To book or if you have a question about any of our courses please email: info@apothecarycentre.org.uk

Courses

Physio 1Tuina Short Courses for Practitioners of Chinese Medicine

Musculo-Skeletal External Conditions: 5th – 9th October 

Working systematically through the body we explore the relationship between physical and qi, formed and moving, yin and yang. Examining the physical body through observation of posture and range of movement and palpation we revise anatomy and gain a deeper understanding of structure. We use cases which are of interest to the participants and discuss practical advice for patients, including qi gong, stretches and exercises.

Internal Conditions: 6th – 10th July

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.

SandraTeaching 21Our 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. On these intensive 5 day courses 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).

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.

Tuina Chinese Massage Course1The earliest records of tuina being practiced 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 would be expected over this long period there are a variety of styles of practice and the 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 anmoan – pressing and mo – circular rubbing.

Entry Requirements: The course assumes an existing knowledge of Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture/Herbal Medicine and membership of a professional body: BAcC, ATCM, AACP, BMAS

To Apply: Email: info@apothecarycentre.org.uk with your CV and reasons for wanting to do the course. Numbers are limited to 14 people.

Venue: Apothecary Natural Health Centre, 33 Greyhound Road, London, W6 8NH
Cost: £350, concessions £250.

Qi Gong for Practitioners and Students

A Qi Gong Group specifically for students and practitioners who want to come together to practice qi gong and to learn about using qi in diagnosis and treatment

Once a month on a Wednesday 7 – 8pm

Contact us for more information: info@apothecarycentre.org.uk

 

Welsh Weekend and Day Courses:

Weekends at Alltfechan Barn offer a wonderful antidote to the madness of everyday life. There is time unwind, walk across fields and hills, discuss and practice on a deeper level, while enjoying beautiful scenery and simple local food. The Barn is set high on a hillside rooted in the ancient and modern landscape; the valley is dotted with busy working farms, age old drove routes wind along the ridges, while high points are marked with standing stones and hill forts.

Classical Qi Gong combines physical exercises and stretches with meditation and mindfulness. It is usually practiced in standing or sitting and has a very long history in China, images of people practicing the postures and qi gong1movements have been found in a tomb dating from 167 BCE. There are many styles of practice ranging from strong physical movements and martial arts to silent meditation; at the root of all is the aim of balancing the mind and body, both internally and within the wider environment.

The style practice at the Apothecary sessions is simple, quiet and rooted in finding a natural balance. It draws in daoist philosophy: ‘By sitting still you can know the whole world’ . We start with exercises in standing, allowing the body and mind to stretch, release and find their natural balance; slowly we move into a quiet sitting (nei gong) encouraging stillness and a deep connection with the world around us. The benefits are many: release of tension, sense of calm and well being, a better understanding of yourself and your world, a sense of balance, a few moments to escape from a busy life

The wild hill country of mid-Wales is the perfect setting to engage with qi, relax and rebalance, and discover our connection with nature and the natural landscape.

Tutor Rosey Grandage is an acupuncturist, tuina practitioner and physiotherapist who studied qi gong as an apprentice in China from 1991-2 and has been teaching Qi Gong, Acupuncture and Tuina since 1999. She works in Wales and London, and has spent 5 years converting her barn using traditional and eco-friendly materials.

 

Qi Gong & Tuina Massage

A day for beginners and practitioners, practising and exploreing qi gong and tuina for relaxation, self-treatment and to gain a deeper understanding of  Chinese thinking. During the day we’ll practice some simple, classical qi gong exercises and explore ways of rebalancing the body and treating common conditions with tuina Chinese massage. Tuina is an ancient, versatile style of massage which can be used to stimulate acupuncture points and release muscles. It is an effective and enjoyable way of discovering more about how your body works and how you can get it to work better. This is also a great introduction for practitioners thinking of studying our tuina short courses to support their practice.

