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Robert Malik Lawrence Bio|
Growing up in the Bahamas, I was introduced to natural healing in the late 1960‘s when a family friend exposed me to the wild foods and medicinal herbs that grew on our island. This led me to a lifelong interest in the healing effects of herbs, herbal formulas, exercise and nutrition. My interest in natural healing, wellness and fitness attracted me to the martial arts, which I have been studying since my early teens. In 1989 I met tai chi chuan Master Wei Lun Huang and began a dedicated study of tai chi and qi gong. After I began teaching tai chi and qi gong in 1990, I realized that it would benefit my students, as well as myself, if I were to study the body more formally, so I enrolled in massage school.
In 1994, I completed a 750 hour, nationally accredited Massage Therapy program at The Florida School of Massage, Gainesville, Florida, and went into practice as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Also in 1994, I began teaching at Florida School of Massage, where I taught until going to China in 2000. Currently I teach Oriental Bodywork Therapy at the Body Therapy Institute in Silkhope, NC.
All traditional martial arts training includes some basic body work, massage and stretching. I found that the integration of my martial arts and massage training deepened my understanding and abilities in each discipline. Incorporating the tai chi principles of breath work and body structure into massage improved the effectiveness of my treatments. The study of anatomy and physiology not only allowed me to better understand the body mechanics of tai chi/qi gong, but also how to explain the tai chi/qi gong movements and energetics in ways that are easier for western students to grasp.
As my study of tai chi and qi gong deepened and the work with my students and clients progressed, I was continually drawn to the therapeutic and healing actions of these practices. This led me to study Qi Healing and Qi Gong Therapy with Master Tzu Kuo Shih, Danbury, CT. Qi Healing and Qi Gong Therapy use Chinese Medical theory combined with meditation, movement, and visualization, to create individualized healing practices. With Master Shih I learned how to treat a wide variety of medical conditions with his “Special Methods“ of Qi Gong Therapy and Qi Healing.
In 1997 I enrolled in a three year, 2100 hour program to study Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine through Nan Jing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, located in Nan Jing China. Nan Jing University of TCM is one of only four universities in China that has World Health Organization (WHO) accreditation for its foreign student programs. In 2000 I received my Certification in Acupuncture from Nan Jing University of TCM.
In China, I interned at the university’s affiliated hospitals, where I spent time treating patients in the respiratory and pediatric departments, as well as general family medicine.
In my private practice in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, I provide general family healthcare, with a focus on women’s health, pediatrics, and male and female infertility. In addition, I have a clinical focus on treating cardiovascular conditions, respiratory problems, and digestive diseases.
In my clinical practice, I integrate my study and practice of tai chi, qi gong, massage, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and Chinese Medical diagnosis and treatment with western scientific theory, soft tissue, and structural evaluation, synthesizing my work into a process that is clinically focused and therapeutically effective.