Coming this Spring…… Holistic Massage School Offers Courses in TuiNa (Acupressure)

This Spring, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health will be offering two, 100-hour courses in Tui Na, which is an ancient Chinese acupressure massage technique.  TuiNa is one of the five tools of traditional Chinese medicine used to treat the body’s energy imbalances. TuiNa is based on acupuncture meridians and its aim is to improve the flow of Qi (energy), body fluids and blood flow.

Healing Hands first Spring class in TuiNa will be held at the Laguna Hills classroom starting on April 27th and running thru June 27th.  Then on May 7th, TuiNa begins at our Escondido campus ending July 2nd. These courses include lecture, demonstration and afford students plenty of hands-on practice.  Students learn manipulation techniques to move Chi (energy) throughout the body penetrating ill and injured areas. They practice specific treatments known to address chronic joint pain, disorders of the spine, and many common illnesses.  These treatments include, oscillating techniques to increase energy, as well as the traditional presses and pulls characteristic of this modality.  The use of TuiNa helps students boost the body’s ability to heal itself. TuiNa facilitates a more harmonious flow of energy and blood within the muscles, tendons and joints, as well as the meridians of the body.

Below are a few examples of commonly used Acupressure points and the physiological issues they address:

CV 17 or Conception Vessel 17

This is a potent pressure point used to reduce palpitations and cardiac pain. It is also useful point for asthma, cough, and diaphragmatic pain, mastitis and sore throat. This point facilitates overall Qi flow throughout the body. It is located at the center of the breastbone, midway between the top and bottom, and then down about 2 inches. This point can be stimulated by applying light pressure to the point using the fingertips for 1 minute.


Called the serene sleep pressure point, Anmien is situated on the head at the base of the skull just behind the ear. It’s along the soft place where your neck muscles connect to your jawline. Make sure to maximize this pressure point by applying steady but gentle pressure with your index and middle fingers into the hollow. Within 15 to 20 minutes you will start to feel calm and sleepy.

Pericardium 6 (P6): Nei Guan

This point can help provide relief for nausea, anxiety, carpal tunnel syndrome, upset stomach, motion sickness and headaches and is even used for regulation of heart palpitations.

Gallbladder 20 (GB20): Feng Chi

This point is recommended for headache, migraine, eye blurriness or fatigue, low energy, and cold/flu symptoms. It is located by feeling the mastoid (ear) bone and following the groove back to where the neck muscles attach to the skull.

Gallbladder 21 (GB21): Jian Jing

This point is located by pinching the shoulder muscle with your thumb and middle finger and is commonly used for stress, facial pain, headaches, toothaches and neck pain.


Since it’s opening in 1992, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has earned a reputation as the SoCal leader in education of the Holistic Healing Arts.  To date, the Faculty has successfully prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers as Massage Therapists and can do the same for you!  To learn more about Tui Na (Acupressure), or any of the other 80+ classes offered, visit us on-line at, or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego (Kearny Mesa).