What is Five Phase Space about?

My ambition as an acupuncturist and as a yoga teacher is to help people feel better. I have felt the benefits of these healing strategies myself, and these are the best ways I can help others. 

In setting up Five Phase Space, I want to offer ways for you to find peace from pain. There are many ways modern life causes disease and puts us out of balance with nature and our natural well-being. We may not feel it directly every day, but our body is constantly working to bring us to better health. Each time we unknowingly abuse our body, we unknowingly demand that it heals itself. Whatever the cause may have been, regardless how it happened, your body wants to get better. Sometimes it needs some help. Acupuncture and Yoga cannot heal everything, but they are two strategies that have stood the test of time (if 3000+ years counts for anything!), with minimal medical intervention.

 

Where are my acupuncture clinics?

Every Monday and Wednesday, acupuncture treatments are available with me at the London Natural Health Centre at 46 Theobald's Road, London WC1X 8NW. The nearest underground station is Holborn. Appointments are available from 4pm to 8pm (ending at 9pm.)

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays I treat in Sandridge. My schedule is much more flexible here. There is ample street parking. If you have allergies or phobia of dogs, please let me know when you request a treatment. I have two very gentle and friendly dogs on site, although they are kept in a separate part of the house. 

Where do I teach yoga and qigong?

I teach public classes in London at Triyoga in Camden every Friday at 1pm and Saturday at 6:15pm. I frequently also cover classes at Triyoga's studios in Camden, Covent Garden, Soho and Chelsea. See Triyoga's schedule for up-to-date information.

Private classes are conducted in the studio in my home in Sandridge. 

What can I expect in my first acupuncture treatment?

What can I expect in my first acupuncture treatment?

My first experience of acupuncture was mindblowing. I was expecting lots of needles down my back, and a gentle ache running down my spine. This, I only imagined based on photos I had seen. My acupuncturist, Cameron Tukapua, used a few needles on a few points, and it felt like my entire body was reconnected in a way I had never felt before. Afterwards, I fell into a deep sleep for 45 minutes. 

Everyone has their own experience. None of my patients have reacted the same way. (None of them have fallen into a deep 45 minute slumber immediately after treatment, either!) In the first treatment, we will do a clearing/cleansing treatment, and activate a few key points to set you up for what your body wants. 

Stressed? Confused? Acupuncture helps.

Stressed? Confused? Acupuncture helps.

Our body uses the same system of energy to process food, thoughts, stimulation, inspiration, news and entertainment. Whether it is digesting our breakfast, taking in the emotions stirred up by a symphony orchestra, or learning a new language, the same energetic system is used to receive, transform, and transmit this nutrition to the necessary parts of our body or brain. When these systems are in good balance, we have a healthy and balanced diet, regular bowels, healthy and balanced thoughts and emotions, and can express joy and sadness appropriately.

 

When there is a shock to the system – whether unexpected and sudden, or built up over a period of stress – this knocks us out of balance. Our ability to process, transform and transmit nutrition becomes compromised. This imbalance can manifest in many ways, such as anger, anxiety, depression, insomnia, breathing difficulties, skin disorders, or indigestion and IBS. Acupuncture is proven to balance the flow of energy, which will even out any such imbalances, and restore optimal functioning of body, mind and spirit. 

I’m taking prescription medicine. Can I get acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to assist any healing already in motion. Acupuncture will not affect any treatment at a biochemical level. This is energetic and spiritual medicine. If you have any concerns about how acupuncture may influence your current protocol, please consult your doctor. 

I’m afraid of needles. Can I still get acupuncture?

To receive the maximum benefit of the treatment, needles will be used. Acupuncture needles are incredibly fine, and the sensation of the needle piercing the skin is no more than a pinprick. Once you experience the benefits of treatment, you are likely to find that the cost of confronting your fear of needles is well worth it. 

What does a Five Element Acupuncture treatment involve?

What does a Five Element Acupuncture treatment involve?

The treatment is about addressing what you ultimately want out of this process. Your circumstances are unique, so there is no such thing as a standard treatment. A treatment will often consist of consultation time to understand your general well-being, and monitor key areas of disease or discomfort. It will involve a taking of your pulses, and palpitation of any relevant areas on your body (limbs, neck, shoulders, back). Based on these examinations, relevant acupuncture points will be needled. 

What’s an “imbalance”?

What’s an “imbalance”?

The five elements support and are supported by each other. The endless, infinite cycle of creation and control means these elements are always working towards regaining balance. Any imbalance has an impact down the chain. The system believes that the elements operate with a natural benevolence and a singular intention – a desire to return to balance. All symptoms of disease and discomfort are signals and indicators of where the imbalances lie within us. 

I’ve had acupuncture before. How is Five Element Acupuncture different?

I’ve had acupuncture before. How is Five Element Acupuncture different?

Fundamental to Five Element Acupuncture (FEA) is the belief that when all the elements and organ systems are brought into balance, the body’s innate intelligence will kickstart a self-healing process. Other systems of acupuncture focus on soothing symptoms, providing a short-term solution for temporary relief. FEA focuses on the cause of the disorder and gets straight to the point with minimal interference. Each person is unique, with unique causes to any disorder or disease. FEA recognises this difference in each patient, leading to a treatment that reflects what your unique circumstances require.

What’s the Chinese body clock?

Nature shows us that there is a natural rhythm to everything by the way the sun rises and sets each day. When it is dark, we stay indoors and sleep. When it is bright, we go outside, do our work and interact with others. The body also has a natural rhythm: for example, the stomach wants food in the morning so we have breakfast. Before that, the colon wants to cleanse or empty itself. It is not the natural rhythm to have bowel movements at night, yet this is common for many people. It is not optimal for the stomach to process a heavy meal before bedtime, yet this is often the norm for many people. If we force our physical systems to operate out of their natural rhythm, it should be unsurprising that this results in disease.  These imbalances can lead to digestive disorders, breathing difficulties, or more complex issues such as depression, lethargy, impotence or infertility. 

What is Qi?

What is Qi?

Qi is the Chinese word for “life force”. It means energy. Sometimes, Qi is equated with the yogic concept of Prana. Conceptual definitions vary. I think of Qi as momentum generated by the coming together of spirit from the heavens (antimatter) and the physical aspect of life (matter).  This momentum, when directed with intention, creates force. Hence, each human being is propelled through life with its unique quantum and expression of life force.

Tell me more about you, Joo.

Tell me more about you, Joo.

Growing up, I was surrounded by Chinese medicine and energy work. I started doing yoga and aerobics with my mother when I was 8 years old. Anytime I fell sick, my grandmother would force an inevitably pungent Chinese herbal soup down my throat. When I unsurprisingly burnt-out in my rebellious youth and early adulthood, it was Yoga and Acupuncture that brought me back to myself. Now, I dedicate my time and energy to serving these healing arts and sciences, bringing these ancient powers to those who want it. 

Does acupuncture hurt?

Yes. And no. Acupuncture needles are 0.25mm thick. It is finer than a medical syringe needle. There may be a slight pin prick, but most of the sensation you will feel is the energetic stimulation of the acupuncture point, which can feel like a momentary dull ache.