Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which has been practiced continuously for over 2500 years. In the East, vital energy known as Qi (or Chi) is understood to flow around the body through channels or meridians, the same channels that are used in shiatsu. Any disruption or blockage in a meridian will disrupt the flow of Qi and may result in pain and illness - both physical and emotional. To restore balance in the natural flow of Qi acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points to 'unblock' the meridians.
How it works
Whatever one’s views on TCM theory, in recent years acupuncture has gained increasing recognition in the West and there is a growing body of research into its uses and effects.
The effects of acupuncture are now known to include:
Acupuncture is used for:
I trained in acupuncture as a physiotherapist but I have a particular interest in it having used acupuncture points for over 20 years as a shiatsu practitioner. I use acupuncture for:
• Pain management