Tui Na

 We now offer the original Chinese Acupressure-Meridian Massage, called Tui Na, pronounced “tway nah,” online course offered for horses, dogs, and cats to everyone who loves animals. Tui Na has been used with humans and animals for thousands of years and is the most commonly used form of bodywork in China today! 

Tui Na Animal Acupressure Training
Equine Tui Na Acupressure massage training
Small Animal Tui Na Acupressure massage training

Tui Na is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It can be best described asa combination between massage and acupressure. Massage is the manipulation of bodily tissues, while acupressure works with the energetics of the body. By combining these two powerful yet gentle forms of bodywork humans and animals alike receive the physical and emotional health benefits which include:

  • builds the immune system
  • releases endorphins necessary to relieve pain
  • strengthens muscles, tendons, joints and bones
  • releases natural cortisone to reduce swelling and inflammation
  • resolves injuries more readily by increasing blood circulation and removing toxins
  • balances the flow of energy and blood to optimize nourishment of internal organs and bodily tissues

Tallgrass Animal Acupressure courses are world-renowned in animal acupressure. This online course focuses on the theories and hands-on techniques needed to offer horses, dogs, and cats a highly effective Tui Na session. The techniques included are a variety of An Fa (direct pressure), Tui Fa (pushing/dredging), Na Fa (grasping), Mo Fa (rubbing), among other techniques. These techniques can help be both invigorating and sooth the spirit depending how they are applied.

Includes series of videos, photographs, a set-by-step guide to the Tui Na protocol, quizzes, and case studies for common equine and canine conditions such as arthritis, muscle pain, respiratory illness, digestion problems, hindquarter issues, and more.

To purchase the online Tui Na Preparatory class, click here.


While there are no formal pre-requisites for taking this class, it is recommended that you take the Overview to Traditional Chinese Medicine online course as well as the Meridian Theory online course. These classes will give you the specific knowledge to understand the terminology and meridian flow and functions.

Hands On Course

There is an accompanying hands on class that teaches you how to apply the Tui Na techniques you learn during the online Preparatory class. It is offered several times a year.


Equine Na Fa video

 Small Animal An Fa video