In Chinese Medicine, it’s identified that as seasons change and make a transition from one to another, different organs come to the ascendency. In essence, the environmental conditions present in each season stimulate different organs, and we can often struggle with this shift, so treatment at these times can be very beneficial!
According to the latest research from at Harvard Medical School, pretty much everybody can benefit from acupuncture, not only those that look to use it for pain relief. As it moves mainstream, it has also been helping millions worldwide deal with allergies, stress, pain and more.
Looking at our relationship to Yin & Yang and the natural environmental forces that act on us and move us through life. Living in modern day, shielded environments from nature can skew our awareness and attunement to natural flow and compromise our health. How attuned are you?
By the time we consider treatment, there’s often already been a significant ‘cost’ – an aspect of our precious health. Whether it’s our sense of inner peace, energy levels or connection with others we often wait for a deficit before we act. However treatment is in reality an investment to grow.
Sometimes we just forget what it’s like to feel good. Much like how after a long winter, we forget what the sun on the skin feels like! I recently treated a patient, and my sense was that he was emerging and finding some joy and wellbeing inside, and his feedback mirrored this.
Are you managing both the external stress factors in your life – e.g your job, relationships, home life AND also looking after your internal health with plenty of strong relaxation practices? An imbalance either way can lead to fatigue. It’s good to remember that Tension consumes energy!
In western culture we tend to give much greater precedence to our physical body as the most ‘valid’ aspect of our wellbeing, and often not as significantly recognising the more subtle, but yet equally as important mental, emotional and ‘spiritual’ levels of our pain and discomfort in life. Acupuncture treats all levels of your being.
Sometimes the obstructions in our life moving forward originates ‘internally’ – within the body itself. Other times it’s due to the ‘external’ circumstances around us, and we need to learn to manage both. I look at the nature of our ‘internal’ state and how it influences how we see the world.
‘We live in a great universal ‘One’. Within that ‘One’ in any given moment you have a place, where in balance your energy meets the world to enable you to be fully whole, to feel at ‘One’. It’s a path of exploration, where our energy will constantly moment to moment lead us and be drawn toward those energies and vibrations which lead to balance and health.
Have you ever wondered about the thought patterns that you experience in your mind? Like everything else they have patterns, here I explain how your thought patterns (or ‘internal dialogue’) relate to the energy of the organs within your body and the condition and calibration of the 5 Elements within you, as identified from a Taoist perspective.
I recently contributed to an article on the symptomatic use of Acupressure points to alleviate Stress and anxiety, here’s a snippet! “It’s also important to keep what you are trying to achieve by pressing a point in its correct context. It’s fundamental to understand that whenever you energetically treat a point on yourself, or anyone
I recently treated Mental Health Campaigner Jonny Benjamin. Jonny featured in the national media campaign and Channel 4 Documentary “Finding Mike: The Stranger On the Bridge” about his quest to find a stranger who talked him out of committing suicide on Waterloo bridge.
Stress – not the most desirable thing in life. We can buffer a certain amount of strain in life, certain amount of stress but the longer term consequences are that the body enters into a pattern which sends the natural movement of energy within the internal organs into a state of imbalance.
5 Elements treatment is particularly powerful as it focuses on the underlying cause of imbalance, rather than symptoms alone. It also focuses on your mental and emotional state, alongside your relationship to your environment and life choices. All of these factors contribute to your health!
People often ask me what do I do, and what do I treat? Well the answer to that, if I could sum it up, is that I do ‘Life Acupuncture’. “Life Acupuncture?” you may ask. See the point is that everything we do in life effects our health, and thus we need treatment which considers all aspects of who we are, and what we do.
Autumn and Winter can be the ideal time to receive treatment as at this time, particularly in Western culture, we can become more predominantly out of tune with the energy of the seasons, and what our natural tendency at this time of year would guide us towards.
So what are the 5 Elements part of? Elements of what? Here Richard Brook talks about how the 5 Elements themselves are also identified as being part of the two phases of Yin and Yang and then goes on to identify what is behind Yin and Yang; Source Energy and your Soul!
What I mean by the term Destiny from a Chinese Medicine perspective – Destiny isn’t something which happens to you, it’s something that is inbuilt into you already!
Talking about the overall over-riding intention when I treat which is to return your body back to a state of natural balance that is inherent to you. To maximise your unique potential!
I came across some old notes i’d made a while ago around ‘stagnation’ both to do with our physical body and our ‘life path’ Stagnation is the term we use in acupuncture to describe a state where energy isn’t flowing smoothly and freely through a particular meridian or area of the body. Movement can often free up stagnation and make the energy flow more freely, hence why we can sometimes feel better after doing some exercise.
The basics of how acupuncture works, and why I treat points on locations on the body which seemingly have no relationship to the location of complaint, for example why I might treat points on the feet or legs for someone with a Stomach complaint…
Explanation of what i look for during an acupuncture treatment and also the relationship of our Chakras to our environment and how they can affect our physical body and emotions.
‘The connection with our Heart is our connection with Spirit, it’s home, our home, look into the eyes of another and all shall truly be revealed, the lights shall come on and the spirit shall occupy ones body, the truth will be seen and…
Would like to give a mention to Star helper Verity who helped me an enormous amount with putting together some of my videos that are popping up on site, both as camera operator and yoga model and I appreciate her interest and support in my work tremendously!
The last four summers i’ve practiced Acupuncture and conducted workshops at various festivals throughout the country with great feedback from all concerned!
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“My recent course of acupuncture with Richard was one of the most effective, powerful healing journeys I’ve ever been on. His approach is absolutely holistic – he treats the whole of you – mind, body, soul. I believe he is not just well trained, he is actually gifted…”