15 September 2015, Shanghai, China
Dear Health Care Community,
Trina has given me many tools over the past few years. I make lifestyle choices based on how they will affect my body and mind, as one unit. I am more flexible, more willing to make changes, more patient. You could say I have become more Yīn.
I now see Yīn and Yáng (a Traditional Chinese Medicine concept) in everything, including health care. My son and I were both patients of Trina at Shanghai Humanity Hospital. We didnt just receive (Yīn) TCM services, we discerned (Yáng) Qì growing from a few needles (or in the case of my son, acupressure points) until we felt revived. I remember my son almost crept into the clinic area, he was walking very slowly for a six year-old. After the treatment, he jumped off the table and ran around! Better still, his increase in energy lasted. Trina encouraged me to examine (Yáng) how we contributed to our symptoms. Our lives outside of the clinic began to change; we rested more, set a computer curfew, and ate differently. Even when we were on vacation, we tried to find balance, all of which has helped us both to become quite strong.
As a TCM patient, I had to be open to change, not just decide on and name the effects of the treatment before they had even manifested. Fortunately, I was still taking Trinas Traditional Chinese Medicine classes at Jiao Tong University, where we practiced being present and open, just observing. Trina gave us exercises to empty our minds, to fill ourselves with space, so we could have more accurate assessments. This is very Yīn. But the class also included more active / Yáng components, as we practiced tongue, pulse, and face reading, as well as acupressure and Gua Sha (a friction massage technique), while linking our new vocabulary with each others complaints.
As a TCM teacher, Trina herself is equal parts Yáng and Yīn. She is a passionate lecturer, weaving vocabulary with stories from her clinical practice, hospital internships, and life as a long-time Shanghai resident. Yet when it came time for us to practice technique, she was very calm, clear, and focused. Energy-based work requires complete awareness of what you are bringing to the encounter and total respect for the other person. Trina approached and handled our bodies with great reverence and she listened to our questions in a way that made each of us feel valued. She created a very safe environment for learning.
I am very happy that I have received treatments and studied with Trina, because her approach to TCM is so practical and accessible. She will be a strong contribution to your clinical / educational team.