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Soul Pilgrimage, Death, and Loss • Tamsin Grainger • Qi173

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Our western world hides death. We are taught to avoid it. Avoid thinking about, do everything medically possible to prolong life, and focus on “more time” without regard to more of “what.”

In this conversation with Tamsin Grainger we look into how death is inextricably entangled with life. How we care constantly dying to one moment as we emerge into a new one.

Listen in to this conversation on living into the surprising unfolding of life and how the mindset of pilgrimage helps us to transition through the seasons of our lives.

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In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • We are always dealing with little deaths
  • Thoughts on a good death
  • Sympathy and empathy
  • The influence of pilgrimage
  • Sitting in and being moved by qi
  • Not knowing is part of the clinical encounter
  • The wisdom that unfolds within the field of collective qi

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When in the presence of death, never assume you know what is needed. Listen to the qi – theirs and yours – and allow time for the simple as well as the complex.


I am a Shiatsu practitioner, teacher and writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. I learned the depth of Shiatsu touch on receiving my first session – I felt I was being danced by her. The result was good too – the curse was lifted! In 1989, I started a course and have been learning and giving Shiatsu ever since. My practice began around the time I became a mother and focused on Shiatsu during pregnancy and with babies.

I began to walk pilgrimage in 2016 as I neared menopause and my daughters had left home. There, I realised that I should write about death because the subtle and varied touch of Shiatsu can support people on all levels when facing this greatest of challenges.

 

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Purchase your own copy of Working with Death and Loss in Shiatsu Practice, a guide to holistic practice in palliative care.

Read Tamsin's blog on the book, grief and Shiatsu.

A short discussion on coherence, quantum physics and shiatsu.

 

 

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Acupuncture in the Integrative Hospice • Robyn Curtis • Qi112

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Most of us spend our days treating illness and working to bring out patients into a great state of health and wellbeing. But there are moments toward the end of life when the greatest state of health and wellbeing means helping someone to more gently leave this world.

Listen into this conversation on the place of acupuncture in hospice care, a glimpse into the complexities of working in this kind of integrated environment and how about we can broaden our view of helping people at the end of life.

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  • Robyn’s path into hospice care
  • What she was doing before hospice
  • The workings of a hospice
  • Robyn’s upcoming talk at a national group for hospice
  • Common issues at hospice that acupuncture is good for
  • Methods and approaches
  • Family members
  • What she's learned at hospice
  • Treating anxiety and breathing
  • How to get in to hospice care

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One thing that always stuck with me was when one of my professors said, “When you think you have it all figured out, it’s time to start over. You can always go deeper, learn more, and gain dimention in what you think you know.” Keep it simple but go deep.


Robyn Curtis, L.Ac

I was going to be a dentist. It would have been easier, a predictable income, everyone at least knows exactly what a dentist does. Luckily, I had an amazing anatomy professor who one day said, “Robyn, you seem pretty passionate about the body, I think you should look bigger than the mouth.” Thank goodness for that man’s advice, acupuncture is way more fun than a root canal!

After graduating from Bastyr in 2009 and having all plans suddenly change, I thought working on a cruise ship sounded like a great idea; the grown-up version of running away to join the circus. There has been much travel in my life and ships allowed for more of it while also having the possibility of making those pesky student loan payments.

As a child I found the idea of acupuncture to be terrifying. I am likely the most needle-phobic acupuncturist there is. I’ve gotten better, but I’m sensitive and hope that it has helped me to be a good practitioner for those at end of life. Sometimes a gentle touch is needed even more than finding da qi. In February I’ll have been with Whatcom hospice in Bellingham, WA for seven years. The plan is to stay there while continuing to advocate for acupuncturists in more hospices as well as in cancer centers, palliative care settings, and in hospitals

What I love most about acupuncture and TCM is that I will always have more to learn, it’s impossible to get bored. Each time I take a class or learn a new way to treat a pathology, I get a little spark of excitement. What an incredible medicine.

 

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Robyn was a presenter at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

You can contact Robyn by email if you have questions about hospice work 

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