BODYHARMONICS® Tui Na  Chinese Massage Syllabus for Foundation Diploma

Tui Na Chinese Massage

On this Tui Na course, you will learn, with extensive practice, the following:

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Theory

Meridians and Acupressure/Acupuncture points.

  • You will learn to palpate and identify the location of the 12 primary meridians/channels and the 2 extraordinary Ren and Du meridians as used in Tui Na, shiatsu and acupuncture.
  • You will learn to select and use appropriate techniques for treating the meridians.
  • You will learn to locate 100 acupressure/acupuncture points by palpating muscles and other anatomical landmarks. All points taught are relevant to the needs of the Tui Na practitioner at foundation level as well as for the acupuncture course.
  • You will be taught the functions of the 100 acupressure/acupuncture points and how they are used by the Tui Na practitioner for treatment.
  • You will be taught all necessary contraindications for these acupressure/acupuncture points
  • You will learn the energetic interrelationships between the six hand meridians and the six foot meridians
Tui Na Manual
Large Intestine Meridian from Maria Mercati's book - Tui Na Manual

Your Learning Goals

  • To be able to identify and accurately locate the course of each meridian and the exact position of every one of the acupressure/acupuncture points taught at this level
  • You will know the therapeutic functions of the acupressure/acupuncture points
  • You will be able to use the meridians and acupressure/acupuncture points in a clinical context

Develop a high level of confidence to apply your knowledge and skills in a clinical setting.

Other Fundamental level concepts of TCM.

The importance of the Yin and Yang concept to the TCM therapist

  • Chinese theory of relativity
  • Characteristics of Yin and Yang processes

The Yin/Yang pathologies

  • Balance of Yin and Yang, excess of Yin, excess of Yang, deficiency of Yin, deficiency of Yang, simultaneous deficiency of Yin and Yang

Vital Substances


  • The relationship between Jing, Blood and Marrow
  • Jing Pathologies – Deficiency in children and adults


  • The nature of Qi
  • Yuan Qi, Zheng Qi, Gu Qi, Zong Qi, Ying Qi, Wei Qi in the human body
  • The functions of Qi
  • Qi pathologies – Qi deficiency, Qi stagnation, Qi rebellion, Qi collapse


  • The nature of Shen
  • Shen pathologies – Shen deficiency. Shen disturbances


  • The functions of blood
  • Blood pathologies – Blood deficiency, Blood stagnation, Blood loss, Blood heat

Body Fluids

  • The nature and function of body fluids
  • The production and circulation of body fluids
  • Body fluids pathologies – Body fluid deficiency, dampness and phlegm


  • Zang-fu – the six Yin organs and the six Yang organs. Energy patterns and energy flow in TCM.
  • Classifying the organs according to Five Element theory

Basic Five Element concepts

  • A link between the Five Elements and the pathologies


  • The Eight Principles of diagnosis
  • Five Elements diagnosis
  • TCM diagnosis by perceptive listening, observing, asking questions, building rapport and empathy.
  • Diagnosis of physical and emotional stress according to meridian theory.
Five Elements

Disease and its causes

  • External pathogens – Wind, Damp, Cold, Heat, Dryness
  • Internal emotional factors – Worry, fear, anxiety, anger, sadness
  • Other causes

Your Learning Goals

  • You will have a working understanding of TCM which includes Yin/Yang theory, the Vital Substances, the link between the Organs and Five Elements and the causes of disease.
  • You will have developed the basic skills for diagnosing the body in health and disease
  • You will be able to use your TCM knowledge and hands on skills to carry out meaningful case studies and treatments.

Maria Mercati’s whole body healthcare Tui Na.

