"I felt nurtured yet challenged ... and left with immediate pain relief."
Camille, Choreographer/ Movement Professor
What is a health-imbalance?
I believe the human body is the most efficient, marvellous and complex organism on earth and the body does nothing without reason.
Over time we accumulate physical and mental habits creating muscular, postural and energetic imbalances, resulting in malfunction of the body, thereby suppressing it’s own natural healing power. Usually the imbalances are hidden away, until muscular discomfort develops into pain or injury and energetic imbalance into ‘dis-ease’ or illness. This is usually the time when clients seek treatment and help.
How many treatments will I need?
An initial appointment for a formal assessment of the health problem is necessary. This can involve a treatment session, and the discussion of a treatment plan, where appropriate, before
committing to a course of usually a minimum of 4-6 treatment sessions. Depending on the severity of a condition and your expectations of long-term improvement and prevention, more regular treatments
may be required over a period of time during which your progress will be assessed and reviewed regularly.
Recovery and gaining better health is a step-by-step process. The longer the symptoms have been established and the body has been functioning abnormally, the longer it will take to recover and address the imbalance which caused the problem in the first place.
Very often clients decide to continue treatment after their symptoms have improved or some arrive for treatment without any particular symptoms, but complaining of ‘just not feeling right’. Treatments are an excellent way to service and ‘MOT’ your body, preventing injuries and ill health, improving vitality, well being and helping you to live life to your full potential.
How do I know the treatment is working?
Conditions may be the same but people are different. We are complex and react differently to various approaches and therapists.
I will only treat you or suggest a treatment programme that I feel to be appropriate for you and your condition and your desired outcome. However, if I feel my approach will not be beneficial to you then in discussion with you, I can direct you to another health professional or specialist.
Which treatment is the best for me and my condition?
If you have not already done so, please read the details under the ' Treatment’ page where you will find more information, which I hope will be useful to you.
Our first appointment will be a consultation to discuss any relevant issues and find the most effective and appropriate treatment for you.
If you would like to talk to me before booking an appointment, please do not hesitate to call me on 07932 671 463.
What is special about my Acupuncture? Is it all the same?
There are many variations in approach of Acupuncture and Shiatsu. If you have tried acupuncture before and it didn't achieve the results you were hoping for or you didn't like it, I would still recommend that you try my approach. If this doesn't work for you, it doesn't mean that another acupuncturist's approach won't be successful. If you have had many treatments with several different acupuncturists and your problem continues, you may want to try a different treatment modality. It would also be prudent to consult a physician (preferably a specialist) to make sure there is no serious illness behind your complaint.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
All needles used, especially Japanese Acupuncture needles, are extremely fine - more like a fine hair than a needle. The Acupuncture Practitioner is trained to apply the needles extremely quickly in order that the body barely has time to register the insertion. Once the needle is in you may feel a slight tingling sensation or you may feel some sharper needle sensation.
Is it safe?
I only use disposable insertion needles. Each needle comes packaged and pre-sterilised with ethylene oxide gas. New needles are used with each visit and are disposed of immediately following each
treatment into a biohazard-marked container. I follow universal precautions to protect my patients and myself. Acupuncture has no adverse effects or risks.
There have been three surveys in the last six years which have shown that acupuncture is amongst the safest therapies in use in the UK today. Out of 68,000 recorded treatments in two of the 2001 surveys, there were only 14 minor (bruising, feeling nauseous) adverse events. There have been very few reports of serious adverse events, and most adverse effects are transient, lasting no more than a day or so.
Is Shiatsu painful?
At times Shiatsu treatment may be deeply relaxing and other times it can be deep and direct causing soreness, often described by clients as ‘good pain’. However, it depends on difficulties and condition in which the client presents and the client’s desired outcome.
What should I do before treatment?
You should try not to have a large meal within an hour of your appointment as the process of digestion will alter the pattern of your pulse. You should also avoid alcohol, and food or drinks which colour your tongue, such as coffee, immediately prior to treatment.
What should I wear to an appointment?
For Acupuncture it is helpful to wear loose, comfortable clothing and you should be aware that your acupuncture practitioner may need access to points on your torso as well as on your arms and legs.
For Shiatsu it is best to wear a tracksuit bottom and a long sleeved top, preferably in cotton; clothes you are comfortable in and can stretch in.
For Sports Massage Therapy and Deep Tissue Massage I work directly on your skin, using oils or water based lotion. Usually you would be asked to remove clothing except for your underwear. Towels are used for discretion during the treatment and for comfort and warmth. To some extent, treatment is also possible through clothing.
How do I feel after Acupuncture?
You may feel relaxed and calm. If the treatment has been particularly strong you could feel quite tired or drowsy for a few hours, and you should take this into account if you are planning to drive or use machinery. Occasionally there may be a short-term flair-up of your symptoms as your energy has been moved and will take some time to balance again.
Should I tell my doctor?
If you are receiving treatment from your doctor then it is sensible to mention that you plan to have acupuncture. The acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication, but you should always consult your doctor regarding any change of prescription. I need to know about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.
Should I continue with my prescribed medication while undergoing a course of acupuncture treatment?
Yes, at least until you have discussed this with your doctor or the practitioner who prescribed the medication. Many people seek the help of an acupuncturist because of dissatisfaction with drug treatment, because it does not seem to be working or because the side effects are unacceptable. DO NOT stop taking any medication without professional guidance.
Where do you teach?
Currently I do not teach any 'open classes'. I only teach yoga classes/courses to clients in their private settings or at Natureworks and to corporate companies throughout
If you would like to be informed about future classes and courses, send an email (see Contact) and I will forward relevant information.
What to bring?
Yourself and an open mind, a yoga mat if you have one, wear loose comfortable clothing and do not eat a big meal before the class.
Who can do yoga?
Anyone can and should do yoga. Men and women, young and old, fit and unfit. You work at your own pace and ability.
Please do not think because you are not fit, flexible or slim or that you don't look like the bendy model on the front page of almost every yoga book and article, that you cannot start the practice of yoga!
Make a small commitment to practise. Practise little and often to start with. You will feel great, start to love it and your commitment will grow automatically. Try it!