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TCM Tuina Massage

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Discover and apply ancient Asian secrets of health and beauty for anti-aging, longevity, nutrition, pain relief, and optimum health. Approved classes in TCM Tuina Massage Program: Acupressure, Food Therapy, Facial Acupressure, etc. are starting now at the University of East-West Medicine in Sunnyvale.

600 hours $4,000 (including MBLEX review fee)
MBLEX review fee: $1,000
Re-certification: $100
CEU: $15/hour
Consulting fee: $50
Transcript: $10/copy (Express mail $30)

Classes also open to the Community for self-help/family health care!

UEWM TCM Tuina Massage Class Descriptions

Acupressure I 100 hours (Prerequisites: Massage Safety) Acupressure uses finger, thumb, or hand pressure instead of needles on traditional acupoints to remove blockages, improve the flow of life energy (Qi), and relieve stress. In this beginning class, students locate and use 40 main points to learn their interrelationships and combinations. Using point pressure, students will be able to stimulate or disperse the flow of Qi through the body’s 8 Extraordinary Channels in order to help clients achieve better health and less pain. (This class is a Prerequisites for Acupressure II).

Acupressure II 100 hours (Prerequisites: Acupressure I, Anatomy/Physiology I, TCM Theory & Application I, or CMT)
Acupressure II provides advanced techniques using acupoint combinations and clinical training to move and transform Qi throughout the 12 Organ Meridians. Students will utilize basic face reading and pulse diagnosis, traditional organ imbalances, points of entry and exit, and the 5 Element Theory to assess and choose advanced Acupressure treatments.

Acupressure for Facial Beauty 15 hours (Prerequisites: None)
Students will master specific acupressure points and techniques for facial rejuvenation. This “facelift” will help the client’s face look younger. We will sculpt the lines of the face, relieve tension, increase facial circulation, and firm muscles to promote firmer, smoother skin, reduce puffiness, and increase beauty. Some nutrition, stretching, and relaxation exercises will also be offered.

Anatomy/Physiology I 50 hours (Prerequisites: None)
In this Program Requirement course, students will locate and identify body systems, organs, glands, major muscles and bones, muscle origins and assertions, anatomical landmarks, basic functions, and interrelationships. (This class is a Prerequisites for Anatomy and Physiology II).

Anatomy/Physiology II 50 hours (Prerequisites: Anatomy/Physiology I)
This class is for students who must fulfill requirements beyond the standard 50 hours of Anatomy and Physiology. This class will cover those muscles beyond the “prime movers” and will go more into the body systems, particularly the functions of the endocrine system.

Aromatherapy for Health and Beauty 15 hours (Prerequisites: None)
Aromatherapy is the ancient use of essential oils from certain plants and plant parts high in oils that contain specific chemical properties to help alleviate and heal topical skin problems, emotional imbalances, and certain health problems. Students will be able to identify single oils and their uses and then formulate some simple bath, beauty, and healing products for home use in class. Material fees are payable to the instructor.

CPR Certification 4 hours (Prerequisites: None)
This course is for healthcare providers and others in jobs that require certification or re-certification in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). This course covers the initial assessment and protocol for dealing with subjects such as Rescue Breathing, cardiac arrest, and choking in adults, children, and infants, whether conscious or unconscious. Includes AED training.

Chair Shiatsu 15 hours (Prerequisites: None)
Chair Shiatsu is a convenient, widely-accepted form of bodywork done on the head, neck shoulders, arms, hands, back, and hips done over the client’s clothes. Originally performed with the client seated on a short stool, the ancient modality of “seated massage” is now offered to clients who sit on modern upholstered massage chairs. This makes it popular for on-site massage in public places and in the workplace, especially where there is no room for a massage table.

Chi Nei Tsang (Visceral Massage) 100 hours (Prerequisites: Massage Safety)
In Chinese "chi" (Qi) means energy and "nei tsang" means internal organs. Chi Nei Tsang was originally developed by Chinese Taoist monks to strengthen their bodies and carry the energy required for their spiritual practices. Chi Nei Tsang practitioners work mainly on the abdomen with a deep (yet soft), gentle touch to train internal organs to work more efficiently to improve energy flow within the body. Practitioners may address many client health problems by assisting the organs in this way.

