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Bridging the gap between your health & Fitness

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Renzo Tat Acupuncturist



Welcome to my blog


Welcome everyone to my blog. It started as “The Bridge” a newsletter, produced for my students and patients. I still produce “The Bridge” and send it out via email, it gives information regarding up and coming events, in the form of new classes, workshops, changes in clinic times or locations, as well as social events, where you can get together with others and have some fun! This Blog is an extension to “The Bridge” allowing for people to enter into positive discussions and share points of view. The tag line on the header to the website “Bridging the gap between your health & fitness” also comes from “The Bridge”. Be positive, proactive, take part.

By mingmengv4, May 28 2015 06:14AM

Care Home Managers

Does anyone know the name of care home managers in the local area? I am looking into providing services to local care homes in terms of providing exercise sessions for residents and Acupuncture / Meridian Massage treatments, for resident’s their families and also the care staff within the care home.

The offer will be to provide a holistic, person centred approach of acupuncture / Meridian Massage and exercise, which are well suited to meeting the very specific, individual needs of residents, their families and care staff. Acupuncture / Meridian Massage and exercise is also well placed to address the combination of physical, mental and emotional challenges that residents face on a daily basis.

Jobs in care can be challenging. This is reflected in the high rate of sickness absence amongst staff when compared to other sectors. Even if I don’t treat staff directly, there are a number of associated benefits for staff if the residents of a home have access to acupuncture. By improving the quality of life for residents, I can help to reduce pressures on staff and potentially on care home budgets. Care home managers may well be interested to learn of the potential cost effectiveness of providing acupuncture treatment to their residents.

If you have contact with a care home or know someone who has, please pass on my details to them or find out the care managers name and contact details and pass them on to me.


I give talks to church groups, care home residents, charitable bodies, specific healthcare groups and networking groups. You may be a member of such a group or know people who are; I would like to be put in contact with the group organiser to work out a date for a talk.

Costing Restructure

When you log on to and go to either the Acupuncture or Meridian Massage page you will see that the costings have been made clear. There is a price breakdown with prices for individual treatment and savings on block treatments.


Wing Chun training Tuesday & Thursday 7-9 pm

Qi Gong training Wednesday 7.30-9.30 pm & Saturday 10-12 pm

By mingmengv4, May 25 2015 07:13AM

PK: How do you select which system is to be used?

RT: In the first instance, I decide according to the person and their presenting symptoms; and what method may have been tried previously, either by me or by another clinician, I also look at how much time is available. Some people may be needle phobic or the problem may not need Acupuncture; for example, if a patient has back pain and TCM Acupuncture doesn't help, I'll try Balance Acupuncture, or the metacarpal bone acupuncture system, or Meridian Massage may be more appropriate. If Balance Acupuncture is used I can then ask the patient walk around the treatment room with the needles in their arm or hand. The patient feels a reduction in pain so we can both see what works, I have to point out at this point that we are not looking at instantaneous elimination of the presenting issue, but a perceptible reduction in pain. Patients like this as they can see the results directly.

PK: Why do you think acupuncturists practice the way they do?

RT: Acupuncturists practice what they know. There are many acupuncture systems from different nations. Many acupuncturists practice a combination of systems that they have learned over time as they have developed as practitioners. There are many methods of treating with acupuncture most have sound results with robust theories underpinning them, some are rather less robust. As a practitioner knowing the basics of Chinese medicine allows one to distinguish the reputable from the less reliable. A person needs to judge by its clinical results. One has to remember that knowledge should guide you and that application rules over procedure. It seems that many acupuncturists insert needles as taught out of a book, but don't always know the concept behind why the needles are being inserted. A practitioner can follow this text book formula, but what happens when it doesn't work? By continually questioning ones abilities and striving to develop as a practitioner, one develops a range of tools which allows more options for success. Patients are also reassured by a practitioner who is always learning and who is willing to develop.

PK: What does this mean for acupuncturists in the UK and their patients?

RT: Patients are not necessarily treated by an expert, but by possibly a theorist, who can regurgitate texts but does not know how to apply the concepts, or by a new practitioner with little clinical experience or by a mediocre practitioner. In the end, the profession will develop a bad reputation as being ineffectual. Practitioners should have a deep yearning to be the best. The Chinese use a spiral curriculum, where one starts at the beginning of a thing and deepen their knowledge in the subject; once they have a certain amount of understanding they retrace their steps going over theories again. The advantage of learning in this way is that once you retrace your steps one views the information with experience allowing the information to have more meaning than before! In this way research, study, learning and practice become a way of life. One owes it to oneself and ones patients to be the best that one can! Attend lectures and seminars; read books and case studies; listen to webcasts; apprentice yourself with great practitioners; have mentors and role models; and research as much as you can. Then apply it in the clinic. This way, the level of acupuncture will improve, and we'll grow. The better your results with patients, the more they refer, and the more your practice grows.