What will I learn?
Tui Na soft tissue massage techniques to stimulate the meridians and acupressure/acupuncture points

  • Pressing with thumb, heel of hand, forearm, elbow – An Fa & Ya Fa
  • Kneading with thumb, heel of hand, forearm, elbow – Rou Fa
  • Squeezing and grasping (the word Tui Na means this) – Na fa
  • Rolling Chinese style, single and double rolling – Gun Fa
  • Pushing – Tui Fa (the word Tui Na means this)
  • Rubbing – Mo Fa
  • Pummelling, cupping, vibration- whole hand or one finger – Pia Fa
  • One finger manipulation – Yi Zhi Chan Tui Fa
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Tony Wright on the Tui Na course
Vonetta Winter
Vonetta Winter doing Tui Na technique on shoulder

Tui Na Joint manipulation techniques

  • Shaking – Dou Fa
  • Twisting – Nian Fa
  • Stretching – flexion and extension – Ban Shen Fa
  • Rotation – Yao Fa
  • You will learn safe patient care and handling skills to use these Tui Na Chinese massage techniques effectively with constant, constructive feedback on all of the techniques demonstrated and practiced.
  • You will learn all contra-indications to Tui Na Chinese massage.
  • You will be taught how to incorporate and knead the appropriate acupressure/acupuncture points on the meridians for each of the different Tui Na routines below.
  • You will be taught to give a whole body healthcare Tui Na Chinese massage to maintain health.
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  • You will learn to give a seated Tui Na routine on a chair or stool. The expensive massage chairs that are used by other on-site therapies are not required for Tui Na. This can also be used for on-site Tui Na therapy in offices and places of work.
  • You will learn to massage the neck for relaxation and the release of stiff neck and headaches.
    Tui Na Chinese Massage treating Arms and Shoulders.
  • You will learn to apply Tui Na to the shoulders, the arms and hands to relieve painful or frozen shoulder, tennis and golfers elbow and RSI and arthritic pain in the hands.

You will learn to apply Tui Na to the back to stimulate Back Shu acupressure/ acupuncture points to reduce tension in the upper back and relieve lower back pain and sciatica.

You will also learn to carry out Tui Na for the hips, back of legs in prone position to relieve tension and spasm in the hamstrings and calf muscles and relieve lower back pain and sciatica.

Tui Na book
Bladder Meridian from Maria Mercati's Tui Na book
Stomach Meridian
Stomach Meridian passing through the knee

Learn to apply Tui Na to the front of legs to improve leg mobility, relieve quadriceps pain and knee pain and with the joint manipulations treat stiff hip joints and relieve sciatica.

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Tui Na on the front of the leg and knee
  • You will be able to do Tui Na abdominal massage to boost energy, improve bowel function to relieve IBS, constipation, aid weight loss and benefit fertility.
  • You will learn to give Tui Na face massage to reduce stress, enhance beauty, benefit sleep, relieve headaches, aching eyes and sinusitis.
  • You will learn how to carry out appropriate case studies and treatments.
Tui Na thumb rocking on yintang point. Image from Maria Mercat's Tui Na manual

Your Learning Goals

  • To use each technique correctly and effectively to apply pressure accurately and in a way that will produce a good therapeutic outcome.
  • To be able to combine techniques for the most effective treatment.
  • To be able grade the use of each technique according to pressure, time and frequency so that it is safe and appropriate to the age, needs and condition of the patient.
  • To be able to choose the appropriate acupressure/acupuncture points and knead them accurately
  • To be competent in applying a whole body healthcare Tui Na Chinese massage
  • To be able to choose the right combinations of acupressure/acupuncture points to treat all common health problems for which Tui Na is suitable
  • To be able to plan and carry out appropriate case studies and treatments.

To set up a Tui Na practice
You will learn about professionalism, hygiene, ethics, code of conduct, keeping records, advertising, professional liability insurance and membership of Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council.

Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council


  • There will be continuous assessment
  • A written test covering acupressure/acupuncture point locations and functions and all the TCM theory listed above.
  • A practical examination of a whole body Tui Na assessed by an external examiner


  • On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a Bodyharmonics® Tui Na Foundation Level Diploma with an On-Site Tui Na Neck and Shoulders certificate