Ling Ling Wellness Centre is an oasis of calm right outside Cork City Centre close to the Victoria Cross Therapy Rooms. There are four team members, including Ling Ling, who all specialise in different therapies; massage, cupping, reflexology and Gua Sha.
The team approach to wellness doesn’t just focus on the actual massage but what changes you can make in your diet and lifestyle to help you feel better. There is a chance, for example, if you are stressed, that is from unbalanced diet, exercise and improper sleep; they have a big focus on getting rest and sleeping properly.
They will discuss minor details with you about your daily life and your work environment. All these pieces of the puzzle give them the overall picture about your health and wellbeing. For us, it served as a great starting point. The difference I have found in Ling Ling’s approach was that she wants everyone to feel and look their best. She recognises the stresses and challenges that come with being busy and having a career. She is honest and open about what you need to do for yourself. She encourages and offers steady advice and is not pushy.
Ling Ling told us:
We look to find the source of the problem and help the body to adjust and heal naturally. We look at the whole body, its meridian imbalances and blockages coming from poor lifestyle or injury. We see a lot of clients who suffer from pain, stress and muscular tension but we also deal a lot with issues such as hormonal problems, insomnia, sinus issues, chronic pain, migraine, sporting injuries, low energy and mood problems. Through these areas of tension, we can find the meridian imbalance that’s causing difficulty or stagnation.
Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Many people try massage as a way of relief post illness. Fatigue can greatly be improved with studies of the benefits of massage demonstrating that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Insomnia related to stress
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Digestive disorders
Deep tissue massage is one form of massage therapy that focuses on the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue in the body. Some of the same strokes as classic massage therapy may be used, but the movement is generally slower, and the pressure will be deeper and concentrated on the areas where the person feels tension and pain.
Ling Ling uses acupressure points too to help tease out the tension. You can literally feel the tension coming out of the areas where the blockages are. Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the hands to gradually press key healing points, which stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. It is an alternative medicine technique similar in principle to acupuncture. It is based on the concept of life energy, which flows through meridians in the body. During the treatment, pressure is applied to specific acupuncture points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. Pressure may be applied by hand, by elbow, or with various devices. Acupressure was developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago. Using the power and sensitivity of the hand, Acupressure Therapy is effective in the relief of stress-related ailments and is ideal for self-treatment and preventive health care for boosting the immune system.
In our experiences with Ling Ling we have seen results with just a few treatments. In one of our case studies our client had experienced crippling pain regularly from an old motorbike injury and had tried everything from conventional medicine to osteopaths and physiotherapists. Two treatments with Ling Ling and the pain had subsided significantly, and some small lifestyle changes introduced over time saw weight loss.
The story doesn’t end there; once a lot of the dietary related inflammation had gone he returned and has been a regular client since. The pain is now gone, and he is just on a regular maintenance plan to keep his muscles free and his body relaxed. He has reported a much better sleeping pattern and a large surge in energy. “That is what we call a great result.” We know many clients travel for the relief that LingLing and her team offer. The standards of care and genuine compassion she shows all her clients is second to none. She puts her heart and soul into her work and the results are evident.
Ling Ling has many testimonials on her website of related stories. We at Business Cork have just started a detox plan with her for weight loss and once we have completed 10 weeks we will be back with a full update. This will be coupled with healthier food choices and some walking.
Ling Ling Wellness Centre
Millview House, Victoria Cross, Cork
086 440 5140