Chinese medicine is a holistic medical practice with a history of over 4000 years. Chinese medicine includes numerous therapies and practices to achieve balance and treat disease, some of these include Taichi, Qigong breathing exercises, Kungfu, massage, Acupuncture, cupping and herbal medicines.
Diagnostic methods and language in Chinese medicine are quite different from Western medicine. To diagnose a patient the practitioner will look at the pulse, tongue, complexion, voice, smell and enquire about all aspects of the physical and emotional life. In China, Chinese medicine is used in conjunction with Western medicine and as part of everyday life.
Acupuncture is the practice of using channels of energy or electromagnetic fields that run throughout the human body to adjust the functioning of organs and tissues. Using very thin needles, or metallic sticks if you’re too scared, acupuncturists direct the energy through electrically charged fascia, or sheaths of tissue that make up the whole body. The fascia conduct electromagnetic energy around the body so that the acupuncturist can communicate with, for example, the liver by needling a point on the foot. For a more detailed analysis of the scientific evidence of these channels of electromagnetic energy and their energetic properties, please see the work of Dr Wae Wanho at the Institute of Science in Society.
The needles are sterile, one time use and one-fiftieth the diameter of regular injection needles. After diagnosis between one and fifteen needles are inserted into acupuncture points of which there are more than 600.
The needles are left for approximately 21 minutes but in some cases are retained for 5 minutes in the back points or 45 minutes for lipid movement (stubborn fat reduction). Depending on the strength of internal energy and acuteness of pathogens, the needles may be gently manipulated while in position, particularly when there is long-term tension; this involves heating or turning the needles to stimulate a relaxation of the muscles or a low level aching sensation, both of which enhance the body’s own immune response.
Moxabustion (Heat Therapy)
Moxabustion is an ancient form of medicine that involves applying heat generated from mugwort to areas of the body. Evidence shows that many chronic conditions are caused by the invasion of cold coupled with a lack of movement. Over generations of practitioners other uses of moxabustion were noted and developed and it now constitutes a comprehensive medical system in its own right.
The majority of moxa used is mugwort that burns in the same way as an incense stick; slowly smouldering and generating intense heat. Most of those using moxa are also practicing Acupuncture in combination to treat an array of chronic and acute conditions, such as diabetes, pain, fractures and constipation.
Lose mugwort herb can be bunched together and stuck to the end of a needle (already in the body), when lit it passes heat directly into the acupuncture point, into the body’s interior. This gives the patient a sense of comforting warmth while also enhancing the immune system stimulation.
Moxa also comes in sticks, either smoking or smokeless. The Japanese smokeless moxa sticks are often used in clinics or home, and can be bought online.
Cupping uses the power of a vacuum created in a glass cup to shift deep-rooted tissue level stagnation. This stagnation can come in the form of knots of muscle fibres that over time can calcify; collections of old immune system cells and inflammatory debris around the joints; enlarged lipid, fat cells around the thighs, abdomen and buttocks and emotional stagnation held throughout the body and in postural alignments.
The cups are applied, pulling the skin into the vacuum and dredging the stagnation. The application involves the lighting of a cotton ball in surgical scissors and burning it in the cup for no more than a second before swiftly removing it and applying the cup to the body. The cup will leave a pinkish or purplish mark for between a few minutes and a week. The practitioner will pay attention to the colour, depth and longevity of the marks to make assessment of the severity and longevity of the stagnation.
Cupping has great efficacy, often enabling the patient to achieve in one session what would take three or four massages. After a cupping session the patient will experience better movements, loser muscles and enhanced flow of energy. It’s important to wrap up warm and drink plenty of water after cupping. On occasion the cupped area can be slightly sore, this is nothing to worry about.
Tuina Chinese Medical Massage
Tuina massage, sometimes referred to as Acupressure massage, is part of the Chinese medical manual therapies and has been used in health care in Asia continuously for over 4000 years, and is well documented. It uses numerous techniques of the hand, elbow and wrist to supplement, sedate, move or manipulate the channels and organs of the body.
During a Tuina massage the practitioner will often massage specific acupuncture points in the same way needles are used. The practitioner may move along the meridians conducting clearing of the channels, which clears stagnation in preparation for needling.
