I believe that acupuncture should be
gentle, relaxing, and make you feel fantastic.
Acupuncture is a therapy which aims to restore balance and promote healing in your body, mind, and spirit.
Traditional acupuncture works on the meridians of the body. Meridians are circulating rivers of energy which originate in our organs and then flow superficially at the surface of our skin, forming an eternal intertwining current through our body. Sometimes these rivers are not flowing well, they get blocked or are barely a trickle- and we feel unwell. An acupuncturist can help to diagnose which meridians need some TLC, insert an acupuncture point to nourish or improve flow, and aid your body in remedying itself.
I also use a lot of pain relief acupuncture when it comes to dealing with muscular or body pain. Here I will work with the patient to identify where they feel the pain or areas of muscle tension , and use acupuncture here. I will also look at the meridians which flow through the pain area and choose traditional acupuncture points next to the pain or further along the meridian.
I trained in five element acupuncture. This means that I like to pay attention to core imbalances which make up someone’s constitution and personality traits, as well as addressing their symptoms.
Women are increasingly turning towards acupuncture to support them on their journey towards pregnancy and beyond. When pregnancy doesn’t come easily, having an acupuncturist there to support you through the monthly downs and alongside whatever fertility route you are taking, can be invaluable.
Please note, due to Covid-19 we will have your consultation over the phone prior to your first treatment instead of face to face in clinic.
What happens when I first come for a treatment?
I’ll post or email a registration form for you to complete beforehand. When you first come to my clinic I’ll welcome you in, and ask you to sit in the armchair in my cosy treatment room. Then we’ll have a really good chat.
This is your chance to tell me all about the reason why you’re coming for a treatment, whether this is for a specific complaint like back pain or anxiety, or for general relaxation and wellbeing.
I’ll ask a lot of questions to clarify what’s going on. I may also ask about the rest of your health, find out about other health issues you have, talk about lifestyle and how you look after yourself, and I may look at your posture or areas of pain. Importantly, I like to find out about you as a person- I may choose acupuncture points according to this, so it’s key! I really enjoy connecting with my patients and I genuinely enjoy finding out about you. I'll then discuss your treatment with you.
After the consultation, I’ll leave the room to give you some privacy so that you can undress, keeping your underwear on, and then snuggle up comfy and warm under the sheet and blanket on the couch. If you do not want to get undressed, just let me know, I can instead choose points around your clothes.
I may feel your pulses. Traditional acupuncturists practise ‘pulse reading’ of both wrists, as each slightly different pulse position tells me about a different meridian in your body and whether it is weak or strong. I piece this information together with everything else to choose points.
Receiving Acupuncture, what does it feel like?
This is so difficult to explain and understand until you’ve experienced it. Does it hurt? The answer is; no but yes. Let me tell you about my needling practise… I feel for the acupuncture point first with my finger, you may notice I hold it for quite a while or I find it very quickly. What I’m doing is making sure that I’ve ‘got’ the point (which feels like a shallow dip and feels tingly). I ask you to breathe in, then breathe out, and the super-fine needle is gently inserted very very shallowly.
This is the important part… did I feel that I 'got' the point, did you ‘feel’ it? Did it feel like a tingle or a rush or a tiny sting? Did we get the point? If not, I'll do it again. Because believe it or not, if the point is missed, the patient sometimes doesn’t feel it at all.
If I am working with Traditional Aupuncture with you, I am looking for the bang centre of the acupuncture point. If you imagine a dart board, I am looking for that bullseye; a 2mm diameter spot that will maximise that point. For me, this is very important. After the point is in you are likely to immediately forget it’s even in there, it’s over in a flash. You may feel it buzzing or feel interesting sensations around your body, or you may feel nothing.
After your acupuncture points are in and working away in you can just lie there and relax. Feel free to snooze! I may ask you some more questions. I may ask if you’d like some neck message, and if so I’ll sit behind your head and put my hands under your neck and do some gentle muscle release here.
What happens at subsequent treatments?
These last up to an hour, we’ll always begin with a mini consultation where you can update me, and then you’ll have your treatment. Relax and enjoy.
How many treatments will I need?
If we are dealing with a simple acute problem, we may be looking at 4-6 treatments. For something complex and chronic we may be looking at 6-10 treatments to begin to feel better. Ideally you will come twice a week or once a week to begin with, and then look to space these treatments out. To stay on top of a complaint you may be recommended to attend monthly thereafter.
Acupuncture works cumulatively, so when trying to initially remedy a complaint you may feel a little better after the first treatment, then a little more better after the second, etc. What you don’t want to happen is to wait for that slight benefit after the first treatment to wane and go back to square one before coming back, otherwise you are not getting any of that cumulative benefit. Acupuncture doesn’t work for everything and everyone, and if after a few treatments you’re not feeling any benefit at all, I will be honest with you and advise you that you may want to spend your money on a different therapy instead.
Everyone's needs are different, I am not going to pressure you to book in regularly. I have people who choose to come every week on an ongoing basis because it benefits them so much, and I have people who come once a year because they’re generally well but just want an annual top-up of acupuncture.