Doorways to the treatment of Pain: An integrated approach using Tui Na, Acupuncture and Ancillaries

with Sarah Pritchard, May 26-27, 2018

Course Information

In this 2-day workshop for acupuncturists, we will explore the emotional, spiritual, and constitutional causes of pain and hands-on practical approaches for treatment in clinic.

I would like to take you on a journey of exploration through the channel sinews Jing Jin as conduits of Wei Qi and the instinctive unconscious, through the metaphors expressed as PFs (Wind, Damp, Cold and Heat) and through the roles of our constitution and guardian elements.

When our Qi is abundant, expressed and flowing freely, then we are living in harmony with the Dao and all is well. Our Yang/Wei Qi meets the world and is able to flow with the events, encounters, and challenges that meet us, or that we create for spiritual growth. It is only when our Qi is obstructed that we begin to feel pain. Bi is painful obstruction syndrome!

I hope to inspire you to look beyond the surface to the root of a patient’s pain and to create doorways for potential transformation. I would like to encourage you to integrate your hands with needles, moxa, gua sha, and cupping to disperse what is congested, open what is closed, unwind what is bound, and support what is empty. And to enable what is unconscious to move towards expression and out of pain.

I’d also like to encourage you to develop your Yin style Tui na, which combines beautifully with acupuncture; needles can be retained while your hands are soothing, guiding, and spreading the Qi. I find it hugely important in practice with any chronic pain whether physical/emotional or both. So many people are living overextended lives creating a vicious circle of adrenal response that ultimately leads to pain. The Yin approach helps to nourish the root and settle this adrenal response, harmonising Fire and Water.  The gentle focus of Shen and presence enables us to soothe, support, nourish, and ground our patients.  In my experience it is fundamental to providing the opportunity for change, healing, and liberation. 

During this 2-day practical workshop, participants to experience the following:

  • Acquire simple and effective ideas for integrating Tui Na, acupuncture, Moxibustion, gua sha and cupping for the treatment of pain
  • Explore how emotions can interfere with the natural movement of Qi and learn methods for redirecting its flow. How to unwind, descend, open, disperse/spread, contain/centre, gather/fill
  • Learn effective Tui Na methods incorporating moxa, gua sha and acupuncture to open the chest and diaphragm (Blood Mansion) to release obstructed emotion, and to engage the breath/Qi to flow
  • Explore the PFs as metaphors in our lives. Wind as change, Damp as suppression, Cold as freezing/stopping/blocking, Heat as obstructed Wei Qi
  • Learn methods for working with Bi Syndrome – how to Expel Wind, dry and resolve Dampness, scatter Cold and warm Yang, move obstructed Wei Qi and Blood
  • Be introduced to the journey of the channel sinews, Jin Ji as conduits of Wei Qi. How our unconscious responses to the experiences of life shape their development, how we meet the world, what we hold on to and how potentially we develop pain
  • Work with the key elements of the channel sinews (opening the Governing Vessel and Jing well points, unwinding the sinews, releasing bindings and Guos, Hui meeting areas and terminations in the face)
  • Work with Yin style Tui Na for the treatment of chronic pain, e.g. fibromyalgia
  • Be reminded of the importance of gun fa as a fundamental Tui Na technique in the treatment of pain
  • Improve palpation skills, bodywork confidence and experience the importance of therapeutic touch
  • Improve your needling techniques and sensitivity

Course Instructor

Sarah Pritchard was one of the first westerners to practice Tui Na in the UK and is known as an inspiring teacher and workshop leader. She originally trained to be an actor at RADA where she was introduced to Alexander Technique, Qi Gong, yoga and meditation as well as the performance and communication skills that have proved invaluable for teaching. 

Her Chinese Medicine studies began in 1992 with 3 years at The London School of Chinese Clinical Massage Therapy. This was followed by training at the Nanjing University of TCM and clinical supervision at the Nanjing 2nd Affiliated Hospital of TCM with Dr. Wang Jian Min, head of the Tui na Department. She graduated as an acupuncturist from the London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council.

Sarah is the author of 2 Tui Na books. Chinese Massage Manual originally published by Piatkus in 1999 and re-published with Healing Path publications in 2010 is the definitive introductory text on Tui Na Massage currently published in English. Her second book, Tui na – A Manual Of Chinese Massage Therapy, published by Elsevier Churchill Livingstone in 2010 and re-published by Singing dragon in 2015 is a comprehensive handbook for the 21st century student and practitioner of Tui na working in the West. Both books are used as essential texts on Tui Na training courses in the UK, Europe and the USA.

Sarah has over 16 years teaching experience. In 2001 she wrote and developed the professional Tui Na course for the LCTA London College of Traditional Acupuncture. She was course co-ordinator and senior lecturer until the college closed in November 2010. She has run courses, workshops and postgraduate seminars for the LCTA, the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM)  the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM) and the Florence Tui Na Congress. She is currently course creator and co-ordinator of the City College of Acupuncture Tui Na course.

Sarah has been in private practice since 1994. She is the founder and Director of Blackheath Complementary Health Centre established in May 2000. She also works from her home practice in Hackney East London. Sarah is the Chair and one of the founder members of the UKRTCM the UK Register of Tui na Chinese massage, dedicated to promoting the benefits of Tui na and developing standards of practise in the UK.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, 2018, 9:00am-5:00pm

Course Tuition

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until March 15)
Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until March 15)
PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until March 15)
*PRC diploma students will receive 1 ACU academic credit for this workshop.

Course Prerequisites

Successful completion of ACU113/114 Techniques and Therapeutics or a similar acupuncture therapeutics course of approximately 90 hours in length.

Course Registration

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Withdrawal Policy

For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person 30 days or more before the start of the course, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee. For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the course, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund. Without exception, no refunds will be given for course withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the course.