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If you’re in HK and want to try a different treatment for health and wellness, you may want to consider reaching out to Tim Tse.
Tim Tse is a new friend whom we met in Hong Kong.
Tim’s a DJ, a foremost vinyl collector, an artist, and a practitioner of Polarity Therapy – an alternative healing regimen that combines different health principles from around the world.
The therapy (according to the American Polarity Therapy Association) was created by Dr. Randolph Stone, who studied acupuncture, Ayurveda, homeopathy and other fields to create a new healing system – one that balances energy through therapeutic touch.
According to Tim and the APTA: a reclining patient remains clothed on a massage table or floorspace, with a Polarity practitioner guiding the patient through each session.
- “… the scope and intention of Polarity Therapy is entirely different from Massage.
- “Polarity Therapy uses Energetic Touch to help balance your energy. Physical technique is in service of mental-emotional and spiritual health, and is often accompanied by verbal communication.
- “A Polarity Practitioner is trained in advanced communication skills, to guide you into a better awareness of yourself, and support you through whatever needs to be processed mentally-emotionally during a session. This is entirely different from massage, which is focused on the physical realm alone.
- “The client remains clothed. There is no oil or lotion involved.
- “In Polarity Therapy a practitioner’s hands can rest gently on the head, feet, body for long periods of time.
- “The focus of Polarity Therapy is energy balancing. The practitioner’s presence, awareness and focus facilitates healing as much as specific hands-on techniques.
- “Use of communication, diet and energy exercises are part of Polarity Therapy, but not massage.”
While we haven’t tried Polarity Therapy, we asked Tim (whose past client list includes the Sting, Avdhoot Baba Shivanand II, Jocelyn Brown, Louie Vega, Jo Wood, Sir Elton John and the Rolling Stones) to tell us more about his healing system and to introduce himself to NewsWhistle readers.
Here’s what he had to say…
An Apple A Day: Health and Wellness Questions For….
Name: Timothy Tse (above)
Occupation/Expertise: Polarity Therapist, Artist, Vinyl Collector
Hometown: The Gower Peninsula, Swansea, South Wales, U.K.
Current Town: Hong Kong
1. How did you discover Polarity Therapy? How long have you been practicing?
I used to work for the National Trust (Forestry Commission) in South Wales (UK). The work involved lots of cutting and carrying heavy logs of wood. Over a period of time I damaged my back. My friend was an Alexander Technique teacher, and offered to give me one to one lessons in exchange for gardening and painting and decorating. It helped me recognize what I was doing wrong and solved my posture problems. She later invited me to a Polarity Therapy introduction, which I resonated with in 1992-3.
I was initiated to knowledge meditation (Prem Rawat meditation / The Keys) when I was 15-years-old. As my interest, I’ve always studied self-development.
When I first started to give treatments it was always given free or on a donation basis, after two years of practice I felt more comfortable to charge an appropriate fee.
2. What book should every one of your patients read? Why?
Mine, when it’s finished and published, it might help you live a longer and happier life.
Personally l prefer to listen to audiobooks, close your eyes and visualise the colourful pictures from one’s minds-eye, the imagination.
Reading books can weaken and damage the eyes, due to central fixation.
Self-development reading, anything by: Prem Rawat, Abraham Hicks, Dr. Randolph Stone, Dr. William Horatio Bates, Frederick Matthias Alexander, Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko, Walter Carrington, Idries Shah.
Ani’s Raw Food Essentials by Ani Phyo; and
We Do Not Die by Professor Hilton Hotema.
3a. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever heard?
It’s like asking what’s your favourite piece of music, there’s more than one.
Try a Polarity Treatment, let me hold your head and feet…. now that’s great advice!
We are all energy, meditate and look within.
We cannot change the world by changing systems; we can only change it by changing lives.
Love is the most powerful energy that exists in this world.
I am filled with energy and power, which I use lovingly to help myself and others.
People age due to lack of faith in themselves, they lack interest in life.
As above, so below. (If you’re stressed in your mind, you will be stressed in your feet; If you’re light in your feet, you’ll be light in your mind.)
Enlightenment must come little by little – otherwise it would overwhelm.
If you want to make an ordinary man happy, or think that he is happy, give him money, power, flattery, gifts, honours. If you want to make a wise man happy – improve yourself.
3b. And what advice do you always give your patients?
Eat like a baby every three hours, each portion size should be no bigger than the size of your own fist.
