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Qi Gong workshop Healing Sounds – Transformation

October 11, 2009


Thanks to all those of you who attended our last intensive hosted by the Red Lotus Society in downtown San Diego.  More than 20 of us participated in the three-hour intensive with movement, meditation and sound.
We would like to invite you all to our NEXT QIGONG HEALING INTENSIVE,
coming up on the 25th of October in Encinitas.  This enjoyable, intensive healing day will take form at Stillpoint Presence in Encinitas.
Many of us have mentioned the need or wish to develop the sounds healing practice after Mingtong’s wonderful last workshop at the Zen Center.  We will share our intensive practice with you in a day of physical, emotional and spiritual healing.

In this QIGONG HEALING INTENSIVE we will be exploring:

The 5 healing sounds, their relationship to the organs and emotions unique to each, plus the underlying intention (Yishi) of this practice
A simple and quick tool for TRANSFORMING an intense emotion at any given moment
Preparatory techniques (Chen Qi, La Qi and SBM) that help open the channels and    meridians in the body and make this method even more powerful
The power of organ visualization
The underlying power of repetition in revealing the healing power of the Qi Field
LOCATION: Stillpoint Presence, Encinitas
WHEN:       Sunday, October 25th from 11:00am to 6:00 pm
with a one-hour lunch break (please bring your lunch and plenty of water)
PRICE:        Sliding scale point from $50 – $90
Space is limited, please register by calling  760.550.9895
or email us at

Daniela’s class at Red Lotus Society is gaining more energy each week, please come enjoy her unique style of teaching
Come and join us for Dani’s birthday & class on the 19th!
WHERE: The Ideal Studio
LOCATION: 546 3rd Ave San Diego, CA
WHEN: Every Monday at 7.30pm
You are welcome to visit our other classes in Encinitas, Leucadia and San Diego’s Mission Hills.  If you have paid in advance for a class, you are not restricted to a given location.
Share the power of the qifiield wiith a friend – empower yourself!

For more information about us, please
call us at 760.550.9895
or email us at
Breath in and Smile!,
Daniela & Federico
Community Feedback – Thank you!
Since re-starting QiGong we have had so many wonderful things come into our lives I’m sure I’m leaving some out
Basically, since starting Qi Gong with Master Ming Tong Gu and Federico Garcia, our lives have been enriched and blessed in ways too numerous and varied to fully express.  We thought we were positive and hopeful before qigong but the difference is amazing.  Heartfelt thanks to Ming Tong Gu and Federico Garcia.

Ralph Havens

owner Mission Hills Physical Therapy San Diego

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How old can you go? thoughts of Dr. Roizen

August 13, 2009

“Disease prevention is not the same as wellness”  a quote from Dr. Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic.  Dr. Roizen’s Cleveland Clinic has been able to reverse chronic disease in over 80% of cases; and they did it through therapeutic lifestyle change programs.  Basically teaching people to eat right, exercise and decrease stress.  Sounds simple, but in reality most Americans have no clue how to eat right.

In the current Health Care Debate, it is refreshing to hear doctors, like Dr. Roizen talking about how we cannot just insure all our citizens with our current medical system.  Our current system is just not working.  We are currently ranked 37th in the world in health care as measured by how long we live, how many chronic diseases we deal with, and infant mortality.  Our current system is not working and to merely insure all Americans and use this same system is probably not the answer.

We need to quit poisoning ourselves with our food choices. We need to be taught how to shop for food; how to cook it and how to eat it!  This is where Therapeutic Lifestyle Change programs (TLC) or FirstLine Therapy programs (FLT) come into play.  These programs have been proven to clear chronic conditions.  You can google either of those terms and see research from the National Institutes of Health on how to reverse chronic disease or go to for information.

We have TLC or FLT programs that can teach you how to put these ideas to work for you.  Twelve week programs to get you on the track to doing what Dr. Roizen recommends to reverse chronic disease and live better, longer, healthier lives.

