My Winter Check Up
Hard to believe that another year is very nearly complete. As with all things we care about it is time for a regular tune up. The car has it’s MOT and service once a year, after all it would be a poor show if you didn’t look after the wonderful vehicle that moves you around on your very own whim. Although do we all look after the vehicle that is with us for the long haul? The one we cannot part exchange or simply replace at will.
How often do we MOT our own body? Do you avoid the Doctor? Are you a regular? I choose to visit the Doctor when I have specific concerns that need a medical diagnosis. I therefore take my pro-active maintenance elsewhere. Whilst I have the greatest respect for the medical profession, they really don’t want to see you if you are well. They stick to diagnosis of individual symptoms and providing relief and or cure. For this we can be very grateful. I myself prefer the option of keeping things ticking over nicely. Working in IT I find often you can easily go out and find work, just ask someone. They are always happy to ask a question about something that is a minor niggle, not enough that they need to raise a support ticket but enough to be an inconvenience. How well does this translate into how we view the service our Doctors provide. Do we really want to bother them because we haven’t been feeling hungry lately? Probably not. After all what would they do to help us but advise us to “keep an eye on it”. They are looking for a more acute set of circumstances to intervene.
This is where complimentary (sometimes called alternative) medicine can really come into its own. By providing a holistic way for us to make sure everything is in peak running order and to iron out those minor niggles before we need to see the Doctor. For me this regular service check is a six monthly occurrence. If I have non-acute symptoms in between my Homoeopath provides a telephone service which I use prior to visiting my GP. Although any homoeopath worth their salt would recommend you to a GP where necessary.
I feel fortunate to be looked after by a highly respected homoeopath named Colin Griffith. Colin has an innate ability to place you at ease and listens intently to what you have to say. You may believe that you have the smallest of issues but you always know that whatever you would like to “work on” Colin holds this with import. He not only looks at the areas of the body or your life that you are having difficulty with he looks at the whole picture. He will often ask how I am eating or sleeping, how has my energy been? These questions are key in order to identify the correct course of treatment, even when nothing is seemingly wrong. I am therefore doubly blessed with an appointment to see his equally caring and helpful daughter Bella for a Shiatsu appointment. With Bella my appointments have never been the same twice. It is not a ritualistic massage therapy. There is an amount of physical manipulation of the body involved but the important part is how this works on the energy systems of the body. This is quite different to my own work with Reiki energy for my own self healing.
These two treatments work hand in hand and last year (just before Christmas) I had just such a double appointment. The information that Bella gave me flowed right into my appointment with Colin and was able to steer my course even more.
This year I have decided to repeat a winning combination. Although I am generally fine and healthy and my life feels in balance it is of primary importance for me to keep things in this order. What we do not yet understand about our bodies and our relationship with them will be the subject for many lifetimes of learning. Until then I will be satisfied with the help I choose, to have a healthy body that will continue to carry my on my lifes journey.
Posted on 20 December, 2011, in Health and tagged alternative medicine, Bella Griffith, body maintenance, Colin Griffith, complimentary medicine, health, holistic medicine, homeopath, homeopathy, homoeopath, homoeopathy, MOT, Reiki, service, Shiatsu. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.