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Endota Spa Eltham, Natural Therapeutics
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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.
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Letting Go and Submerging Function in Chinese Medicine.

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Chinese Medicine perceives that there is no "out there", there is no separation between ourselves and each-other and the universe at large. At any moment in time, we exist as a microcosm of a much vaster macrocosm. We function as an "individual" in our waking day to day lives, yet we submerge into a much greater field of energy at night when we sleep.

Our ability to surrender into a state of deep rest (stillness) relates to the function of our nervous and lymphatic system. These systems can be visualised as complex webs that exist inside our bodies, that regulate our mood, stress response, metabolic and immune functions. These inner webs are inextricably linked to greater and more complex webs in the energetic realm outside our body. When these systems are functioning in harmony (balance), we are able to relax easily, let go of the day and submerge into the "ocean of oneness" (or Source energy). In this realm we exist purely as a function of creative consciousness, there is no matter, thus no separation, only absolute connection. Merging into this ocean has a restorative and regulatory effect, stimulating the bodies innate healing processes.

At any moment in time, we can close our eyes, become very still and merge into this field of energy. We start to sense ourselves as a tiny drop in this ocean of life, part of an intelligence that is much greater than ourselves as an individual.

As a Chinese Medicine practitioner, two of the most common issues that i treat in clinic is anxiety and insomnia. We are more stimulated and disconnected from self than ever before. Chronic stress (overstimulation) dysregulates the nervous system, so that a person feels over-whelmed and unable to submerge back into source energy. This is often felt as an inability to "switch off" and relax in the evening. This internal restlessness often perpetuates the need to distract oneself with external stimulation such as T.V, computer games or the internet. More distraction causes further over-stimulation which eventually results in exhaustion and fatigue. We all certainly know what it feels like to be in this place. It's just so easy to lose our centre in modern life.

To harmonise the nervous and lymphatic systems and assist the submerging function, i suggest the following:

1.Go to bed earlier. Going to bed before 10.30pm allows adequate time for submerging function and helps to re-balance an overactive nervous system.

2.Take a warm bath in the evening before bed. The purifying effect of water helps the body to let go of the built up tension from the day.

3.Start a regular meditation or yoga practice. A daily meditation practice does not need to be long and arduous, a short 10 minute guided practice is a fantastic way to submerge and re-connect. If sitting is too difficult, try some gentle hatha yoga to release tension from the body.

4.Practice sleep hygiene. Avoid T.V, computers and external sources of stimulation for 1 hour before bedtime.

5.Shut down WIFI, blue-tooth and data functions on your phone at night before you go to sleep.

6.Ensure that your bedroom is completely dark while sleeping. This means that if you open your eyes, you cannot see your hands in front of your face.

6.Don't consume any caffeine for at least 6 hours before bedtime.

7.Catch yourself in "projective thinking" mode (obsessing too far ahead in the future). Over-thinking everything that we have to deal with in the future creates overwhelm. Slow down by taking a few gentle deep breaths, connect with your body, and practice being "right here, right now".

Article written by Rachel Berners (Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner & Cat Lover). This article was inspired by the teachings of Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, LAc, Founding Professor of the College of Classical Chinese Medicine at NUNM.

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. 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).