You can listen to Dr. Roizen’s comments at

and can get information on our TLC or FLT programs at

Ralph Havens, PT, OCS, IMTC


Massage Therapy Recommendations from Mission Hills Physical Therapy

July 18, 2009

Jen T. Energy
Jen Toussant, HHP

A licensed and certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Jen Toussant is Mission Hills Physical Therapy’s recommended massage therapist. Having trained for over 1100 hours at Mueller College of Holistic Studies, and with extensive exposure to Integrative Manual Therapy’s philosophies, Jen’s bodywork is informed, intention-filled, and highly complementary to the IMT done at Mission Hills PT.

Having focused her holistic studies in Asian modalities, Jen’s specializes not only in Swedish massage, but also Acupressure, Tui Na, Shiatsu, and Reiki. She has a passion for learning and integrating various approaches to the body and wellness, so as to provide truly customized sessions that help you connect your body with the balance and well-being it deserves.

Jen is the owner of JenT. Energy, a private practice located at 3355 4th Avenue, near Balboa Park. In addition to caring for her clients, Jen has continued her involvement with education as an Assistant Instructor at Mueller College. She regularly practices Qi Gong, runs, explores gluten-free, organic cooking, and is currently tending her first garden. Prior to entering the holistic health field, Jen obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University with concentrations in biology, psychology, education, and fine art.

Contact Jen T. Energy

Phone: 619.957.1309
Address: 3355 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103


Why Nutrasweet (aspartame) is to be avoided at all costs

May 25, 2009

Hi everyone,  There is so much data now on why Nutrasweet (aspartame) is to be avoided, it’s amazing it is still on the market.  I found a blog of someone with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia who is going to get off Nutrasweet and see what changes she notices.  I would recommend watching the movie “sweet misery” is a documentary on how nutrasweet was developed and how the FDA pushed it through despite all research linking it to brain tumors and siezures.  It’s disturbing but if any of your friends or family members have neurological symptoms please get them off this stuff.

Here is the account of the woman trying to get off nutrasweet

Hopefully she also sees the research on gluten sensitivity and it’s relationship to pain syndromes. and

Ralph Havens, PT, OCS, IMTC


Matrix Energetics – The Science and Art of Transformation – Advanced Integrative Manual Therapist Kim Burnham, MT, PhD at MHPT

January 25, 2009

Hi all

We are fortunate to be able to bring in to our clinic Kim Burnham, MT, PhD, advanced practitioner in Integrative Manual Therapy © and Matrix Energetics.

She has advanced skills in Integrative Manual Therapy with neurodegenerative disorders and vision therapy and will be working with us January 5th – 15th, 2009.  Susan at our office will be printing up her bio but I will post it at on a separate post.    Please feel free to pass this along to anyone who may need her help.

In particular people with vision problems, and neurodegenerative disorders;   Her PhD was in Integrative Manual Therapy and the results with a Parkinson’s patient.  You can go to her website   Her website has a lot of information on a variety of research and information about integrative manual therapy.

We will be taking clients for her schedule on a first come / first serve basis, but will give special consideration for people with more involved conditions.  Multiple hour sessions will be available.  Please call Susan as she is setting up Kim’s schedule and can give you more details. We may have the opportunity to have her here for 2 weeks if the client load warrants this.

This is a big opportunity to get the help people need.

Ralph Havens, PT OCS IMTC
Susan Williams, office manager
Mission Hills Physical Therapy
928 Ft. Stockton dr. Ste 201
San Diego, Ca 92103



Chronic Knee Pain Seminar – San Diego, CA

July 3, 2008

If you are in San Diego area, join us for our quarterly Helping You Help Yourself Seminar on July 19th, 2008. We will be discussing Chronic Knee Pain Prevention and New & Effective Treatments.
The seminar will be held at Mission Hills Physical Therapy 928 Fort Stockton Dr. #201, San Diego, CA 92108. Please RSVP


Common Causes of Knee Pain ? and an Integrative Manual Therapy viewpoint on Knee Pain.

May 7, 2008

With a diagnosis of knee pain there are many things to consider. I?m going to go over some of the more basic things first and expand from there to a more detailed and whole-body assessment in looking at the knee.

One of the basic ideas in physical therapy in general and Integrative Manual Therapy in particular is that the knee is usually the ?victim.? It is not usually the actual cause of the problem, but merely the area that took the big hit or injury. Even in a traumatic injury, the knee is rarely the primary problem, but instead is the location of the patient?s pain. The reason the knee expresses the pain is that it takes so much of the stress, being at the end of two long levers, the thigh bone and the lower leg bone. Forces are accentuated where they meet, and in this case they meet at the knee.

