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Two types of Pain

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Physical Pain

Its easy to acknowledge the pain we feel when someone steps on our toe, be it in a line or queue or standing on the train or bus. Ouch, it hurts right! You might blow off a little steam, let them know what they did or you might just scream! Maybe even let it pass with a stern look. Eventually the pain goes away and so does your bad mood. Thats the normal affect of physical pain.

Emotional Pain

What about when someone hurts our “feelings”, hurts us emotionally with an insult, a discourtesy, a strange look? The emotional hurt, when they don’t live up to our expectations. Why do we seem to hold on to this pain, this emotional pain. Why doers it seem so enduring. It seems its easier to let go the physical pain from the accident than it is to let go of the emotional pain.

Remember pain, physical or emotional is temporary and usually it goes away if we let it go within a reasonable time. Not being able to let this pain go can spoil more than your mood, it can spill over into your relationships too.

Next time someone says or does something that’s emotionally hurtful, try to forgive their carelessness, their ignorance, their selfishness. This doesn’t minimise or excuse what happened, but it does free YOU up when you respond constructively and then get on with life.

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Preventing and Fighting Flu

Flu season arrives during the coldest months of the year and is never easy to cure. However, a few simple tips may help you keep the flu at bay.

Wash Your Hands

Most people know that washing their hands regularly is an important part of staying healthy. During the cold and flu season, this is even more important because flu viruses can live long enough on surfaces for you to pick them up on your hands. Wash your hands using warm water and soap and make sure to scrub gently. When water and soap are not available, you can always use sanitizers containing 60-90% ethyl alcohol.

Get Enough Sleep and Manage Your Stress

Lack of sleep and high levels of stress can reduce immune functions, thus lowering the body’s ability to fend off colds and flu.

Maintain a Moderate Exercise Program 3-4 Days a Week

Exercising for 15 minutes per day helps strengthen the immune system and increases the body’s natural ability to fight infection. That’s a 7 minute walk in either direction.

Keep a Healthy Diet

Remember to eat fruits and vegetables daily to ensure enough essential nutrient, vitamin, minerals intake.

Avoid Contact with Sick People

Colds and the flu spread between people in different ways. Try to stay far enough away from people who are already sick so they don’t cough or sneeze on you.

Flu Defeating Ginger Soup

This is my favorite way of dealing with colds and flu. Its best to start this treatment as soon as you feel those first signs such as tickly throat and sniffles. It uses the almost magical herb, Ginger which has been used for centuries to defeat invading pathogens. Recipe for Ginger Soup here.

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You can stimulate these four immunity super booster points while you are healthy to improve and enhance your immune system. If you have a flu stop stimulating the Zu San Li (St-36) until after your Cold or Flu goes away.

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James O’Sullivan from Galway is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media. #jamushur


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What is Tuina

Origin

Tuina (pronounced tway-na), and An Mo represent different aspects of Chinese massage or acupressure, which like all forms of Chinese Medicine, trace its origins back to the Huang Di Neijing – the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine from 2300B.C.

Actually, the practice of Tuina dates back to the Shang Dynasty of China, 1700 B.C. Oracle bones show that Tuina massage was used to treat children’s diseases and digestive complaints in adults. As a therapy, it was especially popular in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 BC) and in the Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644 BC) and Qing Dynasty (1644 -1912 BC), many classics on Tuina were written. Five major styles of Tuina are currently differentiated in the lower Yangtze River valley. Of these, Guen Fa or Rolling Technique and Yi Zhi Chan Fa or Zen One-Finger method, are the two primary ones.

Tuina flourished throughout China until the Qing Dynasty, where it was suppressed along with other Chinese cultural arts. Following the Communist revolution, Tuina was restored along with other traditional medical arts and was included in the creation of the current system of Traditional Medicine Colleges. Currently, Tuina is taught as a separate but equal field of study in the major traditional Chinese medical colleges. Tuina doctors receive the same demanding training as acupuncturists and herbalists and enjoy the same level of professional respect.

What is Tuina?

Tuina is a highly refined system of medical massage designed to treat specific pathologies, known in China as needle-less acupuncture, where the practitioner uses the same acu points as an acupuncture with the needle. In all traditional Chinese Hospitals there are Tuina wards, where doctors of medical massage treat patients for joint and muscle pathologies, insomnia, hypertension, headaches, toothaches, stomach. aches, neuralgia’s, etc. At such hospitals, Tuina is one of the most popular treatment modalities due to its effectiveness and comfort level.

Like most Chinese therapies, Tuina is also based on the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of acupressure, massage and manipulation techniques Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body to heal itself naturally. Tuina methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi, and manipulation techniques to realign the musculo-skeletal and ligament relationships (bone-setting).

Although, it is used to primarily relieve pain in the musculo-skeletal body, Tuina is also used to treat common ailments.

The Methodology

Chinese massage techniques are simple and effective. Massage clears the meridians of blockages, stimulates circulation of blood and energy, loosens stiff joints and muscles, and raises vitality and resistance to disease.

It is most commonly used in cases of acute back strain, sprained joints, pulled muscles and tendons, rheumatism and arthritis, nerve paralysis, prolapse of internal organs, sciatica, and similar ailments. There are many massage techniques, but the most common and effective are focus on the nerve centres and meridians that run from the base of the neck down to the heels, especially along either side of the spinal column. The ball of the thumb is used to alternately push hard, then rub lightly along and around the site of massage.

This method simultaneously stimulates the internal organs connected to the meridians and nerves, while it tones up the muscles, tendons and ligaments through which the nerves and meridians run.

