Wednesday, 22 July 2015

NZ Register of Acupuncturists meeting (21 st July)

Just to say that at the NZ Register of Acupuncturists meeting last Tuesday 21 st July everything went well.  We had a good discussion of what needs to go into a case history, and essential questions that should be asked.  We also discussed a few interesting cases of patients coming for acupuncture treatment.  We also looked at some osteopathy, tui na, and acupuncture cases.
Hope this went well for everyone.
If you want to see more about how I treat a new patient, please see:

Monday, 20 July 2015

for my NZRA acupuncture colleagues here in Christchurch

Just a reminder for NZRA acupuncturists that tonight, for the Christchurch group peer-group meeting, I will be presenting a session on case-history taking, professional standards and medical ethics.

So if you are an acupuncturist then it would be good to see you there.  We will look at this important topic, and also perhaps discuss some recent cases concerning acupuncturists and osteopaths. If you do come, then please bring your case-history form, and any information you give to new patients - as we shall discuss this.  Some of the things that new patients coming to my clinic can expect is summarised on my web-page:

If you can't get to Christchurch this evening, I'll try to summarise our discussion in a future blog in a few days time.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Sufi the Labradoodle puppy. And why the name 'Sufi . . . .'

Just to let people know, who love dogs, and come here for Osteopathy and Acupuncture, that we now have a new labradoodle pupply called 'Sufi'.  The word 'Sufi' in Arabic apparently means 'wool', which is also appropriate considering his woolly fleece-like white fur.  However, the Sufis were
mystics, perhaps one of the most famous being Rumi, well known for his poetry.  Rumi wrote many poems during his life, and there are so many to choose from, but one of my favorites is the Guest House:

This being human is a guest house
Every morning, a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
Empty of it's furniture.
Still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
For some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the
Meet them at the door laughing
And invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes.
Because each has been sent
As a guide from beyond.

OK, anything for some poetry.  But you can see why Rumi was such a mystic.  The 'guest' house implies impermanence, transience, change - and each 'guest' signifies a mental (emotional) state, a multiplicity of being (many guests).  Everything changes, yet honor each 'guest'.  As Rumi says: 'treat each guest honorably . . .  Be grateful for whoever comes, because each (metal-emotional state) has been sent as a guide . . .'  The nature of mind (perhaps also mind- wandering), self, and also of meditation.

Anyway, I have mentioned this poem before, and others (other Sufi poets) in a blog earlier this year:

Well, this is all getting away from a new puppy - but, as for his name, maybe just explaining perhaps a little of Sufism, and who the Sufis were.

Anyway, there are even more pictures and videos of this labradoodle puppy, on Facebook

Sufi - at home, settling in well.

And if you were thinking about booking into the clinic soon for some Acupuncture and/or Osteopathy treatment (and you'll probably also get to meet Sufi when you are here), then of course just book in the usual way: by internet:

or you can always phone 03 980 2425
And yes, the After-Hours clinic is still running.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Osteopathy (and Acupuncture) appointments available on Saturdays. No additional fee for After-Hours appointments

Just to let everyone know that the clinic here is open most Saturdays, so if you need any Osteopathy (or Acupuncture) and can't get in during the week (or have to travel some distance in from outside of Christchurch) then generally there are Osteopathy (and Acupuncture) appointments available on most Saturdays.  There is no additional fee for After-Hours osteopathy appointments (and this applies to evenings also).

Many people have an Osteopathy appointment which may include some Acupuncture also.  So you can decide to receive both.   There is, of course, no additional fee for this.  But if you want to have Osteopathy alone, with no Acupuncture, then this is fine.

You can easily book your own Osteopathy appointment online from the website:

Or you can phone:  03 980 2425

If you want to know more about the clinic and Osteopathy, you might want to look at:

And, if you want to know a little more about Acupuncture, please look at