Information about our Practices and therapies
Essentially, acupuncture restores the healing ability of the body and brings the body back to homeostasis. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) , Qi – the vital life-force energy – flows around our body through specific channels, known as meridians, and disease or disorder occurs when the flow is restricted. The skilful placement of needles facilitates the movement of Qi, essentially returning the body to a state of balance, or homeostasis.
Used for thousands of years all across Asia, it has become internationally recognised as the West continues to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of its effectiveness through rigorous scientific research. It has been shown to affect: hormone levels; blood pressure; the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous systems; pain receptors; the brain; the limbic system; immunity; and the cardiovascular system. As we enter a new generation of chronic illness the role of acupuncture in the contemporary world has becomes increasingly relevant and accepted. Acupuncture is safe, non-invasive, and virtually painless.
At Project DAO, our acupuncturists will decide which needle points to use after reaching a diagnosis via detailed questioning and observation based on TCM principles. We will often include the use of cupping, moxibustion, tuina, and/or guasha to enhance the effects of the treatment. If called for we may also use a heat lamp to help nourish your system.
Your acupuncturists at Project DAO are Yanan, Robin, Priscilla, and Aisha. All of them work with all aspects of health, and with both acute and chronic disorders.
Yanan has a special interest in mental health; pain syndromes; autoimmune, mental health issues, dermatological disorders; and chronic complex diseases.
Robin has a special interest in anxiety; paediatrics; and general well being.
Priscilla has a special interest in pain; insomnia; fatigue; and digestion.
Aisha has a special interest in stress; anxiety & insomnia; cellulite; and chakra balancing.
Facial Acupuncture is a natural, safer, and healthier alternative to botox which rejuvenates and smooths the skin. It works by boosting the circulatory and lymphatic systems to the area being treated, thereby enhancing the production of new collagen and elastin – the building blocks of a healthy and taut skin – and improving both the detoxification and immune response of the skin. Amongst other benefits, this leads to the reduction of wrinkles and can significantly help acne-prone skin. No wonder celebrities like Kim Kardashian use it.
At Project DAO each session will include a facial cleanse, tone and moisturiser application. The cleanser alkalises our naturally acidic skin, and cleans up impurities. The toner helps to hydrate the skin and also re-adjusts the skin’s pH, while the moisturiser locks in the hydration keeping things plump. The treatment will also encompass facial guasha and massage.
Although individuals will vary somewhat, we recommend that most people should begin with a course of two sessions per week for four weeks. Further sessions may be needed, and some people like to come in every month or so for ‘top-up’ treatments. We will find what suits you.
Your facial acupuncture practitioner at Project DAO is Aisha.
We have a unique offering at DAO where you can book in for 90 minute sessions where you can mix and match what you would like! For example, you can have 45 minute massage and 45 minute acupuncture! Does this sound blissful? We thought so! Options are diverse but since we have to arrange 2 different therapists aligned, you will have to contact us and let us know what you would like and when approximately you wish to have it done. So, if you want to bliss out double the dose, send us an enquiry.
Chinese Herbal Medicine has developed over several thousand years and is one of the oldest continuously practiced health care systems in the world. The philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is that illness, disorder, and pain are caused by an aspect of the body/mind being out of balance, and herbs are prescribed to restore that harmony. TCM principles include that different herbal substances have different types of Qi, as well as thermal, and dynamic natures. Understanding the nature of the substances combined with the ability to diagnose the imbalance within the body allows our practitioners to prescribe a formula to address the disharmony that is causing disorder. A formula is therefore chosen to suit the person, rather than the symptoms of the presenting condition, and the prescription can change as the condition improves.
Traditionally, herbs were distributed in a variety of ways – powders, pastes, and tinctures – but here at Project DAO we stock only the highest quality herbal products delivered in pill form. All our products are approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration of the Australian Government, which in turn consults with the Endangered Species Certification Scheme.
Chinese Herbal Medicine can be effective with a variety of both acute and chronic disorders
Massage is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissues for therapeutic effect. The two main physiological effects are: increase of blood & lymph circulation; relaxation & normalisation of soft tissue. A whole body massage will have a general de-stressing and tonic effect, while a remedial massage is targeted at a localised pain or injury, with the aim of promoting the healing of specific tissues.
