Healing and Consultation
What does this mean? The Daoist view of health treats the circulation as being of primary importance. Circulation means the new is brought in and the old is moved out, and if everything is circulating well, we consider someone to be in good health. We must understand that this doesn’t mean that we aren’t having any troubles, but rather that we are processing our troubles properly and not getting stuck on them.
In the physical, literal sense, this refers to the free circulation of blood, hormones, lymph and so on. When these bodily fluids get stuck and cannot circulate and be refreshed, we end up with all kinds of problems: chronic injuries that won’t finish mending, viruses that linger too long, or muscular tension that becomes a source of overuse aches and pains, and so on.
We must also consider the less physical aspects of ourselves. Our emotions need to circulate properly, going through their natural cycle and ending, as must our thoughts, ideas and other mental activity. When we are unable to properly process our emotions or mental activity, they can get stuck on loop, repeating endlessly in the unconscious or conscious background until they are given enough attention to finish their cycle. When they stay stuck for too long, we can often also have issues that trickle down into our physical body, bringing about pains or numbness or other problems.
The healing sessions that I offer work to provoke these ‘stuck’ energies into motion again so they may finish their proper cycle – clearing the blockage so to speak. Sometimes after a session the cycle resolves itself in the unconscious, meaning we don’t really understand what happened but we feel better in a few days. Often, however, it requires the conscious attention of the patient – getting to know a previously dormant area of the body, or having a troubled emotion or idea bubble to the surface so it can run its course in full awareness. This can feel to some people like the issue got worse, however it’s more the case that the issue was always there but it’s just now being seen more completely – which gives the patient the opportunity to do something about it and find a resolution.
For issues that are more mechanical in nature, these sessions can bring circulation to the affected area to help it go through its proper healing process, but in most cases stronger physical intervention is also required. Typically this will be accomplished through the use of both Tui Na (massage techniques) and exercises that I will prescribe to you that you will need to continue practicing after we are done.
The quality of the healing will be directly proportional to how much importance and attention you give to the process of healing and the required exercises after the session. Do you forget about it all the moment you finish the session and return to the habits which made you unwell in the first place, which tells your unconscious that you’re not actually that interested in getting better? Or do you give it your first priority, making sure you are tending to your recovery each day with more importance than watching TV or playing with a phone?
Practically speaking, the healing session itself involves the patient sitting or lying in silence while I treat you by gently laying my hands on or over various areas or points of your body, occasionally massaging if required. During this time your feelings and perceptions may vary depending on how you react to the change occurring within. These manifestations are different from the result which will come within the next days and weeks as your mind, body and emotions digest the changes and the cycles of circulation move through various stages.
I offer private one-on-one and small group consultations and training sessions. They are an opportunity to work privately with me if you cannot make my public classes and workshops, or if you just want some more personalized attention.
These days there are 1001 different people offering lifestyle and training advice, most of it coming from modern systems created in the past 50 years or so. More and more, however, people are discovering that there is a deep wisdom available in the traditions that have supported their communities’ wellbeing for thousands of years.
To help me give you accurate and practical advice, I draw from traditional Daoist tools such as Bazi, Yi Jing, Feng Shui, and an understanding of human functions from Traditional Chinese and Daoist Medicine perspectives. These methods have stood the test of time, having been used successfully by doctors and advisors to government, big business and individuals for thousands of years.
My sessions can be tailored to your specific needs or wants, however generally they involve one or more of these categories:
- Balancing your lifestyle
Learning which activities you can undertake or remove from your life to help promote balance and regulate your issues.
- How to create a personal practice
I can guide you with advice on how to create habits for an ongoing personal practice so you can continue on your own for the coming weeks or months. The session will include discourse on the relevant theory and frameworks, as well as a selection of exercises suited to your personal situation and instruction on how to perform the exercises properly.
- Updating your personal practice
For those who already have a practice going. I will answer any questions you have had arise from doing your practice, give you new/more exercises to continue building on what we began with, do form checks and corrections for existing exercises, and generally explain deeper aspects of the approach.
