Zang Fu Tui Na teaches methods of regulating the function of the internal organs (Zang Fu) through direct and indirect energetic visceral mobilization techniques. This important and rarely taught aspect of Tui Na can be more effective than acupuncture and Chinese herbs in regulating the Qi dynamic, calming the Shen (spirit) and harmonizing the functions of the internal organs. Zang Fu Tui Na is both diagnostic and therapeutic, offering a direct, hands-on method of diagnosing organ imbalances, while simultaneously eliciting effective, immediate, and profound changes in the body.
The Zang Fu Tui Na Series is offered as a package of 4 weekend seminars. Upon completion students receive a Zang Fu Tui Na Practitioner Certificate.
TIMES: All weekend seminars are 2 days. Saturdays 10am-6pm, Sundays 9am-5pm. Classes start promptly, please arrive 15 minutes early.
ZFTN 1: Introduction to Zang Fu Tui Na
ZFTN 1: Introduction to the Zang Fu introduces the basic principles and techniques used to regulate and balance the function of the internal organs through direct and indirect energetic visceral mobilization techniques. Students begin by balancing and regulating the San Jiao system and then move on to work with the Qi Dynamics of the five Zang Organs: Liver, Heart, Spleen, Lung and Kidney. Methods of releasing restrictions in the diaphragm, thoracic outlet, Lungs and Pericardium are introduced and practiced. An important part of this class is Qi Cultivation Nei Gong, which enhances one’s ability to engage with the Qi Dynamic and sense and regulate the internal organs.
ZFTN 2: Zang Fu Tui Na 2
ZFTN 2: Zang Fu Tui Na 2 builds on ZFTN 1 by further developing techniques for regulating the internal organs (Zang Fu). This class focuses on the organs of digestion: Liver, Gallbladder, Spleen, Stomach and Pancreas. The relationship of these organs to the Qi Dynamic, and the diaphragm, and the inter-connection of the Pericardium and Liver will be also be discussed. Students will review Qi Cultivation Exercises and learn Five Element Qi Gong. Five Element Qi Gong further develops the ability of the practitioner to sense and regulate the intrinsic Qi Dynamic of each organ, while simultaneously providing students with effective rehabilitative exercises that can be taught to patients in a clinical or classroom setting.
Prerequisites: ZFTN 1: Introduction to Zang Fu Tui Na
ZFTN 3: Zang Fu Tui Na 3
Zang Fu Tui Na 3 completes the student’s knowledge of basic organ regulating techniques and methods by working with the organs of the pelvis (Lower Heater). This class adds methods of regulating and balancing the Duodenum, Small Intestine and Large Intestine, and protocols for treating the entire digestive system are explored and practiced. Effective techniques for treating the Kidney and Bladder will also be practiced. Daoist concepts of internal energetics are introduced in order to round out the student’s understanding of the Kidney’s relationship with the Mingmen, Heart and Small Intestine. Students also learn a Daoist Meditation exercise in which one senses the “True Breath” – its movement through the body and its effect on the internal organs.
Prerequisites: ZFTN 1 and ZFTN 2
ZFTN 4: Master Class in Zang Fu Tui Na
This master class in Zang Fu Tui Na ties together the techniques and concepts learned in ZFTN 1-3, while introducing protocols for regulating Liver/Gallbladder Heat and Heart Fire syndromes and balancing Fire (Heart/Pericardium/Small Intestine) and Water (Kidneys and Bladder). In addition to reviewing and combining techniques taught in the earlier classes, the Master Class introduces “Whole Body Unwinding” of the fascial networks which include the organs, joints and meridians. Fascial unwinding connects this class directly to the Traditional Tui Na methods and Zheng Gu techniques, enabling the student to understand the close inter-relationship between internal disharmonies and orthopedic conditions. Students will also learn the Six Healing Sounds, a unique Nei Gong method that employs sound, vibration and mouth shapes to regulate and harmonize the Zang Fu.
Prerequisites: ZFTN 1, ZFTN 2 and ZFTN 3
If you previously took a course with Zheng Gu Tui Na that you feel fulfills pre-requisite status for a New York Internal Arts Practical Chinese Medicine class, please apply in writing to: moc.oisibmotnull@mot
All such applications will be handled on a case-by-case basis.