An easy-going and effortlessly comforting figure, Steve Coster and his unique blend of eastern and western practises are a staple of the warm and caring environment at the Therapy Life Centre. A lifelong resident of Southend on Sea, his passion for Kung Fu, Acupuncture, clean living and classical Guitar are just a few of the things that really identify Steve.
His practice of trade, Acupuncture, dates back thousands of years to the golden age of Chinese medical innovation, balancing both mind and body with this unique therapeutic technique. In his own words, acupuncture “Firstly focuses on relaxation, while simultaneously identifying and treating imbalances, deficiencies and stagnations in the body, creating a balance and flow on the 12 channels”.
But acupuncture isn’t Steve’s only work at the centre, in September he is embarking on a new chapter of alternative eastern medicine at the Therapy Life Centre, with the introduction of Qi Gong. Translating to “Breath work”, Qi Gong is a holistic system of coordinated work on the body posture, movement, breathing and mediation. This ancient practice can be used in a health, spiritual and martial arts capacity.
Speaking of Martial Arts, Steve has devoted most of his adult life to studying the art of Wing Chun Kung FU, a fighting style and a philosophy with deep roots within tradition Chinese medicine and Buddhism. This devotion to Wing Chun is one of the many factors which led him out of the London rat race and into a more fulfilling career. Having previously worked as a chef, an insurance broker and a teacher (for one day), Steve claims that his experience with the Martial Art gave him the courage and the strength to leave the capital behind and make a real difference in people’s lives. Part of this transition involved selling all of his possessions, including his home and car, but almost a decade later, he still shows no regrets.
“You learn to fight, but the real fight comes from within. Wing Chun is the Yang, and healing is the Yin”.
Steve recalls a particularly ground-breaking experience during the aftermath of leaving his career in London, noticing leaves on the floor and for the first time in his life, realising that the seasons have been changing around him, further adding to the euphoria he felt after leaving the suit, tie and morning commute to someone else. After this experience, he went on to study at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine between 2008 and 2011. As well as these studies, he also obtained an English degree from the Open University, to compliment his teaching and culinary qualifications.
A firm believer of ‘if you start something, finish it’, Steve also avidly plays classical guitar, this interest is rooted in the childhood idols of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Morrissey and Jim Morrison. Whilst playing a radically different style to the aforementioned artists, he feels that the regimented nature of classical music provides structure, just like Wing Chun and his life-long passion for studying.
Structure is seemingly a key word in Steve’s vocabulary. Every day begins with Vitamin C, stretching, Qi Gong, guitar practice, two meals and Kung Fu, all before 12pm..
Collectively, all of these factors have helped to create a devoted and compassionate therapist with a drive for bettering himself and all he brings to the Therapy Life Centre.
Steve’s Qi Gong class begins September 11 from 6pm-7pm.
More info on Qi Gong can be found on our website and social media accounts.
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