 15th July 10am – 5pm

Venue: Alltfechan Barn, Brecon, Powys

Cost: £60, concessions £35 includes lunch

Accomodation is available if you want to make a weekend trip

 

Qi Gong Stretching

Relax and release your body through stretching and self-massage. Learn how to treat and rebalance your muscles, joints and simple conditions. Stretching, done simply and slowly, improves circulation, releases tension, improves posture and makes you feel good. Combined with the mindfulness of qi gong and gentle massage techniques you can discover a much deeper level of relaxation and balance; gain a good understanding of how your body feels and how to make it feel better.

TBA September 10am – 5pmStretch2 

Venue: Alltfechan Barn, Brecon, Powys

Cost: £60, concessions £35 includes lunch

Accomodation is available if you want to make a weekend trip

 

Qi Gong Yang Sheng

Yang sheng – nourishing life – is an ancient Chinese idea which considers all aspects of life. We’ll spend the day practicing simple qigong exercise and exploring ways of nourishing ourselves through eating, dress, colour and living in tune with the seasons. The practice of yang sheng dates back until at least the 7th century and is central to the Chinese approach to health and the practice of qi gong.

TBA 10am – 5pmQi Gong Spring

Venue: Alltfechan Barn, Brecon, Powys

Cost: £60, concessions £35 includes lunch

Accomodation is available if you want to make a weekend trip

 

 

 

Wei Syndrome: A practical approach grounded in qi gong and classical textsCourses Group

Basing our exploration in the classical texts, this will be a practical weekend exploring wei syndrome through cases, palpation and qi gong.

Dates: September Weekend TBC Please let us know if you are interested.

Venue: Alltfechan Barn, Brecon, Powys

Cost: £225, concessions £175. Includes locally sourced, seasonal food and simple accommodation. More comfortable accommodation is available at a local B&B approx £25 per person in shared room

 


Tuina Courses

Open to practitioners already qualified in Chinese medicine: acupuncture and/or herbs, these 4 – 5 day courses offer an intensive practical training in this versatile ancient massage which is such a useful addition to practice. In China it is normally taught with acupuncture, somehow in the west the two have become separated to the detriment of both.

Rosey Grandage, Kang Xian Li and Sandra Hill have run qi gong tuina courses together for more than 15 years and have real dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm for passing on these skills and ideas.

Musclo-Skeletal Conditions: 

Dates: 20th – 24th April
Venue: Apothecary Natural Health Centre, 33 Greyhound Road, London, W6 8NH
Cost: £350, concessions £250.

Internal Conditions:

Dates: 6th – 10th July
Venue: Apothecary Natural Health Centre, 33 Greyhound Road, London, W6 8NH
Cost: £350, concessions £250.

 Advanced Tuina Chinese MassageAdvanced Tuina Chinese Massage1

These monthly advanced sessions explore treatments for specific areas of the body and conditions. They are an opportunity to discuss cases, fine tune skills and learn new techniques. They are open to those who have completed their training in tuina

Thursdays 7 – 9.pm:

Cost: £10

Contact us for more information and to sign up


qi gong1Qi Gong

Apothecary Natural Health Centre runs weekly courses in qi gong

Fridays 10 – 11am

This class is open to everyone who wants to learn and practice the ancient Chinese art of qi gong. The style taught draws on  Daoist roots of quiet observation and practice. We start each session with some stretches and warm up exercises and then move on to standing and sitting qi gong. Rosey Grandage spent several years during the 1990’s studying acupuncture, tuina and qi gong in China at both government hospitals and as an apprentice.

Fortnightly Wednesdays 6 – 7.30pm

This class is for students and practitioners of Chinese medicine and offers both qi gong practice and a space to discuss and explore concepts, cases, treatment, advice, yang sheng and really anything of interest to the group. The focus is on nurturing your own qi and developing your perception and understanding of qi so you can diagnose and work with qi during treatments.

Qi Gong classes
Teacher: Rosey Grandage
Cost: £10 per class

To book and for more information: info@apothecarycentre.org.uk