Acupuncture utilises tiny needles to to influence the body's natural ability to heal. It taps in to the body's intrinsic intelligent energy, known in Chinese as Qi. By using a knowledge of the channel system within the body, the style of acupuncture practiced will help to remove pathogenic energy, strengthen the entire organ system and give the body time and space to heal.
This electricity is in every cell of your body, it is organised and alive. Like any electrical thing (think of your computer!), it can go wrong, flow the wrong way, become static or be too much or too little. This is the start of the disease process, and this is what acupuncture aims to help, promoting wellness and good health.
I'm Nicki. I have a Diploma in Acupuncture from the Scientific School of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture (SSOMA) in Tunbridge Wells. The Dean (and my teacher) is Dr Dan Keown, formerly a doctor in Emergency Medicine, and author of the Amazon Bestseller Spark in the Machine as well as The Uncharted Body.
I have a 25 year background within the NHS, working as a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist specialising in blood sciences. I then worked more clinically as a Lead Transfusion Practitioner, and as a Service Manager for Theatres and Recovery. Due to ill health, I could no longer remain in this role and decided to study both Chinese Medicine and the Feldenkrais Method as they were both integral to my healing.
I am also a Level 2 ISA surf coach and hopes the Feldenkrais Method will benefit my surf students. I am based in Penzance, Cornwall.
My goal is to provide alternative medical care for Cornwall, in the form of acupuncture, based on ancient Chinese medicine blended with modern Western science that will reverse and prevent disease using the fundamental healing principles of the body. There are no drugs, and the treatment is very gentle. You may have encountered dry needling in the past - this is much more gentle and sensitive.
The treatments are done on a one to one basis. A full consultation is included prior to the needles being inserted, and then left for approximately 15 minutes, whilst the patient relaxes in the quiet space of the treatment room. Treatment is individual, and a course of treatment is usually 6 to 10 sessions.