A Shiatsu session

I would totally endorse Tania Davis’ views.I have found Dominic Cleary to be an excellent practitioner of Shiatsu Massage and have greatly benefitted from his skills. The initial reasons I began treatment were successfully worked through and there were other benefits I had not anticipated. From the first session I experienced a great increase in energy and wellbeing and a sense of feeling ‘together’.The session lasts for an hour with some time at the beginning for sharing of concerns and relevant information gathering.The treatment itself is very pleasant,sometimes vigorous and gives one a great sense of being tended to or being cared for.By the end of a session I have felt deeply relaxed and have a sense of feeling’ unified’ or ‘at one with myself’.
Over several years (I have also attended a Qi Gong class)I have found Dominic to be caring and empathic and a conscientious,reliable and ethical practitioner with a vast knowledge of the field of ‘wellbeing’. I have no hesitation in heartily recommending him.

I have been receiving shiatsu from Dominic for many years now as well as participating in his Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes. I have found this support from him truly life changing and it has affected my life in many positive ways, both personally and professionally as a psychotherapist/counsellor. I have a connected and caring relationship with my body now and I have much more understanding of the profound wisdom of my body, both from an embodied learning by experience and from learning the philosophy behind the work that Dominic does. Dominic is hugely devoted to helping others in his work and is a gifted teacher. Having been supported by him for a long period of time, I know he engages in continuous learning and I can see how his work has developed over time so he can support others in the best possible way he can. I feel strongly about the healing power of the work he does and have recommended him to many people who could benefit greatly from this type of support.

Tania Davies

Feedback from a current Tai Chi student:

Dominic,

Just to let you know that yesterday my chiropractor advised me that, after 9 years of monthly appointments, I should now attend at 3 monthly intervals. 

This is directly because of the improvement in the function of my lower back muscles. These were badly strained nearly 56 years ago. Due to the general T’ai Chi exercises and your particular relaxation techniques, I am in a lot less pain and can move more freely.
Thanks again,
Pete

When I was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer my immediate reactions were, I imagine, similar to most peoples’, that is a mixture of shock, hopelessness, and resignation. I imagined my body’s defences to be puny and inadequate against it, and the treatment to be harsh, not very effective, and often worse than the disease itself.

After quite a long period of very low spirits, and three courses of ineffective chemotherapy, I went to the Bristol Centre and took part in one of their five-day retreats. That was the beginning of my seeing things through different eyes, and making up my mind that I was going to take some control back and make a more positive contribution to my own recovery. After a good deal of reading and exploration, I decided on a package that I thought would be best for me and that included shiatsu. This was to be the therapy of my choice that would complement chemotherapy. I did not at any time wish to abandon conventional medicine and indeed have had a fourth series of infusions since.

I had not actually experienced shiatsu before contacting Dominic, so I cannot say what drew me to this particular practice. I think, however, that when one is genuinely and deeply seeking what is best for one as an individual, from a physical, mental and spiritual point of view, some sort of intuition or inner wisdom takes over. Dominic was recommended to me by my herbalist, to whom I happened to mention I was thinking about shiatsu. I had no idea what to expect or what was involved, and so I went into my first session on trust. I did not have any particular expectations or requirements.

I think it would be true to say of most therapies that one session is probably not enough to be able to form any conclusion as to whether it is going to be beneficial or not. I expect it will vary from person to person, but I would think that two or three sessions of shiatsu or ‘settling in period’ might be required. I would also think it would not be the choice of anybody, who for whatever reason, is uncomfortable with being touched, as it is a very ‘hands on’ therapy. I also think it would be very important to find a practitioner with whom one can communicate or feel there is some rapport. A situation of trust definitely needs to exist.

I think what I get from shiatsu is, above all, a sense of being brought back into balance. This carries with it a sense of peace, calm, and confidence in what one is trying to achieve, that is a return to full health. The overall effect is a remarkable sort of double state or contradiction in terms – a quiet tranquility, coupled with a huge surge of energy, and a feeling of exhilaration and being invigorated. I feel more relaxed physically, reassured emotionally, and enlightened spiritually.

