Learn to self-massage so you may get immediate relief and aid good circulation, joint mobility and general well-being. Physical self-massage will make you feel more independent, for you will be able to make yourself feel better, anytime, day or night.
You will learn to alleviate pain by sourcing and addressing aching joints, tight muscles and tendons. Everything in your body is connected. You will learn how adjacent parts of your body are benefitted by your self-care, or further damaged through ongoing self-neglect. For those with limited movement due to disability or disease, you can ever increase your range of comfort and movement using Master’s techniques for increased agility and flexibility. You can also use massage techniques to enhance your general health and well-being.
Master says, Steal the time and self-massage whenever you are still or waiting.
All techniques can be used to assist other people in your life, too. However, Master is a strong advocate for teaching people how to help themselves, rather than doing it for them. The act of massage improves your own conditioning and dexterity of fingers, plus your flexibility in reaching different parts of your body. You will increase and maintain your ability to bend forwards and reach your feet, which is handy for being able to look after your own pedicures and putting on your shoes and socks.
Master recommends students see a quality acupuncturist in the early stages of training in his style for this quickly helps to open the chi channels, especially in students 30 years and older. After that, the training will be enough to keep the channels open.
Master combines pressure point applications including Dim Mak and Acupressure with his martial and health focussed forms. He only teaches long-term and trusted students about Dim Mak, and then to caution against its use. Master’s Qi Qong approach, called Motion of Feeling, can also be done internally at the same time as the external massage for speedier results. He learned autodidactically as well as from his Grandfather, herbalist and martial artist, and Grandmother, a midwife and healer. He also teaches reflexology which is about learning how different parts of the feet and hands can be massaged to aid different parts of the body and for overall good health.
Master always says These techniques are on tap and free anyway, so why not use them?
When you need aid and pain relief, in the middle of the night or on a public holiday, isn’t it wonderful to be able to help yourself without having to wait for allied health practitioners to fit you into their schedule?
Master also teaches us to pay attention to our body and sense when things are amiss. He urges students to think about cause and effect and to minimise causes of pain by changing habits or techniques. Master’s martial arts style teaches us to use more careful and efficient body postures and actions that minimise the use of brute strength and the resultant strains and damage that often accompany such an approach.
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What do I need to bring to learn Teh Nei Chia Chuan Health, Meditation, Breathing, Qi Gong, Massage, Tai Chi, Nei, Kung and Kung Fu?
Clothing – if you wish to comfortably manage the activities, wear flexible long shorts or pants and a loose t-shirt. We wear black pants and white tops.
After three months, you are expected to wear the uniform.
For formal occasions, you would be given plenty of notice and expected to have the formal uniform jacket.
Shoes – are not to be worn on the gym mat so you can have bare feet or socks/ stockings. It is recommended if you wear shoes on the tai chi lawn that they do not have a strong grip, for it prevents you from sliding, turning and spinning easily. Master always wears Kung Fu shoes, for they are cheap and flexible. Your Senior Instructor mainly has bare feet, enjoying the grounded feeling.
Water – we are on filtered rainwater at Forgedale. Bring a drinking vessel so you can rehydrate.
Loose-leaf folder or similar – if you wish to expedite your training, it is important to get into the habit of writing down what you learn and questions you would like to ask. Then over time, you will have created your own customised learning manual.
We suggest a different for each loose-leaf page so that as your learning deepens you can add to the page and add extra pages. A book can be frustrating and restrictive. Master is a stickler for writing things down and dating each entry. You will then know the context and gain an appreciation for your improved learning over time, too.
Though we may use videos as learning aids, reliance on videos is not considered an appropriate way for students to learn. We encourage memory enhancement and patience, letting the learning flow naturally.
Published books are available from Master who can be contacted via his Facebook page. In each class, we read one or two pieces of prose from Master’s books. Master shares a lot of his literature on his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Teh-Nei-Chia-Chuan-Tai-Chi-Kung-Fu-147054698663845/
Insect protection – as we are in a bushland setting and may train outdoors or in the open gazebo.
Weapons – are provided for lessons initially. After three months, you are expected to have your own. Beginners start with the bamboo staff and a plastic tai chi training sword.