At Project DAO, our therapists are trained in a wide variety of techniques and can apply them to release tension systemically, leaving you feeling generally lighter and freer, or locally to deal with a variety of acute or chronic conditions, from headaches, through sciatica & neck pain, to plantar fasciitis. We can treat you from top to toe.
Our massage therapists Project DAO are Aisha, Angela, John, and Ron. All are very experienced, and each has his/her own approach. (Private health rebate available)
Angela is also a trained counsellor and yoga teacher, and specialises in postural dysfunction and pregnancy massage. Her clients often comment that they found the treatment deeply relaxing and felt nurtured and looked after. (Private health rebate available)
Ron specialises in postural dysfunction, breathing patterns, and both acute and chronic conditions. His style is very dynamic, and his focus on restoring function of the body. (Private health rebate available)
John was formerly an osteopath and likes to work on structural imbalances and restricted mobility. His approach is thoughtful and thorough. (Private health rebate NOT available)
Aisha specialises in lymphatic drainage, facial massage, and pain management. She has a gentle approach of massage that aims at bringing about harmony and balance in the whole body. (Private health rebate available)
Compassionate Inquiry (CI) is a psychotherapeutic modality that aims to reveal what underlies the appearance that we present to the world, thereby helping us to reconnect with our true selves. It is an approach developed by Dr Gabor Maté who maintains that the essence of trauma – and in its broadest sense all symptoms are manifestations of some kind of trauma – is separation from the authentic self. It follows therefore that the purpose of therapy is to help us to come back to our authentic selves.
Unlike the traditional Freudian model of psychotherapy, CI is a very interactive process. The practitioner holds space for the client, and brings intense presence to the session allowing her to intuitively respond to the narrative being told, and from here to conduct inquiry. Dr Maté teaches that only when compassion is present will people allow themselves to see the truth, but that compassion must be what he describes as “fierce compassion”, to guide the client to painful places. Observing the past is only important in that it illuminates what is happening in the present. Shining a light on what is happening in the present allows us to return to our true selves, and to present our true selves to the world, which in turn allows us to occupy our rightful place in the world.
Your CI practitioner at Project DAO is Yanan. CI sessions with Yanan are only available by special arrangement and cannot be booked online. If you are interested in making a booking, please fill in the form below, or call us on (02) 8021 4253.
Breathwork is a therapeutic process that offers a way to personal transformation by enabling self-awareness. The practice of specific purposeful breathing patterns can induce a different state of consciousness wherein energy and emotions that are trapped deep in our bodies are freed, leading to the processing of unresolved trauma. This in turn can lead to us recognising negative core beliefs. Once these beliefs and patterns have become obvious, we are able to adopt strategies to change them.
Throughout the session the process will be supported by a trained facilitator who will begin by discussing your needs and helping you to set an intention for the session.
You will then lie down and begin the breathing exercises. The facilitator will guide your breathing and help you to clear your mind, connect with your body, and release any emotions, memories, or images which may arise.
After the breathing phase of the session is finished, your facilitator will spend some time de-briefing you and helping you to integrate what you have experienced. Sometimes changes and insights are very clear, but for some people the effects are initially less obvious. There will always be changes, however, even if subtle, in your awareness of and connection to your true spiritual self, and these will lead to changes in values, choices, and behaviour.
At Project DAO your breathwork facilitator is Ron.
Inner Space Therapy
Inner Space Techniques (IST) are a set of therapeutic and healing techniques based on the inner space of meditation. The techniques allow you to access the unconscious parts of your psyche and get to know your true self. The approach is practical and profound.
For thousands of years, meditators have discovered that beyond the conscious surface level of the mind lie forces that shape personality and cause stress, neurosis, and at times even ill-health.
Be defined by the real you, not your issues.
Developed by Dr Samuel Sagan, Inner Space Interactive Sourcing brings emotional stability and great self-knowledge to all areas of your life. You feel yourself beyond the mind.
