“…wrinkles could signal health trouble” warns The Times health editor on 27th August,
but don’t worry, prevention is better than cure!

This article refers to findings by French researchers which links wrinkled foreheads to heart disease. Observation of facial lines and wrinkles is integral to Chinese medicine diagnosis. Chinese face reading is a very ancient Chinese art and was especially important in the treatment of women, as the predominantly male doctors were not allowed to palpate them. Looking at the face was the easiest way of diagnosing any health issues (The Clinical Application of Facial Diagnosis, JCM, 100, October 2012).

As a traditional Chinese Acupuncturist I examine my patient’s faces as one way to diagnose any underlying disharmony. You too can observe your own face for any early warning signs of health issues, which, if detected soon enough, may be addressed through lifestyle changes to avoid illness.

I shall be introducing you to a few obvious lines and wrinkles mentioned in ancient Chinese texts and what they indicate in my Facial Self-Care Workshop: Facial Reading & Gua Sha – Eastern Healthy Aging Techniques on Sunday 13th January 2019- visit Event here.  You will examine your face and interpret what your wrinkles say about your inner health and emotions.

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Spring is here! A time of surging energy and new growth. The Yin of Winter is transforming into Yang (not yet the full Yang of Summer), and the evidence is all around us in nature. We too experience this seasonal shift in energy, which can be more challenging for some. It’s a perfect time for an acupuncture treatment tune-up – and many of my regular patients return at Spring-time for some traditional Chinese acupuncture as energetic support during this time of changing qi.

In my last Blog I explained a little about 5 Element theory as being rooted in nature’s seasons (The 5 Elements & Your Health – Earth) and how it allows us to classify people into element types. As microcosms of nature we have within in us all 5 Elements, but as with nature our inner climate has a hierarchy of elements. Identifying this interplay is what allows your acupuncturist to diagnose and treat you. It also gives you tools to better understand and maintain your own health and those of your friends and family.

Spring is associated with the Wood Element and the organ pair, Liver (LIV) and Gall Bladder (GB). If Wood is your dominant element then you may manifest some characteristic symptoms when out of balance.

Read on to find out how to identify Wood as a dominant element (s) in either yourself and/or others and discover some self-help tools to stay healthy this Spring.

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Putting your health first in 2018...

We have been so busy here at the centre that this is our first newsletter of the year - true to my word I haven't bombarded your inbox! 

For our new subscribers ... our newsletter collates our event and therapy centre news.  Carlisle Therapies is a team of self-employed complementary and alternative health practitioners from throughout Cumbria and beyond so there can be plenty to report.  This year my intention is to share our news seasonally and perhaps the occasional event update or timely offer.

Firstly, thank you so much for your support of our wellbeing day - even those who couldn't make it but sent us goodwill messages - it all helped us raise £400 for Eden Valley Hospice.  Nicky is running two more fundraiser talks in February and March - for our yogis these intentionally fall in your yoga week break  - so do come if you wish.  Booking and details can be found on our Events page.

To read the rest of our news, sign up for our seasonal newletter on our Newsletter Sign Up form on our facebook page here.

We are delighted here at Carlisle Therapies to be opening our doors to clients old and new, for our Winter Wellbeing Open Day on Saturday 9th December.  All proceeds from this day will go to Eden Valley Hospices to support funding for their complementary therapy provision.  All are welcome. There will be a tea & cake stall & 30 minute taster sessions of these treatments which are available at Carlisle Therapies:

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Frazzled, tired all the time, cranky, overweight (especially round the middle), anxious, difficulty sleeping, hot flushes, sugar cravings, forgetful, dry skin, joint pain?  Need support managing your menopausal symptoms?  Tried yoga?

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I just LOVE continuing to learn! So ... over the past year I have been travelling backwards and forwards to London to undertake some health and wellbeing coaching training - an area of study that for the past few years I have firmly believed was integral to my practice. I can now proudly announce I have become a ‘Zest4life’ health and wellbeing coach and am now using coaching within my Nutritional Therapy programmes.

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