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Endota Spa Eltham, Natural Therapeutics
Brunswick 3095

Inner Path is a Chinese medicine approach to Health and Empowerment. Dr Rachel Berners (Chinese medicine) is a Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist.

Contact:  0417 325 393.
www.innerpathacupuncture.com.au
@ Endota Spa Eltham, Victoria.
@ Natural Therapeutics, Brunswick, Victoria.
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AUTUMN: THE SEASON OF REFLECTION AND RELEASE.

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If you have been feeling a bit "off" lately, it may be in relationship with the change of season. Autumn in Chinese medicine is associated with the metal element, that governs the function of the lung and large intestine. In a metaphorical sense, these organs relate to the balance of "drawing in" and "letting go". As we start to notice the leaves falling from the trees, we become present to nature shedding itself. As we are part of(and not separate from) nature, we are being directed to shed and release at this time. A sense of unexplained grief and loss may be present. Spend some quiet time with yourself, tune-in to your body at this time, notice any uncomfortable feelings, and sense what you are being guided to let go of. Letting go is often not an easy process. Our human tendency is to cling to the past, even when it does not serve us. The warmer months of summer were wicked fun, heat begets movement and action, we have emerged and expanded, spirit has come out to play. However, after any big expansion, contraction must follow. Inspiration is followed by expiration. This is the law of nature.

In order to smoothly transition through this phase, we must do our best not to give in to ego and fight this re-direction inwards, as this will only create internal conflict. Create more space in your life for quiet time, reflection and meditation. If you feel energetically over-whelmed, honour yourself by saying no to extra demands or cancelling plans, the world will be just fine (i promise!). Start to give back to yourself the most valuable thing that you can give, your attention and energy. Letting go is an inherent function of nature, if we don't release the old (expire), there is no space in our life to welcome in the new (inspire). Without release, our energy system "backs up" and we become stale and stagnant. By allowing and honouring the release phase during the Autumn period, we remain "in harmony" with the natural cycle of yin-yang.

In traditional Chinese medicine, Autumn is a time when our "Wei-Qi" (immune defence system) is most delicate, so it's important to protect yourself by wearing more layers at this time. Avoid exposure to wind and cold. After the heat of the summer, our body is at its driest, so eat plenty of warm soups and broths. Drink plenty of water(warm or room temperature is best) to avoid dehydration. Avoid too many spicy foods and stimulants(such as caffeine). As yang starts to wane and we enter the yin phase, embrace this opportunity to slow down, reflect and return to yourself.

Rachel Berners, (Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner & Cat Lover).

The Importance of monthly Acupuncture Energy "Tune-Ups".

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Most of our waking hours, we are focused purely on our body, our environment and time. This is how we work, perform tasks and get things done. We often don't stop long enough to really tune in and become present to our energy. Even when we go to the doctor, our main concerns are that of our physical body function, less so about the way that we are managing our energy.

Yet it is our energy to which life responds, and it is our state of energy flow that governs the way our physical body functions.

Energy is what we are made of, and what connects us to all of life. In terms of Wellness and disease prevention, how we manage our energy is of vital importance.

As a practitioner of Chinese Medicine for over 15 years, one thing that i notice, is that once a person starts to manage their energy better, their life and physical health tends to improve.

So, how do we begin the process of better managing our energy?

The answer to this question lies deep in the natural cycles and rhythms of nature. Chinese Medicine appreciates that we are part of, and not separate from the earth, and in fact the entire universe. And one thing that nature innately knows how to do, is balance itself. Our bodies also contain this innate self regulating intelligence. In order to access this healing intelligence, we need to slow down, become very still, and allow our mind to acquiesce. We must let go of our body and mind, connect to this intelligence, and allow it to take over. This means that we need to make time for regular periods of stillness.

When you book in for your monthly Acupuncture "tune-up", you are taking this hour of your life to become still, re-centre and allow this intelligence to re-balance your bodies energetic field. This helps to dislodge built up day to day stress and tension, which, if not cleared, over time can manifest into physical symptoms and "dis-ease". You are also helping to clear any underlying emotional blockages which may be slowing down your energy vibration and causing mental agitation. Your monthly Acupuncture "tune-up" is your commitment to maintaining your own INNER BALANCE. By harmonizing body, mind and heart, you are maintaining yourself in your highest enegetic vibration, and over time will notice that you become more present and centred in your life. This will not only have direct positive effects on your physical health, it will also help you to become more empowered in all aspects of your life. You may notice that you start to feel happier and more confident. Your work performance may improve. Your personal relationships may start to flourish. You may start to feel more confident expressing yourself emotionally. Inner balance naturally results in outer harmony. When we get the inner right, the outer will naturally follow.

For energetic re-balancing and maintaining wellness (and prevention of disease), i strongly recommend Acupuncture "tune-ups" every 4-5 weeks. Do this for yourself. Make the commitment to yourself and your life. Why? Because you are worth it. This is body-mind medicine. This is the highest form of self-care. By maintaining yourself in alignment, you are emitting the highest possible version of yourself to the world.

Article written by Rachel Berners (Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncturist & Cat Lover).

THE IMPORTANCE OF TUNING IN.

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Where we place our attention (energy) and for how long, governs our experience of life.

We live in a world where everything is competing for our attention. If we are not careful, we can easily get sucked into the addiction of the outer world. With the global web at our fingertips, we have never been more connected, yet at the same time we are dealing with a never ending source of stimulation.

To live in harmony, we must balance the experience of our outer world (yang) with our inner world (yin).

If we spend too much time focused on our outer world (people, places, things, check-lists, deadlines, pay-checks, problems Etc), it signals our bodies fight or flight response (fear) and we start to experience the physical symptoms of stress. We tend to dwell on things that worry or concern us, yet when we continue to place our attention (energy) on the things that are creating stress, all we do is attract more of that experience into our field. Living in a perpetual state of distraction and stress signals our genes to up-regulate proteins that trigger inflammation and disease.

When we "tune in" to our inner world, we place our attention (energy) on our internal landscape, the rhythm and depth of our breathing, the feelings and sensations in our body. We start to develop a relationship with our inner most self. By tuning inward we are letting go of the outer world and entering a place of deep stillness. A space for us "just to be". Balancing outward time with regular inward time helps us to recover from activity and exertion, reduces stress, and promotes the bodies natural self-regulating and self-healing mechanisms.

Research by the Heart Math Institute shows that regular practice of meditation creates greater levels of heart coherence, which reflects a more orderly and harmonious synchronization among various systems in the body. Heart coherence is associated with increased composure, increased energy levels, clear thinking, enhanced immune system function and hormonal balance (*See Reference Below).

Abandoning ourselves for the world creates suffering and disease. When we take the time to "tune inward", we give ourselves the greatest gift that we can give, that of our own presence.

*Reference: www.heartmath.org