I now accept Bristol Pounds!
I’m delighted to announce that I am now able to accept payment for all treatments in Bristol Pounds – either cash, online payment or text2pay.
It’s a real pleasure to be working with the team over at Bristol Pound, joining over 800 other businesses in our city supporting this wonderful initiative to support the local economy.
If you don’t know about the Bristol Pound – check out their website and my profile there.
Self massage for tension headache
Well it’s been a while since I’ve blogged but I am starting again. Today I am writing about a great little acupressure massage that will renew your energy in the middle of the day whether you’ve been sat at a desk for a while or after you have been in the car for too long.
Recently I have seen many people come into the clinic complaining of neck pain. Fortunately in most of these cases there is nothing sinister lurking other than they have been sitting too much, not getting enough movement and exercise or have been putting their bodies at a funny angle to look at their phones or tablets for hours during the week – or in some cases, all three! All of these can contribute to tightness in the neck and shoulders, which for some can lead to headaches.
A simple way to get things back into balance and restore your energy is to give yourself a little TLC. This simple series of movements will help you to unwind and it just takes a few minutes.
1) Whilst sitting in a chair with feet on the floor (legs uncrossed please) gently bend your neck forward with the chin dropping down. Place your middle fingers of both hands in the small indentations at the base of the skull at the sides of your neck vertebrae. No need to apply pressure here, just breathe deeply and notice the contact between your fingers and your neck.
2) After some relaxing breaths you can add a little pressure while at the same time drawing your neck back to a straight position – this will allow you to get a little deeper into the area (see photo).
Massage point at base of the skull
3) With slow and regular breaths, draw five small circles with your middle fingers while maintaining the pressure. Then gradually repeat this as you move along the base of the skull towards the ears.
4) Continue these circles and finish at the lowest point on the bone, just behind the ears. By the end you should have drawn roughly 20-25 circles in total. If you repeat this three times in a row you will find your neck feels more relaxed with less tension. Finish by taking several slow and deep breaths while you enjoy a moment of calm renewal.
While some of you may know already, I am now offering treatment at two new locations. You can find me in Stoke Bishop at the Helios Medical Centre and also in Clifton Village at The Practice Rooms.
Helios Medical Centre provides conventional medicine as well as offering holistic and complementary approaches. The centre is on beautifully landscaped grounds and has free parking. It is located just over the north side of the Bristol Downs on Stoke Hill and is very close to Bristol University’s botanical gardens. You can also easily travel here on the 40 bus with First Great Western or on the U6 Wessex Red service.
The newly opened Practice Rooms in Clifton Village has charming and welcoming rooms for your treatment. It is conveniently located on Regent Street, on the doorsteps of numerous popular coffee bars, restaurants and colourful boutique shops. There is free on-street parking in the area as well as metered parking and car parks. Alternatively, First Great Western busses 8 and 9 pass by frequently.
Treatments at these locations cost £35 for regular treatments (about 50 minutes) while first visits cost £50 (90 minutes). I do offer concessionary rates in some circumstances so please do ask.
To make an appointment at either location, you can contact me directly on my mobile: 07840265903. Please note that at Helios and The Practice Rooms I only accept cash or cheque.
Helios Medical Centre, 17 Stoke Hill, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, BS9 1JN.
The Practice Rooms, 24 Regent Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4HG.
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Hello dear visitor,
With Spring blooming all around us it seems an appropriate time to start this blog. I hope you will find here ideas that get you thinking, answers to some of your questions about traditional acupuncture and thoughts about health and well-being.
If you are reading this, you probably have an interest in learning what traditional acupuncture and its related therapies can do for you. This very old system of health offers improvement to a vast range of conditions. As advertising restrictions in the UK currently limit me to listing conditions where acupuncture has undergone rigourous randomised double blind trials with verifiable positive outcomes, I am able to (proudly) say that it has proven to show clear benefit in the following conditions:
– tension-related headaches
– knee pain such as that related to osteoarthritis when used as an adjunct therapy
– temporary relief of lower backache
– and migraines
However it is important to bear in mind that traditional acupuncture is a highly developed and individualised system. What does this mean? It means that for each person there may be a different cause for a problem (or a series of problems) and that a condition might manifest in one way for you and in another way for someone else. Fortunately traditional acupuncture is not a one-size-fits-all system and practitioners look at each person with fresh eyes on a case-by-case basis.
If you would like to learn if a health-related condition familiar to you has been the focus of acupuncture research, a good place to start is on the British Acupuncture Council website. To go directly to the information pages, go to evidence-based information about acupuncture. Additionally, the World Health Organisation sets out on its website a vast range of health problems and conditions that it believes can be improved with traditional acupuncture: World Health Organisation and acupuncture.
Or if you prefer, feel free to give me a call or drop me a line and we can talk about your specific situation. My mobile number is 07840 265 903 and you can reach me by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check back here as I will be updating this section very soon with some new developments.
Thanks for reading.