Archive | January, 2012

Waggie Tails Charity Event Help Needed!

28 Jan

Thankyou for your support in joining the blog and your lovely comments.

This thursday I am doing a charity event for Waggie Tails, a local dog resuce group, they are having a therapy day at the Dudsbury golf couse and have asked if I would like to do some massage. I have agreed and will TRY not to take a furry friend home with me! Hopefully paul won’t mind a new addition to the family, just a small pug !!!

Seriously though if anyone is free that day I need a helping hand and transport to and from the event. For your time I will give you a free massage treatment. Give me a call or email me if you are interested.

Peace and Love

Martine x

 

Qi Gong – Keeping you healthy! What’s it all about?

26 Jan

What is Qi gong I hear you ask?!  I hear this  a lot in the treatment room.

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Well it might be of interest to know that it is one of the four branches of Chinese Medicine, the others being Acupuncture, Herbs and TuiNa /Massage. It is an Ancient Chinese Health exercise (476-221 B.C.E) that helps to build up the bodies natural internal/external energy, a bit like chinese yoga.

It works by gathering, circulating and applying your life force energy, otherwise known as Qi, to help balance and rejuvenate the body. There are three main schools of Qi Gong:

Martial Qi Gong – which cultivates and stores energy to use in fighting. (These exercises help to rapidly increase strength and power.)

Spiritual Qi Gong – which cultivates the energy to connect to one’s higher self for transformation and enlightenment and has techniques like breathing, meditation and creative visualisation; helping the practitioner to open up to universal awareness.

Medical Qi Gong – the cultivation of energy for health promotion and preservation. It consists of practices that tonify, purge and balance the body’s internal and external fields. It combines the use of breath, visualisation, spiritual intent and movement to help improve health and control illness.

There are many practices and styles in each discipline as you can see from the pictures above. In my experience you should find one that feels right for you and a teacher that is clear and makes you feel comfortable.

Some examples that I use and advise patients to do in the clinic is “The Six Healing Sounds” This is great for focusing on particular organs and using visualisations and actual sounds to reenergise and rebalance them. I also get patients to do gentle medical qi gong movements like Wuji/Zhang zhuan (standing like tree/or holding the tree) This is a standing posture which helps to help qi flow in the body. Other exercises I include are practices like the ba duan jin/eight brocades, a sequence of 8 movements combining movement with breath and intention.

Different practices are given depending on the patient’s needs and their ability.

Some patients I show special acupressure massage techniques to. This is also another form of qi gong that is practiced and enhances the health and wellbeing of the person. Some movements appear very strange like clicking the teeth together or running the fingers through the hair (running 10 dragons through the forest) but all have a significant link to the meridians and pathways in the body that the qi follows around and through and helps to activate and strengthen them.

If you would like try some Qi Gong classes and live locally in Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole, Paul runs half hour sessions at Castlepoint on Thursday evenings and at the Littledown Centre on Sunday mornings.

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If you have any questions about qi or would like to share you experiences about this subject please email me or leave a comment.

Whats been happening today!

Today I had a great day in the clinic. It was very busy, as is most Thursdays, as I offer a late clinic for patients who can’t come till after work. I have been using a lot of auricular acupuncture at the moment with good responses and incorporating it into the treatment which is a nice extra tool to have.

Some of the patients main complaints today were Stress, Crohns disease, Constipation, Sjogens disease, knee pain, urgency and frequency and general wellbeing. Such a wide range of conditions as you can see and very interesting to treat, all so different.

Off to Reading tomorrow for day three on paediatric course, very excited! Also keep your eyes peeled as I will be giving away random FREE treatments on specific days and times! Maybe you can send an interested friend or family for a free session to see if it can resolve any ongoing complaints or just nab it yourself!!HEHE!!!

So until next blog take care and peace  Martine xxx:)

Paediatric Course and Treatment of Children in Clinic

25 Jan

For those of you who don’t know I am currently furthering my studies in Paediatrics/ children’s acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. This is a year  diploma course in Reading at my previous college “The Integrated School of Chinese Medicine”.I will be studying with great and renouned teachers like Jullian Scott, Tersesa Barlow and Stephen Gasgoine.

I have recently discovered from our timetable that some weeks we are able to bring patients to class and they will be diagnosed  and treated in front of the class.

Last week I brought a little boy to class to be observed and treated, it was truly amazing experience.He was 5 years old and has been diagnosised with Caudal Regression Syndrome , his main complaint is  severe consitpation, the poor little love has until Easter, then he might have to be fitted with a colostomy bag. His mother is hoping that acupuncture can help.

After this first treatment at colleage he was able to pass what he called “a speical poo”a rare event.  This week Mummy said that she felt less tried, this is a great sign as our teacher Julian says it shows that treatment is working as the child doesn’t need to draw so much off the mother. After the clinic she decided to go ahead with a course of treatments with me in the Bournemouth Clinic.

We had our first session this week and it was wonderful.Its great working with children there is a different kind of energy in the treatment room. Although the needling can sometime hurt a bit, it is quick and forgotten easily by the fun and games we have.

In Chinese Medicine he is suffering with spleen qi deficiency and stagnation of qi and blood in lower jiao, basically his body just dosent have the energy needed to pass a stool this can happen for a number of reasons and is best treated with a few points on the legs that help to boost his digestion and in turn his energy ( For Acupuncturists: St36 and BL57 tonification tec/ then moxa on REn 12 and the sacrum for local qi and blood stagnation in that area: half inch serrin needles used )

After treatment the colour changed on his cheeks from pale white to a lovely flush of red and so far I have had reports that this week he hasn’t cried whilst going to school this has been the first time in months!!!:)

Children and babies can be treated for many different conditions to name a few Asthma and eczema ,cough,digestion problem,skin conditions + many more.

One great tip in class this week on diet for children is:That too much orange juice is not very good for children to drink.By drinking so much juice the digestion becomes under attack and can produce a very swollen stomach and diarrhoea also it can produce quite a lot of damp and phlegm in the body so not great for children who are constitutional inclined this way(e.g. cough up phlegm, snotty, loose stools)

Also a lot of prarents think that it is healthy to feed there babies/toddlers on whole foods like brown rice and bread when actually this is very hard for them to digest and can cause there digestive systems to become overloaded and in turn lead to illness.Better to get good quality organic white rice and bread.In general the diet for children should be balanced with right vitamins and minerals, proteins and vegetables.

If you have any queries or questions about this topic please email me on martine@naturalelements.co.uk or feel free to post a comment!!

Hello and Welcome

25 Jan

Hello and Welcome to my Blog

I’m very excited to be writing this and hope as the weeks pass to log and blog great and interesting articles and experiences in the clinic.

I hope to bring you useful tips that help you with your own and others health and wellbeing.

These will include diet and lifestyle advice based on ancient Chinese health preservation and an aray of qi gong exercises for specific ailments.

I will also endeavour to let you know up and coming events and workshops, but really this is a great chance to share with you the wonders of this amazing healing art.

Love and Light

Martine x:)

Martine & Paulie in New forest last Year