Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese Medicine over 2000 years old which encourages optimal health and vitality, improved strength, energy and a boost to the immune system.
It works on the premise that good health is maintained by a body functioning as a whole system, which provides a natural balanced flow of energy.
Ill health can be thought of as arising when the natural flow of energy becomes blocked or hindered because of the physical and mental strains in today’s modern world, leading to any number of illnesses or simply a sense of “not feeling quite right”. Acupuncture uses gentle manipulation at specific points to stimulate the body’s natural healing response, helping it return to a more balanced state.
Each person is treated individually and holistically, focusing on you rather than just your illness, seeing all the symptoms in relation to each other and addressing the underlying root cause. Each person is unique and two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.
After receiving acupuncture we often hear clients noticing an improvement in symptoms and an increased sense of well-being. Many people also notice positive changes that they do not initially see as “connected” with their original problem. For example, better sleep patterns, feeling more relaxed, increased vitality and confidence or they may comment that they seem to be able to deal with the stresses that life throws at them with more ease.
Chinese Tui-na Massage & Cupping
Owen is passionate about Chinese Medicine and as well as offering acupuncture he can offer the traditional Chinese Tai-na massage and cupping treatments.
Similar to acupuncture, tuina massage uses the same energetic meridians and acupoints to balance the qi and blood in your body, leading to better health. Qi that’s flowing incorrectly can cause blockages, such as poor blood circulation in the affected area.
The main therapeutic goal of tuina massage is to remove the energetic blocks that are causing qi stagnation.
During Cupping your therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction.
Your therapist will put something flammable like alcohol, herbs, or paper in a cup and set it on fire. As the fire goes out, they put the cup upside down on your skin.
As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. The cup is normally left in place for around 3 minutes.
Cupping can help with many things:
- Blood flow
- Relaxation and well-being
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety and depression
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Owen holds a Licenciate in Acupuncture (LicAc) and BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture from the renowned College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) in Reading and is trained in with Five Element and Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a full member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).
Owen is passionate about acupuncture and Chinese medicine. He would like to make treatments more accessible, allowing more people to experience its benefits.