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Catherine is an excellent Practitioner, a gifted and experienced professional. I have had Acupuncture, Bodytalk, Cupping and Reflexology with her, and I recommend her unreservedly, whatever the ailment or condition. An amazing woman.

Acupuncture is a system which supports and activates internal energy pathways in the body, corresponding with organs and body parts. It involves using tiny hair-like disposable needles to stimulate selected Acupuncture points to restore health and over all well being of the body and mind.


The theory and practice of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in China and is thought to have been practised as early as 6000BC. The first documentation of a system of meridians, diagnosis and treatment dates to around 100BC.


The meridian pathways supply vital energy, what the Chinese refer to as Qi (Chee). This Qi (vital energy) should flow freely, helping blood to move efficiently. When Qi and Blood become stagnant this causes problems, often manifesting as pain, discomfort and restlessness.


In our busy modern day lives this can often be ignored or overlooked, causing pain or discomfort to become more frequent, sleep to become more restless and anxiety to become more overwhelming.


During your first consultation you will be asked a series of insightful questions to gather information regarding your symptoms and medical history, general health and lifestyle.


This may involve questions around your sleeping pattern, appetite, digestion and your emotional wellbeing. Women may be asked questions around menopause, menstrual cycle, pregnancy and childbirth.


Pulse and tongue diagnosis are one of the examination tools used by TCM practitioners. Your pulse will be taken on both wrists and you may be asked to show your tongue for observation, to help indicate irregular health patterns within the body. We advise our client to avoid scraping or washing the tongue on the morning of your Acupuncture appointment.


As we offer Naturopathic and lifestyle advice, you can expect to be given some take home information and guidance on how to improve your condition or how to manage symptoms. This advice will be given in order to enhance the efficacy of your treatments.


What does Acupuncture feel like?


The insertion of the tiny hair-like needles initially may feel strange if this is your first experience of Acupuncture! Sometimes people will say they feel tingling, hot or cold in areas where needles are at work.


First time clients are often surprised at how painless it is, and many fall asleep as deep relaxation ensues as the body rebalances.

How long does an Acupuncture treatment last?


Generally each Acupuncture appointment lasts for an hour.


The initial consultation will take approximately 15 minutes, followed by needling. This can vary according to the persons needs.


Acupuncture needles can be retained for anything from 20 minutes to 45 minutes. Often Cupping and Moxibustion (heat) is also used in combination with Acupuncture.

How many treatments will I need?


This varies and it will depend on the health issue. In most cases after 3-4 treatments you will have noticed a significant improvement in your energy, sleep, focus and concentration. However, many clients report marked improvement after only one treatment. The efficacy of the treatment plan is often influenced by the clients commitment to consistent Acupuncture treatments and in carrying out proposed nutritional and lifestyle changes.


If you are experiencing a lot of acute pain as a result of a sprain, spasm, or an acute flare up of a chronic condition then you may need 2- 3 treatments in one week until there is noted improvement. In the case of an ongoing issue, you may see results very quickly with two treatments weekly at the beginning, and then some weekly follow up treatments.

Many people “top up” their Acupuncture monthly after achieving overall improvement with their condition. Some clients choose to schedule a course of 3-4 Acupuncture appointments around seasonal changes especially coming into winter months, to help support the immune system.


Other treatments


There are many reasons why Acupuncture may not be the answer to alleviating health issues. You may be directed to see your GP or consultant for further investigation. Other modalities are often useful to help investigate further. We may refer the client to other specialised practitioners for assessment, treatment and support such as Herbal Medicine, Osteopathy, Kinesiology, Naturopathic Nutrition, Cranio Sacral Therapy and Psychotherapy.