What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific points on the skin, usually by the insertion of needles. In its original form acupuncture was based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional acupuncturists understand health in terms of a vital force or energy called “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) which circulates between the organs along channels called meridians. Qi energy must flow in the correct strength and quality through each of these meridians and organs for health to be maintained. The acupuncture points are located along the meridians and provide one means of altering the flow of Qi.

Muscular-Skeletal Conditions:

Headaches & Migraines

Jaw Pains 

Neck & Low Back Pain



Scars & Post-surgical Adhesions 

Joint Pains

Acute & Chronic Sports Injuries

Childbirth & Pregnancy:

Female infertility

Breech Babies

Morning Sickness

Pregnancy Pains

Hormonal Imbalances

Neurological Conditions:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Post-operative Pain

Bell's Palsy

What can Acupuncture treat?

The following is a list of conditions for which Acupuncture can prove beneficial in alleviation of symptoms but also, in some cases, resolution of the condition. Please contact us if you would like further information regarding a specific ailment. 

Source: World Health Organisation 

Systemic Conditions:

Viral, Bacterial & Fungal diseases

Rheumatoid Arthritis


Weakened Immune System


Allergic Rhinitis

Visceral Conditions:

Acute & Chronic Colitis

Biliary & Renal Colics

Post-operative vomiting / nausea

Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Premenstrual Syndrome


Cardiovascular Conditions: 


Primary Hypotension


Mental Health:




Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu, similar to acupressure, uses finger pressure, manipulations and stretches, along Traditional Chinese Medicine meridians. Shiatsu originated indirectly from acupuncture, the ancient Chinese healing art, from which principles were applied in the traditional form of Japanese massage called anma. 

Shiatsu can be done through the clothes or on bare skin and uses static pressure, which can vary from light holding to deep physical pressure applied with the palm of the hand or thumb.

People can receive shiatsu for relaxation or to help them with specific conditions. In particular, shiatsu can help alleviate insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches, muscular tension, digestive tract issues, and sinus congestion. In some cases it can also help increase local circulation and the movement of lymph.

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