Hi there! I'm Jennifer, a Licensed Acupuncturist and massage therapist. I currently hold a BSc in Acupuncture, a Diploma in Swedish Massage, a Diploma in RI am a member of the British Acupuncture Council. Throughout my studies I have also gained experience in other massage techniques, cupping, gua sha and moxibustion.
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.
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;
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.
During the initial consultation for Acupuncture, a detailed and thorough medical history will be taken. Your therapist will also ask to look at your tongue and take your pulse and may palpate areas of the body.
The initial consultation will last 60 minutes - this will consist of a detailed medical history and information gathering session and may include a first treatment, however, this depends on the length and depth of the medical history and so in rare cases - such as when a case history is very complex - we may not have time for a treatment in the first session. In this circumstance, treatment will begin in the second session.
Follow up treatments are approximately 60 minutes and will consist of a short review since your last treatment and your Acupuncture treatment.
As Acupuncture is tailored to each individual, this depends on why you are seeking treatment. Generally, an initial course of 1 treatment per week for 6 weeks is advised, with continuous monitoring by your practitioner to ensure the correct spacing - often over time treatments may become further spaced apart. Eventually, some clients choose to come every 6-8 weeks for a 'top up' session to maintain their results.
Acupuncture may be beneficial for the following (if your condition is not mentioned please contact me for details):
Massage appointments are either 60 or 90 minutes long depending on wether they are a specific area or full body. The initial appointment will consist of a medical history and treatment although not as in-depth as an Acupuncture session. Massage treatments can be combined with cupping or gua sha (after practitioner assessment for suitability).