This is my Tui Na teacher Dr. Deng Min Ling. He’s probably approaching his 70’s now but has more energy than an 18 yr. kid old on the juice. He still works 8-10 hours doing Tui Na massage at the hospital I worked at.
Tui na massage was one of the first healing modalities I learned and I can honestly say, I was a complete disaster when I first started. One of my professors just flat out told me I was too small and just wasn’t meant for this type of work.
One night after my shift was over while strolling past Dr. Deng’s clinic, he invited me in and asked me how things were. I told him not so well and explained why.He pointed over to one of his top students working on a patient (this kid was literally half my size and thin as rails) and explained to me Tui na was all about proper technique and leverage rather than strength.
For the next few months I studied and learned everything I could from him. According to him, Tui Na is an exchange of energy and a form of healing communication between practitioner and patient.
I look back now and think of how he always lit up the room with his smile for everyone no matter how long a day it was. I also think of where I’d be if I never walked past his clinic that day. I’m still no Dr. Deng but then again not too many people are. I’m so grateful for having had the opportunity to study under someone so awesome. True story.
- Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train in Chinese medicine for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners in China at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is to bring that knowledge and experience to benefit his patients.
- Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane CBD area. You can read his full bio or schedule an appointment.