Owner and practitioner of Fx1elcm Steve Sharp initially began training as a naturopath before completing a bachelor in chinese medicine. After 10 years of public service Steve decided on a career change that led to the completion of his studies in chinese medicine in late 2014. Completion of post graduate training in shiatsu and classical chinese medicine helped provide fxlelcm with the tools that are necessary to assist individuals with a wide range of health concerns. In additional training in Traditional Chinese Medicine draws on the branches of chinese medicine which include, Qi Gung, diet therapy, Tui Na Massage, Cupping, Gua Sha, acupuncture and chinese herbalism. Fx1elcm is available for private consultation, communal treatments or mobile/home visits.
Acupuncture is a gentle therapy that involves the shallow insertion of extremely fine needles into your skin at designated landmarks on your body. Acupuncture has many manifestations in Australia with differing style and techniques from varied chinese/ japanese/ Korean traditions. Acupuncture works by balancing the flow of Qi (Vital force) in the meridians of the body. Fx1elcm is trained in Dr Tan’s 1,2,3 balance method, which has a clear focus in pain reduction as well as more complex internal disorders.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine in chinese culture has been practiced for at least 1800 years. Fx1elcm has a special interest in the use of herbal medicine for many conditions. Fx1elcm uses high quality powders, pills, granules and raw herbs to help bring back balance to the body. Fx1elcm has completed post graduate training in the use of classical chinese medicine. Typically diagnosis involves an extensive interview process plus palpation of the limbs, abdomen and radial pulse to direct the practitioners treatment towards the most appropriate herbal formula. Fx1elcm completed 3 years of extra training additionally and concurrently to their main TCM training. 60 Australian chinese medicine practitioners graduated with a diplomate in classical chinese medicine under the tutoring of Dr Arnaud Versluys in early 2014. Arnaud is the founder of the ICEAM organisation found at ICEAM.org.
Shiatsu Massage ( integrated )
Fxlelcm has also completed a diploma in shiatsu concurrently with their studies in Chinese medicine. Shiatsu originally was a Japanese folk/traditional massage that was often performed by the blind in Japanese culture. Performed on low tables or on special futons on the ground, shiatsu adopts the underlying philosophy of chinese medicine in a modern setting. Essentially shiatsu is more than just massage due to an incorporation of a holisitic philosophy. This includes embracing the use of diet therapy, meridian therapy, abdomen (hara) assessment, pulse assessment, tongue observation, extensive questioning of one’s lifestyle and health history, use of moxa, cupping and gentle palpation of the body according to chinese meridian theory. Those who receive regular shiatsu report benefits that include improved mood, improved sleeping habits, desire to change eating habits, and a feeling of being more grounded and a sense of calm.