By mingmengv4, May 20 2015 07:19AM

The Asia Festival 2015 at Tobacco Dock London was an eclectic view into a number of art forms from around Asia.

The Day started at 10am, you had to feel for the people demonstrating at that time as there were only about 20 visitors at that time of day. The visitor count went up considerably as the day went on. Being “The Asia Festival” no one country predominated nor was it just martial arts from the regions.

There were dancers, musicians, martial arts demonstrations two food courts full of foods from the various regions. There were many healing disciplines Qi Gong, and Chinese language areas as well as stalls to buy numerous goods.

I went with two of my students and one of their friends who I found out had studied Wing Chun at a class I ran almost 30 years ago. So in fact I went with 3 students and met another there, the student count got bigger.

All in all the day went well, got there at 10am didn’t leave till 5pm. It was fun!

By mingmengv4, May 12 2015 09:56AM

Paul King (PK): Tell us about your progression in oriental treatment systems to the style you practice now.

Renzo Tat (RT): I started studying Chinese Martial Arts when I was 14 years old, however, my healing adventure started by studying western massage in my early 20’s. I gave massages to friends and family but had no intention of practice professionally. I then went looking for a TuiNa school, at the time finding any kind of school or person with whom to study Chinese body work therapy was a little like pulling hen’s teeth, impossible, so I let a few years go by until I was introduced to Zen Shiatsu a Japanese body work system, which is far more powerful than it looks. I was then introduced to a Mr Chen, a lecturer at Venice University, who was teaching Chinese language, but was also a Qi Gong and TuiNa specialist. I ran a weekend workshop for him and then went to HeBei medical university with him to learn more about TCM TuiNa. I was also studying Qi Gong at the time and Master Lam, who shared some of his five, phases TuiNa with us. On returning from China I went to The University of Westminster London to study TCM Acupuncture.

In my practice, I find that the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system of acupuncture can be quite needle hungry, can be slow, and produced varying results. I became increasingly frustrated with my acupuncture practice, I had studied and I knew that my treatment principles where sound, however I was dissatisfied with the treatments I was giving. As a Member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC) I have to undergo Continuing Practitioner Development (CPD) and was told by a number of my colleagues about balance acupuncture. Apparently TCM Acupuncture was intended for rapid and easy dissemination, as a response to the frantic health needs in the rural China in the 1950’s. It's not that TCM acupuncture is not effective but when systems are developed some aspects are promoted while some features are lost and there other methods. I started to study and attend courses regarding Balance / I Ching Acupuncture, systems development before TCM. I found that Balance Acupuncture was centred on the channels and collaterals, this I found very interesting, as although it was different to Shiatsu theory, it was a return to looking at how the Channels interacted.

PK: The way you treat people integrates concepts and procedures from a number of traditions. How did it develop?

RT: I have drawn from the best in my body work and acupuncture training. My treatment protocol is based on balance acupuncture. The theories come from the Nei Jing (Inner Classic); Nan Jing (Classic of Difficulties). My first venture into oriental health systems was the study of Japanese Zen Shiatsu, which has the balancing of empty and full channels at its route. I use tongue & pulse and can use Japanese abdominal palpation; and the palpation methods used in Dr Richard Tans’ balance method as an intrinsic aspect of diagnosis. Dr Tan's 123 and ba-gua based balance methods really interest me; Balancing Channels makes a lot of sense.

PK: You stress imaging approaches i.e. microsystems. I’ve heard you mention the metacarpal bone system?

RT: You have to remember that in Chinese culture image is at its route. The written language is pictorial not a code as in languages that use an alphabet based written system, that has an influence on how oriental cultures look at the world. So the image of the body can be seen in many ways around the body. One is as a micro image of the body along the length of the second metacarpal bone. The 12-point system of the second metacarpal bone, is a system that can treat the entire body with just a few points that stretch between Large Intestine 3 (LI 3) and ling gu. The clinical effects are first-rate! There are many imaging methods and ways to balance the body the metacarpal bone is only one.

By mingmengv4, Apr 29 2015 06:24AM

Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese system that strengthens your body, relaxes your mind and lifts your spirit. Qi Gong consists of standing postures and slow movements accompanied by natural breathing that relax and develop the whole person, improving both physical and mental health.

One of its great attractions is that it can be practised by people of all ages. It is absorbing, but not exhausting or stressful. Once learned, it is a treasure for a lifetime.

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