Ancient Chinese lived in harmony with their surrounding environment and saw people as being a microcosm of the universe. This thinking forms the basis of Chinese medicine, an amalgamation of thousands of years of practical experience and knowledge about natural health.
In Chinese medicine, Qi is the motivating force behind all living things and all animate objects are manifestations of Qi. While Qi is invisible, its manifestations are real and observable. Qi streams through the body along a series of meridians and health problems, both physical and emotional, can then be interpreted as 'inharmonious' flow of Qi. Ancient Chinese texts identified the acupuncture points on the body where Qi accumulates or comes close to the surface making external interaction possible.
By interacting with the flow of Qi, acupuncturists are able to assist the body to rebalance itself to promote entirely safe and natural self-healing. It also enables each patient to be treated as an individual with a treatment plan unique to them. Each patient is diagnosed using a mixture of techniques including the taking of the radial pulse before the practitioner will use needles, moxa (a Chinese herb with warming qualities) and perhaps cupping, to affect the flow of qi. The needles are very fine and therefore cause minimal discomfort.
Over the years acupuncture has evolved into many forms and the practitioners at the Perrymount are trained in five elements and traditional Chinese Medicine along with Stems and Branches Acupuncture, a classical system that focuses on the energetic pattern of any given time and how these influence you as an individual. We are more than happy to discuss whether acupuncture can help you in any way and offer free 15 minute consultations to enable you to ask any questions you may have.
Whilst pregnancy is often expected to be a happy and ‘blooming’ time of a women’s life the reality is it can be fraught with anxiety, hormonal related mood changes and general aches and pains. The same can be said post-partum when women are not only adjusting to the physical and hormonal changes in their body but doing so on little sleep and often feeling overwhelmed. Acupuncture is a safe and gentle way to support your pregnancy and post-partum recovery,
Rachel graduated from the International college of Oriental Medicine with a first class Honours degree in Acupuncture, studying both five elements and classical Stems and Branches. She is a fully certified member of the British Acupuncture Council.
As well as having a specific interest in Women’s health including conception support, menopause and pregnancy, she is also a qualified Facial Enhance practitioner and holds an ITEC level 5 massage diploma.
Rachel is one third of the Acupuncture Team at The Perrymount, working on Wednesday’s, Friday’s and some Saturday’s. Her colleagues Ben Prentice and Helen Were form the other two thirds of the team making acupuncture available 6 days a week.
Helen is a qualified acupuncturist, yoga teacher and massage therapist. She graduated from the International college of Oriental Medicine, studying Traditional Chinese Medicine, five elements and classical stems and Branches acupuncture. She is a fully certified member of the British Acupuncture Council and a member of Cosmetic Acupuncture UK, the professional practitioner network for cosmetic acupuncturists.
In addition, Helen is a qualified yoga teacher and has studied with some of the best known and experienced yoga teachers in the UK and abroad. She is also a qualified massage and baby massage therapist.
Alison was awarded a first-class BSc (Hons) degree in Chinese Acupuncture with Greenwich University, having studied a three-year full-time degree at the prestigious International College of Oriental Medicine. Alison incorporates Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Element and classical constitutional approaches in her acupuncture treatments. She is also a member of the Institute of Sports & Remedial Massage and the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). Her special areas of interest include musculo-skeletal pain and anxiety related disorders.
Alison has been working as a therapist since 1994 with massage, reflexology and aromatherapy and has specialised in sports & remedial massage and advanced soft tissue therapy, working alongside physiotherapists, osteopaths and doctors in Asia, Spain and the UK. She has been teaching at LSSM since 2011 and is course co-ordinator at LSSM's Brighton branch.