For a student of the LFIAA to study and practice the Energy Bodywork Massage system as taught by Laoshi Keith Ewers they have to practice both Neigong (Internal) and Waigong (External) work before they become skilfull enough to treat a patient. Obviously the eternal (Waigong) work involves the study and practice of the many different bodywork massage techniques. So that the student becomes very familiar with each bodywork massage method and how to use them on various parts of the body, plus the student must learn about improving their posture and stance so that the student can use their body weight effectively enough to aid their bodywork massage techniques. Sadly there are many practitioners of the Lishi bodywork massage system and many other styles that simply rely on this external (Waigong) method to treat many musculoskeletal ailments.
The Neigong (Internal) development of the Energy Bodywork Massage involves the practice and study of Daoyin (Guiding & Leading) exercises to mobilise the energy (Yun qi) of the student, so that they can learn how to manipulate the energy (qi) within themselves to better manipulate the Qin of the patient. This means regular practice of Daoyin/Qigong exercises to cultivate, nurture and mobilise their own qi developing a fine sensitivity to its movement inside themselves, so that they can tangibly feel and manipulate the qi more skilfully to treat both external and internal illnesses.
To become a true and highly skilfull practitioner of the Energy Bodywork Massage (Tui Na) the student must learn both internal (Neigong) & external (Waigong) development, simply learning the physical techniques means that the practitioner can only effect the muscles, tendons, joints and blood, but they will not be able to connect to the patients qi that lays deep inside and be able to gather, rise, lower, enter or exit the patients qi because they have not developed their own energy (qi) strength to connect to the patients own qi and be able to guide & lead it anywhere in the patients body.
The LFIAA offers both internal ( Neigong) and external (Waigong) bodywork massage training to its interested students so that they can become skilfull practitioners of this Traditional Chinese Medicine System.