Tuina (Chinese massage): an introduction

Tuina is an energetic massage carried out over clothing. Working with Chi (vital energy) circulating in the meridians (energy lines), we will also explore the uses of acupressure points. Please wear loose comfortable clothing.

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28/04/14 - 23/06/14


7 weeks

17:30 - 19:30

Fees ?
Full fee: £123
Senior fee: £123
Concession: £64

KS - Keeley Street

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Course outline

What is the course about?

Chinese healing massage called Tuina. It is like massage but is carried out through clothing. Tuina is performed to contact the Chi (vital energy) that circulates in the meridians (energy lines on the body).

What topics will we cover?

The content of the course will be a series of exercises to develop Chi sensitivity. Demonstrations of Tuina in its basic form that can be used on family and friends to promote well being. Meditation techniques to bring calm and focus to the practise, and an introduction to Oriental Medicine and its affects on the body, mind and spirit.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

- Name the contra-indications to receiving Tuina
- Practise Tuina techniques on friends and family
- Use a series of acupressure points on self and others
- Perform a series of exercises to calm or stimulate the energy.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Introductory level - no previous knowledge required. You are required to read and write short sentences, follow verbal instructions and extract information from handouts.


The following list is to be used as a guide when deciding whether you wish to undertake a course in body work. We have strict guidelines as we aim to protect the health and safety of students in training and those they practise on during and after the course, whilst providing widest possible access. If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake a bodywork course and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in a bodywork class/course.

- Epilepsy
- Diabetes
- An untreated medical condition
- Spinal injuries
- A recent operation
- Severe skin disorders
- Severe mental illness
- On medication
- Cardiovascular disorders (high blood pressure, severe varicose veins, heart problems, thrombosis)
- Bone or joint disorders (Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis)
- Pregnancy (or post natal)
- Endocrine disorders
- Knee Problems (for Shiatsu, Thai massage and introductory massage courses only)
- Is there anything else we should know about your health before you enrol for a course? If there is, please let the Health & Movement Studies team know.

If accepted onto a course, a student could be given alternative practical tasks and adjustments may be made where reasonable. However, a student could be asked to leave the course if any situation were to arise which could endanger the well being of that student, or any other student. It is for instance not suitable to work on another student, if you are taking medication that affects your concentration or if you have uncontrolled fits which could cause a danger to others during a relevant activity.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Demonstrations, practical pair work, group exercises, talks/discussions, questions and answers, feedback.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All the material on the course is covered in the handouts.

Do I need to have an interview before I can enrol?


What feedback will I get?

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made.

How will I be able to give my views on the course?

Please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

You may be interested in: education and careers advice; financial and childcare support; disability support; support for Deaf and hearing-impaired students; dyslexia support; English and maths support; counselling, and library services (supported learning centre). To find out what may be available to you, and how to apply, see page 278 of the 13/14 course guide, or visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

- Traditional Chinese medicine course
- Chi Kung of Tai Chi course
- A Professional Practitioner Training course.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Information and Advice Shop, open Monday to Friday 12:00 – 19:00 during term time, and Monday to Friday 12:00 – 17:00 out of term time. See the course guide for term dates and further details.

Who can I contact for further information?

Tel: 020 7492 2622

Advice times:

During term-time Tuesday 17.30 - 18.30 Thursday 12.30 - 13.30 Room 101A

Non term-time Tuesday 17.30 - 18.30 Wednesday 12.30 - 13.30 Room 101A

To enrol on a course, call 020 7831 7831

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Tel: 020 7492 2622

Advice times:

During term-time Tuesday 17.30 - 18.30 Thursday 12.30 - 13.30 Room 101A

Non term-time Tuesday 17.30 - 18.30 Wednesday 12.30 - 13.30 Room 101A

To enrol on a course, call 020 7831 7831

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