“Listening creates a holy silence. When you listen generously to people, they can hear the truth in themselves, often for the first time. And when you listen deeply, you can know yourself in everyone”.Rachel Remen
Many clients nowadays come in purely for stress-lowering sessions. They wish to be able to relax deeply and soothe an over-stimulated nervous system. The clinic treatment room is a sanctuary inside which many clients regenerate, relax and regain their balance and vitality.Michael
Effective massage is firm, relaxing yet gentle. An effective practitioner must be sensitive to the client’s needs and feedback. A relaxed body is open to a new sense of harmony and renewal. Michael wants his clients to feeling wonderful in their own skins and a wonderful massage is a great way to get there.Michael
About Michael Finn
Michael is a practitioner with thirty years experience. His modalities include Acupuncture, Chinese Herbalism, Massage and Counselling. He is dedicated to leaving no stone unturned in the quest for answers to his clients’ problems. Regarding each person who walks into his practice as a unique individual, he tailors personalised treatment plans, and liaises with other health professionals for his clients’ benefit. Michael is passionate about counselling, regarding it as a ‘talking cure’: a beneficial, life-changing and life-enhancing experience. With so many years in healing, Michael is likened to the family physician of the past, a trusted practitioner who treats three or four generations of family members.
Bachelor of Acupuncture
Master of Counselling (QUT)
Certificate of Therapeutic Massage
What Can Michael Offer You?
- Acupuncture, Massage and Herbal Medicine
- Meditation Guidance
- Gift Vouchers
Acupuncture, Massage and Traditional Chinese Medicine ( TCM) have many applications in terms of treating disease states. The key to Acupuncture and TCM is that they are designed to treat the person and not just the disease. So the client’s treatment is specifically attuned to her or him, after taking into account their personal and medical history, their occupation, life roles, gender, age, specific stresses, dietary habits, intolerances, allergies and restrictions, mobility and extent of exercise.
Many clients nowadays come in purely for stress-lowering sessions. They wish to be able to relax deeply and soothe an over-stimulated nervous system. The clinic treatment room is a sanctuary inside which many clients regenerate, relax and regain their balance and vitality.
Michael’s special skill is his ability to place his clients’ problems, discomforts or symptoms into a useful and meaningful context. This enables each individual he treats, to understand how they came to develop their condition, and how to proceed, both in terms of gaining relief from pain and dysfunction, and preventing reoccurrences. Such an approach involves realistic goals, positive support, practical outcomes, personalised treatments and therapeutic success. This is the path of preventative medicine and the essence of sustainable healthcare. This is important, especially because we are now living longer lives and need to contend with the ageing process. This gives an extra motivation to take care of ourselves purposefully today, to be in great shape tomorrow and for decades to come. Such is the meaning of ‘quality of life’.
What sort of conditions does acupuncture and herbal medicine treat? To give you an idea, below is a summary of very common complaints, which bring clients to Michael’s clinic:
- Nervous Breakdowns and Emotional Burn-out
- Insomnia and other Sleep disturbances
- Anxiety and Depressive States
- Fatigue and Low Energy States
- Addictive habits, e.g. smoking, drinking, eating
- ‘Tired and Wired’ Syndrome – tense bodies and overworked minds
- Weight problems
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Reflux, Heartburn,
- Digestive disturbances, Indigestion, Constipation
- Chronic Infections and Other Low Immune Responses
- Pregnancy Conditions and problems approaching Labour
- Menstrual Complaints/PMT
- Menopausal Syndrome complaints
- Neck, Shoulder, Knees & Back Pain
- Arthritis & Joint Pain
- Sports/Work Injuries
- Menopausal Symptoms
- Meditation Guidance
Michael provides interested clients with guidance sessions on Meditation technique. He follows a Zen-inspired style of meditation, which he feels is useful for a person living a busy urban lifestyle. It is important to select a meditation approach that is in accord with one’s personality and temperament and way of life. Just like selecting a diet, one’s meditative practice is a very personal decision.
The benefits of meditation include: a sense of wellbeing, decreased anxiety/depressed feelings, happiness that is less conditional on external circumstances, Improved sleep and improved coping capabilities, to name just a few.