Chinese Food Therapy (Shi Liao) 15 hours (Prerequisites: None)
Shi Liao has been used by the Chinese for over 3,000 years to help people prolong life and stay healthy by selecting specific foods and herbs for healthy balance. Students will be able to choose and prepare appropriate common foods cooked with special Chinese herbal combinations to help prevent and treat many medical complaints as well as to stay healthy during the changing seasons.

Cupping Treatment for Home Use 15 hours (Prerequisites: None)
Cupping is practiced in many countries around the world. The ancient art of cupping uses cups or vessels applied to the skin to induce a vacuum to draw blood and lymph to the area. "Dry" cupping can be used for a variety of reasons, including the relief of cold and flu symptoms, relaxation, and pain relief. In this class, students will experience bamboo or glass “fire cups” and will be able to give a cupping treatment with plastic vacuum cups. This modality is for home use only.

Ethics/Business Management 10 hours (Prerequisites: None)
This Program Requirement class will cover important ethical issues and basic business bookkeeping and management practices such as licensing, insurance, advertising, taxes, professional associations, and fees you should charge. Students will explore how to start and manage their business practice according to local laws and ordinances.

Feng Shui 30 hours (Prerequisites: None)
Now very popular in the West, Feng Shui, or Chinese Geomancy, is also called the Art of Placement. Feng Shui translates as “Wind-Water”, referring to the use and placement of natural elements within the inside and outside environment to help facilitate optimum flow of beneficial Qi. A room, house, office, or property that has been properly Feng Shui’d looks and feels good, and can have a beneficial effect upon the occupants’ career, health, family, marriage, and much more.

First Aid Certification 4 hours (Prerequisites: None)
This course covers Workplace CPR for medical First Aid, and includes AED training. This is primarily used by healthcare providers, coaches, teachers, daycare providers, and factory and construction workers who require a First Aid certificate or re-certification.

Gua Sha (Skin Scraping De-Tox) 15 hours (Prerequisites: TCM Theory I)
Using massage oil and a special tool, the principle of Gua Sha scrape therapy is to move, circulate, and release Qi and Blood. This releases toxins and the exterior Sha syndrome by moving and stimulating blood flow to help discharge the waste products, coldness, and negative energy through the skin. Students will be able to use Gua Sha to increase the circulation of Qi, blood, and fluids to revitalize the organs and relieve pain and muscle tightness on friends and family.

Head, Foot, and Hand Massage 30 hours (Prerequisites: None)
In this course, students will assess and treat many conditions throughout the body and internal organs by manipulating the reflexology areas and acupoints on the hands, feet, and head. This class will teach a whole-body approach as well as specific points for common health complaints.

Healing Qigong 30 hours (Prerequisites: None)
Qigong “energy skill” is one of TCM’s original healing modalities. The practice is about 5,000 years old, and is still practiced today as a way of building the Qi life force to achieve and maintain good health. Students will be able to understand and apply traditional Qigong theories and practice in relation to health, healing, and self-care. Students will be able to ground and center more effectively, establish strong boundaries, feel and consciously direct Qi, and use Qi and imagery to help others heal themselves. Students will practice a form of medical/spiritual Qigong, apply basic Qi self-massage, and will be able to teach movements to others.

Hot Stone Therapy Massage 15 hours (Prerequisites: None)
Using an East-West approach, students will use smooth hot stones as bodywork tools to loosen tight muscles, release tension, and to balance the body energetically in this popular class. Materials fee payable to the instructor.

Jin Shin Acupressure 100 hours (Prerequisites: Massage Safety)
Developed in the early 1970s, Jin Shin Acupressure is a unique synthesis of traditional Japanese Acupressure, classic Chinese acupressure theory, Taoist philosophy and Qigong. Based on Strange Flow Meridians, it uses a unique 45-point system and exact angle of gentle point stimulation. Students will learn how to combine points to help release tense areas and address many common physical and emotional problems.

