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What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has developed over thousands of years and is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Practitioners treat holistically; they take into consideration the whole person – mind and body – to understand the underlying imbalance in the patient’s natural energy or Qi which is causing their “dis-ease”.

Acupuncturists insert fine needles into specific acupuncture points on meridians to correct the imbalance. Once re-balanced, the body’s built-in healing mechanism can then work to alleviate unpleasant symptoms. Acupuncture helps to restore equilibrium to both mind and body, because practitioners understand that we are not merely physical beings but also emotional and intellectual. This means when we treat, we treat the whole person encompassing the emotions, mind and body enabling acupuncture to work on many symptoms at a deep level. At the Therapy Life Centre we also like to encourage our clients to actively participate in their own healing perhaps through diet, exercise or lifestyle changes as this enables deeper change and better results.

What Is Treatment Like?

The first half of the treatment involves detailed questioning of the patient about their symptoms, lifestyle and health issues. After taking the pulse and observing the tongue to build up a complete picture of the patient and their condition, a diagnosis is then made so that the most appropriate points can treated.

Sometimes patients feel sharpness or tingling on insertion of the needle but this is always momentary and dies away quickly. For a few seconds, patients may then also experience a numbness or heaviness when the needle makes contact with the energy at the point. This is a positive indication to the practitioner that the Qi has been influenced.

Needles are usually left in for up to twenty minutes, during which time most patients experience a feeling of calm and relaxation. Immediately after treatment, especially the first time, it is common to feel quite tired.

What Conditions Can Acupuncture Help?

Many clinical studies have been carried out on the use of acupuncture in the treatment of many conditions, often with very positive results and more information regarding this research and conclusions can be found on the website of the British Acupuncture Council.

What is Tui Na?

One of the main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tui Na differs from other forms of massage in that it is used to treat specific illnesses of an internal nature as well as musculoskeletal ailments.  Treatment is often performed through a sheet, so there is no need to remove clothing. Ancillary methods are also employed, such as cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, and external herbal tinctures.

Gua sha

Scraping is applied with a round edged implement that is blunt and smooth.  It is particularly useful when qi and blood are obstructed causing pain and stiffness.


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The application of glass suction cups to the surface of the skin.  Cupping increases the flow of qi, blood and lymph, and draws unwanted pathogenic factors to the surface to be removed.




Moxibustion is the warming of points or areas on the body with a smouldering herb known as moxa.  It is particularly useful when there is a deficiency of qi and when the root of a problem is related to cold.


Acupuncture & CranioSacral therapy: 

Lorna Withers

CranioSacral Therapy:

1 hour sessions - £60.00

30 minute sessions - £35.00


Initial Consultation - free (no treatment)

Courses of treatment available ranging from 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 12 weeks. Prices on request.

Acupuncture, Tui Na & Qi Qong: 

Steve Coster

All hour sessions £50.00


Please call 01702433959 for an appointment.