TCM: Tui Na massage hand techniques at VUOM with Aubry Fisher L.Ac.

Aubry Fisher is a PCOM alumni.

some notes and picture from the class:

Tui Na- meaning “push and grasp” therapeutic massage used to treat a variety of internal and external treatment.

It is unique in that it incorporates principles of TCM and meridian knowledge and theory. It relieves stagnation, tonify and disperse qi and blood.
The original terms used were “An Mo” which means “press and rub”. Goes as far back as Shang dynasty (16th to 11th centruy B.C.) and is mentioned in Yellow Emperor classic of Internal medicine.

3 categories: Openers, “Middle men” and Closers.
1. Rolling- rolling wrist in a oscillating movement. Warms channels and collaterals. Large surfaces like back, legs, arms, shoulders.
2. Rubbing- mild friction, thumbs. Good for brow, sinuses. Large intestines.
3. Kneading- disperse/tonify. Heavy pressure slowly.
4. Pinching- squeeze and lift. SCM muscle, nose/sinus. Eyebrows, ears.
5. Grasping- like pinching but with grabbing more flesh, more pressue. Achilles, shoulders, legs.
Middle men
6. Pushing- push along the channel break up stagnation, push Qi and Blood.
7. Pressing- down using thumbs, phoenix eye fist, elbows.
8. Penetrating- much deeper than pressing, using whole body weight.
9. Passive Joint movement- regain full range of motion. Therapist does the movement for patient.
10. Traction- pulling to counterbalance. Neck, arms, legs.
11. Finger springing- thumb shaking. Good on webbing of fingers and toes, LI channel.
12. Percussion- using fist, cupped palm, fingertips. To sedate move downward, to tonify move upward in body.
13. Chafing- rapid back and forth with side of hand.
14. Brushing- ending with brushing, light, quick, softly.

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Coach Matt Stampe is a Database Administrator and I.T. professional. In the world of Bodywork, he has been a Certified Massage Therapist (CNT) licensed with the Virginia Board of Nursing, and has a “Master of Science in Acupuncture” (MSA) at Virginia University of Integrative Medicine ( He is a candidate with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He has taught hundreds of people Authentic Yang Tai Chi Kung Fu for over 25 years. He was President of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Martial arts club, Secretary and Treasurer of USA chapter of Yongnian Association under Sifu He Weiqi. Experience includes: Kung fu schools: Omei Shaolin (Sifu Lu Xiaoling) 3rd degree Black Sash, Chinese Martial Arts Institute (Sifu Clarence Burris), United States Wushu Academy (Coach Christopher Pei), and Qi Elements (Sifu Nancy Bloomfield), Former Head Coach: Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation centers(Adults Tai Chi), Hope Chinese school (kids classes), NOVA MMA gym in Arlington (kids classes), and VUOM Martial Arts Tai Chi club (Fairfax). He has positively impacted peoples lives whether for health, sport, strength, combat, and spirit. As a true combat athlete, he teaches methods so people can be confident to defend themselves.
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