Areas of Special Interest
My interest in acupuncture for pregnancy and childbirth first arose while supporting my wife through her pregnancy with our first child. This was such an important time of life for both of us, and I found great satisfaction in being able to offer drug-free relief for a number of issues that affected her. You can read more about the common pregnancy related symptoms that acupuncture may benefit here.
Many people don’t think about the effect that acupuncture treatment might have on their mental state, but Chinese Medicine is based on the view that there is an intimate connection between all aspects of our body and mind. Therefore, by working with the physical and energetic levels of the body, we can have an impact on what is going on within the mind. One of the most satisfying things that I can hear from a client is that they are starting to more feel more like their old selves again.
Injury & Pain
Helping clients with musculoskeletal and pain problems is immensely satisfying as it allows me to immerse myself in the more physical levels of acupuncture practice. It is very satisfying to be able to offer help for the chronic pain that some clients are sadly living with on a daily basis. These treatments are also a great opportunity to apply acupressure techniques, which many clients find to be unlike other bodywork modalities they have experienced before.
Teaching Tai Chi & Qigong
I started my Tai Chi journey around 1998 with a wonderful teacher who had studied traditional Yang style Tai Chi in the lineage of Dr Chi Chiang-Tao (Qi Jiangtao). At the time I knew him, he had also started to study with Dr Shen Hongxun and I went on to attend many weekend and residential courses with Dr Shen.
I had the good fortune to study with the Dr Shen for around ten years before his passing in 2011, and, since then, have continued to practice under the guidance of his daughter Shen Jin, as well as other senior students in Dr Shen’s lineage. I find it immensely gratifying to be able to accompany students on the journey of physical, energetic and emotional transformation that is Tai Chi and Qigong practice.
Research & Translation
I received my PhD from the University of Bristol based on a study of Buddhist meditation practices in early twentieth century China. This work led to me living in China for almost five years, and to becoming proficient in both spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. My research and translation interests are now directed more towards the history of Chinese Medicine and its application in a modern clinical setting.
I am currently working on a translation of Qigong master Zhou Qianchuan’s commentary on The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, as well as a biography of the Tibetan Buddhist master Gongga Huofo.