- Regular practice and partner work
If you wish to work more regularly on partner based exercises I am available for ongoing, regular private sessions where we meet as many times per week or per month as you would like. These sessions are ideal for working on the more physical or martial aspects of the tradition: physical grounding and structure work, coordination, push hands, testing qualities and application training. Training with the pressure of a partner helps us to express our qualities under less ideal circumstances than we have when training alone.
I have received several healing treatments from Craig, both in person and distance, over a number of years, for several different problems.
The most recent issue was a recurrent “niggle’ in my upper back that would flare up occasionally and cause sharp pain with neck movement, and a tightness at the base of my throat. Even though this seemed a fairly simple problem to me, it was persistent and recurrent, even with conventional treatment and exercise intervention. I had been noticing that the flare ups were not necessarily related to a mechanical cause, but were always around stressful or emotional events in my life.
Craig reached out to me to offer a distance healing session at a turning point in my life this winter. I had finally gathered the courage to leave a dangerous living and personal situation, and was feeling confident, yet quite unstable and not myself.
I try not to expect or project too many sensorial phenomena during these kinds of treatments, but I did notice my body clearly wanting to ‘pull’ to the lower right as I lay still on my back. When we debriefed after the treatment, Craig told me there was a lot of activity going on in my right knee, before I volunteered what I was feeling.
Obviously it is impossible to say 100% how much the treatment was responsible for me making such a strong and healthy recovery from that life situation that caused me to accept the treatment, but both myself and those close to me were extraordinarily surprised at how quickly I bounced back to a healthier and happier self assured person after that evening.
Keep in mind though – these sorts of treatments are subtle and work on non-manifested levels – you don’t go see your shamanic healer because you got a splinter in your arm.
I strongly recommend seeking treatment from this dedicated and experienced practitioner of the Da Xuan school and its healing methods.
Craig and I have a wonderful friendship that has developed over the past few years, and we have also collaborated in teaching at retreats together. Craig kindly offered me a (distance) healing session as I had been struggling and feeling increasingly stagnant with my life (energy, motivation, direction, and physical health) since moving to Canberra a year and a half ago. I don’t normally take on this type of kind offer as so many of the healing modalities out there are ineffective new age practices, but I openly and gratefully accepted as I know how pragmatic a man Craig is. I am a fan of his work, skills, and attitude to life.
I clearly felt when the healing session began and when it ended, and the feeling throughout the session was strong and pleasant. I felt too “out of it” (in a heavenly way) to debrief with him afterwards so we spoke the following morning. He clearly outlined the nature of my blockages as well as where they were in the body and recommended some specific practices for me to do daily over the following weeks.
In those weeks I became acutely aware of specific things that had snuck into my subconscious mind, despite my daily meditation, embodiment, and contemplative practices. The practices that Craig recommended were very helpful and effective in steering me back to balance and helping me to address the sticky issues that were holding me back from enjoying a happy, healthy, fulfilling life (which I would consider my normal, natural state most of the time).
Thanks so much Craig, I will probably be back for other healing sessions when I need that extra light and helping hand. If you get the chance to work with Craig jump at it and allow trust, practice, and time to reveal the gold he guides you to!
I’ve known Craig for what feels like some of the most important years of my life so far, together moving through some very challenging and very joyful experiences.
Throughout this time I’ve watched him delve deeper and deeper into the Da Xuan tradition, and it is always inspiring to see him learning, practicing, teaching, and sharing something that is very obviously deeply rooted in his heart.
I have done a number of Daoist healing sessions with Craig, some in person, and some via varying amounts of distance – and regardless of the context there is always a palpable feeling of intention that Craig brings to these sessions, as well as being able to draw out of me, when my own intention and orientation are lacking (usually coinciding with me seeking out Craig’s help!).
