Treatment room

My treatment room is on the lower ground floor of a beautiful listed Georgian building dating back to the early 1800's.  It is a calm, tranquil place to relax and let the balancing nature of acupuncture take effect.

The main door to the building is at street level and is kept shut.  Please call me when you arrive outside for your appointment so I can let you in.

Payments can be made by card or cash.

Does acupuncture hurt?

This is a common question asked by people who have never had acupuncture.  An acupuncture needle is very thin and flexible.  It can bend easily so needles are inserted gently without force.  The diameter of the needles I use is about twice the thickness of a human hair and 10 times smaller than the diameter of a syringe used for medical injections.

Acupuncture shouldn't be painful although everyone's experience will be slightly different.  When the acupuncture needle is inserted you may feel a sharp zing as it connects with the energy flowing through your body or you may feel nothing at all.  You then might start to feel a dull ache, or a tingly sensation, or a warmth spreading around the needle as it stimulates the point where it was inserted.  By the end of the treatment you will usually feel more calm and relaxed than when you arrived.

What should I wear?

You should wear comfortable clothing that can be rolled up to your elbows and knees.  Five element treatments often focus on points on your head, arms and legs although other points may be used such as on your stomach or back.  For injury related treatments, needles need to be inserted around the place of injury so this will need to be accessible.  Needles cannot be inserted through clothing.  Facial treatments obviously focus on your face and head but needles will also be inserted in your hands and feet.

How will I feel afterwards?

The relaxing nature of acupuncture can sometimes leave you feeling slightly lightheaded immediately after your treatment as your body starts to rebalance itself and you may find that you sleep really well that night.  If you had aches and pains you may feel like you can move a bit more freely, or you may feel like some of your stresses and worries have started to lift.  Results are not always immediate but the positive effect of the needles keeps working even after they are removed and it can often take several hours to feel the full benefit of a treatment. 

How many sessions will I need?

Acupuncture is cumulative with each treatment building on the one before to create a more lasting effect.  I recommend weekly treatments to begin with while we assess how your body responds to the acupuncture.  You should start to see lasting improvements after a few treatments, although this will depend on the extent of the issue being treated.  Treatments can then start to be spread further apart.

Private medical insurance

If you have private medical insurance you may be able to claim back the full or partial cost of your acupuncture treatment as I am a member of an organisation under the British Acupuncture Federation.  Please check the requirements with your healthcare insurance provider to see if you are covered. You will need to pay for your treatment and I will provide a receipt within 24 hours for you to submit to your insurance company.