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Traditional Chinese acupuncture utilises an understanding of health and illness that has developed over 2,000 years.

In Chinese medicine, ‘qi’ is a term used to describe body processes and functions.  Acupuncture regulates the flow of qi within the body by inserting fine needles into specific points on ‘meridian’ pathways on the skin.  Other techniques can also be used, such as moxibustion or massage.

In traditional acupuncture there is no mind-body split. In other words, the physical, emotional and mental aspects of life are seen as interdependent.  This holistic approach underpins my work.

Amidst the challenges and changes that our busy lives bring, I offer a safe and accepting space.  Together we can sensitively listen, notice and attend to what’s happening within you.  Treatment is as much about the maintenance of health as the management of dis-ease, and the benefits frequently go beyond relieving one particular condition.  Many people find it can lead to an enhanced sense of overall relaxation, wellbeing and vitality.

What will happen when I go for treatment?

I will take a thorough medical history, feel your pulses, may examine the site of your symptoms, and may look at your tongue.  This allows me to identify your individual underlying patterns of disharmony and design a personalised treatment plan.

I will decide which combination of acupuncture points is right for your whole body as well as your symptoms.  Sometimes acupuncture needles are inserted for just a second or two, or you may be left to rest for a while before the needles are removed.  Points most commonly used are used on the forearm, lower leg, abdomen and back.

I may also combine some massage strokes, pressures and movements, using my hands to help release tension and discomfort.

I also use craniosacral therapy techniques.  Craniosacral therapy is an extremely gentle form of body therapy that supports the body’s innate ability to balance and restore itself.  I use sensitive touch (over clothing) to feel tensions and subtle flows within your body, working with the underlying forces that facilitate health.  Contact is usually made with the feet, head and the base of the spine, and often with other areas too.  The subtle dialogue between me and your body helps to reorganise the effects of life’s experiences, both physical and emotional, and encourages your body’s innate resources.

Shelly, 45, Massage Therapist

 I have been receiving acupuncture periodically for 20 years to treat specific symptoms and as a part of a balanced, preventative approach to my overall well-being. Being in the industry, I have received treatment from a variety of experienced, gifted and adept practitioners. My experience with Ania is every bit as effective and enjoyable as any I have had. Her warm manner, thorough interview and listening skills and innate ability to accurately diagnose and treat all combine to create a comprehensive healing and balancing environment for the client. I would unhesitatingly recommend her acupuncture services. 

Catherine, 32, Fundraiser

 I fully recommend my experience of acupuncture with Ania, she has a warm professional manner and I trust implicitly that she is committed to my wellbeing and recovery. I have found acupuncture to be an important contributing factor to my recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / M.E. 

Erica, 43

I had been suffering for months with a strained muscle, which over time turned into a constant painful spasm that limited my movement. I had tried several different types of treatment with no joy. I went to see Ania for a deep tissue massage but after the first consultation, Ania thought that acupuncture would probably be more suitable. And she was right! Just after the first treatment I felt the muscle had started releasing. After three sessions the spasm had gone and I could start the process of recovering the full range of motion, which I now have!  Ania’s holistic approach to the body gives her the extraordinary strength of addressing an issue with a range of different techniques for the best results. And she always makes you feel welcome and in the right place.

Nicky, 58

 Ania has been working on my heart palpitations and after a few months of seeing her every fortnight, I’m happy to say they have reduced by about 80%. I always look forward to my visits: Ania is deeply kind; a wonderful mix of gentleness, positivity and quiet determination as well as having great depths of intuition and knowledge. She brings all of these to her practice with steadfast encouragement and lightness of touch. She is always reassuring in the assiduous and precise way she places her needles and with her obvious resolution to root out the source of a problem – whilst all the time being absolutely allowing and approachable and constantly checking one’s comfort and reaction. I have no hesitation in recommending her most earnestly. 

