What happens on your first visit

The consultation process involves the practitioner asking the patient a series of questions regarding their general health, lifestyle and activity to establish any areas of concern. Also body palpation and your pulse will be taken as well as examining your tongue. This is then used to build a case history and create an individual treatment plan. Treatment will then begin based the answers given, and my assessment of you and your issues. Your first visit is therefore longer and you need to allow at least 1 hour and 15 minutes to 2 hours.

Your second and subsequent visits will usually take up to 1 hour, this includes a mini consultation at the beginning to check on your progress with the treatment you have received.


  • Please tell your therapist about any physical disabilities or health issues before your first appointment, however small you think they are, as they may affect how we treat you.
  • At the first treatment a detailed consultation will take place. Several questions will be asked about your general health and your current issues. It is advisable to be as open and honest as possible to receive the most beneficial treatment.
  • Please allow sufficient time to for any traffic delays. We want you to arrive calm and unflustered, as this is very beneficial to successful treatments.
  • Provide an email address, and I will send you a questionnaire to complete and return to save time when you visit.
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The key to a successful treatment is your preparation

You should have eaten something within a few hours before treatment. It isn’t recommended to arrive for your appointment having eaten a full meal. A snack or light meal will give enough energy to your body to maximise the treatment’s potential. Receiving acupuncture, for example, on an empty stomach may lead to lightheadedness, dizziness or even fainting.

Frequently Asked Questions

A selection of questions that are often asked about our services

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of complementary or alternative medicine that originated in China at least 2500 years ago. Following a consultation, the treatment is delivered by the insertion of very fine sterile needles at specific energy points that are considered to be lines of energy (meridians). They are used to treat or prevent health related conditions.

What does Acupuncture feel like?

With acupuncture most people do not feel pain. Patients usually experience slight discomfort or nothing much at all. The skill and application of the practitioner is the key to your comfort.

How does Acupuncture work?

From a western point of view when needles are inserted into acupuncture points they stimulate sensory nerves under the skin. This results in the body producing natural substances such as pain relieving endorphins. The Chinese perspective believes that there is an organised form of energy called Qi (pronounced chee) or life force flowing along pathways called channels or meridians. When these get blocked it results in Qi not being able to flow freely, creating stagnation and causing imbalances. In order to remove blockages to the flow of Qi, and restore and maintain health, Acupuncturists insert hair thin needles into the skin at specific points on the body which connect with these meridians.

Any side effects with Acupuncture?

It is possible after treatment you may experience lightheadedness, tiredness, altered bowel function or emotional release. You should mention any changes if they occur, but there is no need to be concerned.

What are your opening times?

Monday to Thursday: 10.00 am to 7:00 pm

Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Sunday: Closed

What is Tui Na Massage?

The therapist uses their fingers, hands, forearm, elbow, knee or occasionally the foot to apply pressure and movement to different muscles in the body as well as on acupuncture points. Manipulation techniques such as stretching , pulling and rotations are also often used. The combination of these techniques remove blockages and create a harmonious flow of energy throughout the body.

What does Tui Na feel like?

This massage therapy uses movement as well as pressure. You may feel a little sore following the first session, however once you have had at least two or three sessions most people adjust to the deep pressure. Some people may feel sleepy and others very energised. In almost every experience you will feel better after Tui Na.

Does Tui Na Work?

Tui Na is very effective in addressing specific areas of concern, harmonising the Yin & Yang within the body and unlocking blocked channels. Tui Na will create balance and stimulate the body to heal itself. Tui Na is great for addressing all types of chronic or acute pain.

Are there any side effects with Tui Na?

Tui Na has no known adverse side effects. Most people feel more balanced and lighter following treatment. Occasionally some feel emotional release; you may feel a little groggy or sore the following day as toxins shift due to increased blood and Qi flow. As with most healing therapies it is recommended that you do nothing strenuous on the following day to allow the treatment to take effect. It might be a good idea to have had a light snack few hours before.

I have mobility issues!

I am willing to travel to your home if your health restricts movement. Our area of coverage is up to 10 mile radius from Halesowen Acutherapy Centre. An additional fee is chargeable to cover my travelling time and transportation costs. Please call or email me for details of a consultation and treatment at home.