Start three hours after you wake up, and stop three hours before you sleep. Liquids only for the first three hours.
Breathe through your nose, not your mouth (the Buteyko Method).
Practice lying down in the semi-supine position every day to avoid back pain and tension (the Alexander Technique).
Eat a plant based mono diet (prevention, rather than cure).
A good detox would be to eat yellow soft ripe papaya and drink freshly squeezed lemon water only, for a total of three days. This helps to flush out all the acid and gas from the blood, giving self help relief from arthritis pain, gastric issues and bloated-ness. (Still water only, no carbonated water.) Then another full three days of homemade vegetable soup, this helps to replace all the natural minerals into the body. Then three days of salads, this helps to replace all the life force energy into the body, allowing the new cells to grow stronger. After nine days you should be able to make intelligent choices of what you’d like to feed yourself.
Be careful of foods grown above six-feet tall, they normally produce air and ether/gas (e.g., apples, pears, oranges, nuts).
4. Are you staying healthy? If so, how do you take care of yourself? If not, what will you be doing to get back on track?
Yes, I try to enjoy life the best I can, take everything with a smile.
It may help to have an awareness of all some of the guidelines I’ve mentioned here.
If you can live a 70 percent positive lifestyle, you’re on the right track.
Eat healthy, hydrate, do good for others, and be honest.
Breathe green clean air, and never over-breathe when doing any physical activity. (Keep the mouth closed.)
Connect with nature by taking frequent brisk walks in a nice lush green forest with family or friends, nature has its way to help ground the negative thoughts and energy and it helps to clean the blood.
Try to swim in the ocean whenever one can.
Foot spas and natural hot springs are wonderful, as is reflexology and body massage.
A plant-based diet.
Good personal hygiene.
Wear only cotton clothing to avoid negative static.
Avoid sleeping near mobile phones.
I need to remember to slow my eating by chewing each mouthful of food 25 times before swallowing… I’m trying!
5. Would you recommend any of the following to your patients? Why or why not?
First thing is… what does moderation mean to most people?
Coffee is acidic, I wouldn’t suggest anyone to drink a cup of coffee every day… it will weaken the kidneys and internal organs, especially for children under the age of 15 and adults over 60.
Check your Ph balance with testing papers. (Your saliva and urine Ph balance should be around 7.2 -7.4.)
Coffee can cause damage to the nervous system.
Never drink coffee on an empty stomach, it causes many internal problems.
Clean the blood by drinking eight to nine glasses of water everyday.
If you do drink coffee, try to drink freshly squeezed lemons and room temperature filtered/energised water, which can replace good enzymes which helps the damage caused by coffee.
A weekly coffee enema for two months, then on a once a month basis will help clean the colon.
I’m not really a vodka fan…
You pay for what you get both taste and in health, avoid any chemical replicas.
Ethanol is damaging to the body.
Never drink alcohol with any medication or if you have any depression. If alcoholism runs in your family, you need to stop.
Face cleanser: Mix a spoon of vodka with honey and fennel into a paste, rub over your face and leave for 20 minutes, then wash off.
Should someone drink vodka, I’d suggest it to be sipped very slowly in small quantities. Women – 1.5 oz; Men – 3 oz.
Some people find a little vodka can help take off the edge from a long stressful week, sometimes it’s a happy relaxed bonding for men and women to catch up with work colleagues, family, or friends for dinner and a drink.
In the right amount, vodka can help with insomnia, and it’s also an antitoxin, can help blood circulation and is an antiseptic.
Drinking any alcohol with depression and ill health is a very bad combination, it makes the problem worse.
A clean Russian vodka can help warm the cockles of one’s heart, and be sure to go home early (never over do it).
The French and Spanish say red wine has its benefits. the Mexicans swear by their agave mescal, Chinese use rice wine, and the Japanese use sake. Who’s right?
If people are addicted to something and really want to quit they need to aim for 21 days (preferably in a different environment) which is the addiction time, after that it becomes easier.
Ladies love raw organic cacao chocolate dip with strawberries, and it’s great in shakes.
Not something one should digest everyday.
Stay away from commercial cheap sugary chocolate. (It’ll give you spots.)
Eggs, like meat and dairy, are classified as dead food in polarity.
Eggs are high protein and will help create mucus in the body and brain if taken too frequently.
Too much protein pulls out calcium from the body, which can lead to bone problems later.
Organic fresh country farm eggs, once per week.