The cornerstones of Michael’s counselling approach include Evidenced-based Mind-Body Research, such as Neuropsychotherapy, Transpersonal Psychology, Taoism, Zen teachings and Postmodern Social Constructionist and Constructivist thought. Michael uses an ‘heuristic’ approach, which means healing occurs through problem-solving. The gains that you make in the therapy room can be practically integrated into everyday life outside.
Areas of special focus include Grief and Loss, particularly involving Bereavement and Couples Counselling, particularly around issues of sex, intimacy and interpersonal communication. General counselling includes family problems such as inter-generational conflict, surviving your teenagers, the ageing process, retirement and stress reduction. The style of counselling Michael employs is a collaborative one. This more recently emerging style of interpersonal work is a very respectful and empowering experience for clients. It is very person-focused and interactive.
4. Gift Vouchers
Michael’s Gift Vouchers are available should you wish to do something special for a loved one, family member, friend or co-worker. It might be a massage for a special occasion or as a note of appreciation. Or, you might want to give someone the opportunity to experience Natural Medicine or Counselling for the very first time.
Given that first impressions can leave a lifelong imprint, it is crucial for people to have a safe, personal and positive initial encounter. One’s connection with their practitioner is a vital component of the therapy they will undergo and will play a big part in the outcome. You can be assured that they will be in the very best of hands. Vouchers are available from the Reception Desk at the Centre.
What Happens During a Session?
Acupuncture and Massage –
As a physical process, acupuncture involves the painless insertion of fine needles into the body tissue. These needles are disposable, so are only used one time. This local stimulus leads (via various pathways), to reactions in many other regions/systems of the body. The needles are left in place up to approximately 30 minutes. Clients who have mobility problems or generally tight or restricted muscles often combine some Therapeutic Massage with the acupuncture to enhance the effect of overall relaxation. It is common for people to drift off into a deep state of relaxation during the thirty-minute needling phase.
Michael advises clients to try and take it easy in the hours after an acupuncture treatment so as to make the most of the wonderful feeling acupuncture produces and to let the treatment ‘sink in’ and engender the necessary changes.
Generally, especially if treating a chronic problem, an initial course of six to ten weekly or fortnightly treatments accomplishes the initial therapeutic changes. During this time Michael also looks at each client’s diet, stress levels and lifestyle in general, to ensure that these are in harmony with the client’s overall goals.
After the initial improvement of a particular condition has been achieved, clients are advised to pursue a monthly maintenance treatment to ensure that early progress is made sustainable, whilst also fine tuning and paying attention to factors which require ongoing vigilance, such as altering stress patterns, dietary modifications, keeping track of medicinal prescriptions, exercise and general lifestyle advice.
Massage is an age-old healing art and Michael has been using his massage skills for over thirty years. Massage creates a powerful sense of connection and attunement and can be used to soothe, relax, balance and stimulate. Massage is applicable to muscle tension and stiffness, muscular spasms and joint strains. Headaches, tight shoulders, migraines and back discomfort are common reasons for clients to seek massage. It is also useful for those who sleep poorly, are restless, moody or stressed. Anyone who cannot easily relax will benefit considerably from a quality massage.
Michael’s style of therapeutic massage is best described as deep tissue, fused with other bodywork approaches such as acupressure, reflexology and energy balance. That said he is often asked to go very gently and exert a soothing rather than deep tissue massage. This is allowing the client to call the tune, everyone having different needs.
Massage does not have to be painful to be effective. Michael does not have a ‘no pain, no gain’ approach to bodywork, as he believes that a body in pain is a body under duress and is not a body in a state of healing.
Effective massage is firm, relaxing yet gentle. An effective practitioner must be sensitive to the client’s needs and feedback. A relaxed body is open to a new sense of harmony and renewal. Michael wants his clients to feeling wonderful in their own skins and a wonderful massage is a great way to get there.
Sessions are usually 55 minutes in duration.
How much does it cost?
One Hour $100.00
Acupuncture and Massage
Initial Appointment $100.00
Can I claim on my Health Fund?
Rebates are available for treatments which involve Acupuncture.
How can I find out more?
Michael’s website has all the details of his practice, plus a handy archive containing editions of his periodic Clinic Newsletters and Health Blogs. You can sign up to receive these for free also; just check out the Homepage and enter your details.