Once you have experiences of this depth, problems become small and insubstantial.
Your life changes, and there is a greater flow in everything you do.
During your first session, we will discuss where you are at and what you would like to work on.
From here you will lay down on a soft mat on the floor with your eyes closed, while I sit in meditation beside you. I will guide you into the “inner space” through an easy third eye meditation. The session will unfold as I ask questions about what you are feeling and experiencing in the space.
Allow up to 1.5 hours for the session. This will include some discussion before & after the session.
All sessions are available only on Sundays.
The number of sessions each client needs will vary with each individual depending on what they would like to work on. Generally, it is advisable to have 3 sessions as a minimum. Weekly sessions can be a profound and powerful transformation of self-discovery bringing about freedom, free will, and metaphysical experiences.
Your IST facilitator at Project DAO is Janetta.
Movement therapy is essentially the modern way to think about exercise to keep the body at its optimal. It is for anyone who wants to get fit, but feels overwhelmed and doesn’t know where to begin, and/or feels like they just don’t have enough time, or feels like an injury is preventing them from starting.
Movement therapy uses prescribed movements/exercises to help a person deal with an illness, a disability, or life challenges that keep them from functioning fully. Its aims are to correct posture, both static and dynamic, and to encourage all parts of the body to move as a unit in the way they were designed to, in order to enhance the person’s cognitive, physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Both of our movement therapists at Project DAO, John & Ron, are experienced manual therapists, as well as qualified Personal Trainers. They will prescribe exercise programs that are not only doable given the problems you have, but will rectify the problems you have.
The program you will receive will be tailor-made to suit your needs, in terms of what your body and mind need to do in order to change, and also in terms of the time and equipment you have available. If you want to re-connect with your body and develop sustainable improvements, Movement Therapy is for you.
Originally practiced as a martial art, Tai Chi has also developed as a holistic form of exercise and meditation, and this is how we are teaching it at Project Dao. Coordinating slow rhythmic movements based on Chinese martial art forms with relaxed deep breathing leads to a calmness that has many health benefits both physical and psychological. Regular practice will lead to improvements in balance; flexibility; aerobic fitness; muscular strength & endurance; joint integrity; and ability to deal with chronic pain. Many people also find a reduction in anxiety and anger and an improvement in mood. In short, you will become a calmer, happier, healthier person. Tai Chi is sometimes referred to as moving meditation. Its benefits are so varied and plentiful it could be referred to as moving medication.
Tai Chi is suitable for all ages, abilities, and levels of health.
We have ongoing classes every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 07:00am to 08:15 in Redfern Park.
Your first class is on us, if you are intrigued. Simply fill out the inquiry form below and let us know when you would like to join us.
Once you decide Tai Chi is a practice you would like to incorporate in your life, we charge a monthly fee of $185 payable by direct debit. Private classes can also be arranged in the park or at the clinic if these times don’t work for you. Get in touch with us if you are interested in learning Tai Chi.
Your Tai Chi instructor at Project DAO is John.
Qigong practice is an ancient system of exercises rooted in Chinese medicine and philosophy designed to cultivate Qi – the life force that animates the body. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine nothing is more important to health than the uninhibited flow of Qi through the body. Qigong are simple exercises wherein gentle movements coordinated with the breath and the use of visualisation help to promote the cultivation and movement of Qi in the body.
Qigong is very accessible. It is non-competitive, low-impact, slow-moving, and unforced. The muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched, so far less strain is put on the body. A further beauty of these practices is that they are adaptable for any age or physical condition.
At Project DAO we run a beginners’ course of six, hour long sessions to learn the basics, after attending which you can join the ongoing intermediate class. All the classes take place in Redfern Park. We like to practice in the open, but if it rains we take cover under the awning across the road from the supermarket.
The next beginner’s course commences on the 16th of June for 6 weeks every Wednesday from 5:30 – 6:30pm. $150
The foundation course (upon completion of the beginners course) runs on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 7:30pm. $100
Private classes can also be arranged in the park or at the clinic.
Your Qigong instructor at Project DAO is John.