Unique Chinese medicine classroom in Downings

A group of Chinese medicine students staged one of their regular weekend training courses in a unique coastal classroom setting in the county, last week.

A group of Chinese medicine students staged one of their regular weekend training courses in a unique coastal classroom setting in the county, last week.

The group, who normally undertake their course training in Dublin, relocated to the scenic location of Downings beach last Saturday and Sunday setting up a mobile classroom at the annual Windsurfing competition staged there.

The event was organised by Creeslough resident, Denise Tonge, who is one of the pupils on the course studying a component of Chinese medicine called “Tui Na”.

Tui Na is a massage technique used specifically to unblock energetic points as well as relaxing the patient .

Denise has been attending the Downings event for the last decade as a windsurfer and after enrolling on the advance diploma Tui Na course earlier this year she had the idea of getting more experience by working with the competitors of the demanding sport.

She explains: “I had been coming to the Downings event for the last ten years and knew all the aches and pains that windsurfers get all the time as it can be a demanding sport on the body. I had been travelling regularly back to Dublin for the modules of my course but thought we could host one of them up here so we could all get more experience in applying the techniques we were being taught.”

The group of five students, under the guidance of course leader, Dr. Shane Murnaghan, set up a marque on the beach and took names from willing participants who then received a massage treatment addressing their various complaints free of charge.

“We did it so we could get more experience of what we were learning and it was a great success. There was a steady line of people queuing on both days we had some great reactions from people who received the treatment. Some said they found it very relaxing and others came back to us saying some of the long term aches and pains they had were gone completely.It was a great experience for everyone,” she said.