Positive Vibes is always a hotly-anticipated section of our magazine, as it gives us a chance to place a finger on the pulse of all that’s happening in the holistic world. Enjoy our Spring 2021 edition below, which highlights some of the movers and shakers who have inspired us this season.
February Felicitations: Hello, Positive Lifers! Spring is beginning to make itself known, and we’re enjoying the signs of nature’s renewal all around us. We are currently putting together our Spring 2021 issue – we will have some great sneak peeks to share with you soon. Scroll down below for our February news!
For our Winter 2020/21 issue, our publisher Paul got the chance to visit the amazing Creacon Wellness Retreat, and learn how the centre has grown since it first opened. We highly recommend it as a getaway destination, once travel becomes possible again.
We love talking to holistic trailblazers about their work and offerings, and one of the names we spoke to in our Winter 2020/21 issue was Terra Health Essentials. This one is a must-read if you suffer from digestive issues!
One of our favourite sections of the magazine is Positive Vibes, as it gives us an opportunity to speak to many established and emerging names whose work we admire in the holistic world. Today, we are sharing Autumn Vibes, from our recently-released Autumn 2020 issue. Read on to learn about the companies, events and news we’re loving this season!
Vitality is Ireland’s largest natural health and wellbeing show. It is owned by Eventhaus Ltd and run in association with Health Stores Ireland, a professional trade association which represents the majority of health food stores in Ireland. With a number of successful outings behind them, Vitality is always a much-anticipated event. They have adapted to current circumstances by moving the show online this year – read on to find out more!
We have long been fans of Down to Earth, a health food store and homeopathic dispensary, on Dublin’s South Great George’s Street. It is always a joy to speak with them when they appear on the pages of our magazine. In our Summer 2020 issue, founder Jack Irwin shared an amazing historical link between the present-day store, and an old homeopathic dispensary which existed on the very same spot during the 1850s!
One of our favourite sections of the magazine is Positive Vibes, as it gives us an opportunity to speak to many established and emerging names in the holistic world, whose work we deeply admire. Today, we wanted to share Summer Vibes, from our recently-released Summer 2020 issue. Read on to learn about the companies, events and news we’re loving this season!
Marvellous May: Hello, Positive Lifers! We hope you and your loved ones are well at this time. We’re in the midst of putting the finishing touches to our Summer 2020 issue, which will be released in June. Some highlights include interviews with Mas Sajady and Sadhguru, a preview of the amazing Vitality health show, and an in-depth look at the musical magic of Deva. Stay tuned for more info.
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.’