By : Jo Kerrigan
Reproduced with kind permission from :Irish Examiner
"I knew right away that it was something I wanted to learn more about. I found out that the best person teaching it at that time was Mary Molloy who was running a course in Killala, Co Mayo. I put my nursing career on hold while I trained with Mary. The more I learned, the more I became convinced that this was an incredibly effective way to treat both mind and body."
Biodynamic psychotherapy, explains Eileen, is an approach which combines both biological and psychological aspects of treatment, considering that the true potential arises from the alignment of body, mind and spirit. "It has to do with the free flow of life energy. If that flow gets blocked, it can cause pain, mental or emotional disturbance, suffering and even disability." This, she says, can happen when we unconsciously refuse to let go of something that has happened in the past. By releasing or dissolving such blocks, the circulation of life energy is restored. "It can help bring relief from so many common problems like arthritis, back pain, migraines, hypertension, as well as anxiety, tension, stress and depression."
Biodynamic massage involves the use of a long stethoscope which is placed on the abdomen in order to listen to the body's own language, or, in technical terms, "the psycho-peristalsis response" to the massage techniques being applied. "The sounds indicate that the practitioner is touching a particular part of the body tissues where the energy of some past emotion has been suppressed or blocked, and is now setting this energy free. Progressively, you clear the body of stress remnants from old uncompleted emotional cycles."
Fully qualified and registered as a biodynamic practitioner, Eileen next heard about the traditional Chinese practice of Soaring Crane Qi Gong (pronounced Chee Gung, she explains) and found that this was the perfect complement to her biodynamic work. "It's the energy work that underlies Yoga, the martial arts, Tai Chi, and traditional Chinese medicine. It's a means of directly accessing the healing energy within oneself by coordinating movements and mental focus, and the results can be amazing."
She cites the case of Professor Chen Hui Xian, one of the most accomplished female Qi Gong teachers in the world. Diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1982, she healed herself in three months through practice of the form. "She was in a doctor's waiting room, knowing she had only a short time to live, and another patient suggested she try Qi Gong. She thought she had nothing to lose, and did. Now today she's incredible living proof of its power."
Though kept constantly busy with her work in biodynamic psychotherapy and massage, Eileen sets aside part of every day to practice the beautifully flowing movements of Soaring Crane Qi Gong. "It does so much for you, not only physically but mentally."
Recently she held a two-day workshop in Renaniree which heightened interest - there is another workshop on 27th & 28th February 2010.
"The movements of this particular Qi Gong form are clear cut and easy to learn, so there are noticeable results in a short amount of time. I love teaching it to others and seeing how they take to it. It really is a wonderful way to take responsibility for your own health and well-being."
Eileen Murray's workshop on Soaring Crane Qi Gong will be held at Renaniree Community Hall, Co Cork. Booking on 086 1732 473. For more information about biodynamic psychotherapy, check their website on www.biodynamic.org