In a typical session, the client, wearing loose clothing and no shoes, lies on a plinth table. The practitioner examines the specific problems of the client and begins to apply a specific treatment protocol. The major focus of application is upon specific pain sites, acupressure points, energy meridians, and muscles and joints.

Advanced Tuina practitioners may also use Chinese herbs to facilitate quicker healing. Sessions last from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Depending on the specific problems of the client, they may return for additional treatments. The client usually feels relaxed but energised by the treatment. Tuina is now being popularised globally as a powerful therapeutic extension of traditional western massage methods.

Tuina simplicity and focus on specific problems, rather than a more generalised treatment, make it both an excellent alternative and/or extension of the Swedish-style massage. By utilising treatments of shorter duration, it can be used in a variety of settings, including home, office, clinic or hospital. It is well suited for both the professional massage therapist and the active, health conscious individual.

Tuina massage therapy is a very effective way to remove muscular tension and spasm, in which it can not only relax the muscles but also get rid of the cause that leads to the muscular tension. The function and mechanism of Tuina massage therapy consist of three parts:

  • Firstly, it can locally promote blood circulation and raise body temperature.
  • Secondly, it can increase the threshold value of pain of tissue with appropriate stimulation.
  • Thirdly, it can extend the tense and spasmodic muscles so that the illness can be eliminated.

Want to BOOK a Session and find out the cost?

Other Resources:

Tuina Confidence.
Tuina Massage for Babies.
Autism and Tuina.
Tuina benefits Depression.
Study a Professional Diploma in Tuina.

Corporate Price List

I realise that health and safety budgets can be stressful too! Developing a custom programme could run into unreasonable fees. I have designed three seriously effective and engaging programmes that can be delivered at your instructions.

Option: Seminar Talk

This lecture style talk covering topics that informs, as well as influences the audience attitude towards stress, their health and wellbeing. There is active development and engagement with questions. This is a great way to dynamically deliver information that the local team are particularly interested in, information that only usually is covered in more intimate programmes like the small group talks. We will also include a group mindful stress management meditation. Each member will also receive a complimentary audio of a 10 minute and 20 minute mindful meditation. The Centre for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, where James trained, recommends 10 minutes of this Mindful Meditation each day, which has been shown to dramatically reduce stress, anxiety and depression, while strengthening personal resilience and fortitude.

  • Group size: up to 50 participants
  • Price: €295
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Notes and audio Mindful Meditation provided online.

Option: Group Session

This intimate group session covers the same topics as above but with the added dynamic of intimate personal ideas and expressions. There is active development and engagement with questions. This is a great way to dynamically deliver information that the local team are particularly interested in, information that only usually is covered in more intimate programmes like the small group talks. We will also include a group mindful stress management meditation. Each member will also receive a complimentary audio of a 10 minute and 20 minute mindful meditation. The Centre for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, where James trained, recommends 10 minutes of this Mindful Meditation each day, which has been shown to dramatically reduce stress, anxiety and depression, while strengthening personal resilience and fortitude.

  • Group size: up to 12 participants
  • Price: €295
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Notes and audio Mindful Meditation provided online.

Option: Half Day Seminar/workshop

This seminar/workshop covering comprehensive information on “striving and not just surviving stress”, the signs of stress, common behaviours of stress and burn out. Dealing with stress on a physical, mental and emotional level. Active participation is encouraged in this workshop which informs participants on how to spot signs of stress and how to deal with them on a daily basis, before they injure health and wellbeing. We will also include a group mindful stress management meditation. Each member will also receive a complimentary audio of a 10 minute and 20 minute mindful meditation. The Centre for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, where James trained, recommends 10 minutes of this Mindful Meditation each day, which has been shown to dramatically reduce stress, anxiety and depression, while strengthening personal resilience and fortitude.

  • Group size: up to 50 participants
  • Price: €495
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Notes and audio Mindful Meditation provided online.

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Cultivating Emotional Wellbeing in the Workplace

Modern workplaces and adapting to changing business environment can sometimes leave our staff feeling overwhelmed, lacking focus and inability to concentrate.

Employee wellbeing is the cornerstone of a happy work environment which results in a healthy bottom line, according to recent research.

“There is clear evidence that the promotion of health in the workplace is effective. In addition to the beneficial impact on the health of individual employees, organisations that have implemented health promotion programmes gain other related benefits, including increased productivity, improved morale, more motivated employees, improved company profile and enhanced ability to attract employees.” Source: The HSA in its “Workplace Health and Wellbeing Strategy”

James O’Sullivan has a long successful history of helping companies and organisations cultivate a sense of mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. He is passionate about health psychology and has developed many programmes, workshops and seminars that help organisations to promote staff resilience and wellbeing. He has completed training in MBSR and MBCT with the Centre for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. James also holds qualifications in traditional Chinese medicine and is a visiting lecturer to Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.

IMPROVING EMOTIONAL WELLBEING IN YOUR WORKPLACE

I would like to offer you a choice of workshops on your particular needs, on topics such as mindfulness, emotional intelligence (Google employee workshops) lifestyle changes and cultivating positive thinking, with the goal of helping your staff develop the skills and tools to deal with the difficulties in trying to maintain a work life balance.

Benefits for your organization:

  • Builds up staff stress resilience.
  • Strengthen our innate healing abilities against stress, anxiety, depression, grief, and other issues
  • Develop a more positive and robust attitude to difficulties
  • Help to Change and transform unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving
  • Growth – to live more authentically
  • Increased productivity through better stress management
  • Enhances performance and motivation
  • Demonstrates a proactive investment in employee wellbeing

At what cost… Examples of programmes and prices here.


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