LOHAS DIGEST 28 – One word that makes the difference

Dear friends of Beacon LOHAS,

I’ve just came back from Hong Kong trip together with my family members.

Frankly speaking, Hong Kong has not been in my list of top holiday destination.

However, my instinct just told me to go for it because my parents may need my help there.

It’s also a time together with family.

It was an interesting trip for me because I had the chance to experience “slowness” in Hong Kong, a word which is almost alien to a busy and fast pace Hong Kong.

For the most part of my eight days trip, I had to walk along with my dad who is overweight with high blood pressure and diabetes.

The first day upon arrival, he complained knee pain after some walking or after climbing one or two storey.  This was the least thing we expected including my brother who has been living together with him for years.

My father had to take a rest after a short distance walk – less than 200m.  When climbing stairs, his knee would hurt and give way after climbing the stairs.  Most of the time in our trip, my siblings, mother and nephews were walking far ahead of us while my father and I were “snail-ing” our way towards the destination.  His blood pressure shot up to 210/90 for the most of the trip.

He would belongs into “Blood Stagnation Group” in our Eat According To Your Body Type workshop

On the other hand, my mother was able to follow her two grandsons to roam around at interesting places, shopping, look for place to enjoy dim sum, carry her own luggage, taking photos, having fun at the ride in Disney Land with her two dearest grandsons, at her age of 71.

My father is 74 and my mother is 71.  Their age difference was not wide apart but their health status and mobility can be equate to heaven and earth.  If there is only one word that describes what sets them apart, I would put it the word “ownership”.

My father put the ownership of his health to the pharmacist, doctors and other people.  During his daily routine in Penang, he drives and rides motor cycle (no matter how short the distance).  He was regular drinkers when he was young.  Many times, he takes two portions of meals, no matter how late.

I still remember, there is one night in Hong Kong, he took one bowl of porridge and one bowl of wanton noodle around 11pm. His traditional way of thinking, having lunch or dinner means he has to stuff himself until he really full.  He believes taking pills is the only way to make him healthy.  He takes 7 pills every morning and night.  His medical bill is $200 – $300.  Throughout the whole Hong Kong trip, I reminded (nagged) him, “The best person to take care of your health is yourself, just be more active daily”.

My mother, after much influence from me over the past two years proudly show off her results to me.  She practices many of the techniques that taught in LOHAS Meridian Self-Therapyworkshop, Kaizen-Stepping concept and Four Golden Principles in Ultimate Slimming Intensive workshop.  She told me that she no longer takes glucosamine for very long but her knee is feeling much better and flexible.  She does self-massaging and Kaizen-Stepping anytime and anywhere. She even did it when she was queuing at immigration checkpoint.

She shares the same thinking with me, spending time waiting for queue number in clinic and hospital is a waste of time and money.  Relies on medication means less freedom to her.  Clearly, she takes “ownership” of her health and takes conscious simple effort.  Thus, she enjoyed very much of the Hong Kong trip together with the two energetic grandsons.

With the two different results happening under one roof, it is a good reminder for me about what kind of health status I want to have when I am 70~80 years old.  Clearly, I want to take “ownership” of my health.

Year 2012 is just around the corner, let us makes conscious effort and take ownership, let us be healthy and healthier for the future.   Let start simple – have an active lifestyle, walk more, step more, move around more, of course LOHAS meridian exercise more.

