“There are two types of acupuncture practised in the west today; Medical acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Medical acupuncture is practised by osteopaths, doctors, and physiotherapists. Basic needling techniques are used within the framework of a western medical diagnosis to relieve symptoms such as pain and headache.
Traditional Chinese Medicine allows the acupuncturist to consider your symptoms in a holistic way, which may occur through physical or emotional stress, poor nutrition or injury. When this happens, it is an imbalance of your qi, or your body’s vital life energy that are causing the symptoms. Acupuncture works to rebalance the body’s qi by inserting ultra-fine needles into acupuncture points in the body.
For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in some symptoms of pain and illness. In certain instances, traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony. TCM tools also include cupping and moxibustion, as well as acupuncture.
Today traditional acupuncture is practised all around the world and clinical trials are now confirming its efficacy. More and more people are able to benefit as traditional acupuncture becomes a recognised option within standard healthcare.
Amanda offers standalone Acupuncture sessions for most health issues, or a combination of acupuncture and Massage for Musculoskeletal problems, and a combination of Acupuncture and Table Shiatsu for emotional or psychological issues, where an element of hands on work can feel supportive.
She also offers Acupuncture for fertility support, whether you are preparing to conceive naturally, or if you are having IVF/ICSI. She can then support you all through your pregnancy with Acupuncture and Shiatsu through to birth preparation – shiatsu workshops for pain relief during labour, and post-natal work.
For further information on how she works, please see her website; www.amandacrawshaw.co.uk”