patience, patient.

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.” ~Saint Francis de Sales


Being present with each of my patients is essential in order to honor who they are and what they are presenting on any given day. My mission is to personalize each session according to everyone’s unique needs. I also make a point to never take anyone for granted, especially when it comes to my thinking about what their expectations or thoughts might be surrounding each treatment.

I wrote a similar post to this one about 2 years ago, and I thought it might be fruitful to re-post and share these thoughts on realistic expectations of a treatment plan. I share this in order to encourage you to make your experience as a current or future Chinese medicine patient as wonderful and enjoyable as possible.  Please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas, and experiences!

  • Be patient. Rome was not built in a day and your body did not develop those aches and pains over night. Deep transformation and healing requires a realistic expectation that may take weeks or months to target. Unfortunately we are in a “quick fix” society, so it is often hard to change this mindset. With the right practitioner, each treatment will provide a space of relaxation and forward movement. With time and patience, your body will  readjust, cleanse, heal and feel more and more balanced. The key word is time. Perhaps this is why we are called patients; because we should be practicing patience. 🙂


  • If one practitioner doesn’t resonate with you, it does not mean the entire medicine doesn’t resonate with you.  We all have specific needs in life and this is what makes diversity so beautiful. Keep in mind that Chinese medicine practitioners are not one and all the same. We have many different styles and specialties of practicing. Doing your research and asking the appropriate people in your community for a good referral is a great first step (I am always available to help!). If you are unsatisfied for whatever reason after your treatment, see if you can find someone else.  As in any relationship, we have to try things in order to know what is really best for us.
  •  Speak up! If you are uncomfortable in any way,  have any questions or concerns, or have positive feedback, say something! Do you think the treatment room is too cold or too warm? Do you like the music and ambiance? Or, does the needle in your leg feel funny? Whatever might be on your mind, I encourage you to speak up and let your practitioner know. This will only improve the quality of your experiences and help facilitate your body’s relaxation response for deeper healing. It is empowering to speak up for yourself. This time is all for you, make every moment worthwhile.
  • You are in charge. What this means is that it’s up to you to take care of yourself in between treatments. The road to health involves medical supervision, but most important, involves a lifestyle change. With a good practitioner, you will be sent home with dietary modifications, exercises, and/or suggestions on mental-emotional support. You are paying for this advice, and it is solely for your benefit. If you have questions, ask. If you need clarification or more recommendations, say so. If something comes up, you can get in touch with your practitioner in between visits.  However, your practitioner is not going to be there by your side each day to see what you are doing, so you need to make a commitment to do your work and show up for yourself each day. Some things come easier than others, and the most important thing in this process is to stay completely open and honest with yourself and your practitioner in order to continue receiving the support you need. You have a safe, judgement-free, healing space provided to serve and work with YOU. Make the best of it, and over time you might just see some incredible transformations. 🙂

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4 thoughts on “patience, patient.

  1. Robyn says:

    It is fascinating to me that this reflection is still helpful on a day to day basis. We get wiser and more experience as we get older, but remembering patience and breathing is something to reteach over and over to get through the ‘stuff’ of life. And the challenge of the ‘quick fix’ mindset you mentioned that seems to dominate many influences is hard. For me, it takes extra effort to be mindful of this practice. (Inhale….exhale)

    Thanks Colleen!

  2. Betsi says:

    I have found that a helpful technique is to use an imagery of a STOP sign when I feel like I am running out of patience, which happens too frequently. This invisible sign allows me to put on the brakes, and take time to enjoy the scenery, rather than speed through the journey.
    It is always great to have your concept reinforced Colleen 🙂

    • That is great imagery! I sometimes think of the acronym STOP:
      S- Stop: the goal is to catch yourself before you react
      T- Take a breath: serves as a recharging, and grounding moment to hopefully relax you a bit
      O- Observe: In this step, you are breaking a habit. It’s al about dropping down into your body and noticing what’s happening emotionally and physiologically.
      P- Proceed: with this mini reflection, you are now less likely to react and more likely to speak from your place of calm.

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