Our aim is to offer a different approach for the maintenance and restoration of health and wellbeing. This approach is inductive as opposed to deductive (we don’t analyse the presented facts; we take those facts, compare them to nature, and see what emerges).
In this sense we are truly Naturopathic.
By resisting the standards system in both education and medicine, we retain a Beginners Mind (beginners have endless possibilities; experts (standards) have but a few choices) and this allows us to move forward at a rate that often outpaces many traditionally trained practitioners, including many from natural therapies.
Those who have participated in the standards system (schools, colleges, universities etc.), under what Mike calls repeaters (teachers, lecturers etc.), can get stuck in the limited choice mind-set (standards). We see standards as being a control mechanism, and a barrier that can often stifle creativity.
We favour lucidity over rigidity, in both the way we think, and work.
Given time, others will follow our example.
The Shen Clinic has always been about health not wealth. It is important to appreciate how you feel after helping someone, instead of how much you got paid for it. Sometimes that feeling is beyond the value of money. We have always kept our costs realistic, so as not to exclude those who are financially less fortunate.
Our home is pretty well an open house, where patients often call in socially, and this leads to the realisation that the clinic is not so much a business enterprise, but more of a way of life. And yet we compete pretty well when collaborating with organisations much larger and wealthier than ourselves. We see people from many parts the UK and some travel Internationally.
Mike Lambert started training in Martial Arts and studying Oriental philosophy at the age of 16 years old. He went on to gain his Black Belt 8th Dan with Hanshi status under the Okinawan / Japanese ranking system.
As time rolled by, and having treated so many of his own injuries, his attention was drawn more and more towards Oriental Therapeutic Arts.
His introduction to the world of oriental healing was the study of Meridians and Shiatsu.
As time passed this escalated into the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tibetan Healing – Nutrition – Biological Medicine – Kinesiology – Bio-Energetic Medicine – Advanced Diagnostics – Physiological Regulating Medicine – Personal Development – Neurosciences. All driven by fascination.
Mike also ran his own survival and field medicine school on the Isle of Wight initially under the guidance of the late, but un-forgettable Eddie McGee (Survival and Bush-craft specialist extraordinaire). This gave Mike an even deeper understanding of the term “No Need To Die” (coined by Eddie McGee in the 1970’s). During this time he learnt a lot about plants, and the dynamics of nature. This heightened his awareness, through practice and experience, just how the innate wisdom of nature nourishes and heals. He believes you can’t learn this stuff sitting in a classroom. You’ve got to live among nature and thrive, to fully understand the process. Feeling the need to move-on, and having gained greater knowledge, greater capabilities, and greater wisdom, a new dynamic started to emerge within his approach to life. He is by nature drawn towards the future and compelled to overcome the challenges of change, and explore the endless possibilities.
Mike has held relatively high profile positions in Risk and Safety Management, Investigation and Collaborative Research. These have given him a greater insight into the dynamics of human behaviour, both good and bad. He is considered to be one of today’s leading thinkers, with the capability to simplify what at first appears to be complicated.
He applies this both clinically and in other areas such as simplifying learning. Mike often states that:
“the problem is the problem; symptoms are just a way of telling you that you’ve got one.”
In 2006 he was selected as a member of a six man EU research team for Health, and in 2007 he was a welcomed participant in the Co-Reach Conference between the EU and China, hosted by the Royal Society London. Other participants in this event came from the highest echelons of academia and government within the EU and China. During this event Mike also participated in debate at the British Academy (Humanities), and appeared in the Royal Society’s official list of participants.
*Taken from the tapestry of a varied and at times challenging life. A life well and truly lived.
Mike now divides his time between the clinic, and writing.
First and foremost Rachel is creative. She gained a BA (Hons) degree in Art and English Literature from the University of Kent. Following this she trained in Acupuncture of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Northern College. She carried out her clinical training under Dr Han Li Ping (formerly of the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine Beijing), and graduated in 1995 with Distinction.
Creativeness, and the ability to use it clinically is uncommon among practitioners working today.
Many are trapped in the mechanical standards approach driven by the mantra of; if it says so, it must be so. But not so in Rachel’s case. By keeping a Beginners Mind, she is open to endless possibilities, and is constantly looking to nature for guidance and inspiration. Although science sees nature as material, Rachel sees it as intelligence.
Her career has been influenced by the work of such people as Dr Han Li Ping, Giovanni Maciocia, Dr John Shen, Ted Kaptchuk and the guidance of the late Professor Mei Fong.
But overall she has been led by her innate intuition and wisdom, couple with an enviable level of skill, all of which serve her well.
To date she has carried out 10,000’s of treatments for GP’s and the medical profession, referred and funded by them. Coupled with her busy private practice, this puts Rachel at the leading edge alongside the most experienced practitioners working anywhere today.
She resists offers to teach acupuncture on the basis that as long as she enjoys what she does, and feels that she remains highly competent, why would she want to stop doing it. Maybe one day.
In her time off Rachel is a busy mother who enjoys among other things; pottery, block printing and embroidery.
She is an accomplished artist and some of her artworks have been best sellers for art publishers.
What We Don’t Do
We do not make claims regarding treatments, cures, or the prevention of any illness or disease. Neither do we interfere with prescribed medicines, or breach confidentialities. We do not attempt to keep people away from doctors, drugs or surgery whenever they are needed, In fact, as a matter of good practise, we encourage you to always talk to your GP regarding your condition to enable you to make an informed choice. You should always talk to your doctor regarding any complementary or alternative therapies you are considering, or being offered, prior to commencing. You should always consult your doctor if you have any health concerns or issues, without delay.