Tui na, 2nd class

In last night’s class, we began by reviewing the names of the points to which we were introduced on Tuesday (I couldn’t remember any except the bai hui, oops, although I could remember their location). We were also taught about the unit of measurement used in TCM, the cun.

We then spent an hour or more working in pairs, practising the different massage techniques, and working on the lines of face and head. As I mentioned, I’m partnered with an Australian guy, Tom. I actually found it easier than I’d feared to locate the points when I was working on him, so that was encouraging.

Next, we were introduced to a number of points on the neck, shoulders and arms. These are

We’ll practice massaging the lines connecting these points in our next class. The English acupuncturist has a book with all of these points described in English, which she’s offered to lend me; that’ll be very useful.

Then, all too quickly, class was over and it was time to get on my bicycle and head off for dumplings near Beixingqiao…

If it’s not obvious, I’m really enjoying these classes so far, and rather excited at the feeling of having my mind stretched in a completely different direction. I’m rather tempted to pursue a professional-level qualification in tuina – classes are available at the Beijing Massage Hospital, the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, and various other places. I’m interested to have read somewhere that tui na as taught and practiced in China still includes bonesetting, whereas tui na in the UK and perhaps elsewhere does not; that would be a useful skill to acquire…

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  1. Once someone told me they don’t feel lucky hmmmm.
    I have ordered an accupunture book from a Uni in China not just 3 weeks ago! and have been trying to find somewhere in Singapore to learn Tuina and accupunture. They do English courses in Beijing Uni!! hmmm someone is lucky to have all that on his door step….;)

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    1. Hehehe, well, it depends how you look at it all, doesn’t it!

      As for English-medium TCM training in Singapore, there’s not much to be had, sadly; the only thing I could find is the part-time degree in Ang Mo Kio. I guess you could register – you wouldn’t need to complete the whole degree…

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    1. I don’t want to get your hopes up! All I know is that when I was going to taiji classes there, one of the instructors mentioned that he was training in TCM at Ang Mo Kio; he’s Singapore-Chinese, and I know he doesn’t speak Mandarin, so…..

      Anyway, a quick search turns up the Singapore College of Traditional Chinese Medicine; they are in AMK so perhaps they’re who he meant. The degree course I was thinking about is taught in Chinese after all, but give them a call, perhaps they can give you some pointers (hahahaha, pun not intended) to an acupuncture course…. http://www.singaporetcm.edu.sg/en/index.php

      I see from his website that TT Ang has been in Shanghai for a while – maybe he’s still clearing his backlog of email, so don’t give up hope there!

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  2. The class sounds great, I wish I could learn some tuina or other traditional Chinese medicine! Not looking for a career in TCMA, but would be nice to be able to help friends and family with that. Looking forward to hearing more about the classes!

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  3. Hi there! This is the second time I stumbled onto your blog. The first time was 2 years back when I was searching on taiji classes in Singapore, the second when I am searching on tuina courses.

    Do you happen to know of any tuina courses in Singapore or any one I can speak with?

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    1. Can’t help, sorry! It’s a few years now since I was in Singapore, and I’m losing touch with the scene there 😦

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