Testimonials from Bodyharmonics Students

Testimonials.  Here are statements from Bodyharmonics students in their own words. Most have either used  Tui Na  and /or acupuncture in established careers, or have gone on to build their own practices.   Some have also done Indonesian Massage and Thai Massage

 Alan Orr – 1997/1998
A&P, Module 1- Tui Na, Module 2 Tui Na Masters, Module 3 – Acupuncture & Indonesian Massage.
“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!” More details

Tui Na Foundation at Bodyharmonics School Alan Orr seated on first chair - 1997
Tui Na Foundation at Bodyharmonics School Alan Orr seated on first chair - 1997

Claudia Walker 2004 – 2007 – qualified in all the Bodyharmonics courses
A&P, Module 1 – Tui Na  Foundation, Module 2 -Tui Na Masters – Paediatric Tui Na ,  Module 3 – Acupuncture, Thai Masters – Indonesian Massage.
Between 2004 and 2008 I have successfully completed all courses at the Bodyharmonics Center and have been to China with Maria for two weeks of clinical observation More info.

Claudia Walker - China Trip
Claudia Walker receiving acupuncture certificate from the Director of the TCM college in Shandong

Zena Farrington – 2007 – 2009
Bodyharmonics School – Module 1 – Tui Na foundation, Module 2- Tui Na Masters and Module 3 – Acupuncture
My story studying Acupuncture how it has changed my life. It all started in Nov 06 when I enrolled in a 3-year degree course part time and working fulltime. I did my first year and was lucky to be in a class with wonderfully students all-enthusiastic about TCM.   More info

Zena Farrington receiving acupuncture certificate in Jinan - China

Nick Lowe – 2012 to 2013
Bodyharmonics School – Anatomy & Physiology, Tui Na foundation, Tui Na Masters and Acupuncture
I first came to Body Harmonics as I had many friends around the country enrolled in the various Acupuncture degree programs who were very dissatisfied with their studies at University. I was happy that I was thrown in to a hands on experiential approach to learning so you can begin developing a skill set very early on.
More info

Tui Na course
Nick Lowe doing Tui Na Spinal Manipulation as taught on the Tui Na masters course

Stephen Johnston – 2002 to 2004 qualified in all the Bodyharmonics courses
Anatomy & Physiology, Tui Na foundation, Tui Na Masters, Acupuncture, Thai Master Practitioner, Indonesian Massage
“When I started training with Maria and her team at The Bodyharmonics Center I was both a graduate and a former college lecturer who had become quite cynical about the way in which education is delivered.
If only all educational places could adopt this approach to teaching and learning! More info. Stephen’s website

Carol Aspinall – 2013
First year of degree course, Module 3  – Acupuncture
I joined the Bodyharmonics Acupuncture Course 2012 after completing the first year of a degree which had left me mentally and emotionally drained.  This is not to say that the Bodyharmonics course is an easy option, it takes hard work and dedication, but it is fulfilling and fun.  You will have immeasurable self confidence after completing the course, which all my degree friends have since commented on, and found surprising     More info

Acupuncture course
Carol-Aspinall taking the pulse on the acupuncture course

Carl Cieka – 2009-2010
Modules 1 – Tui Na foundation,  Module 2  – Tui Na Masters 2 & Module 3 -Acupuncture
“Having spent almost a year studying acupuncture at a major UK University, it was a welcome relief to find there is an alternative to vast lecture theatres, oversized classes and impersonal teaching staff….. The workload is immense and the course highly challenging, however, the rewards are equally immense and the results achieved in clinical practice, can be simply amazing!” More info…

Carl Cieka
Carl Cieka on Acupuncture course 2010-11 at Bodyharmonics School.

Sean Reidy  – 2013
Sports Massage therapist. Module 1 – Tui Na and Module 3 –  Acupuncture
I came from a sports massage backround with 14 years experience and was always looking for that something extra to take my work to the next level. In the past I spent 4 years working as a therapist for Riverdance and I also worked for the McLaren formula 1 team for 2 seasons.  Travelling over and back from Nice was quite a commitment initially, but I now recognise it to have been probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. More info

Acupuncture course
Sean-Reidy - Acupuncture course

Reyan Alowaied2012 – 2014 
A&P, Module 1 – Tui Na  Foundation, Module 2 -Tui Na Masters,  Module 3 – Acupuncture and Indonesian Massage.
Six years on since the first day of my first course, I can say with some conviction that Bodyharmonics changed my life.  They say knowledge is power; what I’ve learnt has not only equipped me with sound knowledge, but has empowered me with the tools to help others. You will be amazed at what you can treat!  I too was once searching for the right school or university to learn from. This is where my searching ended and yours should to!  Read more…

Tui Na course
Reyan Allowaid doing Tui Na on Trevor Mercati

Caroline Legg 2011/2012
Bodyharmonics School. Qualified in A&P, Module 1 – Tui Na foundation, Module 2 – Tui Na Masters & Module 3 – Acupuncture. CPD days in Wrist & Ankle microsystems & electro acupuncture .
 It is truely amazing to be able to treat yourself with Acupuncture when you are ill emotionally and physically. If i had only of known this before I spent thousands of pounds, (much more than Maria’s course fees), on trying to find an answer to my health issues. I now have found the answer, my life is so much more positive and enjoyable, I am mentally a lot more relaxed, aches and pains who cares, I don’t worry now, I can heal it myself, what a feeling!  Read more

