A visit to a so-called Qi Master may sound a rather esoteric enterprise, to say the least. But the people who file through the doors of Master Oh come with a range of far from esoteric complaints, from back pain to depression, by way of every condition you can think of. Often they are desperate, at the end of the road.
“In Western terms 'qi’ means vital energy,” says the 49-year-old Master Oh, who came to Britain from Korea 12 years ago. “In my patients I see three different qi problems – a shortage, a blockage and an imbalance. You are born with a certain level of qi. It is like your car battery. And when this energy becomes low, it creates problems, physical and emotional. I recharge people’s battery.”
Qi (or chi) lies at the heart of Chinese medicine. Master Oh works within the Korean branch, and undertook a rigorous training – involving sleep and food deprivation – in order to learn how to “channel energy from the universe”.