I have always enjoyed having sport and physical adventure in my life and am fortunate to be able to incorporate that interest with my healing skills. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has so much to offer our bodies for both recovery and performance at any level and at any age. I had been living for a few years in snowy Victoria and have treated many recovering shoulder and knee reconstructions as well as strains, bruises and fatigue of skiers and snowboarders. Now that I’m in the gym and the water instead of on the snow I’m discovering new pains and gains of my own and use that as an important point of reference when treating the injuries and pain of others.
I began my studies in the scientific field of biochemistry and molecular genetics. After working in scientific research, I traveled extensively throughout Asia enjoying the variety of cultures in the area. On returning to the laboratory I was discouraged by the compartmentalised view which often defines science and turned more to the Eastern view of the body and its interactions with the environment. TCM looks at each individual, including diet and lifestyle, with the ultimate goal of balance throughout.
After 4 years in Sydney, I was based in Coffs Harbour on the Mid North Coast for a year followed by 2 years in the Alpine region of Victoria. Finally I’ve recently returned to Brisbane.
I was in China at the end of 2010 for 3 months where I practiced and observed in hospitals in Nan Chang and Guang Zhou. China is a dramatically changing place and yet their traditional medicine continues to have an important role in their health and community. I found it interesting that modern medicine can be seen as a compliment to their traditional medicine, as apposed to the view in Western countries, that Chinese medicine is seen to be complementary to modern medicine. Whichever way you look at it, I believe it’s important to realise that different medicines and therapies can complement each other and it is with this philosophy that I practice TCM.
Sonia Smit is registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia for Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She completed her Advanced Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
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