Chinese Foot Massage Course (CHFO)
In Chinese foot-massage each point in the sole of the foot corresponds to an internal organ in the body. The energy called 'chi' flows upwards through conduits in the foot throughout the rest of the body. Chen Hong, Vice-director of Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine University's Human Function Department, says feet are an important, but often ignored, part of the body.
Traditionally, the massage begins with the pleasurable soaking of the feet in a wooden barrel or foot bath containing herbs chosen specifically for the client. The heated mixture warms the feet. After the client's feet have been rested and refreshed, the masseur or masseuse spreads a thick layer of lotion on the feet and calves and then rubs and kneads the calves and feet using Tui Na techniques.
To take into account
For Bodywork Therapists or Beauty Therapists
Please note that this course is also open to those with no prior experience.
Certificates of Qualification are awarded to successfully completing Students.
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What you'll learn on the course
- Chinese Medicine
- Foot Massage
- Foot Baths
Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine suggest there are 62 reflex-points on the soles of the feet that correspond with different parts of the body.
'Since the feet are the furthest part of the body from the heart, acid metabolises in the blood, which causes unused calcium and other organic substances to settle on the feet, where they form tiny air bubbles and nuggets', says Chen. This can be very painful and be the cause of poor posture and bad walking habits. The situation and the disease can become chronic, causing further pain and possibly psychological problems - due to immobility. Applying pressure on the points will help remove harmful matter. It is also a good way to prevent illness.
Please bring a foot-spa (available inexpensively from good chemists or 'Argos' type stores), 2 mid-sized towels and 4 small towels with you. (If you cannot bring a foot-spa with you, please let us know).
Topics addressed during the course include:
- Assessing Foot-problems
- Choosing the correct blend of herbs
- Foot Baths
- Performing a Foot-massage
- Pressure points on the feet and hands
- Cautions & Contra-indications
- Yin/Yang and 5 Element Introduction
Please note: This course is a Post-graduate qualification course, during which the student is assessed for competence.