acupuncture & massage
In Brighton, Sussex
A warm welcome to this site. I have been practicing acupuncture and massage for nearly two decades and I'm passionate about nourishing connection to inner wisdom, health and natural energy. Please contact me if you would like to get in touch to see if working together at this time is the right thing for you. My acupuncture and massage treatments are available throughout the week from my practice in North Brighton.
I place a strong emphasis on supporting you to find lifestyle practices that with help your healing. This enables you to feel empowered to understand your unique body and work with it in life enhancing ways.
I have particular interest and experience in working with women and our particular health and emotional issues at various stages of our lives. I can support you with many situations including pre natal, pregnancy, post natal, menstrual issues, menopause, prolapse, eating disorders and depression.
I am also a fully qualified and insured Shadow Work coach which means that I can help you to explore your health issues from the point of view of your emotional life if that is an avenue you would like to explore.
First session 90 mins - £70
Follow up 60 mins - £50
90 mins - £70
(with neck & shoulder massage)
60 mins - £55
Massage (Deep Tissue or Tui Na)
90 mins - £70
60 mins - £50
Who & what can acupuncture treat
Acupuncture can treat many complaints, both long term issues and acute conditions. Many people have acupuncture as a preventative measure to strengthen their constitution or because they feel unwell in themselves without being ill in the conventional Western medical sense.
Acupuncture is suitable for everyone, including children, expectant mothers, injured athletes and the elderly. It is also helpful for people trying to overcome addictions such as those related to smoking, food or drugs.
The number of treatments required depends on the individual and the situation. Sometimes the effects can be quite dramatic and only one or two sessions can shift blocked energy. For most complaints a course of treatments in needed and it is usual to come once a week for a month, then make a review of progress and plan further from there. Treatment is also about your own empowerment and overall health and you are encouraged to make appropriate dietary changes and explore your relationship to your life in general. Creation of new opportunities comes with clearing old and stuck habits and patterns. This is very much the scope of this work.
The first consultation and treatment generally takes about an hour and a half, with subsequent sessions lasting an hour, unless a longer massage is required.
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Acupuncture is one part of a comprehensive system of traditional Chinese medicine, which also involves herbal medicines, massage (tui na), diet and exercise. It has been practiced for thousands of years. I combine acupuncture with massage to soften and loosen the body and to make sessions deeply relaxing.
Acupuncture nourishes us or moves energy that has been stuck. It can also do a mixture of the two. It can support the release of old patterns at a deep level. This can also have an impact on our emotional state and be related to patterns of behaviour that may be life limiting and impact our physical health. I am also fully trained as a Shadow Work faciliator and I bring my experience working with limiting belief systems into my consultations where appropriate, seeking to bring the best and most rounded way of approaching any issue with health to you that I can.
Chinese philosophy views the body as an integrated, energetic whole. Mind, body and spirit are all aspects of the same energy known as ‘qi’. Health depends upon the harmonious movement of qi throughout the body which also affects the flow of our emotions and inner lives. When the qi becomes blocked, drained or unbalanced, illness results. Optimal energetic flow may be disturbed by many factors including emotional states such as anxiety, grief or fear. Poor or inappropriate nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections and trauma can also impact us. Staying in alignment with our natural state in modern times is very hard, bombarded as we are by stimulus and relentless pressures.
We rarely simply treat a symptom in isolation. Rather, the constitution and lifestyle of a patient are taken into account and we aim to work with the root of the disharmony. Powerful yet gentle, acupuncture invites a return to balance through the insertion of fine sterile needles into the appropriate points in channels of energy which have different effects. The body has a tendency to want to return to harmonic function. It is almost unheard of for people to have unpleasant side effects. Depending on circumstances, you may feel clear and sprightly after a session, or in need of a long, deep sleep.
Acupuncture on the face can be a wonderful way to rejuvinate, refresh and nourish ourselves. Our face holds so many of our stories and tensions, so gentle facial work can help to relax and release these patterns, allowing natural beauty to shine through. I work with great care and sensitivity and special needles that are even thinner than normal. The sessions are relaxing and nurturing.
Tui Na Massage
Tui na is Chinese massage which is tailored to your needs using the same process of diagnosis as acupuncture treatment. It is much more than a generalised massage and can be vigorous or very gentle depending on the situation. An effective and enjoyable treatment in its own right, it also combines beautifully with acupuncture and enhances the treatment. I usually offer both massage and acupuncture in a treatment.
Deep tissue massage
Deeply relaxing work, more Western in technique and using oil to provide release from aches and tensions. I weave in trigger point work and my knowledge of acupuncture to provide a powerful therapeutic effect.
I first became interested in healing when I was travelling in my teens. I trained in Thai massage and really enjoyed offering massages. My first degree was in Psychology, but I found the Western model of health did not offer me the foundation that I wished to base my working life upon. I had a powerful experience with qi gong and tai qi, the meditation and movement practices of the ancient Chinese tradition and this inspired me to continue my education with another degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine.
I have been qualified since 2002 and have been constantly exploring health and healing since then. I am fully insured for all my work and receive regular supervision.
I have also trained as a yoga teacher, doula and shadow work coach, and run regular groups for women. You can read more about my other work connected with honoring our cycles of life here.