As my tumours are near to my Liver and my Kidneys, I ask Dominic to concentrate on boosting and strengthening the function of these organs. Also I ask him to help with keeping my energy levels high, as this is vital to boost the function of my immune system to maintain the destruction of cancer cells. At my last scan, in May, my tumours were shrinking.

I don’t imagine shiatsu will be for everybody, each person has to devise their own package of therapies and decide what suits them best. However, I am convinced I have made the right decision to include shiatsu in my regimen.

From a shiatsu patient who has cancer

To whom it may concern.
In November 2013 I suffered an ‘atrial flutter’ and was to be scheduled for a ‘cardioversion’ early in the new year to correct my heartbeat. In the interim I attended for a cardiac ‘scan’ and it was found that the heartbeat had corrected itself,which I gather is not that common an occurrence.The senior medical physics technician asked what I had been doing (that may have helped) and I explained that I was having Shiatsu massage and was meditating and doing’ cardiac coherence’ exercises. He felt sure this would have certainly helped.
I would also add that my weight has continued to fall and due to this my blood sugar levels have been very near normal levels much to the great surprise of my Practice nurse at my last assessment. (I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes about 10 years ago). Again I think the Shiatsu has played a large part in this.
P. B.
Greetings Dominic,
Really enjoyed your company on Friday and it was insightful chatting to the girls and hearing their views on their life’s experiences to date.
Joining your class was merely a fluke! (A great one at that!)
It all started when I had treatment on my shoulder and thighs to make them more flexible following the Yoga classes I started with Aimi Dunstan.
I read with interest the Qigong sessions on Friday’s from the Therapy centre’s menu card in reception.  And the rest shall we say is history…
What has the Qigong journey meant for me?
Well… one of my old bosses a very successful entrepreneur used to say and I quote: “IF YOU GET UP EARLY ENOUGH YOU CAN STAY IN BED ALL DAY!”
That is the relaxing effect Qigong has on me and helps me to live by that adage.  I translate the Qigong Chinese medicine name as “Energy Life moving”
Simple things like:-
* Learning how to breathe properly.  ( I turn 57 years of age on Tuesday and no one has ever told me the correct way to breath using my abdomen as a massage tool to the inner organs. I like allot of people when stressed revert to opposite breathing i.e. breathing the chest out on the in breadth like glorified sighing).
Exercising at only 70% of the bodies stretch potential ( Not locking-out the joints, thereby allowing the free flow of Qi (Chee).
Visualisation of colour energising the body.
Feeling totally calm and relaxed.
Making the 10 minute standing exercise a daily discipline, which in turn has helped my vitality, stamina and overall energy.  AWESOME!
The feeling of being in a good grounded environment permanently.
The feeling of being in control of my thoughts.
The list goes on and on……
I believe through the regular use of Qigong I have accomplished the feeling of being “in bed all day”.
If I had to give up any part of my exercise regime which is Jogging, swimming, badminton, yoga and Qigong.
Everything else would go first. The Qigong would be the last thing standing! (For 10 minutes that is! resting on the space hopper. Ha! Ha!)
Hope these few words help fellow newbies?
“Wising you and your family a great Christmas and will see you on the 10th Jan. God willing”.
Best wishes,
John G Garrett

HEARTENING AND UNEXPECTED IMPROVEMENT

In April 2008, I was admitted to hospital, where I was told I was suffering from Chronic Cardiac Failure and had I not sought medical help I would, most likely, not have survived the next 48 hours. My condition was stabilised but I was told I would have to take the drugs for the rest of my life and learn to ‘know my limitations’.

I felt that this was a small price to pay for a reasonable return to health, although there were restrictions on what I could do.  I suffered from numbness in my hands and fingers and this stopped me from writing for more than a few minutes, or using the computer. Sewing had been a great hobby with me and I could no longer hold the needle.

I continued to be monitored by the cardiologist and my heart condition remained unchanged.  I had been warned that there would not be any improvement.

In 2010, I read about H.O.P.S. in the Sunderland Echo and booked a Shiatsu massage. It was then I learned of the Tai Chi classes.  My husband, Peter, had done karate and kendo in the past and I thought he might be interested. He persuaded me to go along with him and we found we both enjoyed it.  We later joined the new Chi Kung class too.