Tui Na Chinese massage
Tui-Na Course Feb-2012. Front Distanza Orr, Chris Tait, Caroline Legg, Angi Appleton, Back - Chris Davies, Janet Chatfield, Maria, Gill Mills, Maria Hendriksen, Marie Brobyn

John F. Pfaff, AB, MBA, PhD, CFP  – 2007
Tui Na qualification California, Module 3 – Acupuncture Diploma, Professor Emeritus

Having been a professor and dean for over 30 years, I wish very teacher and program could be as effective, supportive and successful in preparing students to function in the work environment. Her books are an excellent indication of the clarity of her teaching methodology. If you have enjoyed the books, you will enjoy her in person even more.  More info

John Pfaff & Trevor Mercati

Chris Payne   – 2009/2010
Modules 1 – Tui Na foundation,  Module 2  – Tui Na Masters 2 & Module 3 -Acupuncture
Having gone through the incredible training that Maria’s courses offer.
I cannot imagine how any other institution could be as thorough and interesting as the two and a half years I spent studying both Tui Na and Acupuncture at Bodyharmonics.   More info

Acupuncture course
Chris Payne receiving acupuncture from another sudent on the Acupuncture course

Grace Li – 2016/17
A&P, Module 1 – Tui Na  Foundation, Module 2 -Tui Na Masters,  Module 3 – Acupuncture and Indonesian Massage.
” As a British Chinese I am familiar with acupuncture and understand how important it is to gain practical experience whilst carrying out my study’s. Within a few months of following their “Learning and Practice” method, I started to achieve some amazing results. While carrying out some case studies – with 3 needles I relieved my friend’s neck pain which had been bothering her for over a year………… Read more…

Tui Na course
Grace Li on the Tui Na course 2016

Elizabeth Cave 2007
Shiatsu Qualification, Module 3 – Acupuncture 
During my initial training I developed a great interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine and so decided that acupuncture was the way forward. Having researched many other courses at universities and specialist schools, I discovered that this course provided a very natural progression from one therapy to the next…. The use of tui na or shiatsu alongside the acupuncture in clinical practice is actively encouraged, where appropriate. More info

Shiatsu - Acupuncture
Elizabeth-Cave - Shiatsu practitioner - Module 3 Acupuncture 2006

Fiona Hurlock – 2008
Shiatsu qualification , Module 3 – Acupuncture   
I was able to integrate acupuncture into my shiatsu practice with immediate and positive effect. Maria’s enthusiasm and love of real Chinese acupuncture as practiced right now in Chinese hospitals is inspiring, and her belief in the efficacy of this dynamic style of acupuncture is extremely motivating. More info.

Acupuncture Course
Fiona Hurlock treating a patient on the acupuncture course

Patrick Ross  – 1998/1999
A&P, Module 1 – Tui Na foundation, Module 2 – Tui Na Masters, Module 3 – Acupuncture
This is a well-thought out and comprehensive course in Acupuncture.
It is an ambitious course and I found it hugely enjoyable, More info

Acupuncture course 1999 - Patrick Ross far right

Romano Daversa  – 2012
Qualified sports therapist completed Module 3 – Acupuncture 
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your class. During the last 11 months I have learned so much. You have a way of making a very dry subject very interesting. Thanks for always listening, being patient, dynamic and in a good mood. I felt proud to have you as my teacher. A big thankyou to Trevor and Graham for being so supportive

Acupuncture treatment
Jinan-TCM-hospital-China-2012. Romano Daversa, Tom Santisook, Ian Jenkinson, and translater

Lynne Rhodes – 2007/2008
Msc Nursing –  Module 1 – Tui Na foundation, Module 2 – Tui Na Masters, Module 3 – Acupuncture
I made the decision to start the acupuncture course in an attempt to find a pain relief that the Western Biomedical model of medicine could not provide. I had been working in an outpatient department at a busy University Hospital with daily patient traffic in excess of 600 patients per day. More info

Tui Na & Acupuncture courses
Lynne Rhodes in white

Romana Philips -2009
Qualified nurse  – Module 3 Acupuncture 
This course was great for me because as a qualified nurse I didn’t have to do the foundation modules but could go straight to the acupuncture module, which made the course affordable for me. The part time nature of the course meant that I could fit it around my full time job. Undertaking this course was a big time commitment for the year, but it was definitely worth it. I have now reduced my NHS hours and I’m doing one day per week acupuncture privately, which I hope to increase until I can leave the NHS behind me!
I would definitely recommend this course to any other nurses who want to branch out into private practice, but don’t underestimate the amount of time and study that is needed to achieve it.

Dr Nudrat Jabeen – 2007
Qualified, registered Medical doctor – Module 3 – Acupuncture
“Being a medical doctor, I had my reservations about how I would cope with this new system of treatment. But hats off to Maria she made it so simple & easy to learn. You can blend acupuncture with western medicine because we do not have treatment option for everything in Western medicine plus there are horrifying side effects in medicine “

Acupuncture course
Dr. Nudrat Jabeen Acupuncture course 2007