What treatments do you do?

I am trained in:

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Acupressure Massage

Acupressure Foot Massage

Japanese Reiki

Clinical Hypnotherapy

Cosmetic Enhancement Acupuncture

Japanese Facial

Indian Head Massage

Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT)


What techniques I use vary to each individual case, for example I may use Acupuncture for pain relief, Reiki for insomnia and Hypnotherapy for a mood disorder. We will discuss together your goals and together come up with a plan that you are happy with.

 

What is acupuncture/ acupressure?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine known to mankind.  If you have had acupuncture before you will know that an acupuncturist inserts fine needles into 'acu points' on your body.  The points are carefully chosen by your practitioner as each point is located on 'channels' or 'meridians' that run through your body. (I imagine they look similar to blood vessels).  These meridians is where your energy, known as 'Qi' flows through. This is your own healing energy that is derived from the food you eat and air you breathe. When these meridians are blocked or the energy is deficient it is necessary to needle these points which encourages the free flow of energy again. By doing this it brings the body back to balance. The more this balance is maintained the healthier and pain free we become. Acupressure uses the exact same principles except using thumbs, fingers and elbows.


What is an acupuncture point?

There are twelve main meridians that run through your body, the acupuncture points can be likened to whirlpools of energy along these channels.  They are generally found where two muscles meet or in indentations or prominence's of bone joints.  Acupuncture points are stimulated in treatment to unblock or strengthen the Qi of these meridians. This encourages a smoother flow of Qi (your own natural healing energy) which encourages greater function of the body's organs. 


Who has acupuncture?

Anyone can have acupuncture, it benefits both young and old people. It can be used alongside their Western medicine treatment and can help post operative pain and reduce side effects from medication. 


Why do people have acupuncture?

People have acupuncture for general pain, pain from an injury or overuse, fatigue, insomnia, stress, depression and anxiety, allergies, hay fever, the list goes on.  Many people try acupuncture out of curiosity or simply to relax. Also, acupuncture is effective as a preventative treatment to assist the immune system.


What is it like to have an acupuncture treatment?

As an acupuncturist I know that a patients health and their personal habits are a sensitive issue and that it is very important that the patient is comfortable and enjoys the experience. I place high importance on obtaining rapport as I believe the more comfortable the patient is, the more effective the treatment will be. 

The first treatment will involve a consultation, this is when I will ask you lots of questions about yourself.   The consultation is the foundation of the treatment and will assist my diagnosis in accordance with Oriental Medicine. This will help me to decide what acu points will help you.   


What are the needles like?

Needles are often associated with blood tests and has made some people wary of acupuncture, however the needles used for acupuncture are very different. The needles are finer than a piece of hair and are made of stainless steel.  They are impossible to break and are very flexible.  Each needle is single use and comes pre-sterilised, they are disposed of in a sharps box after treatment.  Each patient is treated with the utmost care and the highest standard of cleanliness. 


Do the needles hurt?

As the needles are very fine it is rare that the patient feels the penetration of the needle into the skin. Many patients have expressed surprise at this. Once all the needles are place I carefully twirl the needle so the sensation of 'DeQi' is reached. This sensation has been described as a 'small ache, similar to a bruise', a sensation of heat or a shooting sensation, neither of which can be described as painful.  This sensation only lasts a couple of seconds and is replaced by a feeling of relaxation. 


How deep does the needles go?

This depends on the area being treated.  Commonly the depth of penetration varies from a quarter to half an inch. On fleshy areas the needle is sometimes penetrated slightly deeper. Note that the depth of the needle does not reflect on how strong the sensation is felt.  On some points the shallower the needling the stronger the sensation of Qi is.   


Do the needles make me bleed?

Very rarely does the acupuncture needles make you bleed.  Occasionally if there is a bead of blood it is often because there was a lot of heat in the channel and blood escaping is a good thing!  Rarely a bruise may occur, this does not have any detrimental effect on the treatment.


