We speak to Therapy by Dee to discover the benefits of body Gua Sha in this transformative therapy.
What does the first 30 minutes of your day/morning routine look like?
It is very important to commit to a morning ritual. It helps you organize your day in the right way and can have drastic consequences for your focus and productivity. Usually, when I wake up, I make my bed, light some candles, and put on some relaxing music, to keep my home comfortable and filled with clear energy throughout the day. I practice Tai Chi for 10 minutes, which clears my head and energizes my body. I grab a coffee and breakfast and start my day. These are simple steps, but they help me feel better every day.
What is the core DNA of your brand and the health principles you live by?
Therapy by Dee started in 2018, it was a natural start, a wake-up call after working in the business world for a long time, where I discovered that my greatest passion in life was to help others improve their lives. Holistic refers to the “whole person” approach to wellness intervention, focusing simultaneously on both the mind and physical aspects of health. It is an opportunity for patients to better address their psychological and physical needs and achieve complete healing. The relationship between mind and matter fascinated me, especially with regard to immediately tangible results in patients, and I immersed myself in various alternative healing practices such as Gua Sha and other different types of massage. I also studied hypnotherapy and breathing techniques. My goal is to transfer and share this knowledge with everyone. It’s a long, rewarding and enriching experience that has impacted me personally in so many ways, it’s given me great insight into how the mind affects the physical, and I’m a proponent of spreading awareness about adopting a healthier lifestyle through adhere to a balanced diet, regular exercise, rest and positive thinking – the most important elements of a human being’s life force.
How can Body Gua Sha support overall well-being and what should you look for in a therapist?
Gua Sha is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Gua means scrape and Sha means gritty. According to the principles of TCM, your energy should circulate throughout your being so that you feel your best. When energy stagnates in certain parts of your system, it is believed that disease can ensue. With Gua Sha, a therapist will use a smooth-edged instrument to gently scrape away the area of your skin where energy is stagnant. The purpose of Gua Sha is to stimulate the flow of energy throughout the system. By doing Gua Sha, the therapist hopes that any symptoms the patient is experiencing will lessen, bringing the system back into balance. There are many qualities that therapists must possess before becoming certified Gua Sha practitioners. Above all, it is essential to ensure that the therapist is properly qualified and is treating the right condition for the patient. It is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist and trust that they are a good fit for your needs.
Can you elaborate on the specific techniques of Gua Sha for the body – is it painful and what happens when there is an energy blockage?
With Gua Sha, a therapist scrapes your body with short or long strokes, which stimulates blood flow to the soft tissues. They do this with an instrument known as a Gua-Sha Massager. The therapist applies oil to your body and then uses the massager to repeatedly scratch your body in a downward/upward motion. It is generally applied to the back, buttocks, shoulders, arms and thighs. A softer version of Gua Sha is also applied to the face. The therapist may gently press down and gradually increase the amount of pressure until you feel comfortable. Gua Sha is meant to address stagnant Qi (pronounced “chee”) in the body that can contribute to inflammation. Inflammation causes discomfort and pain and is often the cause of various health problems. Scraping the surface of the body helps release stagnant qi, reducing inflammation and promoting overall well-being. The resulting appearance is not pretty, as you may get red spots and bruises during recovery. However, the benefits are significant and some people say it’s the best treatment they’ve ever had.
Where do you see the most common blockages in the body and how can we improve this day by day?
Due to our daily stress and activity, the brain and body are often affected. The most common blockages are found in the neck, shoulders, hips, hands and feet, but the three main areas in the body most affected by emotional stress are the pelvic floor, diaphragm and jaw. To keep stress and its effects on your body at bay, take time each day to put down your phone, take deep breaths at intervals throughout the day, hydrate, walk, and stretch your body.
Have you had any mentors along the way and if so, what knowledge have they imparted?
Throughout my journey, I had several mentors that I looked up to, felt comfortable with, and trusted to guide me through my personal and professional growth. Mentoring is an excellent way to learn more about yourself and how to better serve others. Having a mentor who cares enough to help you develop your skills and push you to achieve your goals is invaluable. Through mentorship, you will find someone who understands what you are trying to achieve and who will encourage you along the way. You will also benefit from someone who knows you inside out and can guide and advise you when you need it.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would advise myself to keep an open mind and not get too attached to anything. Don’t let fear keep you from trying something new. If things don’t go according to plan, just pick yourself back up and start over. Stay focused on your strengths and shine where they count. Be proud of who you are and how far you’ve come so far. You are only limited by your own imagination.
This is The Reset Issue – what’s the best way to reset?
A stressed mind is not at peace and will not function optimally. Meditation is therefore one of the best things you can do for yourself to reset. It helps you control your emotions, increase your focus and reduce stress. Even if you meditate for five minutes, studies show that it will improve your well-being. In addition, avoid multitasking as it has been proven to increase anxiety and cause changes in the way your brain works, making you less productive, meaning you accomplish nothing. Focused concentration helps you get things done faster, reduces anxiety and allows you to clear your mind. Meditation is an excellent tool for learning to concentrate.
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