Philosophy of AcuBody therapies


The approach to Bodywork treatment we use focuses on the clients' experience of their problem as a guide. Chinese medicine and acupuncture take this view as central to diagnosis. Working with acupuncture and bodywork techniques in this person centred way is moving toward a fully integrated treament. 

In the movement and exercise methods we teach and draw from, the persons experience is of primary importance. In Pilates, Yoga and qigong, the persons attention and focus on their own body in movement is paramount. In other rehabilitative awareness exercises likewise

We consider the clients' experience and understanding of their problem important since it is they that have the experience and they whose lives are affected by the problem. 

Mind Body and Spirit

Taiji symbol of yin and yang surrounded by the 8 bagua trigrams that make up the yi jingIn much Eastern thought the mind body and spirit are seen as inherantly related. The concept of a difference in their nature stems mainly from western thought, from Arisotle to 17th century philosophers like Descartes.

The mind influences the body, and the condition of the body affects the mind; just think about how pain can make you feel emotionally. The skills we have brought together hope to attend to this connection, helping you to work toward a more balanced state of being.

The Labyrinth Symbol

The labyrinth occurs in cultures throughout the world in a spiritual and symbolic context. It can signify a rite of passage in life and as such an important journey to adulthood or greater understanding. The story of Theseus and the Minotaur can be viewed in these terms, he enters the labyrinth and defeats the beast within to gain a benefit.

labyrinth design light blue on dark blue background, based on the plan of an 18th turf maze in Englad

Treatment of any kind can be seen as such a journey. Starting at one place in your life, going through a process of change, (be that loosening tight muscles or overcoming depression) and reaching a new, improved state of being.

This labyrinth design is also nearly symmetrical. I like this as it represents balance, yet not absolute balance. People are not symmetrical or perfectly ordered either, and many who come to treatment are seeking balance in their lives.

The human body is inherantly unstable, so problems are able to develop. However it is important to acknowledge that this instability also allows us to adapt, including getting better. The balance sought in the system should be a dynamic moving process in order to be maintained in the long term.

The pattern can also be seen as a mandala, which is used to focus the mind in meditative practice. Again people often find focus through treatment and it reminds us of the focus and intent necessary to be a good practitioner.