Hayo’u is the culmination of a journey I started in 1992 when my life completely changed. I had a car accident that gave me whiplash and abruptly ended my dreams of becoming an opera singer. The pain was both physical and emotional and totally altered the course of my life.
A year later, I was still in constant pain. Desperate to find a solution, I found myself drawn into the world of alternative therapies. After much searching and further health issues, Chinese Medicine finally nailed the issue once and for all. I was amazed by how, with the right kind of help and correct information, my body was able to heal itself. This was the turning point for me. I decided to leave my job and start a degree in Five Element Acupuncture.
After years of studying the literature, traveling throughout Asia talking to doctors and public alike, practicing in clinic as a qualified Chinese physician and dealing with my own physical and emotional traumas, I witnessed countless others benefitting from the same help and information too. I would always advocate a full explanation as to why the illness was there and how to self-care to my patients. I would notice over and over that those who adopted the techniques would improve so much faster than those who didn't. Knowing that self treatment could assist everyone no matter what their state of health was, I set about structuring this knowledge into a simple explanation and daily practice for everyone to benefit from - and The Hayo'u Method was born!
The Hayo'u Method focusses primarily around stress. Why? Because stress is widely accepted to either cause, or be a contributing factor in the majority of contemporary illness. Excessive levels of stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol instantly disturb basic functions like heart rate, sleep, breathing and digestion. This can make us sweat, cause muscles to tense up and cause common day to day ailments such as low-immunity, bad sleep, inability to lose weight, premature aging, skin disorders, aches and pains.
Constant stress leads to chronic stress which results in chronic inflammation. This can lead to a myriad of problems including almost every known chronic disease — heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, autism, dementia, depression, allergies, asthma, arthritis and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease.
So if you can address stress you can dramatically improve your health.
I knew as a Chinese physician that the best medicine to handle this is Chinese medicine because it deals with the underlying cause of the issue - the stress response - and has a myriad of simple and effective techniques to deal with it. It was then a process of translating Eastern explanations and methods into something so simple that it was as normal and effective to do as brushing your teeth.
With this in mind the method is a simple daily practice of 4 one minute rituals based on Chinese practices. They address stress from when it first effects the body all the way to where it's causing longer-term symptoms. Each are clearly demonstrated and explained on the website so that you can try them out in the comfort of your own home. Its such a small investment in your health but you'll notice, with every daily 'One-minute' that you spend, significant and long lasting returns.
Having launched the method we were amazed at the response! People wrote in every day with their own issues and success stories. Simple health issues would just melt away and more complex ones improve. I couldn't keep up with all the dialogue so I now have a team of associates to help me. I focus on reaching as wide an audience as possible so am happily engaged in public speaking, writing and film making.
It's been an incredible journey so far. I'm so grateful for the course of events in my life, and that as a result Chinese medicine and The Hayo'u Method are now able to make such a difference to others.