Teacher. Mentor. Communicator.
Chinese medicine practitioner.
Since I remember I have always been appreciative of healing touch. I was involved in hands on treatments to improve the well-being of others.
First, I used touch to heal my dolls and teddy bears. Much later, I learned specific massage techniques, which I practised diligently on family and friends. With persistence and experimentation, I have become effective.
I have an inquisitive mind which pushes me to question conventional knowledge, including my own. I love concepts which shake my foundations. I love concepts which challenge me to re-evaluate who I am and what I want. I love concepts which push me to grow.
Over the years I have been through multiple crises. Earthquakes of novel thoughts were smashing my carefully built houses of ideas and beliefs. The whole world collapsed indeed many times, but I seem to survive and learn to adjust.
I am a tester, which means I put things to test. If I like an idea, a concept or a method, I will test it extensively and modify it both from and by experience. This is a fantastic fastline approach as it allows me to build skills, develop intuition, and constantly adjust the techniques in a relatively short time. As I have long abandoned my fear of social disapproval, I am eager to take risk in developing ideas and testing them.
I love asking questions and looking for answers, so if you want to see a probe of what puzzles me, look at www.elapekalska.com.
My path has led me through various healing modalities and approaches, some quackery too. Mostly self-learned. My main path was that of a scientist in pattern recognition, which was about recognising patterns by computer means.
I loved it deeply.
I got a PhD degree (with distinction for my stubborn efforts to investigate off-beaten paths for non-metric spaces). I have worked at university for some years in the UK. If you are interested, you can glance through my publications here.
The arrival of three beautiful kids in a short time created an unpredictable chain of events in my life. The vision of life with sweet little babies proved to be totally untrue. Their health challenges questioned everything I imagined on how to be a mother. And, honestly, I was not prepared to be one.
My thinking, adapted from problem solving to helping the kids become well, proved unsuccessful. How to be well turned out to be much more difficult than thinking about hard mathematical problems. I was devastated.
The feeling of helplessness was overwhelming. I lacked knowledge, understanding and guidance. I felt deeply alone. I was running in viscious circles of ignorance. It was not a bliss.
I could not see a way forward and I was stuck. My mind hated the difficulties my logical approach could not solve. Up and downs, with the majority of downs, was my daily bread.
I intuitively knew that it was possible for my kids to get better, but I did not know how. In my quest I began to test everything I could learn. I was on mission to find out a way forward.
I began to learn from books and online courses at first. I have slept very little for a number of years and survived thanks to yoga nidra and Rod Stryker (I truly recommend it, listen e.g. here to experience it). I read like crazy. Then I tested the approaches on myself and later on kids. It was largely a trial and error guided by intuition.
I tried a number of therapies. I paid professionals and I was learning what worked and what not. Some therapies were more beneficial than others, but all in all it was way too little to make a breakthrough. I needed something on daily basis.
In my searches I discovered a few promising directions: Chinese medicine, herbs and osteopathy. I began to learn these and apply them to kids.
Over time my kids have tremendously benefited from the treatments. Not only their health improved but also their learning difficulties were solved. I was astonished. In comparison to many holistic approaches, Tui Na medical massage, acupressure and herbs certainly stand out.
Yay! I was pleased. I wanted to learn these professionally in order to be in charge of the health adventure I was in.
As I have learned and grown in understanding what well-being was about. I felt encouraged to switch the paths, from a scientist to a therapist.
The mental shift occurred when I allowed my mind to enjoy a full exploration and to replace the joy of contribution by creative thought by the joy of helping others to become integrated Selves. As a result, I can consolidate approaches and combine paradoxes from different healing methodologies.
As a therapist, I am still a scientist inside. I can move at depth and width and integrate approaches. This is unique what I offer to help you heal.
I am a fully qualified Tui Na practitioner (Shulan College), which means I use therapeutic medical massage, cupping gua sha and heat therapy in my treatments. I also hold diplomas in classical massage and singing bowl massage (which is a great top up to the Tui Na experience). In addition, I trained as a life coach. This allows me to inspire people for a change.
My foundation lies in the Chinese medicine, but I have been exploring other avenues as well. These are the Japanese approach to acupuncture, Tan and Tung acupuncture, abdominal acupuncture or dry needling. I am also fascinated by the possibilities of electro-acupuncture. I am also knowledgable about herbs and I will be learning Chinese herbology in the coming years.
I keep learning and extending my skills all the time. I have done numerous CPD courses, including paediatric massage, abdominal acupuncture, gua sha, cupping and cosmetic acupuncture. I am an active member of forums and groups that aim to share the most effective approaches in the realm of Oriental Medicine.
As healing starts with a relaxed mind, as David Hamilton discusses here or there, the main goal of my treatments is to create a Healing Space for your Body and Mind to collaborate into your wellbeing. I will help you to remove stagnation, ease pain and encourage you to consciously be in charge of your life.
Welcome your Zesty life.
I am a life-long learner. I cannot imagine life without books. While many women love collecting shoes, I adore books. I spend a ridiculous amount of time and energy on educating myself.
I read. I explore. I develop skills.
I take part in courses.
I practise what I learn.
The more I learn the more I appreciate how healing needs time, space and light. While I know more and more techniques and approaches, I realise that these are just the tools. They are only as effective as whom the therapist is.
Therefore, in the process of growth, I continously aim to become a better Self, a more empathic and effective healer.
This work is not only my passion but my life purpose to:
- reach the Core (of the problem and of the person)
- spark an authentic transformation and
- help others heal and grow.
MY Purpose is to:
- Live consciously and authentically,
- Grow tremendously, especially by embracing fears,
- Resonate with compassion and love,
- Inspire transformation and help others heal,
- Learn and teach,
- Take massive action,
- Spread passion and abundance and,
- Live by co-operation and co-creation.
Let you and me embrace our Lives and make them Zesty.
Even when you are alone and lost in the dark, deep woods, be sure that there is a way through and there is a way out.
In fact, there are many ways to walk through the woods. All of them begin with the courage to be yourself, to know yourself and cultivate the patience to grow. The intention to explore and grow must be there. This is the spark.
Once you begin to appreciate yourself and embrace who you are, the path will slowly unveil before your eyes.
You just need to trust and walk it.
You will discover that Zesty Life includes both the path and the destination.
The blessings and the hardships. The lovely surprises and the nasty disappointments. The sudden turns and the snail-paced tracks. The progress and the regress.
Zesty Life boils down to living with the principle of rhythm. Appreciation. Anticipation. Living in the moment.
I have the tools, THE SKILLS and the Guiding Intuition.
let ME Help You
Acupuncture & Massage in High Peak, Disley, New Mills, Chinley, Bugsworth, Chapel en le Frith, Buxton, Stockport and Greater Manchester.