How does this translate clinically? Say someone comes in with a recent onset of knee pain. Maybe they have started a new exercise routine, or they have been doing some extra walking or standing. Maybe they actually ?blew out? the knee with a traumatic sporting injury. Maybe they have no idea how it started, but they have a few-month history of knee pain that is not clearing up on its own. When I see this type of patient, I may find tenderness to touch in a tendon or a ligament or along the joint line of the knee. As I have found that knee pain is usually caused by a hip problem and/or a foot problem, I will usually also see one or more of the following: an asymmetry in the pelvis, a lack of motion in the back and hip more on one side than the other, a foot that lacks motion in the ankle, or a foot that has too much motion in subtalar joint pronation (a rolling-in causing a flat foot).

The problems at the hip, back, and foot are placing undue stress at the knee and making it more vulnerable to injury. The imbalances are also not allowing healing to occur in the knee. These are common findings when looking at a knee patient from an orthopedic physical therapy model. The forces need to be balanced above and below the knee to allow good mobility and stability at the knee. Specifically, treatment to correct the imbalances at the knee and allow healing of the tendon, ligament, or joint of the knee would involve balancing the pelvis, hip, and foot through manual therapy, exercises, and orthotics.

From a more whole-body, Integrative Manual Therapy approach, we can take this idea of balanced forces a step further and find ways to help even the more chronic problems at the knee. Say someone comes in with a knee pain that has been problematic for 10 years or more. We have seen patients with long standing problems, who have findings on an MRI of degenerative problems, patients who have been un-helped with standard good quality physical therapy, orthotics, and anti-inflammatory medications. We?ve been able to help these people by looking further into the cause of the problem, the ?why? of the injury. Why would a person?s body keep a pain or problem for 10 or more years, despite resting it and despite good treatment?

What I?ve found is that, especially in difficult or chronic cases, the body is protecting something very important, and this is why the knee is not healing. Let me give a brief explanation. In standard physical therapy treatments, we look at muscles, connective tissue like ligaments and tendons, joints, and even nerves. We look at strength and flexibility. But there is so much more in the body. There are organs, lymph vessels, veins, and arteries. There are also toxins affecting the body. The body will use ?less important? structures like muscles, ligaments, tendons, and even joints to protect ?more important? structures like organs or vessels. It will also do the same to protect itself from toxins.

There are common patterns when you look at the body from this more whole-body approach. If the body has toxins from a leaky gut syndrome, which is very common, the pelvic organs can be affected. The body will then lock down the joints of the pelvis and hip, which in turn affects the way the leg works. If the body has infection and inflammation in arteries, also very common, the body can lock down the spine, pelvis, and legs. If the body has infection and inflammation in the urogenital areas (uterus for women, prostate for men, or bladder for both), the pelvis can lock down, causing more compression in the knee and leg. In all of these cases, the knee will have a hard time healing because of all of these protective restrictions in the spine, pelvis, and legs. The body is more protected from infection and inflammation, but the spine, pelvis, and legs are tight and causing stress on the vulnerable knee.

In this approach correcting the actual cause of the locked-down pelvis or leg would bring faster and longer-lasting changes. Specific Integrative Manual Therapy techniques to help the body fix up the restrictions in the pelvic organs or vessels can be used to balance the pelvis and legs to allow better mobility and balance. Specific Pilates and pelvic floor exercises can help strengthen and balance the pelvic floor muscles. This is important to retrain the pelvis and allow better function in all activities. A detox diet could be useful to turn things around if toxicity is causing the problem. A gluten-free diet is especially useful for correcting a leaky gut problem affecting the pelvis and knee. Additionally, the gluten molecule is very similar to hyaline cartilage in the knee, and research has shown a direct correlation between eliminating gluten and eliminating the inflammation and pain of both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

As you can see, there is much to consider when looking at why someone with knee pain, especially chronic knee pain; but there is also so much we can do to help someone with this problem and help them return to walking, running, and living life they?ve been missing.

Ralph Havens, PT, OCS, IMTC