Tui na is relatively new in the west but has been practiced in China and the east for thousands of years. Learn more about Tui na, the conditions it treats and how it can help you.
Welcome to UK Register of Tui na Chinese massage
Tui na is one of the four main branches of traditional Chinese medicine, the others being acupuncture, Qi Gong, and Chinese herbal medicine. It is based on the Chinese medical principle that pain and illness are symptoms of a blockage or imbalance of Qi, the body’s vital energy. Tui na therapists work to encourage the free-flow of Qi and balance yin and yang within the body.
Tui na is not new-age. Although it is a relatively recent introduction to the UK, Tui na has been practiced and studied for thousands of years. In China, many doctors specialise in Tui na and hospitals have dedicated Tui na departments.
Tui na is both a physical therapy and a form of energetic medicine.
Depending on the condition being treated and the practitioner’s background, the style of a Tui na treatment can vary from a vigorous deep-tissue style massage, to a subtle energetic treatment not unlike Reiki or Cranio-sacral therapy. RTCM members are trained to use manual manipulation and Qi Gong techniques to stimulate the body’s web-like meridian system and encourage the smooth flow of Qi around the body.
Tui na is more than just massage.
Tui na practitioners are skilled at both manipulating joints and muscles to relieve musculoskeletal pain and stiffness like arthritis and sciatica and directing the flow of Qi within the body to treat deeper seated conditions like depression and insomnia. It effectively relieves many common health conditions, especially when combined with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Tui na Training
One of the main purposes of the UK Register of Tui na Chinese massage is to build educational standards as the demand for training grows. We want to encourage experienced practitioners from all backgrounds to share their knowledge and expertise and include all the different styles of Tui na.
If you are running a Tui na course or would like to check that an existing course matches our core curriculum, please contact us. When we learn of professional training courses, supervised clinics and CPD events that meet our core curriculum we’ll list them on this site.
RTCM recognised professional training courses
CPD seminars and courses
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Reasons to choose an RTCM member
All RTCM members have completed rigorous training including:
- Advanced Tui na theory and massage techniques
- Chinese medicine theory, application and diagnostic skills
- Western biomedical sciences: anatomy, pathology and physiology
- Many are also acupuncturists and Chinese herbalists.
As part of their extensive academic and practical training, all RTCM members have spent at least 70 hours working in student clinics to perfect their skills under the supervision of highly experienced Tui na practitioners.
The RTCM core curriculum entails substantial commitment including the equivalent of two years self-funded study at a specialist college of Chinese medicine or university. Many members have also travelled to China to practice in specialist Tui na departments of TCM hospitals.
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