We are thrilled to announce that we have arranged a new Positive Nights Zoom event with Amandha Dawn Vollmer, who is an acclaimed Herbalist, Reiki Master, and a Naturopathic Medicine and Holistic Health Practitioner. This event takes place via Zoom at 7.30 p.m. IST on Thursday May 28th. All ticket holders will be emailed a day before the event with login details.
We held our first-ever Zoom event on May 14th, with EDUCO educator Sarah Gilhooly. It was a joy to speak with her and connect with everyone who tuned in to learn more about unlocking their True Presence within. The replay of the event is below, for anyone who missed it, or would like to watch it again!
Here at Positive Life, we are committed to bringing you as much inspirational content as we can, which is why we’re kicking off our new venture with a podcast from Eckhart Tolle. Now more than ever, we are committed to spreading as much good news as we can, so we’re extremely excited to share our news…
Mas Sajady is a transformational coach and founder of Exponential Intelligence®, MediMorphosis® and Medihealing®: methodologies that have helped tens of thousands around the world break through challenging situations in their personal and professional lives, so they achieve success and fulfilment.
Gabriela Gómez spent many years mastering the fundamentals of music as a professional singer of baroque music, choir director and composer. She now offers profound workshops aimed at harnessing the unique power of sound to help people on their spiritual awakening journeys. We wrote about her in our Spring 2020 issue – read on to learn more.
Shane McMunn is the founder of Sligo Acupuncture and Tuina (a massage therapy which assists people in releasing physical blockages). He is also chairperson of the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association (AFPA), the longest established independent professional register of acupuncturists and practitioners of TCM in Ireland. We interviewed him in our Spring 2020 issue to learn more!
All Things Acupuncture
We talk to acupuncturist Shane McMunn
by Aisling Cronin
Shane McMunn is the founder of Sligo Acupuncture and Tuina. He specialises in the ancient Chinese healing practices of acupuncture – a therapy that aims to brings about balance and healing by stimulating certain points on the body with the use of needles – and Tuina – a massage therapy which assists people in releasing physical blockages. His clinic is located in the heart of Sligo town. He also teaches Tai Chi Chuan and Hung Kuen Kung Fu: both traditional Chinese martial arts.
He is also the chairperson of the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association (AFPA). The AFPA is the longest established independent professional register of acupuncturists and practitioners of TCM in Ireland. Since it was established in 1987, it has been responsible for the regulation and maintenance of a register of acupuncturists who work within the guidelines set out in 2006 by the Department of Health and Children. Their members are all bound by a Code of Ethics and Practice which is strictly enforced by the AFPA.
I had the opportunity to learn more about Shane’s work and what Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) means to him during a recent conversation we had.
‘I became interested in acupuncture quite young, and quite unexpectedly,’ he explains. ‘I was 23 years old, I was doing Tai Chi – which I was very interested in – and I opened up the phone book one day and saw a listing for an acupuncture school in Dublin. It was strange, because I had never known anything about that practice before, but I just had a strong feeling that I needed to do it. I lived in Sligo, so I started commuting to Dublin to learn all about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine!’
From there, his experience and comfort level with acupuncture and other TCM practices grew ever stronger. He traveled to China, where he spent a month working in a hospital to learn more about the Chinese approach to medicine. He then went to the effort of learning Chinese, and spent some time in London learning about Tuina and Chinese herbal medicine.
Shane has now been a qualified acupuncturist for eleven years. During that time, he has noticed a great increase in public awareness and understanding about the benefits of complementary therapies. ‘When I first qualified, there was very little decent medical literature on the benefits of acupuncture,’ he explains, ‘whereas nowadays, I have seen, in my own practice, that more and more doctors will send people on to me to receive an acupuncture treatment. Many clients come to me because they want to offset the side effects of necessary medication that they may be taking. Acupuncture can also be helpful with pain relief, stress, insomnia or fertility issues.’
Shane is very keen to stress that when people seek out an acupuncture treatment, they do so via a reputable organisation. ‘Acupuncture is not regulated in this country,’ he explains, ‘but it is self-regulated by the organisation. I would recommend that people go to a registered acupuncturist. In our association, the AFPA, we insist on at least three years’ training and we insist that the practitioner is insured.’
In our Spring 2020 issue, we interviewed Julia Cannon, daughter of the legendary Dolores Cannon. She discussed a broad range of topics, including how the body speaks, extraterrestrial guidance, QQHT (the healing and regression technique developed by her mother Dolores) and Dolores’ legacy. We previously published a sneak peek of the article to our website, and today, we are publishing it in full. Enjoy!
Dr. Gabor Maté was the cover star of our Spring 2020 issue, and we were excited to have the chance to learn more about his work. We previously published a sneak peek of the article to our website, and today, we are sharing the full piece! Read on and enjoy.
April Awakens: Hello, Positive Lifers! We hope you and your loved ones are staying well at this time. If you haven’t seen our Spring 2020 magazine, we highly recommend taking a look. The full magazine is available online here. Our main feature is an interview with the incredible Dr. Gabor Maté. We also featured some wise guidance on building up confidence from Judith McAdam, a look at how gentle playtime can help you connect with your kids, by our parenting expert Anna Cole, and an exclusive interview with Julia Cannon, daughter of the legendary mystic Dolores Cannon.
Master Freediver, yoga teacher and art psychotherapist Daithí Ó hÉighnigh was a delight to work with in our Spring 2020 issue. We loved hearing about how his formative life experiences shaped him, the services he now offers, and what listening means to him. Read the full piece below!