Stuck in Pain?

The human body is truly amazing. It has great capacity for self-healing and when left alone, with good supporting circumstances, will do what needs doing in order to return to a state of balance or health. Group yoga, Feldenkrais and/or meditation classes are effective healing tools and can cause miraculous change. However, due to lifestyle, unconscious habit or injury, sometimes intervention at an individual level is necessary.

Pain is the body’s way of hanging the ‘Out of Order’ sign on the door. It is not normal and every effort should be made to listen to the distress signal being made. Sometimes, if things have been left too long or circumstance has resulted in permanent injury, the issue is no longer righting the problem but maintaining the best possible state and learning to wear the pain gracefully.

Unfortunately, if one part of the body is not functioning correctly, it affects other parts of the body. For example, if the neck is out, the lower back tends to follow in an effort to compensate. If the lower back goes, this can result in constipation or menstrual difficulties. Insomnia and changes in the eating habits are other signs that something is amiss. And these are just the physical signs. Everything is connected; consider the emotional and mental effects of injury and illness…

At various times, I’ve found it necessary to do more than my own yoga/exercise programme to maintain good health and well-being. Below are three practitioners I recommend who may be able to help. They do different work and after many years of working with my body and mind I have a sense for when each approach is necessary. Like everything else, it is a matter of experimenting until you find what and who works for you. I am aware that there are many excellent practitioners and techniques available in the marketplace. I am recommending Richard, Jacob, Julie and Rebecca because after much searching, they have consistently proved helpful for me and I trust them.



Dr Richard Yin, Onslow Road Family Practice
98 Onslow Road, Shenton Park.
Phone 9388 2816

Dr Richard Yin is a G.P with a special interest in chronic pain problems. He has post-graduate training in acupuncture, Feldenkrais, manipulative therapy and musculoskeletal problems. He is also a long-term meditator aware of the interrelationship between body and mind. Richard is a useful resource as he can provide a conventional diagnosis to pain problems and offer a range of therapeutic options (both conventional and alternative) for management. He is also a very direct and straight-talking human being.

Jacob de Hoog
South Fremantle
Phone 9538 1363 and 0409 112 725

Body work of all kinds tends to stir things up physically, emotionally and mentally. Old movement habits and injuries are often linked to old emotional and mental habits. Also, making changes in the body sometimes has a domino effect on other seemingly unrelated areas of life. Jacob is an excellent guide through the difficult passages. Since 1984, he has worked in his busy Fremantle practice, offering a holistic approach to human development, through individual consultations, workshops, courses and retreats. Jacob draws on a wide variety of sources for inspiration, including somatic, humanistic and transpersonal psychology. He is equally at home with the language of the corporate world and the understandings of the great spiritual traditions. He has written two books and many articles and presented seminars in the U.S.A. Jacob works in the roles of counsellor, therapist, body worker, teacher, consultant, coach and mentor.

Julie Peck
Physiotherapist and Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.
Wembley. Phone 9382 2995

Julie is a highly respected Feldenkrais practitioner and international trainer. She has presented at trainings in Australasia, Europe and USA, as well as at conferences and workshops. Julie is the Educational Director for the current Perth 3 Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Programme. Julie’s gift of creating a bridge between theory, from the biological sciences and education, and its practical application in an individual’s life have made her a sought after teacher and practitioner.

Rebecca Li Wang
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Phone 9388 2228

Rebecca is a doctor of traditional Chinese Medicine who specialises in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. I highly recommend her and Chinese Medicine/acupuncture as alternative methods for those who need help balancing hormones, boosting the immune system, suffering with allergies and knocking off lingering colds and flus.

Links to other good people to know:

  1. Wilma Della Vedova – most excellent travel agent. Based at Directions Travel 2/157 York Street Perth WA 6008 (08) 9381 7855

  2. Alan Moffatt – old fashioned, reliable good service - gardening and odd jobs. Alan’s Garden Service. Phone 0413 697 648

  3. Accountants with heart: Blackwood Partners, Scott Sawyer - Level 1, 317 Rokeby Road, Subiaco, WA 6008. Phone (08) 9382 8155 |


Interesting Reading:

Exercise especially the benefits of walking and also some information on treadmill desks (I have one - it is one of the best things I have ever bought):