Massage Safety 17 hours (Prerequisites: None)
Students will learn safety issues in the massage industry: indications/contraindications for bodywork, oils, and movement therapies; safety with thermal applications; work with special populations (such as elderly or clients with chronic diseases); recognizing and preventing diseases; proper hygiene; safe body mechanics and ergonomics; client education; and self-care exercises.

Meridian Yoga 30 hours (Prerequisites: None)
Open your energy meridians, acupoints, chakras, and joints with gentle stretching and breathing exercises designed to heal and rejuvenate the body. Awareness of posture, conscious breathing and awareness of postural holding patterns will allow students to feel, gather, clean, and build Qi as well as impart the skills necessary to teach these therapeutic exercise to clients.

Oil Shiatsu 100 hours (Prerequisites: Shiatsu I, Anatomy/Physiology I, TCM Theory & Application I, or CMT)
Students will address Acupressure points and meridians during a full body oil massage while maintaining good body mechanics to increase effectiveness and decrease practitioner fatigue. Hygiene, some Swedish Massage techniques, and proper draping for client comfort is also taught.

Reading the Body 10 hours (Prerequisites: None)
Fun name, but amazingly accurate! Analyze your face, palms, and body, using non-invasive Traditional Chinese diagnostic techniques to determine health and personality.

Relaxation & Stress Relief 15 hours (Prerequisites: None)
Most clients need bodywork to help with stress and fatigue. In this class, students will learn invaluable tools for the prevention of fatigue, stiff muscles, anxiety, TMJ, and chronic pain. Through the use of relaxation techniques, imagery, breathwork, Qigong movements, Yoga asanas, stretching, exercise, music, diet, nutrition, and massage, students will be able to gain the self-care skills necessary not only to teach to their clients, but to stay healthy and active themselves.

Shiatsu I 100 hours (Prerequisites: Massage Safety)
Shiatsu, or “finger pressure”, is a form of Acupressure used in Japan for more than 1,000 years. In this course, students will use various rhythms and degrees of pressure to balance the Qi, release tension, and strengthen weak areas to allow for better circulation and improved organ function. This modality is done over clothes on a padded mat. (This class is a Prerequisites to Shiatsu II).

Shiatsu II 100 hours (Prerequisites: Shiatsu I, Anatomy/Physiology I, TCM Theory & Application I, or CMT)
In this class, students will experience and practice more advanced Shiatsu techniques, including more stretching, rocking, Barefoot Shiatsu, Table Shiatsu, and how to diagnose, prevent, and relieve many health conditions.

TCM Theory & Application I 50 hours (Prerequisites: None)
In this important Program Requirement course, students will use client assessment and application of TCM theories: The Principles of Yin and Yang, Meridian Theory; Qi-Blood-Fluids, the 5 Elements, and the 8 Principles. Understanding TCM Theory is the foundation for all Asian Bodywork. (This class is a Prerequisites for TCM Theory and Application II).

TCM Theory & Application II 50 hours (Prerequisites: TCM Theory & Application I)
In this class, students will learn Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory along with knowledge of the pathogenesis and abnormal function of Qi, blood, body fluids and organs. Students will also be introduced to the preventive measures and treatment principles of diseases.

TCM/Western Nutrition 30 hours (Prerequisites: None)
This class addresses both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western approaches to the functions of diet, nutrition, herbs, and supplements in relation to health care. Students will learn various TCM dietary programs using the properties, channels, and functions of common food substances most appropriate for treating disorders and maintaining health. In the Western Nutrition segments, students will learn the roles of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals found in foods as well as vitamin and mineral supplements available for health maintenance and therapeutic use.

Thai Massage I 100 hours (Prerequisites: Massage Safety)
Performed over clothing on a padded mat, Thai Massage is an interactive manipulation of the body using passive stretching and gentle pressure along the Sen Lines (energy meridians). Dating back to the time of Buddha, Thai Massage resembles a mixture of Shiatsu, Acupressure, and Yoga. Practitioners apply pressure with their thumbs, hands, and feet to stimulate the movement of Qi as the client is moved and stretched in Yoga-like poses to release tension. Relaxing and stimulating, Thai Massage can improve flexibility, reduce tension, stimulate internal organs, and balance the body's energy system. Students will learn how to work the front, back, and side positions. (This class is required for Thai Massage II).

