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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LOHAS Meridian Massage Workshop (Comprehensive) – Nov 2011

15 Nov 2011

Our Day 1 of LOHAS Meridian Massage Comprehensive has completed with our fun loving participants enjoying the understand of 5 Elements and their relationship towards our health.

We have Steve, the thorn among the roses, participating fully and lighten up the whole class.  Even before the class was commenced, some of our participants (who are attending LOHAS Meridian Flexercise) shared how they benefited from the simple tapping method and seeing improvement to their health.

The class started of with the basic LOHAS Meridian Exercise followed by the understanding of the Meridian System in our body.

They also get to learn SIMPLE and EFFECT meridian massage technique for stress management and emergencies such as breathless, giddiness or event fainted scenario. The class continue with lots of fun and laughter with many useful meridian knowledge to learn.

Meridian Massage Workshop Nov 2011 Participants  Group activity in meridian massage workshop   Participants have fun practising Meridan Massage Techniques

1. Colorful Participants             2. Ready for group activity       3. Fun practical session

First person to start the 5 elements chart   LOHAS Meridian Massage Trainer excited by the group  Everybody has chance to practice

4. Action taker celebrates          5. Trainer excited too              6. Everybody has chance

Trainer show easier way to remember the TCM 5 Elements   Participants get more confidence after practising  Participant remembers well because it is related to family health

7. Tips on remembers faster    8. I can do it too!                    9. It is important for my family

Even the new comers gets to practice   It was a fun session, participants get excited now   Another meridian massage self-check technique

10. New comer gets to do it.    11. Excited supporter              12. Meridian Self Check


Meridian Massage to relieve tension by trainer   Trainer guide participants how to massage effectively   Participants show their understanding on TCM basic concepts

13. Meridian Massage Demo   14. Personal guidance            15 We did it!

It was a fun session with lots of learning. Participants not only get to learn about LOHAS Meridian Massage and Hand Techniques, they get to understand their body signal as well.

Looking forward for Day 2 with more learning about LOHAS Meridian Massage and Hand Techniques.  The participants will sure like the hands-on technique.

LOHAS Meridian Massage – Graduate Gathering – 8 Oct 2011

9 Oct 2011

On 8 Oct 2011, we had another good meeting with fellow graduates of LOHAS Meridian Massage Workshop (Comprehensive).  Vincent, Lai Kwan, Felicia, Mdm Aw, Edwina, Anna and Hsiu Mei were present in our gathering.

The gathering was a good meet up session for all. In a nice, casual ambient, there were plenty of fun and laughter. Different batches of graduate get to meet each other and share experience too.  Of course, nice food is always one of the good attraction here too.

The idea of having gathering to support our graduate in refreshing their learning and practising of LOHAS Meridian Massage and self-therapy.  At the same time, they get to learn new knowledge about meridian health and massage.

In this gathering, our meridian health master trainer, Peng Tatt, sharedSimple and Effective way to improve Qi and Blood about the definition body type according to latest research in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  They also get to understand the body signal when they are lack of “yin”, lack of “yang”, lack of “Qi” and do a simple test of “sensitive” body type. They also get to know what are the simple remedies for different type of body natures.

We are glad that many of our graduate belongs to “balanced type” body.  Hope that they continue to practise LOHAS Meridian Massage and Hand Techniques and stay balanced.

Some graduates also get their queries answered regarding their health issues and how to use meridian massage and exercise technique to improve health conditions.

participants from Meridian Massage Workshop (comprehensive class)Edwina shared her experience how she had used LOHAS Meridian Massage and hand techniques to revive her father-in-law.  Her story can be found in LOHAS DIGEST 26 too.

Edwina also shared that after practising LOHAS Meridian Exercise (LOHAS-ME), she managed to improved her circulation and she does not have cold hand and feet anymore. Now, she diligently spends 5~10 minutes in the morning to practise the LOHAS-ME.  In fact, when Peng Tatt observe her face, her face color has improved after she has finished her LOHAS Meridian Massage workshop (Comprehensive). Well done, Edwina!

Our pioneer batch of DIYMMC participant commented to us, “Over the years, you have improved a lot”.  Thanks for the feedback.  Yes, we would like to grow healthier together with our participants – we are your SUSTAINABLE HEALTH partner.

Thanks all the graduates who were present yesterday and we wish you “Stay Healthy, Stay Awesome”!

The next gathering will be on Dec 2011. Looking forward to see all our graduate to join us again for more learning and experiences.

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.