What I do
You've heard of acupuncture. But have you heard of Five Element Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is thousands of years old. So it’s no surprise then that there are many traditions and styles of acupuncture! I practice a tradition known as ‘Five Element Acupuncture.’ This tradition treats not only the physical aspect of the person, but the mind and the spirit. ‘Spirit’ is a word that is often misunderstood in our culture. Images of religions, spooky apparitions or even the type of liquor we may enjoy all share the same word. But the Spirit could also be called our soul or life force. It’s the part of us that connects with others, enables us to give and receive love and to live with a sense of ease. To be in ‘good spirits’ literally means to be uplifted and in a positive state of mind!
Sadly up until recent years, the spiritual aspect of acupuncture was mostly removed from the practice in China, and treatment that focussed only on the physical side prevailed. But the ancient Chinese knew that the physical, mental and spiritual parts of us aren’t separate. If one part gets sick, the other parts will inevitably suffer.
Fortunately, this tradition was salvaged and bought to the Western world by Professor J. R. Worsley. He taught that for the physical parts of us to be able to heal, the spirit and the mind couldn’t be ignored. This tradition teaches us to pay attention to all aspects of the person, not just the symptom. It is often found that the cause of the symptom is totally unrelated to the area where the pain or problem is!
My job is to get to know who you are in order to identify the cause of the problem or symptom. Once this cause has been identified, I’ll use often just a few hair-thin needles in specific points around the body to help correct and support it. The body has an incredible capacity to heal, and with a little assistance, it can begin to recover towards better health.
I believe that by looking around in the world today, it’s about time we started to look after the inner part of us...the spirit.
I hope you find answers to any questions you may have here. If you need to know anything else, or would like to book a quick chat to discuss, please get in touch.
After many years of working in the retail and hospitality industry, I felt the intense strain on my mental and physical health. Poor digestion, headaches, stress and anxiety were commonplace, and I accepted that these were part of life. These symptoms lessened significantly, and most disappeared, after seeing a five element acupuncturist. I wanted to understand why acupuncture had worked so incredibly, so I decided to partake in a Five Element apprenticeship with renowned acupuncturist and Master, Gerad Kite. During this time I learnt the Five Element tradition strictly as taught by Professor J.R. Worsley. We learnt how important nature is when treating patients, and to reawaken our senses to diagnose imbalance within people. An immersive study on the nature and location of the points, alongside classical Chinese philosophy, has put me on a path of service to help people heal.
Bringing an understanding of the five elements into my life has helped me to see just how life-changing this treatment can be, and the wonderful benefits it can bring to every part of our mind, body and spirit.
Using my knowledge of the five element system of medicine, I can help to identify where energy, or chi (qi), needs to be directed using acupuncture needles to bring about a state of balance and harmony. Assisting nature to promote healing in such a gentle, but profound way is what I love most about working with people in the treatment room.
I am fully insured, a member of the Complementary Therapists Association (CTHA) and the Association of Five Element Acupuncturists (AFEA)