I hope everyone had a great Christmas and fantastic new year. I thought some people might be interested in what I was doing in January when my clinic was closed. The answer is learning Chi Nei Tsang in Chiang Mai in my native Thailand.
The abdominal area is of great importance in TCM, but it is also a focus of other chi exercise traditions like chi kung (Qigong) and tai chi. The key energy source of the body is the lower dantian, a spot that is usually a couple of finger widths below your navel. Cultivating the energy there is one the things done in Qigong through meditation, massage and abdominal breathing methods.
Chi Nei Tsang is a set of massage techniques for the abdominal area. I have been practicing massage for 20 years, but the Thai and Chinese methods I have learned did not include abdominal massage. Japanese Shiatsu, however, maintained it as a key part of a normal practice. Generally people want to relax during massages and they don't consider tummy massage to fit the bill so...
If you have seen round marks on athletes bodies, it is all explained here. It's nice to have a vote of confidence from the all-time highest winner of Olympic gold medals. But you don't need to be Michael Phelps to benefit from cupping!
This is just to say a huge thanks to everyone who came to our charity open day at Concord Yoga Studio and Natural Therapies Centre on 7 Feb. We raised $1000 for Lotus Outreach Australia and it was so wonderful to experience and learn so much about health. One of the themes of the day was stress, including how it can build up and cause other conditions. I gave a presentation about acupressure for stress relief in everyday life. If you want a copy I can email it to you. We are planning another charity day in around 6 months. Watch this space!
I'm delighted to announce that some of my natural therpy colleagues and I are running a charity open day at Concord Yoga Centre on Sunday February 7. It will run from 10 until 1:30 and will feature short consultations, workshops and talks.
I will give a short talk about acupunctre and stress in which I'll show some handy self-acupressure techniques you can use in everyday life. For the rest of the time I'm free for 15 minute individual consultations where you can try out any TCM therapies you wish including cupping, moxibustion, acupuncture, electroacupunctre, ear acupuncture, tuina acupressure massage, gua sha (a skin scraping massage technique) and laser acupunctre. I incorporate all of these into my regular practice so if you are curious about one of them you can have a quick go! Of course you can also ask me any questions you want about TCM and any health concerns you have.
The charge for the day is $25 all of which goes to our nominated charity Lotus Outreach, which helps give Cam...