A wholistic treatment using fine needles inserted at specific points on the skin called acupoints. It is based on the principles of Taoism and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Inserting needles in this way is considered to adjust the body’s ability to self-regulate, promoting and restoring resilience and balance to the system.
If you have specific symptoms or medical conditions which have not responded satisfactorily to conventional treatment, then acupuncture may be able to help.
Many people find acupuncture beneficial for health promotion and may return on a seasonal basis for a ‘top-up’ following a course of treatment. Alternatively, if you feel ‘out of balance’ physically, mentally or emotionally, without any clear-cut reason, then acupuncture can help here too.
A typical acupuncture session uses between 5–8 needles which are retained for approximately 15–20 minutes in most cases. You would be lying or reclining comfortably on the treatment couch in a relaxing atmosphere.
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An alternative way to balance the acupuncture meridian system of the body using light touch at the acupoints instead of needles. In several ways more subtle than acupuncture, gentle fingertip contact is applied to particular sequences of acupoints to balance energy (qi) which animates the body.
Both forms of treatment utilise the meridian system via the acupoints. However in acupoint therapy the system is accessed using light touch on pairs of acupoints in a specific sequence.
With this form of acupoint therapy, the quality of touch and therapeutic effects are different to shiatsu and deep point massage. Many people experience a deep sense of calm and inner poise in addition to relief of physical symptoms.
Acupoint therapy is popular with children, people who feel stressed and those who are averse to needles. Sessions are conducted with you lying or reclining comfortably on the couch wearing loose clothing.
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A hands-on treatment which can assist the body’s natural capacity for self-regulation and repair. The head, the sacrum and feet are the main contact points enabling, through negotiated touch, a direct connection with the craniosacral system and energetic field of the body.
The craniosacral system works on the body’s subtle physiology to help free up
movement of energy and tissue fluids around the body. These are affected by earlier life events which may have been a shock to your system at the time, and can still affect your health today.
This therapy can also help with psychological and emotional questions which themselves are often linked to physical issues.
If you have pain or things are physically not quite right, there’s often a deeper dimension to it, and craniosacral therapy can help.
During a session you lie clothed on a treatment table and relax. It involves light touch and no manipulation.
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The aim is similar with all three modalities, but they provide different routes to help you move forward on your path towards balance and health. Which therapy is best for you depends on a number of factors, where you are in your life today, and what you are drawn to.
Perhaps you have been affected by specific symptoms which have not responded satisfactorily to conventional treatment? Or, maybe you are interested in actively promoting your health with occasional treatments? Here, Acupuncture might be the best.
Alternatively, you may feel drawn to a therapy which has some similarities to acupuncture only without the needles. In this case, Light Touch Acupoint Therapy could be the best approach.
Perhaps you have physical symptoms which might have deeper roots which need to be related to. Here Craniosacral Therapy might be best
Please read more information on this site first. If you feel there’s something for you here, get in touch to outline your situation and thoughts. Perhaps one of these therapies will act as good starting place and we can proceed from there. None of these therapies is exclusive, and by mutual agreement we will decide to do whatever feels appropriate for you.