Christmas 2011 Newsletter

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We hope you all have a fun holiday season. May the new year bring happiness and health to you, your friends and your family.


We just got back from Japan!

Last month we went to Japan to visit Masakazu Ikeda Sensei (Practitioner for over 40 years, author of more than 30 books, exceptionally talented acupuncturist, father, grandfather, philosopher and an absolute gentleman). We stayed at his home/clinic in the small town of Imabari, on the Island of Shikoku, in the South of Japan.

It was a wonderful experience. We learnt much about the possibilities within the art of acupuncture and even more about being a genuine, caring and dedicated practitioner.


Now we’ve returned. Bellies full of raw fish, minds full of new knowledge and hearts full of inspiration. It’s been a pleasure to get back in clinic and back to doing what we love, acupuncture… and…


QI GONG… Chee what?… CHEE GUNG

 For those of you who don’t know much about Traditional Chinese Exercise (Qi Gong), let us explain. You’ve probably heard of Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates.

Qi Gong involves:
– soft, flowing movements that mobilize your joints (like Tai Chi)
– stretching, holding postures and deep breathing (like Yoga)
– building core strength, balance and body awareness (like Pilates).

Qi Gong, pronounced Chee-kung is basically martial arts training with less focus on self-defense and more focus on health maintenance. For thousands of years this style of exercise has been practiced and refined purely for health benefits. It is actually the oldest form of therapeutically specific exercise in history. It has been steadily growing in popularity in the West over the last 50 years, and now, after many request from our patients we have finally got an introductory course ready for you.


We’re excited to be kicking off the new year with some arm swiming, mind centering, core strengthening fun.

Introduction to Qi Gong Course Details

When: 7-8am Tuesday January 10, 17, 24, 31

Where: 152 James Street, New Farm
The Lightworkers Cottage Workshop Venue

Cost: $60

Instructor: Andrew Beencke

Andrew has nearly 10 years training experience up his sleeve, a palpably infective passion for Qi Gong and teaches exercises to his patients regularly.

Places in the class will be limited so please txt, call, email or comment on this page to let us know if you are interested.

Phone/txt: 0435 741 263
Email: ninjapuncture@gmail.com


And now, what you’ve all been waiting for…

Citrus apple& Persian feta quinoa salad

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup peeled, diced thinly tart apple, such as Granny Smith
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds, toasted (optional)
  • 150gr persian fetta crumbled
  1. In a medium-size saucepan, combine the quinoa and water, then bring them to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl, stir, and let it cool completely.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, lemon juice, and salt. Gradually whisk in the oil until blended.
  3. Add the apple, celery, cranberries, parsley, and almonds to the quinoa and toss the ingredients well. Add the dressing and toss once more to coat the salad. Season it with salt and pepper to taste. Add the feta on top. Serve at room temperature or chilled .