Summer Walks in a Japanese Garden

When my soul is in need of quiet reflection, I know where to ease the anxious mood that keeps sweet calm from my restive condition. Before I even pass the alluring doors guarded by statuesque lions, my pace slows and the garden begins to whisper…

A Japanese garden is my intermediary to peace, connecting with that part of me designed to find in nature what I cannot find in myself, to lift my spirit upward so my thoughts might glide mindfully amid things above. I am charmed and even stunned by its beauty, in love with an art form that is the Japanese garden–pathways, stones, ponds and bridges that are all so familiar, and yet all so decidedly unique.

Trees and shrubbery, cedar, hemlock, barberry and yew, play with scale and perspective to create illusions that become realities in a universe of complex simplicity, a world extended beyond the space that would be its boundary, engendering an experience of peace and feeling of rest I know will stay with me after I leave. A pond dotted with small islands is home to rocks emerging to hold in place life in constant motion. Nearby, vivid colors of flowering greenery glow like modern mosaics, with irises and azaleas offsetting low growing companions with muted-colored blossoms.  In leaving an elegant structure, I slide back delicate frames to reveal, not water, but a substitute of pebbles in curved lines bathed in broken light. Rocks, gravel and sand playfully integrate elements of design to bring fun and lightness to austerity.

On a platform suspended above uncertain currents I study the koi and then follow the restorative sound of falling crystal water. Trees with weeping canopies bend low to cast shadows that lightly touch the rippling surface beneath, and I notice a warm breeze playing with my hair, feather touches like falling petals caressing the air. A pathway circles the pond, mimicking the path of life, or perhaps, the path of enlightened existence: left to right, diagonally, but seldom in a straight line. Walking up the path, my eyes are drawn to textured surfaces, sweet flag, baby’s tears, spurge and mosses on and around artfully place boulders.

This is my meditative sanctuary, where I come to walk, or sit, and let my soul relax as I wonder how I might coax my life to blend with this landscape. This is the Japanese garden.

Centreforce abdominal acupuncture

Abdominal Acupuncture is the greatest revolution in acupuncture and is taking China by storm. Called “Miracle therapy” because the results can be better than regular acupuncture. You will find it is particularly good for acute injuries, trauma, chronic, stubborn and painful conditions. Therapeutic effects are rapid (often within minutes) and long lasting.

Following on from the hugely successful first Centreforce’s Mastering the art of Abdominal Acupuncture course run in February. This course will run over 2 days and will equip you the acupuncture professional with an understanding of Abdominal Acupuncture and how to use it to get the best results for many channel and muscular skeletal problems. It will be approximately 50% theory and 50% supervised hands on practical. You will learn the subtle nature of Abdominal Acupuncture’s needling techniques.

Conditions covered will include;

  • ·         Sciatica / Back Ache (chronic / acute)
  • ·         Bi Syndrome
  • ·         Rheumatism / Arthritis
  • ·         Stiff Neck
  • ·         Frozen shoulder / shoulder pain
  • ·         Tennis elbow / elbow pain
  • ·         Repetitive strain injury (R.S.I)
  • ·         Carpel Tunnel syndrome
  • ·         Hip / pelvic problems
  • ·         Knee pain
  • ·         Sports injuries
  • ·         Headache / Migraine

You will be confident to treat all the above and many more on completion of this course.

The 2 day course comes complete with course notes and comprehensive DVD is €295.00 (€265.00 if you avail of the early bird discount).
Places are limited to ensure maximum participation.

Here’s how CentreforceTM Abdominal Acupuncture benefits you and your practice;

  • You will experience better results than with traditional acupuncture alone, therefore you have more satisfied customers, increased goodwill and attract more clients.
  • Your needling will become practically pain free. 
  • 95% of clients prefer this method.
  • You will achieve faster results.   Your client’s will generally experience a decrease in their pain within minutes.
  • The method employs safer shallower needling.
  • This modern, revolutionary technique is based on thousands of years of TCM development.
  • You will find it especially good for painful, stubborn and chronic conditions.
  • It is an incredibly powerful new technique for your practice.   Difficult conditions respond to Abdominal Acupuncture where other methods fail. 
  • You will discover that it is easier to administer and allows you to treat more complaints at once.
  • Its gentle nature makes it ideal treatment for your clients with weak or deficient constitutions.
  • This course is eligible for 4 CPD and 14 points from the A.F.P.A. and A.C.I. respectively.
  • Certificates will be awarded upon completion

From the leading exponent of the art of abdominal acupuncture

Dave Shipsey was the first acupuncturist to bring Abdominal  acupuncture to Ireland in 2001. He has completed 3 internships with the revered Dr Han in Nanjing over a six year period. Internships were of 12, 6 & 4 weeks duration, allowing Dave to nurture and develop the sensitivity and intuition necessary for this form of acupuncture.
Dave recently completed a Train the Trainer course and is FETAC 6 accredited.
Location of course:

The Ripley Court Hotel
37 Talbot street,
Dublin 1.
Saturday 22nd of Sept 9.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Sunday 23rd of Sept 10a.m-.5.00p.m.

Centrally Located Venue with great public transport services (Beside Connolly, Bus Aras and Luas stations)

Contact Dave Shipsey on 0879618344 or [email protected] for more details.