Just relax…easy?

It has struck me that both with my practice of Tai Chi and of Homeopathy I am asking people to relax and maybe that is not easy to do!

In Tai Chi, the basic philosophy and start is to relax the body: relax, relax, relax! With Homeopathy, people come with a dis-ease, they are not relaxed, often tense and in my sessions where I listen and receive their case I am in effect asking them to relax and show me what ails them. In both cases, I think relaxation is hard work. Our bodes respond to stresses and strains with tension, stiffness and holding, so how can we simply just let that go? I would say, gradually, gradually, gradually. That’s why it takes a few sessions of Homeopathy to see what really needs to be treated in a holistic sense and why it is good to practice Tai Chi (or something similar) every day. We need to make “energetic progress in the good” each day and that could be anything and is probably individual to each person though we are all connected.

I am a fellow sufferer – I too find it hard to relax and I ask myself what is it that really needs relaxing? At the root I reckon, Wolfe Lowenthal is right, it is probably fear in it’s many guises. Fear stops us just being and “just being” is relaxing and promotes vitality. So, it is good to find something that helps you just to be and if you find it, practice it daily, gradually, incrementally and in the right spirit.

Tai chi classes finally starting!

Yin YangAs promised many times over the years, I am finally starting a Tai Chi class to create a community of people to learn Tai Chi chuan. Tai Chi is for me, a huge part of being vital and well. It cultivates relaxation, more energy and a sense of well being – balancing, centering, rooting and connecting. The health benefits returned from practice outweigh the effort put in. It can really change your life for the better.

Classes starts October 9th on Wednesdays at St Mary’s church town hall (upstairs) in Launceston town centre  7pm to 8.30 pm. Complete beginners, all ages and abilities welcome.

Classes will cover Tai Chi exercises, Qi Gong, Yang style short form and push-hands practice.

The alchemy of illness

“Consider how common illness is, how tremendous the spiritual change that it brings, how astonishing, when the lights of health go down, the undiscovered countries that are then disclosed, what wastes and deserts of the soul a slight attack of influenza brings to view, what precipices and lawns sprinkled with bright flowers a little rise of temperature reveals, what ancient and obdurate oaks are uprooted in us by the act of sickness, how we go down in the pit of death and feel the waters of annihilation close above our heads and wake thinking to find ourselves in the presence of the angels and the harpers when we have a tooth out and come to the surface in the dentist’s arm-chair and confuse his “Rinse the mouth-rinse the mouth” with the greeting of the Deity stooping from the floor of Heaven to welcome us – when we think of this, as we are so frequently forced to think of it, it becomes strange indeed that illness has not taken its place with love and battle and jealousy among the prime themes of literature”
Virginia Woolf, On Being Ill

Never too late….

Hi Folks, I came across this lovely quote today and it sums up for me the idea that we have to cultivate hope with the dis-ease that we are suffering from. From hope comes movement out of a stuck situation and if we can re-imagine where we are we can change.

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
George Eliot

Access to Homeopathic remedies is under threat!

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is carrying out a consolidation and review of the laws regulating medicines in the UK. If one of their proposals is made law, you could not buy Homeopathic remedies online or by mail – it would have to be face to face in person with a Pharmacy! Write (e-mail)  to your local MP if you want to make a difference!

It seems that there is an orchestrated campaign against homeopathy. The problem with Homeopathy is that science does not currently understand how it works and so thinks therefore, that it cannot. I am reminded that scientists once thought the world was flat! One day when said science catches up with discoveries in physics we will know. But, in the meantime I am reminded of this quote:

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer
German philosopher (1788 – 1860)

New update and apologies

Apologies for the lack of updates for so long. This is part in due to the ASA scrutinising webistes  of members of The Society of Homeopaths and partly due to being busy. I have also been using a great deal of my spare time practising Tai Chi. This is the website for my new teacher: http://www.livingmovement.com/
Like Homeopathy the practice of Tai Chi is about increasing our vitality and well being and remaining healthy in the world with it’s stresses and strains.

How did I become a Homeopath?

Quite a few patients have asked me how I became a Homeopath and ended up using this vital medicine for healing. In fact, I had always wanted to be a herbalist! When I lived in London, I always went to Tai Chi classes twice a week and was fortunate to meet some wonderful people as well as have a great teacher. Tai Chi taught me that the most important thing in life was energy or vitality and so when I was fortunate enough to be able to invest the time and finances to study a healing discipline, I chose Homeopathy, due to it’s understanding of the vital force in all of us. I have never regretted my decision and over 12 years later, I am still inspired by Homeopathy and fascinated with the study of it.

It took 5 years study and work for me to train as a Homeopath and further work to become a Registered member of The Society of Homeopaths. However, as Homeopathy makes remedies from everything in life, the study of those remedies is fascinating and probably endless!

Happy festive greetings to all!

To anyone reading my blog, I wish you a happy and healthy festive holiday! My practice is closed now for the holiday and will re-open on the 4th January. If you have a homeopathic emergency in the meantime or a nasty acute then visit (or ring) the Homeopathic helpline : http://www.homeopathyhelpline.com/

I very much appreciate your support through the year. My practice runs on recommendations, so a big thank you to those who keep doing so. This means I will hopefully continue to offer alternative and complimentary holistic medicine to the local community and beyond in 2011. Thank you.