Do you always have to use needles?

No, I sometimes stimulate acu points with a specifically designed pen or by simply using my hands.


How does the practitioner know the treatment has worked?

There are many signs that indicates effectiveness of treatment. Palpating the strength and quality of your pulse, observing the tongue and noting any symptoms that have lessened are strong signs.  Also, I will notice small changes, for example warmer feet, a shine in your eyes, an improved mood, rosier facial colour or a change in voice tone.  All of these and more shows me that a change is occurring from deep within


How will I feel after the treatment?

Everyone feels different, some patients report feeling sleepy whilst others feel extremely energetic. Some patients feel effects similar to detoxing. Sometimes the health complaint often improves a day or two after the treatment, whilst other patients report relief immediately.


How many times do I need treatment?

This varies depending on the individual case and will be discussed in the consultation depending on your health goals. I recommend having the first few treatments as close together as possible. 


How long will it take?

The first treatment will be an hour and a half as this is when the consultation will take place. Following treatments usually takes 45 - 60 minutes.


Why do you check my pulse?

It may be a surprise to learn that you have twelve pulses on your wrist, each are associated with a different Organ.  As part of my training I learnt to become sensitive to the different qualities that each present.  Pulse taking is an important part of diagnosis and enables me to feel the change in your body as treatments progress.


Why do you look at my tongue?

Each part of the tongue body are connected to your organs.  The coating, shape and colour gives me an indication where the imbalance in your body lies.  I will be looking for any spots, cracks and different shades of colour in different areas of the tongue.  As treatment progresses your tongue will change as you become healthier. 



What is Reiki?

Reiki is a simple technique for transferring healing from a giver to a receiver. Balancing mind, body and spirit. Reiki is a Japanese word representing universal life energy, the energy which is all around us. 

There are seven major chakra points that represent different bodily systems, which are all interrelated. If one chakra point becomes disturbed or blocked, it can upset the others which can manifest itself as negative emotions. If this blockage remains in place physical problems can develop, stemming from whichever area is most vulnerable. 


What can it be used for?

Reiki brings about deep relaxation, destroys energy blockers, detoxifies the system and provides new vitality in the form of healing universal life energy. Reiki flows to the area of need, soothing pain, whether physical or emotional and supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

 

What will a treatment session entail?

Many people are surprised how deeply relaxed they feel once Reiki is applied to them. Some people  experience seeing colours, feeling sensations of heat or cold, occasionally it can bring out emotions such as profound happiness or find relief from shedding a few tears. Everyone always leaves the treatment feeling balanced and with a deep sense of wellbeing.


Can I see you for treatment even though I do not feel ill? 

Yes, all treatments I offer are extremely beneficial as a general treatment to prevent illnesses from occurring, for pure relaxation and emotional health. Again, many people ask if the treatments I do are effective for less serious disorders such as the common cold, yes they is! Cupping along certain points of the back draws out phlegm and benefits the Lungs, there are also certain acupoints that speed up recovery time. Massage can also help boost the immune system and help your overall sense of wellbeing when you are feeling run down.


What is Integral Eye Movement Therapy?

Integral Eye Movement Therapy is an effective techniques used by Psychotherapists to treat PTSD, however it can also be used for any emotional complaint. It is content free so you do not have to discuss memories or talk much at all for this treatment to take effect. I ask you to focus on the feeling which can be 'regret, shame, guilt, vulnerability etc.' and a memory associated with it and then I ask you to use your eyes to follow my finger in a sequence of movements that will cleverly drain the emotion away.  This can reduce the intensity of the emotion from a 10/20 to a 1/10 in a single session. 


How much do you charge?

See my Fees page for my pricing structure. I do sometimes introduce offers.  I am not funded by the NHS nor do I receive grants. I try to keep my treatments as affordable as possible. I hope you understand the costs associated with running a professional service.


Got a question I have not answered?

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