Traditional Acupuncture and Tui Na (Chinese Massage)
I have been working as an acupuncturist since 1984, initially doing my training with J.R. Worsley at the College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington Spa. In 1991 I did a further two years postgraduate training at what is now called The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading. This helped me to integrate the initial training with contemporary Chinese Acupuncture/Medicine.
In 1998 I had an opportunity to go to China on a brief training course. I was able to observe Acupuncture treatment given in outpatient clinics attached to hospitals.
A Diploma in Tui Na (Chinese Massage), in 2002, gave me greater choice in how to approach a problem: Sometimes Acupuncture is used on its own but more frequently Tui Na is included in the treatment.
I also treat people with Massage only - for those who prefer it. Chinese Massage is done through clothing and involves no oil. The principles of Tui Na Massage is the same as for Traditional Acupuncture: the aim is to stimulate the body’s own healing response and restore its natural balance.