If you’re a business owner then life has been difficult since March 2020, it’s been all about Mindset to keep going…
My thanks to James Woodward Business owner of The Tranquility Space for writing this for you.
Mindset comes in many forms.
- As a business owner
- As a therapist
- In everyday life.
As a business owner :-
I keep myself positive and project my targets. How many clients I need each month, how to draw more potential patients into my clinic and how to create the right space. All of these come back to the same level of thought and feelings as the mindset of a therapist.
As a therapist:-
- Look after each patient
- Hold the space
- Connect with them through the breath, eye contact and being aware of my thoughts and feeling.
To look after each patient I must be able to adapt each session accordingly, no one treatment is ever the same (I am not a fan of protocols) and I must research between sessions to build up clinical experience.
To hold the space I practice mindful breathing, I am also aware of each step I take and each moment of awareness that I needle into the acupuncture point to also be aware of the energy internally within myself. How does the needle feel as it glides into the skin, muscle, fascia and the point. I allow space and silence to help me use this moment to meditate.
The Taoist describe the most important part of the wheel is the space between the spoke and the central whole. This is also true of the treatment, for the Qi the flow freely the patient must also have space and time to relax or maybe even fall asleep. For this they must be comfortable, warm and feel safe.
During the consultation space, time and mindful breathing is important to engage. Eye contact and focusing on the breath. I am aware of my own inner emotions and how they interact with my clients. I am also aware their emotions. The awareness with this interaction is part of the therapeutic relationship.
Communication is key. If I need to empower my patients to make changes within their lifestyle I need to build a rapport, offer the best treatment I can on the day and explain the diagnosis in layman’s terms. The explanation of the diagnosis helps give the patient a reason to start changing their mindset and improving their mind, body and spirit. As the patient starts to see changes in their well-being and improvements in their main complaint then I know I am on the right track and patient is also aware. The patient often has improved sleep, increase in energy and are feeling emotionally better.
An important question that everyone should think about for a moment is, what does it mean to be healthy?
In modern society we are living longer. Some people might be physically healthy but their mental health is suffering. For some their mental health is good but their physical health needs to be the focus. In other cases it is combination, Chinese medicine focuses on the internal or external, yin or yang, hot or cold and excess or deficient.
All of the focus will be the interrelationship with each of the internal organs and the effect it has on the Qi, blood, and fluids. It is like a balancing act because nothing is ever static and it always transforming. I am writing this at the beginning of March, there are signs of spring but also winter and I am aware that people have been moving less due to the winter being cold and dark. The spring is when yang (movement) emerges from winter (yin). What was dormant and internal starts to rise to the surface.
My patients are starting to want to move more, wanting to be more active. There is a possibility that another cold snap will arrive in Britain next week that could slow down this need to move as everyone retreats back inside and when this movement stops emotions like stress, irritability and anger rises to the surface.
As nature is mirrored within our own physical and emotional well-being this could lead to headaches, issues with digestion, breathlessness, insomnia or even conditions getting worse with stress, irritability or anger. My role as an acupuncturist and holistic therapist is to allow the space for the body to realign into a state of equilibrium.
For more information contact
James Woodward, Licensed Acupuncturist, Tui Na massage therapist & Holistic Therapist
Business owner of
The Tranquility Space
169 High Street