Have a happy and healthy year ahead

~~~~~~~ as written in 28 Dec 2011~~~~~~~~~~

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Meridian Massage for Emergencies

1 Oct 2011

This is a re-post from my previous article dated in Nov 2009.

I am glad that I teaches this techniques in my two days – LOHAS Meridian Massage Workshop (Comprehensive) class, DIYMMC.  It is non-invasive and it is fairly easy to administer.   Two months ago, one of my DIYMMC participants came to me telling her experience how she used the same technique to help her father-in-law when he collapsed during his birthday dinner.

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Nov 2009

I happened to go to Tanjong Pagar area to attend a seminar two Saturday ago. The MRT station was relatively empty so  I decided to use the staircase I hardly use to explore that area.

Upon approaching the stair case, I noticed there was a group of people sitting at the staircase. I thought they might be waiting for their friend.   As I walked passed them, I sense a typical traditional massage oil or something similar to that.  The wife was frantically rubbing her husband shoulder and she looked worry.   The husband look a bit pale and his eye could hardly open.   As I was running late for the seminar, I walked pass them without much thought.   When I was walking up the stairs, I ask the Malay young lady who attended to him what had happened.   She just shrouded her shoulder say, “may be giddy la”.

As I reaching the next level my instinct told me to go back and have a look even though my typical traditional family teaching was “Mind your own business”.

I climbed down the stairs and walked towards the group a people. The wife still keeps on rubbing the husband shoulder and neck while their children sitting behind waiting helplessly.

I introduced myself and told them I teach people self help massage.  I offered my help.   I guess the wife was worry and helpless that time. She accepted my offer without much thought.  I asked a few clarifications questions to access the situation.

Apparently the husband fainted in the train a while ago.  The other passengers helped to carry him out to the control station and leave them there.   This guy has history of high blood pressure and he didn’t forget to take his medicine nor having empty stomach.   When I touched him, his hands and feet were cold.   I was worry that he might have a heart attack.

Quickly, I massage his heart and pericardium meridian, especially the Shen Men and Nei Guan area
 Acupressure Point 
Acupressure Point

When I tried to talk to him, he looked so blur and had a cold sweat.   He was complaining he is giddy and could not stand up.  So, I taught the wife how to massage both meridians while I try to help him regain his consciousness through massaging the forehead, Ying Tang and the Feng Chi area.   His head and neck were also cold too.

I  used Mint essential oil to help him feel better.  At the same time, I suspect it might be heart attack because his body, neck, hands and arm still feeling cold.  For that reason, I used a bit of strength to press on his Shao Fu point because this point is useful for emergency case as such.

Shao Fu Acupressure Point

After doing it about 5 to 10 min, his body finally is getting warmer.   Finally, he is more conscious and able to stand up and walk with his wife help.

I still remember that I taught one of my Meridian Massage Comprehensive Workshop & Retreat classes that this massage point is for emergency situation only.  Most likely they won’t need to use it.  However, I think I will need to take my word back because we may not predict when emergency is going to happen.  It could be somebody else or it could be our loved one.  Somehow, this incident strengthens my belief that if there is one person in the family learns LOHAS meridian massage, he or she can help to take care of the family, especially during emergency.

As I continue my journey to the seminar, I tell myself that “it is a blessing for me to learn the meridian massage and it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to teach this self help massage technique to public”.

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I am glad that I continue teaching this techniques.  Two years after this, my participant used this technique on the very important day of her father-in-law.  Emergency is something happen unexpectedly.  The question is are we well equipped with the right knowledge.

LOHAS Meridian Massage Workshop – Sep 2011

26 Sep 2011

Our two Sunday LOHAS Meridian Massage (Comprehensive) Workshop was completed on 25 Sep 2011.

It was a great learning session for Lina, Margaret Tan, Doris and Magaret.

As the trainer went through the basic information about meridian in the first few hours of the lesson, all of them discovered what area of their health they can improve further.  A common problem for many is stiff neck and shoulder, lack of sleep, overweight or underweight, low blood or high blood pressure.

This workshop covered comprehensively on the meridians with many hands-on and self-discovery exercises.  All of them discovered further as we go along exploring the meridians system.  For example, Doris not only knows how to take care of herself better, she also learn ways to help her very underweight mother too.  In fact, since she last finished her Ultimate Slimming Intensive workshop with us, her perspective changes and automatically she didn’t take oily food and she lost 3kg withing a month. This is power of knowledge and education.

Of course, when coming to the afternoon session when we really put everything together into practice, that is the most fun and enjoyable section for all, especially those hard working mothers.  They get to practise refresh, recharge and rejuvenate.

As they finished the class, even though we ended late, they have a good experiential learning.  Of course, all the two days training is to prepare them for their real life routine.  It’s is important for them to keep on practising on the daily basis.

We will see them soon when we have our support group gathering on 8 Oct 2011.