Anonymous, 60, GP

Treatments with Ania helped me get through a time in my life when I was suffering from back pain and was working long hours. Acupuncture gave me pain relief that usually lasted a day or two and enabled me to continue to work. I also felt calmed and cared for by the process and would use it as an adjunct for other standard medical treatments again. For example, I recently suggested to my husband that he saw Ania to help him deal with treatment side effects for a serious condition. Ania listens very well and has a lovely gentle, calm manner, which puts you at ease in and of itself. I liked the way that she was prepared to answer my questions about acupuncture as we went along. I felt she was trustworthy. 

Sabine, 42, Lecturer

 Ania is an excellent acupuncturist, mastering different techniques. She is very professional and takes good care of her patients. Sessions have been very helpful to me and have quickly had good effects on my digestive problems. I feel much better now! I recommend her to anybody willing to start acupuncture treatments. Do not hesitate: you will be in good hands! 

Sarah, Homeopath, 43

Acupuncture with Ania really helped me when I had become very run down and overtired with two small children and a partner travelling abroad a lot. The acupuncture sessions helped me to recharge myself and build up my energy levels again, as well as bring back a sense of joy to my life, having felt everything was a bit of a slog. Ania creates a wonderful, calming, therapeutic space in which to unwind and replenish. 

Brendan, 58, Teacher

Ania has treated me on several occasions, primarily for acupuncture. I have always left a treatment feeling refreshed, relaxed and more optimistic than when I arrived. On my first appointment with her I very quickly felt at ease, as her manner is friendly and welcoming. Of necessity, she spent some time finding out personal details in order to be able to treat me holistically, but her manner was very professional and the questioning was subtle and carefully worded. During the treatment she always told me exactly what she was going to do next and I felt relaxed and confident throughout. 

Who has acupuncture?

A wide variety of people of all ages use acupuncture.  Some women use acupuncture for support throughout their pregnancy.  Children can benefit from acupuncture.  It is also used alongside western medicine in palliative care.  Many people first seek acupuncture for help with painful conditions such as osteoarthritis of the knee, headaches or low back pain.  Other people choose acupuncture when their body systems are out of balance, even though they have no obvious diagnosis.  Some choose to have regular treatment because they find it beneficial and relaxing.

Is there evidence that acupuncture works?

Evidence of acupuncture’s effectiveness is growing.  A large systematic review concluded that acupuncture was effective for chronic pain: osteoarthritis, back pain, neck pain, headaches, and shoulder pain.  This review also showed that acupuncture was not a placebo and the effects persisted over time.  Acupuncture has been included in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for Headaches (CG150) and for Chronic Primary Pain (CG193).  The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN): Management of Chronic Pain (136) guidelines include acupuncture for lower back pain and osteoarthritis.

For many conditions a sufficient number of high quality clinical trials have yet to be conducted for researchers to draw firm conclusions.  You can find detailed evidence on the British Acupuncture Council website: www.acupuncture.org.uk and at www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org.

How can acupuncture help me?

I will treat you as a person, not just the condition which you have, so each person’s treatment plan will be different.  I will be happy to offer a free chat about how acupuncture can help you.

What do acupuncture needles feel like?

Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted.  It is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache as the needle is adjusted.  Many people feel deeply relaxed during the treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

Weekly sessions are quite usual to begin with, for perhaps five or six treatments, reducing in frequency as your body responds.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of healthcare you can choose.  Definitive surveys in the UK and Germany concluded that when practised by a properly trained qualified traditional acupuncturist, the risk of serious adverse events from acupuncture is extremely low.

Are there any side effects?

Sometimes a small bruise may appear when a needle is removed.  Occasionally, people can feel dizzy or tired for a brief time after treatment.

Should I tell my doctor I’m having acupuncture?

If you have been prescribed medication I recommend you tell your doctor that you plan to have acupuncture. Do not stop taking your medication. You should tell me about any medication and supplements you are taking.

I am trained to recognise potentially serious underlying health conditions and will refer you to your GP if appropriate.

Will my health insurance pay for acupuncture?

Some health policies now cover treatment with BAcC registered acupuncturists so check with your insurer.