David James Lees
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.