At the initial consultation, a full medical history will be taken. This covers general information regarding your health and lifestyle. Please bring along any details of medication that you are currently taking. This takes about 1 ½ hours, including treatment. Subsequent treatments are 45 minutes to one hour, depending on the complexity of your case.

During a treatment, very fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body, promoting healing and restoring balance.

Where appropriate Rachel may use additional therapies to enhance and complement the treatment.

Fingers are used to press the specific acu-points, an effective alternative to needles. Rachel practises Jin Shin acupressure, a very gentle and relaxing form of acupressure, perfect for children and those afraid of needles.

Tui Naa and massage Tui Naa is a Chinese massage technique; Rachel combines this with remedial and therapeutic styles of massage, to release muscles, encourage healing and to aid relaxation.

Gua Sha The skin is stimulated using a round-edged instrument.

Moxa The herb mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It is used to warm and nourish specific acu –points or larger areas of the body.

Cupping Vacuum cups are used to stimulate blood flow and clear stagnation, which might be causing pain, discomfort or stiffness.

Pestle acupuncture Specialist brass implements are utilised to press acu – points.