak, deficient, and experiencing hip pain.
- Tui Na Demo | Additional Work for Common Symptoms During Menopause | Part 4 | Plantar Fasciitis
How many of your menopausal or perimenopausal patients have come to you with plantar fasciitis? Sarah was noticing this condition come up frequently among her patients. Learn about her interesting analysis of why it is so commonly occurring. Through demonstration, she provides a modifiable treatment prescription with a variety of points to be targeted with Tui Na techniques.
- Tui Na Demo | Additional Work for Common Symptoms During Menopause | Part 5 | Neck, Nape, Shoulders
A common symptom during the time of menopause is stiffness in the neck and shoulders and migraine headaches. In this section, Sarah demonstrates a variety of techniques on Isabel including Gua Sha and a series of Tui Na techniques to release tension, nourish tender points, and disperse Guo.
- Conclusion and Final Notes
Sarah graciously thanks you for joining this course and provides a concise overview of what was covered. Now you’re equipped with ideas, techniques, and inspiration to treat your perimenopausal and menopausal patients in new and innovative ways!
Students are saying…
“The quality is superb! I loved it! So much to take away and use in my practice. I love Sarah’s courses!”
“I really enjoyed this course and I am looking forward to implementing what I learned in the clinic. Especially useful was the nourishing the root treatment as it can be used for many clients”
“Sarah is an excellent instructor and is extremely knowledgeable & approachable.”
“A valuable investment. Very knowledgeable and she taught methods I hadn’t learned. Techniques were well demonstrated and I could get a better view of them through the videos than I would in a packed classroom.”
“The course was very well structured, extremely well taught. Sarah has revived my passion for Tui Na and has inspired me to use this technique treating menopause. My patients are loving it! You have truly sparked my Shen and I can’t wait for your next course.”
“Excellent! Was very useful and informative to see all in-class hands-on practice. Sarah Pritchard is a very engaging teacher, excellent at transmitting her wisdom and knowledge and intuitive touch.”
“Was more than I expected. It was very well done, very elaborate, focused on the main points but also explorative.”
“I very much enjoyed the discussion on the theory of the Eight extra and the psycho-emotional aspects of it, as it helps me firm up intention when working. You can see the added effect straight away in the clinic!”
“I’ve been an acupuncturist for nearly 23 years so have experienced a lot of great teachers, but Sarah’s style of teaching is truly unique and you come away knowing you have been doing deep work on a practical and spiritual level.”
“This course was a valuable investment for my practice. Sarah Pritchard was very knowledgeable, she taught channels and methods I hadn’t learned in school. Her techniques were well demonstrated and I could get a better view of them through the videos than I would in a packed classroom.”
Please note, this elective course is for PRC Campus students only.