Often points of particular tenderness are located and worked on continuously to break long-standing knots; this can be painful and the patient is asked to breathe and consciously relax the area.
Tuina massage has many similarities to Nuad Thai, lymphatic drainage and Swedish massage.
Guasha is another ancient form of treatment used for a broad array of conditions. The method uses the edge of a piece of bone, tortoise shell, pottery or ceramic spoon or indeed anything that comes to hand, to scrape along the surface of the skin following the electromagnetic channels; after some time leaving reddish marks as the blood comes to the surface.
Some of the most common conditions treated with Guashu are acute fever, vomiting, parasitic or bacterial invasion with a strong constitution, liver and lung function problems and diabetes. It is often used to treat children with fever as it boosts immune system functioning and develops strong lifetime patterns.
Traditional Therapeutic Massage
This type of massage is a unique style developed by Doshan, your massage therapist, and combines his knowledge of Ayurvedic techniques, deep tissue acupressure point stimulation and holistic therapeutic massage.
Unless requested this massage is done with oils that include organic arnica oil, heating balms and coconut oil. The focus is to increase blood flow to both deep and superficial muscles, allow fascia release and alleviate aches and pains.
Doshan encourages all his clients to be well hydrated both before and after the massage and to not eat in the two hours prior to the massage.
Trauma Release: Past trauma impacts the way we see the world and our ability to live in harmony in the present moment. Traumas caused by childhood neglect, sexual or domestic abuse, harassment in the work place and experiences such as conflict or war can result in profound disharmony in the body. Bessel van der Kolk, a key expert in this field explains in his book, The Body Keeps the Score, how trauma and its resulting stress harms us through physiological changes to body and brain, and that changes can persist throughout life and cause both emotional and physiological imbalance.
Stress is recognized by many as the No. 1 proxy killer disease today. The American Medical Association has noted that stress is the basic cause of more than 60 percent of all human illness and disease. “We all want to live in a world that is safe, manageable… predictable, and victims remind us that this is not always the case,” says van der Kolk. When steps to release a person’s trauma are not taken, it finds a way to manifest in the body in the form of disease. In the case of childhood neglect the experience can prime individuals to be on high alert, tuning the body to fight or flight state which then manifests in later life in form of abusive relationships, conflict in the workplace or a serious health condition.
In my last 10 years I have worked with hundreds of clients with wide ranging personal health issues, relationship issues and career issues. One common factor in the majority of my clients is early childhood traumas and difficulties. A trauma is stored as a memory with an underlying set of emotions, most negative. It is not the memory that holds people back, but the associated emotion that is trapped in the body that creates “dis-ease”. In my sessions, I use combination of listening, counselling, meditation and sound healing to identify & release the emotions that are underlying their trauma. It is often not necessary to go into the trauma in great detail thus avoiding retraumatization, but once the underlying emotion is freed, the body starts to heal and recover in a very short period of time.
Sound Healing: Sound is an ancient healing medium – it has been utilized for well-being around the globe for thousands of years. From singing Tibetan Bowls, gongs, to the didgeridoo of the Australian Aborigines, to the drum and rattle of the Native Americans, sound has been used, and continues to be used, to bring people from states of high stress into a relaxed state within a short period of time.
We don’t just perceive sound through our ears, but through our entire bodies. Our skin, bones and the water in us conduct sound waves. Every cell membrane in our body has external antennas called Primary Cilium, which vibrate like little tuning forks in response to the vibrational input from our environments. When utilized consciously and intentionally, sound has the potential to soothe the nervous system, quiet and focus the mind, settle emotions, relieve pain and more.
During a Biofield(Sound) Tuning session, a client lies fully clothed on a treatment table while the practitioner activates a tuning fork and scans the body slowly beginning from a distance. The practitioner is feeling for resistance and turbulence in the client’s energy field, as well as listening for a change in the overtones and undertones of the tuning fork. When the practitioner encounters a turbulent area he/she continues to activate the tuning fork and hold it in that specific spot. Research suggests the body’s organizational energy uses the steady coherent vibrational frequency of the tuning fork to “tune” itself. In short order, the dissonance resolves and the sense of resistance gives way. This appears to correspond to the release of tension from the body.
