Tuina Intensive Course 2: Internal Conditions with Rosey Grandage and Sandra Hill


Students: £335 (details inside)

Postponed until 2021

This is the second of two intensive tuina courses in which we teach a versatile range of techniques to enhance your practice. Learn how to work with qi and the physical body in a deep and effective way. You will explore qi through hands-on techniques, the classical theories of yin yang and wu xing (5 elements) and the practice of qi gong and yang sheng (nourishing life).

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The Tuina Intensive Course 1 will focus on the treatment of External Musculoskeletal Conditions. The Tuina Intensive Course 2 will explore the use of Tuina for the treatment of Internal Conditions affecting the zang fu.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If delegates wish to attend only Intensive Tuina Course 1 or only Intensive Tuina Course 2, they may do so. However, in order to upgrade their insurance to include cover for Tuina Massage, evidence of attending both courses will be required.

Course 2 - Internal Conditions:

Each day we explore a different zang fu from the perspective of its related element and then take this theoretical knowledge into practical techniques for diagnosis and treatment. The emphasis is on quiet, deep, focused work, to understand the movement of qi in balance and imbalance. We use cases which are of interest to the participants and discuss practical advice for patients, including diet and qi gong.

Why Learn Tuina?

First and foremost because it gives you the perfect complement to acupuncture; an ability to work with your hands alongside the needles; to move and nourish qi directly; to understand qi on a deeper level in diagnosis and as it moves and changes during a treatment. It will give you a better understanding of both physical and qi structures; a way to work directly on the muscles and joints and channels and points. A way to work effectively without needles; and last, but not least, patients really like and benefit from it as a treatment.

Course Contents

The style of tuina taught is subtle, deep and versatile, being rooted in an understanding of qi and drawing on daoist philosophy; it is used to treat both musculo-skeletal and internal conditions. The practice of qi gong is key to developing both an understanding of qi for diagnosis and treatment and effective hand techniques. You will be using tuina and qi gong throughout the course to assess, diagnose, treat and really unite theory and practice.

Our teaching is grounded in classical Chinese medicine thinking which constantly sights the person within the natural landscape, recognising each person as both a unique individual and a microcosm of the universe. This classical, subtle style of tuina is the perfect adjunct to acupuncture and herbs; combined with qi gong it can be used for both diagnosis and treatment.

The earliest records of tuina being practised in China date to the 2nd century BCE and, along with acupuncture and herbal medicine, it remains central to the development and practice of Chinese medicine today. As it would be expected, over this long period there are a variety of styles of practice, and techniques are often used in conjunction with acupuncture and/or herbal medicine and supplementary advice on diet, exercise and the practice of qi gong. The word tuina simply comes from two techniques: tui (downward stroking), and na (grasping and lifting). In some areas of China massage techniques are called anmo: an (pressing), and mo (circular rubbing).

Entry Requirements

The course is open to qualified acupuncturists, shiatsu practitioners and students of acupuncture who have completed year one of an accredited course. Please provide evidence by email before you book. We recognise membership of BAcC, ATCM, AACP, BMAS and the Shiatsu Society.

Further Information

  • 30 CPD hours.
  • Schedule:
  • Dates: postponed until 2021
  • Cost: £435 - Early Bird £390 (if booked before 25th August). Students: £335 (Students have to email: [email protected] to give evidence of their studies and receive a discount code)
  • Venue: International College of Oriental Medicine, Green Hedges Avenue, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 1DZ
  • Email: [email protected]


Sandra Hill

Sandra is a Chinese medicine practitioner, writer and teacher with a particular interest in Classical Chinese texts and yang sheng. After completing an MA in Fine Art, Sandra Hill lived in Japan for 3 years where she studied tai ji, qi gong and shiatsu, as well as interning with acupuncturist and researcher Dr Hiroshi Motoyama. On her return to the UK she studied acupuncture at the International College of Oriental Medicine, where she later taught for many years. Sandra studied the classical Chinese medical and philosophical texts with French sinologists Claude Larre and Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée, and co-founded Monkey Press in order to make their work accessible to an English-speaking audience. She co-authored A Guide to Acupuncture with Peter Firebrace, and they later established the Orientation clinic and teaching centre in London. Sandra is the author of Reclaiming the Wisdom of the Body, Oriental Paths to Health and Chinese Medicine from the Classics: a beginner's guide. While maintaining the hands-on practice she developed while studying in Japan, her teaching is inspired by the philosophy of health found within the classical texts.

Rosey Grandage

Rosey is a physiotherapist and Chinese medicine practitioner, who has a particular interest in tuina and qi gong. She founded the Qi Gong Tuina Diploma at University of Westminster in 1999 and has continued to develop the programme and teach qi gong tuina since then. Her knowledge of China, Chinese philosophy and literature came, originally, from a degree in International History and Politics. Her focus on Chinese medicine, tuina and qi gong grew from several years studying in China. She lived in Beijing, Tianjin and Urumqi for two years from 1991 - 92, studying at government colleges and as an apprentice. Throughout the 1990s she spent several weeks each year in China furthering her studies and practice. In addition to qi gong and tuina, she is interested in the concept of yang sheng - nourishing life, and this plays a central role in her teaching and practice. Together with Sandra Hill, she has developed a teaching programme which is rooted in a knowledge of the classical Chinese texts and a deep understanding of qi.

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