Foundation Massage Course
The foundation massage course at Bodyharmonics teaches skills of Chinese Tui Na. This will enable you to provide effective massage treatment to relieve injuries and stress related conditions.
What about qualifications?
Because the Government have deemed not to legislate Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there are no qualifications beyond individual school certification.
Qualification from this foundation massage course will enable you to get insurance. That is all you need to practice as a massage therapist, both safely and legally. That's why this course will get you earning very quickly.
The skills you will learn on this basic massage course
You learn the location and function of acupoints which are responsive to the practical skills we teach you.
This basic massage course is very thorough, giving enough techniques to apply effective Tui Na in a therapeutic context. Back in 1995, Bodyharmonics was the first main Tui Na course to be run in Britain
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.
After completing this foundation massage course you should be able to treat a variety of musculo-skeletal conditions with confidence and be effective in bringing relief to your clients. It will also give you a solid foundation to expand your therapeutic skills.
Basic Massage Course Dates and fees
11 days - £900 Exam fees - £125
- "on-site Tui Na" which can be used in offices without the need for expensive massage chairs
- "Pediatric Tui Na" which is training in basic healthcare and common ailments for children
Anatomy and physiology (A & P)
If you do not have an acceptable Anatomy & Physiology ( A & P ) qualification, you will need one for practicing the massage skills you learn on this basic massage course. We offer a separate A & P course which you need to complete in order to receive a full Tui Na Foundation Diploma.
What is Tui Na ?
Tui Na is hands-on deep tissue massage. It ranks equally with acupuncture, herbal medicine and Qigong. It has been tried and tested for over 4,000 years and is still regularly used by the Chinese (over one fifth of the World's population). It is part of the second largest medical system in the World.
Tui Na is based on the same medical theory as acupuncture
Done correctly, Tui Na facilitates the flow of vital energy called Qi (pronounced "chee"). It has been shown to flow through a system of channels called "meridians". Stimulation of various combinations of Qi-points on these meridians forms the basis of Tui Na therapy (translated as "push and grasp").
Tui Na deep tissue massage techniques are designed to produce powerful therapeutic effects on the flow of Qi in the body.
Tui Na is performed through clothing, is completely holistic and has no negative side effects
Techniques taught on this basic massage course
- Tui na is effective in maintaining good health and treating a huge 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 deep tissue techniques quickly release fibrotic myofascia.
- Tui Na is the most effective means of treating sports injuries
- Tui Na treats all common chronic conditions such as headaches, migraine, IBS, insomnia, tension, restlessness etc.
- Tui Na treats all conditions that in the West would be treated by osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists - plus many that would require drug therapy
What is the difference between Tui Na taught on this basic massage course and Acupressure?
Acupressure involves gentle static pressure applied to acupoints. Tui Na focuses on the meridians as well as the acupoints. Tui Na has a vast range of vigorous, deep tissue 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 to 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 deep tissue pressure and manipulative techniques all of which require diverse movements. Shiatsu by comparison is very slow, gentle and static with lots of sustained presses.
What People say about this basic massage course
"We believe students trained at your school are mostly exceptional and impressive."
Several years ago I attended both the Foundation & Master Practitioner Tui na courses at the Bodyharmonics centre in Cheltenham.
From day one of the course, taught by Maria, Trevor &
Mercati, I was captivated by the knowledge, skill & love of their work. The training was intense & a lot was expected of students - mainly to work very hard and learn. The first time Maria demonstrated a technique on me I knew I was in the right school.
You have to feel the Tui na that is taught at Bodyharmonics. Language will not describe its unique flavour. Since having a successful practice for the past few years I have experienced other massage systems including Tui na practitioners trained elsewhere. None so far have had this unique approach to Tui na, an approach my clients come back for again and again (even when they are better). I am working hard to develop and maintain the very high standards that I was taught. Long may the Mercati family continue to teach this very special work.
"I have been teaching martial arts for many years & have traveled the world to find the right teachers in the time. You really cannot miss the opportunity to study with the right teachers when you find them.
Having access to the years of knowledge that Maria holds and shares is a true gift!"