"I have just completed the 2012 Diploma in Tuina at CICM. I found it to be a well constructed course that leaves you feeling confident in your abilities.

                   The knowledge gained includes teaching that can be applied equally as well to your acupuncture as to your developing Tuina skills. The course is delivered by an excellent team of instructors. Each brings their own insight and experience  to build around the core of the course.   

It has also been a pleasure being back at the College, seeing faces old and new. If you are looking for a more hands on approach for your practice, and one I have found my clients really enjoy, I couldn't recommend it enough."

Mark Shepherd, CICM graduate




          "I always thought of acupuncture as a manual therapy and learning         tui na at CICM helped me put those ideas into practise.  

By feeling the meridians and the changes massage can produce I learnt not only how to practise tui na as a stand alone therapy but also a lot of skills   that I employ in almost every acupuncture treatment I use.  I would recommend every acupuncture student to learn tui na and would advise the    course at CICM to anyone who wants an understanding deep enough to practise it effectively at a clinical level." 

Steve Woodley, Tuina graduate 

Tuina Diploma

This 10-month Tui na (Chinese therapeutic massage) Diploma course will be starting in October 2015.

Structure of the course

The course will be divided into three modules. Attendance will be twice a month on Fridays for Module 1 & 2 and weekly on Fridays for Module 3.

Module 1

9 & 23 Oct, 6 & 20 Nov, 4 & 18 Dec 2015, 8 & 22 Jan 2016

Module 1 will introduce the 17 basic tui na techniques using various yin and yang styles of tui na. We will revisit anatomy, structural diagnosis and range of movement in the body and the joints.

Module 2

5 & 19 Feb, 4 & 18 Mar, 1 & 15 Apr 2016

Module 2 will cover specific treatments and routines for musculoskeletal dysfunction as well as treatments for internal ailments, such as excesses and deficiencies of the zang fu. Treatments can be either stand-alone or used as an adjunct to acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine. We will also look at various rehabilitation exercises and stretches with one day on the treatment of children using tuina.

Module 3

6, 13, 20 & 27 May, 3, 10, 17, 24 Jun, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Jul 2016

Module 3 will be clinically based and take place in the College clinic. We will be using the techniques learned on the previous two modules on real patients or fellow students with specific problems. On the final day there will be written and practical exams.

"The CICM Tui na course is very practical and the perfect post graduate course to hone your anatomical and diagnostic knowledge and boost your tui na skills. I use tui na every day in my practice and advertise it alongside acupuncture as it attracts people who do not want acupuncture but want the benefits of a Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment. The teaching is excellent on the course and I guarantee you will learn much to benefit your practice from very experienced practitioners."  Mandy Barter, Graduated 2013

Entry Requirement

A recognised qualification in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine or physiotherapy and a good knowledge of acupuncture points and anatomy.

Fees: £1295

You pay a £100 non-refundable deposit to secure your place and the balance of £1195:

  • in full by 1 September 2015 or
  • by instalments of three post-dated cheques of £405 each (1 September 2015, 1 December 2015 & 1 April 2016) (includes £20 admin fee) or

£405 by 1 September 2015 and ten monthly instalments of £81 each starting 1 October 2015 (includes £20 admin fee)

You can also pay on-line click here

Application Form

For an application form please click here or email the course registrar Silvia Hovancova.

Course Tutors

Kevin Young

is a State Registered (HPC reg) and Chartered Physiotherapist, and a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. He is also a Member of the Society of Sports Therapists and the British Acupuncture Council. He has been involved in sports both as a competitor(for 15 years) and as a sports physiotherapist (for 17 years). After retiring from competitive sports, he initially studied to become a physical therapist, subsequently gaining postgraduate diplomas in physiotherapy and joint manipulation, and diplomas in sports therapy and sports massage.

He gained a BSc (Hons) in Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture at the University of Westminster in 2000, and followed this up with postgraduate certificates in Chinese preprepared formulae and tui na. As part of his postgraduate work he studied with doctors in Chengdu, China. His interest in Chinese therapies and martial arts dates back many years and he previously trained in Northern Shaolin and various other styles of kung fu, tai chi and qi gong.

In addition to running two clinics, he teaches anatomy, structural diagnosis and tui na at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading and runs his own postgraduate courses in sports therapy for acupuncturists.

Mark Corcoran

has taught tai chi and qi gong nationally and internationally for many years. He is an advanced level instructor with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain. His study into how the martial arts, particularly tai chi, utilise qi, led him into the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Mark studied at LCTA in London, qualifying in acupuncture in 1998 and in Chinese Herbal Medicine in 2000. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, and of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine.

In 2000 Mark undertook his first study trip to China where the head of the tui na department for the TCM hospital Hangzhou, Dr Qiang, took him under his wing and Mark has returned to China every year since to learn, practice and discuss tui na in all its forms. Mark runs a busy practice in Peterborough as well as running workshops and short courses for tui na, qi gong and tai chi around the U.K. He is also an external examiner for the qualifying acupuncture year at one of the London colleges.

Tim Sullivan

is an experienced massage therapist and has been practising since 1995. He initially trained in shiatsu, acupressure, reflexology, bio-energy healing and numerous other therapies before finding Chinese Medicine. He currently continues his studies with a PhD in Classical Chinese Medicine under Daoist priest Jeffrey C. Yuen.

Tim has been teaching Tui Na at the LCTA since 2005, mentoring postgraduate tui na and acupuncture practitioners and running post graduate courses in Classical Chinese Medicine exploring the Primary and Secondary vessels. Tim runs two clinics in North-West London, and a low-cost multi-bed clinic in South London. He specialises in treating musculo-skeletal pain and emotional trauma. His passion is helping patients on their journey of personal and spiritual development.

James Unsworth

trained at CICM and followed this with postgraduate training in qi gong tui na at Westminster University. He has been a practical skills tutor at CICM since 2002 teaching structural diagnosis, anatomy, point location and pulse and tongue diagnosis. He has a special interest in the historical development of Chinese medicine and exploring the Jing Luo through channel palpation, recently spending time developing these skills in Beijing with Dr Wang Ju-Yi.