FAQ

Q: What are Zheng Gu techniques?


A: Zheng Gu literally means “correct bone” or “straighten bone”. Zheng Gu techniques are natural extensions of the Tui Na hand techniques and basic principles of treatment, which involve regulating the body’s, tissues, the Qi-dynamic and the channels and collaterals. “Correcting bone” refers to the effectiveness of Zheng Gu techniques in regulating, correcting, and mobilizing the alignment and functioning of the bones, joints, sinews, muscles and connective tissue as well as the channels and collaterals. These techniques are simultaneously diagnostic and therapeutic.

Q: How are Zheng Gu Tui Na courses different from the Tui Na class I took at TCM school?


A: Zheng Gu Tui Na courses integrate Qi Gong, self-cultivation, anatomy, hand techniques and treatments into extremely effective treatment modules that can be used immediately in a clinical setting, alone or in conjunction with other modalities like acupuncture. Tui Na courses taught in Oriental medical schools and in Mainland China are typically taught in a compartmentalized modern medical school fashion, in which techniques are taught individually and then later combined using Zang Fu theory as the basis of diagnosis snd treatment. Our ZGTN approach to diagnosis and treatment is based on an older model of Chinese medicine, therefore, many of the basic ZGTN techniques and concepts are not taught in TCM schools.

Q: I have a conflict for the Level 2 course; can I take Levels 3 and 4 this year, and go back to take Level 2 next year?


A: Zheng Gu Tui Na courses must be taken in order. The material presented is progressive in nature, where each course builds on the one that came before. Proficiency is not simply a question of intellectually learning the treatment modules and protocols – it comes from developing the necessary internal alignment and sensitivity skills, which must be developed in the proper order and can only be mastered through practice. Our experience is that allowing students to skip a level does not do them a service but actually impedes their progress.

Q: I am a Licensed Massage Therapist/Osteopath/Chiropractor. Can I skip Levels 1-4 and go straight to Level 5?


A: Although having a background as a massage practitioner, osteopath or chiropractor is helpful, it does not replace learning the ZGTN foundational material and practicing it over time. More than just a series of techniques, Zheng Gu Tui Na is a type of internal body training that develops only by practicing the methods taught. The ZGTN foundational courses build upon each other and interweave through practicing, reviewing and practicing again. Even the most advanced material has its roots in the basic courses. For this reason, we require all of our students, regardless of previous experience, to take the ZGTN courses in order, without skipping any levels.

Q: I have already studied Tui Na in China or at TCM school, can I skip the beginning levels?


A: Although some of the material taught in Zheng Gu Tui Na courses may be similar to what you may have learned in school, the ZGTN approach is different. Zheng Gu Tui Na courses integrate Qi Gong, self-cultivation, anatomy, hand techniques and treatments into extremely effective treatment modules that can be used immediately in a clinical setting, alone, or in conjunction with other modalities such as acupuncture. Our approach to diagnosis and treatment is based on an older model of Chinese medicine, therefore, many of the basic techniques and concepts are not taught in TCM schools. Because even the most advanced material has its roots in the basic ZGTN courses, it is necessary to go through the courses in sequence, in order to perform the advanced material correctly.

Q: New York City is far away. Will ZGTN teach in my hometown?


A: Yes! We would be happy to send an instructor to your town or school to teach. Please contact us if you are interested in setting up a course. We recommend 30 or more students at the beginning level in order to ensure continuity through the full ZGTN curriculum.

Q: Does ZGTN offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?


A: We are certified providers for NCCAOM CEUs. All classes that we host in the United States provide NCCAOM CEUs. Courses held at other venues vary. You must contact the host organization and inquire if CEUs are available.

We are also certified providers for California CEUs. If you are licensed in California and need CEUs please notify us when registering, ideally 30-45 days prior to the seminar. Courses held at other venues vary. You must contact the host organization and inquire if CEUs are available.

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