Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine modality for balancing the flow of energy or life force of the body - called 'chi' or 'qi' energy. Acupuncture has been in continual use for thousands of years and believes that Qi flows through channels in the body often called meridian lines - with disruption and imbalances in this energy causing disease. Chinese Medicine is a holistic therapy, and views mental, emotional and physical health as integrated and equal, rather than separate entities creating a whole being.
Single use, sterile, disposable needles are inserted through a person's skin at specific points of the body called acupuncture points. Your therapist chooses a selection of specific points points to create a carefully formulated, tailored treatment to help address these imbalances in the body. Other treatments may be included within your acupuncture session are;
In addition to this, you are likely to receive tailored diet and lifestyle advice as part of your treatment plan. You may also receive "homework", however these are generally enjoyable activities not designed to fill you with dread!
All therapies that I provide are a collaborative process, not something that is "done to you" but something that we work together through to help achieve your health outcomes.
All clients attending for acupuncture are asked to eat before attending their appointment. This is very important, if you have not eaten please notify your therapist at the start of your appointment.
You will first receive a free 15 minute, no obligation phone call to discuss your treatment options.
During the initial appointment in the clinic, a detailed medical history will be taken, as well as details about your current situation, including any previous treatments tried, medications, signs and symptoms.
Your therapist will also ask to look at your tongue and take your pulse and may palpate areas of the body in order to diagnose your condition and formulate a treatment plan with you.
Acupuncture may be beneficial for the following (if your condition is not mentioned please contact me for details):
As Acupuncture is tailored to each individual, this depends on why you are seeking treatment. The average amount of sessions required initially is 6-10. Generally, I ask clients to commit to 3 sessions initially, after which we will review your progress and decide upon the course of further treatment.
There is a package deal available for clients who sign up for the initial 3 sessions, and further block booking deals available on blocks of 3 or 6 sessions.
Often over time treatments will become further spaced apart.
Many clients then choose to come once every 4-6 weeks for a 'top up' session to maintain their results.
Follow up treatments usually last up to 60 minutes and will consist of a short review since your last treatment and your Acupuncture treatment on the day.
You may also receive tailored diet and lifestyle advice during these sessions to help improve your condition and outcomes from treatment and beyond.
All treatments that I offer are a collaborative effort for myself and my client - I am here to supportively provide you a tailored treatment for around an hour each week - after that it's up to you!
Cupping therapy uses vacuum cups to create a lifting of the tissues below to provide relief from an array of symptoms.
Cups can be used anywhere on the body and are often used with either a sliding method similar to massage or are left stationary. Cupping may help with respiratory issues, gynaecological issues, cellulite and fat deposits as well as aches and pains.
Cups can leave the stereotypical circular "bruise" as commonly seen on athletes and these marks, although painless, may last for several days.
Gua Sha uses flat stone or metal tools in a gliding motion to help ease aches and pains as well as reducing cellulite and fat deposits by aiding in blood and lymph flow.
During this process, the skin is not broken, however the result of the treatment can cause skin discolouration -the "Sha" in Gua Sha, that, although painless, can look red and prickly or like a large bruise. This is due to increased motility of old, deoxygenated blood in the affected area and the movement of Qi.