Body and mind: Eastern methods make all the difference
Author: Dublin Holistic Centre
21st Jun 2018
Given his background in holistic healthcare, it’s no surprise that David Corbally takes a balanced approach with the people who attend his clinic and classes in the Dublin Holistic Centre.
“My treatments are a collaborative affair – I bring my skills and training, however I also work together with a person with a real emphasis on self-healing. I want people to be able to come to me for healing, but also to be empowered and proactive in their overall wellbeing,” he says.
With qualifications in Occupational Therapy, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, David is in a fantastic position to be able to both assess the needs of his clients and advise as to how best they can overcome any ailments or issues they are experiencing or suffering from.
“I’ve studied holistic therapies for over ten years now, and mostly deal with Traditional Chinese Medicine, including medical massage, cupping and acupuncture,” David says.
But what is Chinese medical massage (also known as tui na), and how does it differ from conventional, Western practices?
“Chinese medical massage is based more on diagnoses and takes a holistic approach to pain. With this approach, I look at the underlying causes of pain and treat with pressure points, cupping therapy, stretching etc. There is a view of loosening the body and moving blood through grasping motions and rocking motions.”
It is a dry massage performed through the clothes and has extremely positive effects. “What I focus on depends on the client – sometimes it’s just tui na, sometimes a combination of massage, acupuncture and cupping therapy. It’s a great way to keep the structures of the body healthy, as well as regulating nervous and circulatory systems.
“I look at the whole picture and discuss lifestyle and diet with people. When you get a sense of the overall condition of someone’s health, you can establish underlying causes of issues, and begin to treat them effectively,” says David.
However, you don’t have to be in pain to benefit from David’s therapies. “Some people just want to keep healthy; prevention is better than cure!” he says.
Connecting with nature
Along with Chinese medicine therapies, David also runs meditation classes and anxiety/stress management workshops. “I’ve been meditating since 2005, and everything I do looks at the body and mind; at spiritual and emotional health. The Chinese believe that emotional disturbances are at the root of physical imbalance, and need to be addressed if you’re looking to return to full health.”
It’s an approach that makes a lot of sense and strikes a real chord with David, who unwinds by swimming in the sea and generally connecting with nature. He also feels particularly at home at the Dublin Holistic Centre. “The centre is dynamic, is very well kept and run. It’s a clean, welcoming, and friendly space to work from, which makes a huge difference.”
If you are interested in getting in touch with David, feel free to or call 085-7547340. For more information about David and his classes,