Thai Massage II 100 hours (Prerequisites: Thai Massage I, Anatomy/ Physiology I,
TCM Theory and Application I, or CMT)
Students will use more advanced techniques of Sen (energy line) Therapy for specific health concerns within Thai Massage. Students will open the joints and stretch the muscles to aid client flexibility and range of motion. Work is done on the tendons, ligaments, muscles, and nerves using the front, back, side, and sitting positions. Students will also make and use hot medicinal herbal packs for chronic pain, stiffness, skin problems, anxiety, and stress.

Touch for Health Basic 30 hours (Prerequisites: Anatomy/Physiology I)
The Touch for Health System is a practical modality of energy medicine that utilizes acupressure and massage to improve postural balance and reduce physical and mental pain and tension. Using muscle-testing, TCM theory, acupressure, gentle bodywork, and other techniques, students will be able to eliminate blockages, improve their posture, and strengthen weak muscles, organs, etc. by restoring energy flow to allow for natural healing.

Tuina (Chinese Massage) I 100 hours (Prerequisites: Massage Safety)
Tuina Chinese Massage is also called TCM Massage and is done over clothing. This course covers the basic concepts and mechanism of TCM Tuina, treatment principles, treatment methods, and indications for Tuina. Upon completion, students will know basic Tuina manipulation methods, how to diagnosis and treat clients in a professional manner, and indications and contraindications of this healing art.

Tuina (Chinese Massage) II 100 hours (Prerequisites: Tuina I, Anatomy/Physiology I, TCM Theory & Application I)
This course covers more advanced concepts and mechanisms of TCM Tuina, clinical diagnosis, and the treatment principles and methods of Tuina, including treatment for pain, sport injuries, and joint problems. Upon completion, students will be comfortable using more Tuina manipulation methods, be able to diagnosis and treat clients in a professional manner, and know the indications and contraindications of this healing art.

Tuina (Chinese Massage) III 100 hours (Prerequisites: Tuina II, Anatomy/Physiology II, TCM Theory & Application II)
This advanced Tuina class focuses on assessing and treating nerve pain, muscle strains, joint injuries, the treatment of internal diseases, qi-generation exercises and specific massage methods for revitalizing depleted energy systems, and bone-setting methods to realign the musculo-skeletal system.

Tuina for Children 50 hours (Prerequisites: Tuina I, Anatomy/Physiology I, TCM Theory & Application I, or CMT)
This Tuina class is geared to address concerns of child growth and development, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, and childhood diseases. Students will know when to use special points, techniques, and corrective diet to address common childhood concerns and when to refer a client to a L.Ac., M.D., or specialist.

Tuina for Healing 50 hours (Prerequisites: Anatomy/Physiology I, TCM Theory & Application I, or CMT)
Students will develop intuitive skills and learn to sense, feel, and perhaps see the body’s energy field. This body approach for both the client and the practitioner assesses and treats many ailments of the mind, body, and spirit. Tuina for Healing works more with moving the Qi with imagery, hand techniques, moxibustion, and cupping, to relieve many common ailments.

Tuina for Structural Integration (Deep Tissue) 50 hours (Prerequisites: Tuina I, Anatomy/Physiology I, TCM Theory & Application I)
This style of Tuina is designed to reach the deep portions of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibers. The practitioner uses the hands, fingers, thumbs, elbows, and forearms to apply deep muscle compression and friction along the grain of the muscle to “unstick” the muscle fibers and release toxins and deeply held patterns of tension. The posture is improved and clients feel more elongated, relaxed, and flexible. The use of medicinal oils is also covered.

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Our passing rate is around 80% which is very competitive with all the colleges that qualify for the examination. Usually we are in the top three to five universities in the State. View the recent result.
Our school offers daytime, evening, weekday and weekend classes to give students a more flexible study schedule.
Financial aid is available for eligible students.
We are located near downtown Sunnyvale California, the heart of Silicon Valley.
We have three terms per year: Spring (January), Summer (May), Fall (September). Students can begin in our program during any term of the academic year.
UEWM is authorized to issue Form I-20 for F-1 student status.

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