The Flow of the Hand & the Needle – Qi Dynamics & Deepening Skills

with Sarah Pritchard, May 18-19, 2019

Course Information

This 2-day practical workshop for both new and experienced practitioners of acupuncture and Tui na is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the experience of Qi Dynamics. To empower and deepen your practical Tui na/An Mo and needling skills and to cultivate the creative flow of the hand and the needle in your practice. As part of our skill development, we will also go through the theoretical and practical application of cupping gua sha and rice grain moxa.

In my experience, I’ve found that for most students, skills and knowledge move deeper when felt and embodied, so this workshop will be very practical and experiential!

As practitioners, we can spend a lot of time ‘doing’ to others and also worrying that we are not ‘doing enough’. I would like to remind and inspire you to rediscover the power of presence, and the potential of the connection created in the relationship between us, the Dao and the individual we are working with. 

Over the 2 days we will learn Qi Gong specific to practitioners. These exercises enable the development of Qi and sensitivity in our hands. We will then apply this practically – working together in pairs (in real time with me) on the body, using our hands and needles.

During this practical workshop for acupuncturists, you will:

  • Practise Qi Gong to develop Qi sensitivity, and learn how this extends to the hands-on application of Tui na and acupuncture
  • Learn ways of enabling Qi to flow more easily, using body positioning, posture, breath, and the use of clear, relaxed intention
  • Work with Qi Dynamics, for example how to open what is closed, contain what is scattered, descend what is risen, collect and gather what is empty, and unwind what is bound
  • Develop and deepen the application of the fundamental Tui na techniques
  • Experience how An fa (pressing) is at the root of all the other techniques
  • Work with Rou fa (kneading), Na fa (grasping), Yi Zhi Chan Tui fa (single finger meditation pushing technique), and Zhen fa (vibrating). Feel how these extend from An fa and how our needling techniques developed from these
  • Discuss and practise needling techniques such as ‘cooling sky’, ‘burning mountain’, ‘vibrating needle’ and ‘wind needling’
  • Work with Tui fa (pushing), the underestimated technique – for guiding and directing the flow of Qi
  • Discuss and feel the therapeutic qualities of our Tui na and needling techniques and which techniques are best used to access the various levels of Qi (Wei, Ying, Yuan)
  • Introduce and/develop Gun fa (rolling technique) – be reminded of its therapeutic qualities, and why persevere!
  • Explore how to combine the flow of the hand and the needle creatively in practice
  • Discuss and practise different methods of cupping, gua sha and rice grain moxa

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 18-19, 2019, 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

To register, please click on the registration button below. Full payment is due at time of registration to confirm placement in the course. Payment can be made via MasterCard or Visa, debit, cash and cheque.

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.