Acupuncture has been practised in eastern countries for 2,500 years. It’s a traditional form of Chinese medicine based on the understanding that our body’s motivating energy force or Qi (pronounced chi) moves through a network of channels, or meridians, that run beneath the skin. According to Acupuncture theory, illness arises from blockages in the energy flow. Therapists insert fine, sterile needles at various points on the meridians to rebalance the body’s energy.
After studying acupuncture at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture I began treating clients in 2000 and started work at Neals Yard Bath when it first opened in 2002. In addition I have worked in Hangzhou hospital in China and have built up specialist knowledge with many further trainings on acupuncture and fertility (with Zita West and Jane Lyttleton), pregnancy, all physical and emotional aspects of the menstrual cycle, menopause, and on supporting clients with cancer. I spend a lot of time researching and reflecting on how to reach good health and peace of mind and this strongly informs my clinical practice and treating stress and depression.
Acupuncture is a wonderfully gentle but powerful therapy which regulates body and mind back into a place of balance and ease of flow from which we can create the life we want.
Working with all aspects of physical and emotional health.
Most of my clients are women and I often work with the physical and emotional aspects of the menstrual cycle as well as the transitions times in a womans life: young women beginning their cycle, preparing for conception, pregnancy and childbirth and the changes that take place in the years of perimenopause. and post menopause.
I also use acupuncture to support clients living through challenging processes such as life threatening illness, chronic pain, traumatic shock, relationship breakdown, mental illness, terminal illness and losing loved ones.
I really enjoy my work and am always happy to talk on the phone or through email to anyone considering treatment, leave a message with Neal’s Yard and I will contact you.
Licentiate in Acupuncture (2000)
Member British Acupuncture Council
Days at Neal’s Yard
Monday 9.30 – 1.30
Friday 9.30 – 1.30
I trade under the name of ‘restoring balance’ as this seems to me to sum up the whole aim and purpose of acupuncture. People often come for acupuncture describing themselves as ‘out of sorts’, ‘run down’, ‘not myself’ and ‘exhausted’. These are energy imbalances and as such are ideally suited to this unique therapy. A progression further on and there is imbalance with measurable symptoms i.e. an illness; this is still treatable with acupuncture but the road to restored balance may take longer now that the imbalance has a form.
I follow classical acupuncture; this style of acupuncture is rooted in the original medical health texts from China, many dating back 2000 years. Acupuncture from this perspective is an early form of holistic therapy where the mind/body is undivided and imbalances in the system produce symptoms in the mental/emotional sphere as well as the physical. The diagnosis and treatment is as relevant for today’s 21st century westerners as it was for the ancient Chinese. My beginning with classical acupuncture started after completing my first training in acupuncture in 1984. I then began a course of study with a French school of acupuncture; these scholars had the knowledge to interpret these fascinating and challenging classical records.
Bachelor of Acupuncture
The International College of Oriental Medicine (UK) Ltd 1984
UK Oriental Medicine Professional Practitioners
Days at Neal’s Yard
Thursday 9.30am – 6.00pm
I became interested in acupuncture when I was successfully treated with it after getting malaria in South America. I had previously travelled extensively in China and worked in Taiwan, leaning to speak Chinese while I was there.
I graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading in 1996. We were taught to combine 5 Element acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine styles of treatment to cover different techniques where one or both are more appropriate.
I enjoy working with all people but have specialized in fertility – male and female, hayfever, migraines and headaches, back pain and insomnia.
I try to create a calm and quiet atmosphere and feel it is very important to listen carefully and give clients a space where they can feel safe and supported.
I am a member of the BAcC which has a Code of Practice, Code of Ethics and Continued Professional Development policy
Licentiate in Acupuncture
Member of the British Acupuncture Council
Days at Neal’s Yard