Your Initial Consultation
Your first session will involve a full consultation to find out about your main concerns, and to assess your overall past health history. Your practitioner will work out a treatment plan from this information that is tailored to your individual needs. Information about any medication/supplements you are taking will be useful to us at this stage, as well as any recent test results. After the consultation, there will be time for a short treatment.
It is best to wear loose clothing for your acupuncture sessions, and best not to eat a large meal or drink strong coffee or alcohol just prior to a treatment.
Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practiced in China, Japan and other Eastern countries for thousands of years. In an acupuncture treatment, small, fine, sterile needles are inserted just under the surface of the skin to stimulate the body to achieve balance and harmony.
The sensation of acupuncture can feel like a tingling, pulling or a dull aching sensation. After a treatment, patients can commonly feel relaxed yet also energised. People who have only experienced injections or blood tests at the doctor or dentist are generally amazed at how painless acupuncture is.
Moxibustion is a treatment that brings heat directly into the body from burning a dried herb called mugwort. It can be used to treat a great variety of conditions, and combined with acupuncture the effects of this method are amplified. Moxa’s heat penetrates the body quite profoundly and promotes a feeling of deep relaxation. A similar effect can also be achieved through the use of an infra-red heat lamp, which is also available at our clinic.
Cupping is extremely useful at relieving muscle tension where stagnant energy has built up over time. It involves suction cups being placed over the areas of tension to release the tight spots. It excels in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, sciatica, neck and shoulder tension etc. It is also said to release muscle toxins and activate the lymphatic system. Patients often comment it is like having a deep-tissue massage.