On my next visit to the cardio team, I had my usual scan and the doctor asked me what I had been doing differently since my last visit.  The only thing was Tai Chi and Chi Kung.  He smiled and said I should continue as my heart function had IMPROVED and this was totally unexpected.   The Cardio team were so pleased with my progress, that they have discharged me into the care of my GP. This again is apparently unusual for my condition

I  have followed his advice and although I still continue to take the drugs, I feel well and the numbness in my hands and fingers has all but disappeared and my breathlessness is very much reduced, so much so that I rarely need my inhaler. We have both noticed that we rarely have a cold and if we do it does not seem to last so long.

Another unexpected development is that I have recently been discharged by the endocrinologist who had been monitoring a small lesion on the right adrenal gland.  He encouraged me to “Live long and prosper.” This I am very happy to do!”

Both Peter and I hope to continue with the classes well into the future and wish H.O.P.S. every success.”

Valerie Holt

LEARNING TO TAKE CARE OF ONESELF

“Attending Chi Kung has been life-changing for me and I would highly recommend the classes. Dominic is a gifted teacher who is passionate about his work and he is a great role model for self care. I have found Chi Kung invaluable to help to avoid becoming overwhelmed, especially when taking care of others.  I wish everyone could understand just how helpful it is for healing and that many more people in helping professions could learn this way to take better care of themselves. “

Tania Davies, UKCP registered and BACP accredited psychotherapist and counsellor

On the weekend of 21st & 22nd September 2013, at the Sunderland Quaker Meeting House, Karen Hemming and I are putting on a day of Qigong & Tai Chi (Saturday) and Yoga & meditation (Sunday) . I am particularly interested where the two disciplines meet/overlap (Tai Chi & Qigong that is..) – as Ken Cohen says, really, Tai Chi is a form of Qigong…….At the moment the fee for the weekend is £60 both days, £35 for one day (this is just speculative at the moment – but will be confirmed soon). Contact the office http://www.healing-sunderland.org.uk/ or me to say if you are interested. Contact Karen on hemmingkaren@gmail.com if you want to know more about what she plans to do for the Sunday.

A short video about making the seal design used in this website:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQGiqj8x4gQ

didn’t know Henry was going to do this! thanks to him….

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qigong Feedback from a class in Newcastle

These are all from students from the class – some named, some not…

The Mon morning class is easy for beginners to access even though some members have been going for several years. It feels calm and peaceful at the time, and leads to feeling refreshed afterwards. Dominic demonstrates the movements in a straightforward way with lots of helpful explanation and also very interesting background information. As one of the beginners, I am aware that others who are more experienced with the movements are able to focus on improving them and get them more automatic, as well as go into more depth by focussing more on the breathing and visualisation. So it is a class which amazingly can cope with people with different levels of experience all together. Julia

I am quite new to Qigong—-but from the very first time of attending the class, my mind was totally absorbed by the moves—-and I was especially impressed when I heard from the group that some of them have been attending Dominic’s class for years! There is no better endorsment than that.  Nadia

Monday’s Qi Gong calms the mind, makes connections between body and soul, stretches the limbs, strengthens the spirit; so, starts a good week. Regards, Frances

Speaking generally about Qi Gong and without  reference to our particular group and its timing, I would say the following – The Qi Gong I do with you makes me concentrate on myself and how I feel both generally and in response to the movements. It gives me an energy fix, without the calories which come with a bar of chocolate! It does not exhaust me but I always end the class feeling better than when I started and with a positive attitude.
Hope this helps! Best wishes, Pauline

After the class I feel full of energy, centred and calm, this lasts usually for several days depending of course on what else is going on! Over the few years I have been doing QG I have felt far more supple in body and fit and healthy generally and have lost some weight. Along with meditation I think my awareness has increased doing QG too. Hope this helps!

 I have found the Qigong classes in Gosforth run by Dominic extremely beneficial. The exercise is gentle but positive. I have been diagnosed with blood cancer and am unable to do more strenuous activities so I have found Qigong particularly suitable. I would recommend it to anyone however – fit or with health problems.  Ellie Brown

 I find that my body feels more flexible and alive after the qigong class. I am sure it helps develop stamina and as I am not a keen exerciser it is a kind, gentle way of caring for my body.  It also helps that the teacher creates a non-competitive, enjoyable atmosphere which Dominic does!!