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Tui Na Chinese Massage Foundation

Tui Na Foundation Diploma
with an On site Tui Na Certificate

Contact hours:  10 days - 75.0 hours and 1 examination day 
Actual Clinical Case studies: 40 hours
Writing up case studies for assessment – 20 hours
Required private study – minimum 45  hours

Learn Tui Na using acupuncture points from day one

picture of tui na foundation level Chinese massage techniqueBack in 1995, this was the first authentic Tui Na course to be run in Britain by Maria and Graham Mercati. 600 students later we are still the original and the best! Read testimonials.
You will learn the positions of the 12 primary and the 2 Extraordinary Meridians and the location and use of 100 acupuncture points fundamental for the practical skills that we teach you.
All the necessary Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) theory that is essential for this level is taught through the medium of Tui Na which is used practically right from the start. This forms the basis of Tui Na therapy.

Grant Tui Na Master Practitioner course (2007)
"I liked the way the course put theory into relevant and practical use and Maria's willingness for us to achieve success as practitioners".

Short Tui Na courses that teach Tui Na techniques without the underlying Chinese Meridian theory and 100 acupoints or use oil on the bare skin, do not teach authentic Tui Na. The Meridians and acupoints provide fundamental guidance for the therapist and produce the therapeutic results.

The techniques we teach you are the tools that you will use to stand out from the competition. Our techniques come directly from a wide range of teaching hospitals in China. We ensure you can use them in the right way to achieve this outcome.
You learn enough TCM theory to apply an effective therapeutic Tui Na Chinese Massage that will set you apart from your competitors.

Adele Stephens TuiNa Foundation (2002)
"It was interesting, informal but we still all learnt a lot. The course was well set out, lectures were clear and and the Practical was fun."

Being able to accurately locate the acupuncture points, feeling and detecting pathological changes in the underlying tissues is vital before ever inserting a needle. No student should ever insert a needle into a patient without this theoretical and clinical experience.

Picture: Learning to locate acupuncture point - Liver 3 Drawings Copyright Maria Mercati©

. acupuncture point - Liver 3Liver 3 - taichong acupuncture point

picture of Maria Mercati's best selling Tuina book, published in many languages


Maria Mercati is the best selling author of 166,000 copies of her Tui Na book which has been translated into many languages. Excellent as an introduction to meridians and acupoints.

The Tui Na (Chinese Massage) Foundation course includes training in

  • whole body Tui Na, using healthcare techniques and 100 acupuncture points for treatment.
  • on-site Tui Na neck & shoulder techniques to be used in offices. The expensive massage chairs that are used by other on-site therapies are not required for Tui Na
  • paediatric Tui Na which includes basic healthcare and the treatment of common ailments in children. see more.....

    For successful participants, the Tui Na foundation level course provides effective massage skills to earn money immediately.
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Treat musculo-skeletal conditions upon qualifying

After completing the foundation level course, you will be able to treat a variety of musculo-skeletal conditions and sports injuries with confidence and be effective in maintaining good health for your clients.
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Anatomy and physiology course and dates
If you do not have a Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology (A & P) qualification, we offer a separate A & P course. You need to have completed a level 3 A&P course in order to receive a Tui Na Foundation Diploma.

Tui Na is performed through clothing, is completely holistic and has no negative side effects

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What can Tui Na Chinese Massage do for you?

  • Regular Tui na is effective in maintaining good health and can resolve a wide variety of pathological conditions
  • Tui Na speeds up healing in the musculo-skeletal system treating all chronic and acute neck, shoulder, back and joint pain, sciatica and arthritis.
  • Tui Na even promotes healing in the most inert connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments. Uniquely effective techniques quickly release fibrotic myofascia.
  • Tui Na is the most effective way of treating sports injuries. China's Olympic successes are testamony to its effectiveness.
  • Common chronic conditions such as headaches, migraine, IBS, insomnia, tension, restlessness etc. all respond well to Tui Na Chinese Massage.
  • Tui Na is used for all conditions that in the West would be treated by osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists plus many that would require drug therapy.

The differences between Tui Na, Acupressure and ShiatsuWhat is the difference between Tui Na and Acupressure?

Acupressure as taught in the West involves gentle static pressure applied to acupoints. Tui Na however uses pressure with movement to focus on the meridians as well as the acupoints. Each acupoint is kneaded 50-300 times depending upon the nature of the condition.

Tui Na has a vast repetoire of vigorous pressure movement techniques that promote Qi (intrinsic energy) flow and balance.

What is the difference between Tui Na and Shiatsu?

Both therapies are based on the same basic traditional Chinese medical theory. Tui Na dates back over 4,000 years. However, around 1000 years ago Tui Na was introduced into Japan, where it was modified to become what is now known as Shiatsu.
Tui Na has a huge arsenal of robust pressure and manipulative techniques all of which require diverse movements. Shiatsu by comparison is very slow, gentle and static with lots of sustained presses.

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