B.Hlth.Sci in Traditional Chinese Medicine from UTS, Diploma of Qigong from the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
While the clinic is partially closed during the Virus emergency Sonja is offering One-onOne Qigong consults to allow for greater physical distancing:
Sonja is offering one-on-one qigong sessions to help you support your immune system, reduce stress and anxiety, manage pain and increase vitality.
Stress puts us in fight or flight mode that weakens our body’s immune system. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, Qigong calms the nervous system and supports the energetic mechanisms that create and maintain our immunity, of which Lungs are a major aspect.
Qigong is mindful, gentle and focused movement and meditation aligned with the breath to bring the body, mind and spirit back into balance. The deep breathing can restore oxygen flow disrupted by chronic pain. The slow, gentle and safe movements can help overcome the fear of movement for someone who lives with pain.
Chinese Medicine’s principal role has always been to prevent illness, to keep people healthy – and Qigong is one of the ways to do this. It is easy to learn, and can be done by everyone, at any age and fitness level. It can be done standing up or sitting down.
The 1-hour personal sessions will be tailored to your specific needs and conditions, using Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnostic principles in the same way we do for acupuncture, but minus the needles. Sonja will lead you in exercises and teach you some that you can do at home, and where relevant, show you what else you can do to help yourself, such as acupressure, self massage, moxibustion, meditation.
Sonja is a registered TCM practitioner and has a Diploma in Qigong from the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She has been teaching Qigong/Mindful Movement for over 20 years.
Sonja is available Saturdays and Mondays at Qi Yoga, Freshwater:
Appointment times: 10:00, 11:45, 1:15; 2:45. Consultations and lessons are also available via Zoom.
Please call or email if you need more information on how Qigong could benefit you
m: 0405 843 306 e: email@example.com
In normal times Sonja practises a gentle form of acupuncture to help relieve pain, stress, anxiety and depression, and alleviate digestive disorders. Sonja also finds that acupuncture is very beneficial for pregnant women to prepare for birth.
Acupuncture is only one aspect of the healing modalities available to Sonja as a Chinese Medicine practitioner. You may find her using cupping, gua sha, moxibustion and body work to further assist with musculo-skeletal pain and stiffness.
Chinese medicine is a holistic medicine and practitioners are trained to see the person seeking treatment as a whole being, and their ‘dis-ease’ a result of many factors. Food, lifestyle and emotions all play a part in our wellbeing. Sonja likes to work with her clients to see where and how these factors can be tweaked to bring them back to good health.
Sonja is also a Qigong practitioner and teacher, and can offer individual exercises to support you in your healing. Qigong is the cultivation of one’s internal energy through gentle exercise, she describes it as a moving meditation.
Twenty-five years ago Sonja attended her first mindfulness retreat with the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hahn, at his monastery in France. This retreat was one of many turning points in her life. Since then Sonja has cultivated a mindfulness practise, together with meditation, qigong and yoga. All these practises inform Sonja’s work so that she can be fully present to the person she is working with.
Sonja has a BA in Italian language and culture and speaks Italian, French, Spanish and Croatian.
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