Let us introduce ourselves. We are two practitioners who believe strongly in the power of Chinese Medicine. With over 27 years of combined experience in the healing arts, we have been exposed to many different modalities. Each modality has its strengths and weaknesses, as one thing cannot be all things to all people. That is why we choose to work with different stimuli of the acupuncture points/meridians in order to bring about balance and to help in what you are seeking to remedy or augment. Acupuncture and its primary focus on working and redistributing this invisible life force energy called Qi can be accomplished by many methods other than needles.
What our Name Means
The various modalities that we choose to work with, including the insertion of needles, must fulfill our requirement of being extremely gentle. We believe and also clinically have found to be true, that a gentle force is the strongest force to activate healing in the body. Hence, our name, Gentle Strength Acupuncture.
In fact, if a force is too pushy or demanding, it can override the body. It may seem helpful at first, but then there will always be resistance to it as no one, including the body, wants to be coerced to change. The body will push back. Then it is back to square one or even worse if there is a defense created.
That is because the body already has what we call the innate intelligence or the inherent wisdom- how else can the incomprehensibly complex mechanisms of maintaining homeostasis (or we would not be alive) be maintained without any effort on our part?
In fact, we find that it is usually our efforts, whether conscious or subconscious, that usually interfere with this smoothly operating miracle we call the body. Then over time, from what we do or don’t do, the physical body has no choice but to manifest the interruptions. Once those interruptions are unblocked, the body gets on with the business of health, its normal mode of operation.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
There are many schools of thought that work towards this same goal. However, the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, combined with the guiding vision of the greater container of classical Chinese Medicine, is what we have chosen as the focal point and the underlying foundation in all that we do. Even acupuncture itself is a subset of the greater goals of Chinese Medicine Philosophy.
We believe in carrying on the tradition of refining our own innate senses and powers of observation as the ancients had accepted as their responsibility. We continue to meditate and to know ourselves in order to know others. The more we realize our humanness, the less judgement and more compassion we will have toward others. After all, we are all on the same journey. We hope that you will invite us to be by your side for part of that journey.
Helen Eng, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H.
Acupuncturist and Herbalist
State Board Certified and licensed in California
NCCAOM (nationally board certified)
Eric Kwong, LMT, CCP, BT
Licensed Massage Therapist