David James Lees

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Health - David works at the Peak House Prac­tice in Der­byshire or via Skype or phone (1-2 hours, from £55). For more in­for­ma­tion, visit wuwei­wis­dom.com

is an in­te­gra­tive health prac­ti­tioner, com­bin­ing tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine prac­tices, such as acupunc­ture and Qigong med­i­ta­tion, with his ‘Wu Wei Wis­dom’ talk­ing ther­apy.

My work is all about ‘Wu Wei’ (pro­nounced ‘woo-way’) – the an­cient Chi­nese Taoist prin­ci­ple of cre­at­ing bal­ance and har­mony – which I be­lieve is the se­cret to last­ing health and hap­pi­ness.

I be­came en­grossed by Eastern well­be­ing prac­tices in my teens when med­i­ta­tion helped me over­come a stut­ter. Later, I qual­i­fied in coun­selling and Chi­nese medicine in the UK. My in­ter­est led to years of study in Bei­jing and the sa­cred Wu­dang Moun­tains of China, where I was or­dained as a Taoist monk.

With over 30 years of in­ter­na­tional prac­tice ex­pe­ri­ence, I am now a Grand­fa­ther mem­ber of the Bri­tish Acupunc­ture Coun­cil and I use Taoist teach­ings and prac­tices in my work. There is a say­ing in Chi­nese medicine that ‘the health symp­toms may be the same but the per­son suf­fer­ing is unique’.

When work­ing with a client I’m al­ways look­ing for the par­tic­u­lar im­bal­ance in their emo­tional or phys­i­cal en­ergy or ‘Qi’ (pro­nounced ‘chee’) that is caus­ing their ill health or un­hap­pi­ness. This di­ag­no­sis al­lows me to cre­ate a tai­lored treat­ment to re­bal­ance their en­ergy.

On a typ­i­cal day, I’ll meet clients and stu­dents, ei­ther through my one-to-one ses­sions, or the classes, work­shops and re­treats I run. Of­ten, clients come with phys­i­cal prob­lems, such as bad backs, mus­cu­lar pain or ten­sion, but the un­der­ly­ing cause is re­lated to a deeper emo­tional health im­bal­ance, such as stress, anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion.

Other clients may be strug­gling with con­fi­dence, fam­ily or re­la­tion­ship is­sues, or need sup­port as they search for a deeper sense of pur­pose in their life.

I find us­ing a range of com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies can be very ef­fec­tive. For ex­am­ple, I will use acupunc­ture to treat any phys­i­cal dis­com­fort, I may teach the client med­i­ta­tion tech­niques to help them re­lax, and I will also use talk­ing ther­apy to help them un­der­stand their deeper emo­tional is­sues. This holis­tic mind-body ap­proach is at the heart of what I do.

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