The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona (CIUA) held a workshop on Chinese Therapeutic Massages

August 12, 2017

On August 11th and 12nd, CIUA along side the Confucius Classroom of the Han University of Traditional Medicine and Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona held the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) massage workshop. This workshop received a warm response from attendees.

Traditional Chinese medicinal culture is profound, but strange for many Americans. CIUA invited Professor Doctor Tianyuan, an acupuncture and massage expert from the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, to carry out creative activities during the workshop.

  Explanation of the Chinese culture   The workshop attracted many visitors. The theme of the workship was "health care and self-massage" with hands-on learning, so that participants could experience the magic of Chinese medicine. Yu Tianyuan demonstrated massages used for some of the most common symptoms such as insomnia headache, indigestion, neck and shoulder pain. These were the most typical and easy to learn methods to both explain and demonstrate. The audience members were eager to volunteer to have the chance to experience a traditional Chinese massage. An American attendee, after receiving a head massage, could not help but exclaim "How wonderful!" Another attendee during the massage treatment of insomnia almost fell asleep. Participants have exclaimed that TCM is really amazing.

Demonstration Participants were paired up to practice some of the Chinese therapeutic exercises. Many of the participants also recorded the exercises so they could study it later and be able to help their friends and family.

The audience being able to practice   The audience listening carefully The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona has been exploring various ways of promoting of Chinese culture internationally, with topics such as traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. The Confucius Institute chose easy-to-learn and -use workshops that would allow American people to experience and understand Traditional Chinese Medicine more closely. As seen from this workshop, it has been very successful.