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
- Feng Chi
- Que Pen
- Jian Jing
- Jian Zhong Shu
- Jian Wai Shu
- Jian Yu
- Qu Chi
- Shou San Li
- Nei Guan
- Wai Guan
- Shen Men
- He Gu
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…