• Osteology (Nomenclature, structure and function of the skeletal system (15 hrs. minimum)
  • Myology (Structure and function of the muscular system, including origins and insertions) (30 hrs. minimum)
  • Structure and function of the other major systems
    - Integumentary
    - Digestive
    - Neurological
    - Respiratory
    - Cardiovascular
    - Lymphatic
    - Urinary and Reproductive
    - Endocrine

CHINESE MEDICAL THEORY (100 hours minimum)

  • General Theory
    - Overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine
    - Basic Cosmology
      Chi: Definitions, functions
      Concepts of Tao, Chi, Yin/Yang, 10,000 things…
      Six energies
      Five elements
    - Comparison of Eastern & Western medicine: including the basic concepts of disease and treatment in each.
  • Yin/Yang
    - Concepts of Yin/Yang-properties and principles
    - Yin/Yang relationships
    - Yin/Yang imbalances in the body
  • Five Elements (Five Transformations)
    - Description, historical basis and context within Chinese Philosophy
    - Laws of the five elements (cycles)
    - Five elements related to the body
    - Correspondences
  • Fundamental Substances of the body (descriptions, functions and relationships among them)
    - Qi (Ki)
    - Blood (Xue)
    - Jing (Essence)
    - Shen (Spirit)
    - Fluids
  • The Organs - Visceral Manifestation Theory (functions, description and typical signs of imbalance of disturbed functions)
    - The five Zang (Yin) organs (viscera) plus the pericardium
    - The six Fu (Yang) organs (bowels) including Triple Warmer theory
    - The Curious organs (Brain, Uterus, Gall Bladder)
  • Channels and Effective Points (30 hrs. minimum)
    - Twelve regular channels (external/superficial and internal/deep)
      Function and relationship with organs
      Paired relationships
      Order and direction of circulation (24 hour cycle)
      Anatomical location
      Main pathological signs
    - Eight Extraordinary Vessels
      Anatomical location
      Main pathological signs
    - Tendino-Muscular Pathways or Channels
    - Cutaneous Regions
    - Effective Points
      General description
      Anatomical location and main indications
      * Twelve general points (LI 4, ST 36, SP 6, SI 10, BL40/54, GB20, GB 21, GB 30, LV3, CV 4, CV 17, GV 20)
      * Tonification and sedation points
      * Source points (Yuan points)
      * Lou connecting points
      * Front Mu (Bo or Alarm points)
      * Back Shu (Yu or Associated points)
      * Beginning and Ending points
  • Evaluation - the four examinations
    - Looking (observation)
      Body appearance
    - Listening/smell
    - Asking
    - Palpating (touching)
      Channels and points
      Mu and Shu Points
      Pathology - causes and patterns of disease or imbalance
    - Etiology - cause of the imbalance
      Exogenous causes - the six exogenic pathogens
      Endogenous causes - the seven emotions
      Other causes - infections, injury and lifestyle
    - Patterns of imbalances and assessment
      The Eight Principles
      Zang-Fu Organ patterns
      The Six Channels (divisions)
      The General Theory of Channels
      The Five Elements
      The Four Levels (Defense, Qi, Nutritive, Blood)
      The Three Heaters


  • Technique - Lecture and Demonstration
    - Definition and history of modality
    - Theory relative to modality including effects on major body systems
    - Contraindications and potentially harmful techniques (cautions)
    - Principles of manipulations
    - Full body treatment
    - Passive and active exercises
  • Treatment oriented application - Lecture and Demonstration
    - Assessment and evaluation
    - Integration of techniques focused upon pathologies likely to be treated by practitioners
  • Classroom practice (80 hrs. minimum)
    This is supervised practice performed on other students and instructors
  • Sessions received from a Certified Instructor in the discipline being studied (10 hrs. optional)


  • Supervised Clinical Practice
    Students will have the opportunity to integrate all of their training and practice in providing sessions for the general public in a supervised atmosphere
      A professional environment will be maintained at all times
      There will be constant, qualified supervision at all times
      During a client’s first visit, a complete case history will be taken
      Session summaries will be written after each patient’s visit
      “Rounds” will be regulary held so that students can share their sessions, interesting aspects, problems and successes with their peers
  • During the program each student will be required to give at least 50 logged sessions

OTHER (70 Hours)

  • Other topics relative to the practice of Asian Bodywork Therapy at the discretion of the teacher. A survey of other Asian Bodywork Therapies is recommended
  • Somewhere in the program, business, legal considerations and ethics must be covered
  • All students must have completed a First Aid and CPR course