“Vulnerability and Strength” Photo credit: Jane’s daughter Sarah

“Vulnerability and Strength” Photo credit: Jane’s daughter Sarah

 

Physical Movement and Breathing

as part of the healing process

“Stillness and action are relative, not absolute principle. It is important to find a balance of yin and yang, not just in qigong, but everyday life. In rest, be mindful and attentive.” -Ken Cohen

Qigong and Daoyin involves various gentle mind-body movements  which we often integrate for better treatment outcomes. If appropriate, we would guide you to continue these simple exercises as part of your self-care between treatments. They predominantly focus on specific body positions/exercises that are both fluid and synchronised with breathing to induce improved circulation, mental cultivation, and a greater sense of well-being. 

Our practitioner Jane Cheung has completed all the academic and clinical requirements for the title of Medical Qigong Practitioner with the recommendations of the faculty of the International Institute of Qigong Canada with Robert Youngs, R.TCMP

Benefits of Qigong and Daoyin:

  • Lowers heart rate

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Improves asthma

  • Relieves bronchitis

  • Relieves migraines

  • Decreases stroke

  • Improves skin elasticity

  • Improves posture

  • Improves flexibility

  • Increases balance

  • Improves memory

  • Aides in digestion

  • Loosens muscles

  • Builds power

  • Strengthens organs

  • Sleep respiration

  • Strengthens nerves

  • Builds bone density

  • Prevents joint injury

  • Strengthens ligaments

  • Improves circulation

  • Prevents muscle spasms

  • Reduces pain

  • Improves kidney function


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TCM Nutrition

Traditional Chinese Medicine is closely linked to diet and nutrition. What we put into our bodies, we get out. When we listen to our body and eat the right combination of food, it could help restore and/or strengthen our immune system, prevent inflammation and other digestive problems, and so on. 

Traditional Chinese medicine uses the classical system of the Five Element theory. Each element are categorized by season, flavour and colour. The five elements serve different functions in the body and correspond to the five major organ systems.

For example:

  1. Spring-Liver & Gallbladder (green colour/sour flavour): apples, grapes, apple cider vinegar, broccoli, dandelion, fermented food (i.e. sauerkraut, kimchi), olives

  2. Summer-Heart & Small Intestine (red colour/bitter flavour): kale, bitter melon, watermelon, cherries, strawberries, red cabbage, red grapes, red beans, chocolate & coffee

  3. Summer-Stomach & Spleen (yellow colour/sweet/starchy flavour): sweet potato, radish, golden beets, chinese red dates, rice or oats. Spices: cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, and garlic can aid digestion in the summer heat.

  4. Fall-Lung & Large Intestine (white color/acrid/spicy flavour): leaks, almonds, pears, egg white, white sesame seeds, garlic, and ginger. Ginger tea, garlic with garlic and scallions can alleviate colds & sinuses due to weather changes.

  5. Winter-Kidney & Urinary Bladder(black colour/salty flavour): seaweed, seafood, blackberries, blueberries, black beans, bone broth, bone marrow, black walnuts, goji berries, black sesame seeds. Lamb, chicken, and beef help the kidney during colder months.

* Dietary Recommendations will be based on the needs and concern(s) of each individual patient. 

The five major organ systems is a useful guideline that can be beneficial and positive on your health.