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Tui Na Chinese Massage Master Practitioner

with Sports Injury & Tui Na Massage with Feet

Tui Na Foundation is a prerequiste before joining the Tui Na Master Practitioner Course.

The Tui Na Master Practitioner course teaches:

tuina chinese massage showing upper back manipulationIt teaches a very wide range of sophisticated manipulation techniques that allow for an even wider spectrum of conditions to be treated than those taught in Tui Na Foundation. It raises the practitioner to an altogether higher professional level in Tui Na Chinese massage than the Foundation course.

Most importantly, it gives training in tongue & pulse diagnosis and syndromes. These provide the necessary diagnostic skills to enhance treatment and broaden the spectrum of conditions that can be treated.
This course is the next stepping stone toward personal enlightment.

Graham Mercati demonstrating a Tui Na technique

Quote from Didier Souchon July 2007
(Tui Na foundation and Master Practitioner)

"The knowledge shared was precious and the atmosphere was nice and relaxed. Maria was a great source of knowledge and Graham (image to the right) is just unbelievably good at what he does and how he teaches it!!!. Trevor's talks were fascinating and inspired me to read more about a few subjects".

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We have discontinued our Thai Massage courses which have been running for 20 years but have very carefully selected some of the most effectiveThai Massage stretching techniques that are totally complimentary to Tui Na to include in our Tui Na Master course. With this unique integration of Tui Na and Thai, we demonstrate and explain the how, the why, the when and the how much of each technique and which acupoints are to be used for specifically treating different conditions.

Tui Na Lower back manipulation

This will enable you to adapt your treatments to the needs of the patient in way never taught before and to provide both short and long treatment sessions.

This Tui Na Master Chinese massage therapy course includes sports injury, maintenance & rehabilitation Tui Na. Over 100 new manipulative techniques are taught at this level, making you more confident and deepening your knowledge of TCM. All of this will translate into fantastic results !

Maria is an internationally published author of two Tui Na books - Tui Na for adults, Paediaetric Tui Na and a Thai massage book. Her books are the original and the world's best selling books & Dvd's on these subjects and the books have been translated into many languages.

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

Maria Mercati is the best selling author of 166,000 copies of her Tui Na book which is excellent as an introduction to meridians and acupoints. Her Thai Massage book has sold 110,500 copies.

As this special course is run annually, you may enjoy the instructional book and/or DVD's prior to course commencement. The book and DVDís provide clear technique instructions that will prove especially invaluable as both a primer and a reference for the Thai Massage courses. Watch samples of Maria Mercati's Thai massage training DVDs

picture of tui na foot massage Tui Na Chinese foot massage called Caiqiao Tui Na which uses your feet instead of your hands is also taught, so that you can easily treat effectively large and very muscular clients. This will prove to be valuable within an income generating context.

The sports injuries component teaches you the most effective possible ways of diagnosing and treating sports injuries, enabling you to work in sports injury clinics. Many of our qualified students do work in top sports injury clinics.


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The Tui Na Master Practitioner massage therapy course teaches you:

What is the difference between Tui Na & Osteopathy?

Tui Na Chinese Massage treatments are more in depthwith a much wider repertoire of techniques than those of Osteopathy. Tui Na's acupressure and manipulative techniques are designed to affect the fundamental energies of the body to speed up the healing process.

In China Tui Na is the universal hands on therapy for treating all the conditions that in the UK would be treated by a Chiropractor, Osteopath or Physiotherapist

Regular Tui Na can significantly reduce the need for surgical operations for spine and joints problems.

What is the difference between Tui Na and Thai massage?

Tui Na is done on a massage couch on the clothed body or with the patient seated on an ordinary chair. Traditionally Thai massage is performed on the floor on the clothed body with the recipient lying or sitting and requires no special equipment other than a thick blanket.
On our Tui Na Master course we include a few Thai stretches that can be done on the couch and a few additional  powerfully releasing stretches that have to be done on the floor.

Thai massage is rather like applied yoga with many large-scale joint manipulations that stretch muscles gently and very effectively and like Tui Na releases powerful healing forces that ease pain and stress.  

Tui Na uses a wide variety of soft tissue techniques to deeply stimulate the meridians and acupoints together with powerful joint manipulations.
Thai massage like Tui Na, is concerned with balancing the intrinsic energies of the body, mind and spirit.  Thai massage lacks the sophisticated theoretical background of Chinese Tui Na massage - 14 meridians with 365 acu-points and diagnosis.

Thai massage showing the Plough techniqueThai Massage treating the upper back and neck

What is the difference between Tui Na and Western Sports Massage?

Few can fail to be impressed by the meteoric rise of the Chinese in the international sports arena. For the Chinese athletes Tui Na is available to boost performance and treat injuries without needing Western treatments such as physiotherapy, osteopathy and sports massage, none of which are used.

Tui Na Chinese massage is a uniquely powerful means of treating all types of problems encountered in sport. Tui Na techniques using acupoints and Meridian theory learned on this massage therapy course can be even more effective than Western sports massage. Recovery and return to full performance is more rapid than with Western therapies.

Most sports injuries involve damage to muscle fibres, myofascia or tendons and they are commonly caused by overuse of muscles that are not functionally balanced with other muscles in their group and with their antagonists.

Thai massage half lotus straight leg stretch Tui Na with Thai Massage enables every individual muscle to assume its normal relaxed length when not contracting. When injury does occur the controlled stretches and manipulations have an unrivalled ability to speed healing and restore pain-free function compared with Western Sports Massage.
It provides maintenance that muscles need, improves performance by reducing the risk of injury for athletes and dancers during their training.

This Masters course will teach the aspiring practitoner everything necessary to become a competent and advanced therapist in the discipline.

As trends continue to develop towards healthier lifestyle practices, the addition of Thai Massage to your Tui Na therapy portfolio will become ever more valuable to your earning potential.

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