Last September 26-30, 20 Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program beneficiaries from various regions were warmly received at the Makati Palace Hotel for their three-day Tui Na Health and Wellness training program. The program is a joint effort of the Sustainable Livelihood Program and its private parter, May Ginhawa at Gawa-Action to Serve Foundation or Mga GAWA-ACTS. It was the first of a series of training programs geared toward providing health and wellness-related enterprises for communities.
During the training, the participants, along with their respective Project Development Officers, learned about herbal medicine and natural remedies for common sicknesses. They also learned various techniques of the Tui Na Chinese form of massage, in which energy meridians in the body are focused on. According to the website, Asia Tui Na Wholeness, this form of massage “utilizes the teachings of Chi-Gong to combine pushing, rubbing, and tapping the body’s muscles, [and] acupressure points”. To complement the skills they had learned, the facilitator, the participants were also provided with trainings on financial literacy and basic business operations.
The advantage of the Tui Na Health and Wellness training program is that it taught the participants the value of health within their families and their communities. Furthermore, the program helped hone their skills in relieving common pains among their own family members. Aside from providing potential livelihoods to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, the program also stressed the value of nurturing and the sense of touch, especially of parents toward their children, and spouses with each other.
The participants constantly expressed gratitude for having been given the opportunity to learn from a program such as Tui Na because it enriched their skills and knowledge. Moreover, it empowered them to rediscover their abilities and use these to uplift the lives of their families.
In the coming months, Dr. Tan Cho Chiong, president of the Mga GAWA-ACTS ensured the participants that there will be follow-up training programs within their communities to strengthen and polish their skills, as well as to establish their livelihoods.