Introductory Courses

Tai Chi Weekly Classes
Qigong Weekly Classes
Advanced Tuina: Acupressure, Manual Therapy & Joint Alignment Techniques for Modern Practice

Tai Chi Weekly Classes

Course title:            “T’ai chi Ch’uan” the supreme ultimate  
Course description:  A journey though the flux of Yin and Yang and one’s connection to the “Cosmos”
Entry requirements:Open to all
Duration:1 hr/session
Tutor:Henri-noel Venturini

About the Tutor

Henri-noel Venturini Henri was a graduate from NZ School of Acupuncture and TCM. He completed Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) in 2019.  Before attending our School, he was used to be an instructor in Taiji and massage.

Henri-noel Venturini
Henri-noel Venturini

Henri is also an accomplished practitioner of martial arts (Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Gong Fu) teaching different styles for both combat and weapons training for health and wellbeing.

Henri teaches sword, stick and fan styles, different forms and meditations with a focus on correct movement and understanding the true purpose of this practice as a healing art or a defensive fighting form.

Henri is also a wellness consultant specialising in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Massage and Energy Healing.

He has a clinic in Whangaparaoa called Balanced Acupuncture.

Qigong Weekly Classes

Course title:            Qigong for Stress and Tension Relief  
Course description:  A unique blend of Qigong forms, Chinese medical knowledge and philosophy, stretching, and self-reflection
Entry requirements:Open to all
Duration:18:30 – 20:30 on Wednesdays except public holidays
Tutor:Kerry Castell-Spence
Fees:$20/class; $90/5 classes; $180/10 classes

The aim of this class is to become more aware, conscious and connected to your body, mind and spirit. It allows you to feel parts of your body that need more attention, gives you gentle techniques to help you relieve tension and stress, and helps you to gain greater clarity of how your tensions arise in the first place.

It includes self-massage, Somatic Restoration (dynamic stretching), movement qigong and quiet healing qigong.

The class follows a simple and consistent format:


Self-massage and self-treatment: The first part of the class includes Myofascial release techniques followed by Somatic Restoration; a whole body/joint dynamic stretching. Most of us know some form of stretching. Unfortunately, we usually only target a few major muscles and physical structures of the body. The tissues surrounding and between muscles, organs, joints, and other body parts are usually left out of these stretching techniques.

Even though we may stretch all the time, our flexibility and tension may not change. This is because the connective tissue – fascia – that holds those muscles and other body parts in shape is still stuck and tense and does not allow change to occur.

Myofascial release and Somatic Restoration help to open all the connective tissue and joints of the body to allow the energy and awareness to flow through the body and allow the structures the fascia surrounds to be released and relax. This works more the physical level or, in Chinese philosophy, Jing.


Movement Qigong: The second part of the class involves the movement form Tong Tian Di Qigong (From the Sky through to the Earth). Chinese medicine and philosophy use the idea of meridians, or energy channels, which are like lines of connection running throughout the body, to diagnose and treat disease and ailments of the body.

It also focusses on three major energy centres of the body, called the three Dantian. These are similar to the idea of the Chakra, found in other body-mind practices. Tong Tian Di Qigong helps us bring awareness and intention into the body and clear out the energy channels and fill up the Dantian, meaning we have less blockages and more energy where we need it. This works the energy level or Qi (Chi).


Quiet Qigong: This practice is an opportunity to explore your own energetic space and healing needs through a simple quiet practice called Tian Quan Qigong (Sky/Heaven Spring Qigong). This style of Qigong has no particular form but allows your body to unwind through relaxed spontaneous movement. This works the Shen level or consciousness.

About the Tutor

Kerry Castell-Spence
Kerry Castell-Spence

Kerry Castell-Spence was trained at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, where he was on the teaching staff (10 years teaching in different roles), and with master Osteopaths over the last 10 years of working and training, including training in the Barral Method of Visceral Manipulation and Neural Manipulation. He Graduated with a Bachelor of Acupuncture and Diplomas in Qigong and Tuina (Chinese Osteopathy).

He has trained with Master Qigong practitioner Dr Sunny Lu for over 13 years. Kerry currently teaches Qigong, meditation and movement practices at the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts. Kerry has a background in Martial arts (Muay Thai, Aikido and Taiji) and has been training for over 20 years. He has also trained in Qigong and meditation for 14 Years. He is an ACC treatment provider and a Registered Acupuncturist with the Acupuncture New Zealand.

Kerry also does private Qigong classes for individuals, small groups and businesses. Kerry’s clinical practice includes the use of medical Qigong to help to treat his clients alongside the use of hands on practices including osteopathic and acupuncture techniques.

He has a clinic in Whangaparaoa called Balanced Acupuncture.

Advanced Tuina: Acupressure, Manual Therapy & Joint Alignment Techniques for Modern Practice

Duration:21 hours
Tutor:Tyrone Penning
Dates:Level 1: Aug, Sep, Nov 2020
Level 2: Sep, Nov 2020
Level 3: Nov 2020
Tyrone Penning

Each LEVEL can be taken as a standalone course, and will contain many useful skills that can be applied immediately in practice.

Level 1: Basic Techniques

Discover a range of practical hand techniques and manipulations for the treatment of common clinical complaints. Practice 10 most useful techniques and become proficient in their application to the body. Includes the study of Tuina techniques, hand tools, rhythmic application, and basic routines for stress relief. Incorporate practical Qigong and Taichi techniques to protect the practitioner against injuries or repetitive strain while you perform these treatments. (7-hours)

Level 2: Physical Assessment

Special techniques for palpation, observation and diagnosis of common clinical patterns causing obstructions in the movement of Qi, Blood and Body Fluids. Explore joint mechanics, fluid dynamics and the causes of relevant diseases commonly seen in modern practice. Learn a useful notation system for recording reliable reference notes to track these patterns over time and provide progress reports to your patient. (7-hours)

Level 3: Advanced Treatment

Become proficient in the treatment of common clinical conditions. Integrate Physical Assessment, Basic Techniques, and Advanced Techniques to effectively balance the physical body, nervous system, and fluid circulation. Discuss and practice the application of advanced techniques used to treat inflammation, muscle spasm, joint restrictions, joint sprain, muscle strain, overuse syndrome, oedema, digestive obstructions and more. Consider the combined use of Acupuncture, Tuina, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Movement Therapies for these conditions. Invite your clients, friends, or family as models for your learning. (7-hours)

Entry requirements


  • All Acupuncture Students and Graduate Practitioners welcome.


  • Acupuncture students require LEVEL 1 or Diploma of Tuina.
  • Graduate Practitioners with equivalent clinical experience in Tuina may be admitted without LEVEL 1.


  • Acupuncture student clinicians (Year 4) who have completed LEVEL 2.
  • Graduate Practitioners who have completed LEVEL 2. 

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