“Think of qi, for a moment, like water, and the channels or meridians within the body as the river it flows through. That river supports all types of life, and as long as it is free-flowing that life will flourish.”
Balancing Body & Mind
Good health is not just the absence of pain or disease. Traditional acupuncture works to maintain the body’s equilibrium by focusing on all aspects of wellbeing: physical, mental and emotional. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. This energy is known as qi.
The Flow of qi
The flow of qi can be disturbed by any number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, anger or grief, as well as poor nutrition, hereditary factors, infections and trauma. When the qi is imbalanced or stagnant, pain and illness may result. Through the insertion of extra-fine needles at chosen points along the channels of energy, the aim of acupuncture is to stimulate the body’s own healing response and restore its natural balance.
Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of complementary medicine. The Chinese, and other Eastern cultures, have been using acupuncture to restore, promote and maintain good health for thousands of years. Nowadays, more and more people are finding this long-establised therapy can offer an effective solution to all manner of today’s ills. Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition, as well as your symptoms. This approach can lead to a more permanent resolution of your problems.
Your First Session
Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions, and some because they feel generally unwell. Others choose acupuncture to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages, and can be used alongside conventional medicine.
Your first visit involves an examination that includes asking questions about your lifestyle and history. I will explore your current symptoms, what treatment you have received, your medical history, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. This is followed by checking your pulse and examining your tongue and any areas of muscular tension or pain. Based on this information, we will create a treatment plan and proceed to begin your acupuncture.
Frequency and length of treatment depends on your individual condition. Some change is usually felt after five treatments, although occasionally one or two treatments are required. Some patients may need treatment over several months or long-term. I will normally ask to see you once or twice a week at first.
How much is Acupuncture?
Having studied traditional Chinese acupuncture for three years at the University of Lincoln and achieving my Acupuncture BSc (Hons) degree, I began my acupuncture journey upon graduation in 2009.
Prior to my acupuncture training, I have worked as a holistic therapist in reflexology and aromatherapy massage, gaining invaluable experience in my field. I am committed to providing the highest quality personal acupuncture and reflexology treatments to my clients, and my aim is to improve my clients’ quality of life, physical health and emotional wellbeing.
If you are looking to restore the balance between your mind and body with holistic acupuncture treatments, I am always here to help. Contact us today for a no-obligation telephone or email consultation to discuss your needs, and any questions you may have.
Who we help
Our patients at BTST include athletes with sports injuries, desk workers with long-term back pain or headaches, mums who have recently given birth and people suffering from long-term health conditions. Some of our clients experience acute or chronic pain and others have ongoing areas of tension, aches or ‘niggles’ which they want to alleviate. Whatever your situation, we are here to help you.
Get In Touch
Please contact us today to arrange your initial consultation at a time to suit. We look forward to welcoming you to our clinic and to helping you move away from pain, towards a healthier and happy future.