You haven’t lived unless you’ve tried a little piece of Welsh Saint Illtyd Cheese. (Like I mentioned earlier, what’s your moderation, enjoy the happier finer things in life.)
Not an easy food to stop eating, if you live in a warm beautiful environment with freshly picked local olives, local figs, local grapes, and a bottle of local red wine… how I miss Bodega El Chupadero.
Cheese and dairy cause mucus in the body and mind.
Like an elephant, a cow is a huge animal and its milk is high in fats for the powerful fast growth of their offspring. The only milk humans should be feeding from is their mothers milk. Would you drink horse milk or dog milk?
f. An Apple a Day?
I very rarely eat apples… like milk and tomatoes it’s not what it used to be, I feel the energy has changed (pesticide and fast growth chemicals).
If one eats an apple everyday, the fermentation process causes acid and gas in the body leading to stomach pains and bloated-ness.
If the body has too much excess gas in the blood it could possibly lead to arthritis.
6. What trend or latest discovery in medicine/science fascinates you?
Prem Rawat’s work;
The use of cannabinoids in Parkinson’s Disease;
Dr. Chris van Tulleken’s work with cold-water shock response to treat depression, can help in a positive way;
Terri Steuben, animal communicator;
Avdhoot Baba Shivanand’s scientific studies on “Shiv Yog” practices;
Master Mantak Chia;
Dr. Jane Nelsen, Positive Discipline;
Dr. Ambika Kameshwar, Sri Laitha Sahasranamam;
Tesla purple plates;
Chi-O Chi Organizers;
A 24-hour day seems like 17-hour day;
Stay low to sea level and move fast;
Living in space slows down the aging process.
What else about you or your field would you like to add, promote, or discuss?
I think you will definitely benefit from a two-hour Polarity Treatment.
Polarity treatments can be tailored to each individual with the help of: diet and nutrition, easy stretching posture exercises, counseling and positive awareness, and hands-on bodywork. Polarity Therapy can help to remove toxins, increase your energy, lower blood pressure, reduces depression, lower risk to cancer, help you sleep better, and help to balance the life energy currents in the body.
I offer a (two-hour) treatment for $1,500 HKD in the comfort of your own home, hotel, or a hospital room.
Each treatment is given in comfortable clothing, on an open floor space.
A treatment includes: head, neck and shoulder massage, abdominal tension massage, Bio-Sonic Tuning Forks, Reflexology, and Spinal Balancing.
I can also assist with helping animals.
The average person would normally take approximately nine treatments to take a good positive control of their own health.
In 2014, I created a series of works made from sand. The sand was collected from my local beach, then taken home to be washed, cleansed, and placed to dry on the rooftop absorbing the natural energies from the sun and moon. The sand was then placed into a large glass jar for safekeeping. A smaller jar was filled with the same sand, which I kept with me for six months. Throughout these six months I would leave the sand at various beautiful magical temples around Hong Kong to absorb positive healing energies.
After six months the smaller jar of sand was poured back into the large glass jar to combine the positive energies. On one wooden white washed board I drew 100 talismanic forms of the Chinese characters of Happiness, and on the other 100 talismanic forms of the Chinese characters of Longevity. (Every character is a different symbol.) Then using a very strong glue I stuck the energised sand to each of the 200 characters. Finally, I painted with white acrylic, and framed with a white boarder, white frame, and non-reflective glass.
The two pieces are minimal and contemporary, with very ancient meaning.
They are a meditation, and a reminder of happiness and long life belong in ones kitchen.
We are what we eat.
The art pieces are available for sale as a pair, from Green Art Asia, Hong Kong: http://www.greenartasia.com/artpiece/the-evolution-of-longevity/
8. How much vinyl do you own? What’s the attraction?
I’ve lost count.
My influences at an early age: my mum and dad separated when i was very young, so I was brought up with my mum, not my dad.
My mum used to buy a lot of black music on vinyl 7” singles and vinyl albums, (like Motown, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Stylistics, the Temptations, Al Green, and a lot of soul and reggae music.)
My brother used to listen to Jean-Michel Jarre, Supertramp, the Carpenters, ELO…
My sister used to listen to disco, Chic, Sister Sledge, Shalamar, Luther Vandross, George Benson…
In my teens as a surfer-skater I was listening to rock, punk, reggae, funk, indie, and later house, soulful house, deep house, blue note jazz.
It’s nice to introduce new and old music which people don’t normally get a chance to hear out in public spaces… this is a DJ’s task… make it interesting.
Images Courtesy of Tim Tse