A Sound healing session can be done in person or in distance.
Lymphatic drainage massage is a “soft” massage that encourages the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart.
This massage uses a specific amount of pressure and circular movements to stimulate the flow of lymph. Lymph is a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells throughout the body.
There are many benefits to lymphatic massage. It:
• Strengthens immunity.
• Reduces swelling and helps prevent fluid accumulation.
• Promotes the flushing of toxins.
• Prevents the formation of scar tissue and fibrosis.
• Improves circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid.
• Stimulates wound healing.
• Is used before and after surgery, especially cosmetic procedures.
Phytotherapy & Aromatherapy
Phytotherapy is the use of plant and herb extracts for healing. It is a science-based medical practice that depends on clinical trials and biomedical studies to formulate effective medicines and drugs to enhance both physical and emotional health.
Bach flowers are a form of phytotherapy. These plant extracts are highly effective in the treatment of conditions such as stress and anxiety.
Aromatherapy, or essential oil therapy, belongs under the phytotherapy umbrella; it is a holistic healing treatment that uses the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit.
The inhaled aroma from these “essential” oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, using massage, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing.
There are a wide number of essential oils available, each with its own healing properties.
How you apply essential, or aromatherapy, oils, has an impact on their healing capabilities. Because they are so highly concentrated, it is not often recommended that you apply essential oils in their pure form directly to the skin. You will experience better results if you use small amounts of the oils diluted in water or with a carrier oil or massage lotion.
I am available for 45-minute consultations with prescription. I would like to help you reach optimal health and physical as well as emotional well-being. At the same time, boosting your immune system is a vital part of staying strong and resistant to sickness and disease.
“Just for today, I will not worry, I will not be angry, I will be grateful, I will do my work honestly, I will be kind to every living thing and count my blessings”
Reiki is a therapy of palm healing or hands-on -body healing in which a practitioner places hands over the patient’s body to facilitate the process of healing.
Reiki combines the Japanese and Chinese word-characters of REI (spirituality) and KI (vital energy). This vital energy can be channelled to support the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Reiki is a very simple process but usually produces quite profound effects. The main purpose of a Reiki treatment is not only to support the physical body but also to promote a positive mind so you can experience more joy in life. The great thing about Reiki is that one does not have to be ‘ill’ to experience the benefits.
- Promotes harmony and balance
- Creates deep relaxation and helps the body release stress and tension
- Dissolves energy blocks, promotes natural balance between mind, body and spirit
- Assists the body in cleansing itself from toxins and supports the immune system
- Clears the mind and improve focus as you feel grounded and centred
- Aids better sleep
- Accelerates the body’s self-healing ability as you start to return to your natural state
- Helps relieve pain and support the physical body healing
- Helps spiritual growth and emotional cleansing
- Compliments medical treatment or other therapies such as acupuncture
“Yoga is not about getting your leg behind your head but about being present on your mat so you can be more present in your life” – Colleen Saidman Yee founder of Urban Zen Integrative Therapy.
Yoga helps manage anxiety, arthritis, back pain, blood pressure, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, headaches, insomnia, stress, muscles tension and other conditions and diseases.
Thanks to regular yoga practice you can dramatically improve your :
- Coordination and balance
- Respiratory capacity
- Blood circulation
- Immune system
Yoga is an inner practice open for all ages and has an impact on self-regulation processes (stress, emotions and resilience). It brings awareness to your internal states, which means that you are conscious of your thinking processes and patterns. You can control these by using various strategies involving self-reflection and self-regulation. Yoga helps to find and develop those strategies and improves quality of life.
Through meditation and relaxation techniques you are able to change negative thinking patterns and find inner calm. It is beneficial for controlling emotions, managing chronic stress syndrome, improving quality of sleep, enhancing concentration and creativity. Finding inner peace and calmness reduces headaches and muscle tensions.
Yoga turns you « inward » and helps you discover your true self and life meaning and simply makes you feel better. Yoga teaches you self-acceptance and thus helps build a healthy attitude toward yourself and the whole Universe.