What to Expect
Acupuncture feels nice...
No-one tells you that, do they? Having acupuncture is an enjoyable, sensory experience, and after the acupuncture treatment you will feel pleasantly relaxed.
This style of acupuncture draws on the Japanese lineage, using ultra-fine needles with refined, delicate manipulation.
I integrate techniques such Gua Sha, cupping, hot stones and various styles of massage depending on what you need. There are sessions in which I do not use acupuncture at all.
Consultation and treatment
Depending on the nature of your condition, the initial consultation may be an hour or more in length, in which we will take a comprehensive history and make a start with an acupuncture treatment. It can be useful to identify milestones by which we can measure progress, and there are generally discussions to be had around environment, diet and lifestyle.
If you are on any medication please bring this information with you to the consultation. On the day of treatment, alcohol is contraindicated, before or after the session for the rest of the day.
Acupuncture needles are disposable and will be removed from sterile packaging for your treatment. Like very fine, bendy whiskers, they are inserted swiftly with a light touch, with the aim of achieving a gentle sensation that varies from one point to the next and is accompanied by a feeling of relaxation.
Acupuncturists 'take pulses' throughout most treatments, to measure progress. Depending on what needs to be done, we might use some 'Moxa', which is a herb commonly used to warm and stimulate points, or a far-infrared heat lamp for deep warming.
Bodywork includes Tuina, a remedial style of massage using a range of yang envigorating techniques and some yin nourishing techniques. 'Cupping' uses a glass cup as a vacuum to powerfully relieve muscular tension and tension pain.
These modalities combine well with acupuncture to get fast results.
I liked Eleanor's approach of having a goal for the acupuncture, which I felt allowed me to be more involved in the treatment. I was clear what we were focusing on and we could discuss it and track progress. I really appreciated her ability to listen to me and perceive what was going on for me, which made me feel very supported.
Acupuncture always seems like the best approach. Eleanor is a practitioner who I thoroughly trust and would highly recommend to those seeking a sound, natural, holistic approach.
After about 2 months of a severely swollen foot, which no visits to doctors, podiatrists, ultrasound treatment or insoles could help, Eleanor gave me some acupuncture. I was a bit nervous as I'd not had it before, but Eleanor quickly put me at ease with her calming manner and the relaxing massage at the start was lovely. The acupuncture didn't feel uncomfortable at all and I could feel definite sensations linking to my foot. The next day I saw a definite improvement - the pain and swelling were greatly reduced. After a second visit the pain gradually disappeared altogether and my foot was back to normal within a week.