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Relief from pain or stress
I use deep tissue massage to reduce muscular tension and promote healthy circulation and acupuncture to reduce pain. Pain in this context can mean almost any discomfort that you experience, physical or emotional. Treatments can involve one or both therapies, depending on what is most effective and on your preference.
As part of deep tissue massage and acupuncture, I use dry and sliding cupping as well as other techniques.
A recent study lists acupuncture as having an effect on 117 different conditions: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association research.
Contact me to find out more, or to make an appointment.
Recognised by Westfield Health
As a British Acupuncture Council acupuncturist, many health insurance schemes will pay for my acupuncture treatments, with an appropriate referral. I often combine deep tissue massage with acupuncture, which could also qualify. Please ask me for further details if this interests you.
British Acupuncture Council member
I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council, adhere to their high standards of professional practice and undertake ongoing training.
The British Acupuncture Council provide fact sheets showing the latest research on acupuncture use for a whole range of conditions; click here to read more. As a member of the British Acupuncture Council, Westfield and a number of other health insurance schemes will pay for a proportion of treatment costs.
Tui Na Deep Tissue Massage
Tui na deep tissue massage is a holistic, therapeutic, deep tissue massage based on the principles of Chinese medicine.
Tui na deep tissue massage includes a wide variety of techniques to loosen tight areas, promote healthy circulation and speed healing. Tui na is very flexible, and I use it for all sorts of problems, including those that you might seek sports massage, other styles of deep tissue massage, holistic massage or any other remedial therapeutic massage for.
In tension, muscles feel tightly held. When tension is relieved, the whole body can benefit; if your neck and shoulders feel stiff you are also more likely to suffer from headaches. I use massage to separate out these tightly-bound fibres and help circulation to painful or tight areas.
Read more about Tui Na deep tissue massage here.
acupuncture stimulates your body to produce its own natural pain-killing chemicals. Correct placement of the needles guides these chemicals to or through an area affected by pain. This can help areas deeper than the muscle or skin layer needled.
Read more about acupuncture here.
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Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Chi Chuan (or Tai Ji Quan) is a Chinese martial art based on the principle that softness overcomes hardness. When you are loose and relaxed, you can use your whole body in a unified way. Tai Chi involves meditation on movement, simultaneously developing balance, relaxation, coordination and looseness, as well as understanding, flexibility and resilience.
The BBC programme 'Trust Me, I'm a Doctor' recently looked at the benefits of tai chi to certain aspects of health: Trust Me, I'm A Doctor
Read more about Tai Chi and my classes here.
Abdominal massage is a method of directly affecting the organs and soft tissues below the ribs, the organs primarily associated with digestion and fertility, but which have an affect on all of your physical processes.
This style of massage is about freeing tissues up so that a balance is restored, a natural flow. It can have a profound impact on your experience of life.
I always combine it with massage to the lower back, and the thighs, the areas adjacent to the core.
Read more about abdominal massage here.