I’m Emily, I have an Acupuncture practice in the heart of Cheltenham which I set up earlier this year.
I always wanted a career where I can help people, after initially studying Human Nutrition and then going on to teach secondary Food Preparation and Nutrition I wanted to help people in another way long term. I decided to take the plunge and balance both teaching and studying Acupuncture. Having had great results from it myself, I knew that learning about both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element style Acupuncture was the right choice.
I have set up my practice in the center of Cheltenham in a lovely location called The Hive. Some of you may know it from the Yoga classes or the cafe but they also have two treatment rooms upstairs. You will find me there on a Monday, Thursday and Friday (and some Saturdays on request).
I recently held a free talk there on Menstrual Health and Chinese Medicine, talking about the different signs that you can look out for during your cycle and the interchanging relationship between Yin and Yang. I am so glad that this topic is now talked about more and people are becoming much more aware of their body. I hope to run more free talks throughout the year so keep an eye out for the next one!
With my nutrition background I find the Chinese Medicine approach to food fascinating. It is more to do with the energetic properties of the food, which many of us probably do naturally. For example if you are unwell and feeling cold, having warming foods like soups and stews is great! I will always try to give lifestyle advice where possible so that clients have tips that they can do for themselves at home.
If you have never had Acupuncture before, it can be a bit daunting. So here is a little bit of extra information to make you feel more at ease.
Firstly, all appointments are confidential, no one will know that you have had an appointment at all or what for (unless you tell them yourself). The first session is usually a little longer as it will involve asking lots of questions about your symptoms and your ‘systems’ so things like how your sleep is, how your digestion is etc. I find this part really interesting because it creates a picture of patterns which I can then piece together and plan your treatment from. During your first session we will also check your blood pressure and feel your pulse and look at your tongue which is something that can add to our diagnosis. Once all of the information has been gathered we will carry out your first Acupuncture treatment. Yey!
Here are some common questions that people ask…
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted. The feeling that you get when having acupuncture is different for everyone but is usually like a dull ache or a mild tingle sensation that can be very relaxing. Some points are in for just a second or two while others are left in for a while before being removed.
Why do people have Acupuncture?
There are many reasons why people come for treatment, such as relief of specific aches and pains, lower back pain, headaches or an overactive bladder. Sometimes people don’t think they have a specific reason, it can be just not feeling ‘yourself’, but after answering the questions we can agree on a main complaint to focus treatment on and track progress. Sometimes people feel that their body system is out of balance without having a physical complaint. Or if you do have a specific physical condition, the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has a growing body of evidence-based clinical research, if you wanted to look anything up please see the link below.
As treatment is designed to affect your whole body and not just your symptoms, you might notice other complaints getting better as a result of treatment, which is brilliant!
Can children have Acupuncture?
Yes, children and teenagers can have Acupuncture too, but under eighteens need to be accompanied by a parent or carer for their session.
Do you just use Acupuncture needles in treatments?
No, it is not just needles (which are super small). Your individual treatment plan might also include using cupping, Gua Sha or a heat lamp depending on what is needed.
How many sessions should I have?
This will vary from person to person but usually it is recommended that you commit to having weekly sessions to begin with for around four sessions and these can then reduce down accordingly. Many people then come for maintenance treatments, getting to a point where you can have Acupuncture seasonally to help through the seasonal transitions each year can be really beneficial.
If you have any questions about Acupuncture, please get in touch!
Links: British Acupuncture Council BAcC conditions https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions.html
Emily Gann has kindly donated to the CheltenhamMaman Go Red Trek fundraising page in aid of the Eve Appeal in exchange for me telling you all about the brilliant service they offer! You can send me a blog to publish all about your business too this September for just a £20 donation to the fundraising page! Drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.