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Massage Therapy Classes

picture of tui na technique as taught on this short massage courseThe massage therapy classes at Bodyharmonics teach skills of Chinese Tui Na. They 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 these Bodyharmonics massage therapy classes 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.

Massage therapy classes - the skills you will learn

You learn the location and function of acupoints which are responsive to the practical skills we teach you.

These massage therapy classes are 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

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

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 one of these massage therapy classes, 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.

Massage Therapy Course Dates and fees

11 days - £900      Exam fees - £125

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The massage therapy classes taught here include qualification in

Anatomy and physiology (A & P)

If you do not have an acceptable Anatomy & Physiology ( A & P ) qualification, you will need one for practicing deep tissue massage such as the techniques you will learn in these massage therapy classes. 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 in these massage therapy classes

What is the difference between Tui Na taught in these massage therapy classes and Acupressure?

picture of tui na technique as taught on this short massage courseAcupressure 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.

Find dates and fees for all massage therapy classes here | Book your massage therapy classes here |
Tui Na Book & DVD
(excellent pre-class study)

What People say about these massage therapy classes

"We believe students trained at your school are mostly exceptional and impressive."

Tony Wright Bsc:
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 & Graham
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.

Alan Orr:
"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!"

Find dates and fees for all massage therapy classes here | Book your massage therapy classes here |
Tui Na Book & DVD
(excellent pre-class study)