The in-person sessions are usually a lot stronger and more obvious in physical sensations. I feel these are less important to share, as everyone responds differently to these type of healing interactions. Attention normally being drawn to areas of the body in need of it, often with some very interesting results! I’m always surprised at how potent the distance sessions are, and usually result in a ‘stirring up’ or bringing into the light of conscious- attention thoughts, feelings or emotions that may have been un-conscious to me – these sessions always act as re-orienting and stabilizing experiences for me, usually occurring around the time I need them the most.
If you are familiar with this type of treatment, or have your own personal practice then Craig brings a unique clarity and often very necessary balancing perspective that would be incredibly worthwhile for anyone.
If you’ve never tried anything like this before then I couldn’t think of clearer and more genuine person to help orientate your exploration!
Let me first say that I am a massive skeptic. Let me follow this up though, that when people are in a place of pain or suffering they will often suspend their skepticism and replace it with hope. A hope that maybe, for whatever reason, just maybe this thing will work. This was very much the case when I first reached out to Craig regarding treatment.
I suffered a massive spontaneous tension hemopneumothorax (a really bad collapased lung) when I was 18 years old (I’m now 36) which resulted in me losing a portion of my left lung. Since that time I have undergone additional surgery due to subsequent lung collapses and have lived with sudden onsets of intermittent crippling pain due to scar tissue and other effects from the surgeries. Sometimes this pain lasts seconds, other times it will last for months on end. Every breath in and every breath out. For months. None of this even takes into account the effect the pain and discomfort has had on my psychological state over the years with the constant anxiety that maybe my lung has collapsed again. It’s been tough.
This brings me to Craig. After a 6+ month period of lung pain and discomfort (and some 4+ months of thoracic physiotherapy from another practitioner in a bid to relieve it), I heard about Craig’s work. At first I was curious and so inquired about the treatment he provided. When Craig made mention of the fact that, 1) He did not have to physically touch me, and 2) He could do it over the phone (I live in Melbourne, Craig lives in Brisbane) my curiosity was immediately replaced with skepticism and annoyance. If I had wanted some sort of new-age pseudo-science treatment I could have headed down to Fitzroy for an amethyst bath and gotten a free seance and angel portrait while I was at it! So I was very direct with Craig and I bluntly asked him two questions. 1) Would this work, and 2) Do I have to believe in it for it to work. Craig responded without hesitation that Yes, it would work. And No, I did not have to believe in it for it work.
So, I gave it a shot.
The treatment session was simple. I set aside an hour for my appointment and Craig phoned me. He told me to lie comfortably on the bed or couch, which I did. Then he said “OK, seeya”. “Wait, what? You don’t want me to at least stay on the phone or something?” Craig told me it wasn’t necessary. Oh what the hell, I’m all in at this point so let’s just do it. The hour went by without uneventfully. I had a glass of water, and I went to bed.
I awoke the next day and my lung was pretty much the same as it had been for months now with pain and the telltale crackling and bubbling feeling you grow accustomed to as someone with collapsed lungs. I touched base with Craig just to let him know the treatment hadn’t worked. He told me it will just take some time, to give it a few days.
The day after that was the same.
The third morning I woke up. The pain was GONE. The cracking sensation I’d experienced every time I breathed in for 6+ months now – GONE. I was left with just a kind of feeling of tightness or tension.
About a week later. Nothing. No pain. No crackling. No tightness. Just nothing. Just regular breathing lungs.
That was over a year ago.
Since then I have not had a single resurgence of any of my usual pain or symptoms. After ONE treatment.
None of it makes sense. Do I know how any of it works? Do I care? No, not really. Mostly I just feel gratitude. Gratitude to Craig, and gratitude towards my life & my body. Also, I do feel a bit bad for Craig as business owner; treatment this effective has got to be bad for his bottom line.
Craig. I don’t understand how you do it, and I’m OK with that.
To the person reading this who is on the fence or feeling skeptical – put aside your disbelief and book a treatment with Craig. I will be forever grateful I did.