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PHILOSOPHY AND BIO
Hello, I'm Maria,
I am a Chinese Medicine Acupuncture practitioner and studied at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine at Reading. I have been trained to combine Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which treats physical symptoms and Five Element acupuncture which treats constitutionally (the whole person).This integrated way of treating covers all bases really!The training is a three-and-a-half-year BSc (Hons) degree which involves study of Chinese Medicine theory,anatomy and physiology and most importantly many hours of clinical observations and treating my own patients in the Reading clinic.
I discovered acupuncture after suffering from severe migraines and no medicines seemed to help.Traditional Acupuncture worked for me very quickly, I couldn't believe it!
I find Acupuncture so interesting,it really is my passion. I also find it extremely rewarding being able to help people improve their health and wellbeing in a safe and holistic way. I like the fact the whole person is treated and not just their symptoms.The result tends to be a healthier more balanced person generally.
Acupuncture can help such a wide range of health conditions from musculoskeletal pain i.e. back, knees, hips, shoulders etc.to medical conditions like anxiety and depression,menopausal symptoms, insomnia, fatigue, digestive problems and many more.
I also trained in and enjoy treating patients with other Chinese Medicine Therapies e.g. tui na and gua sha (types of massage) and moxa and cupping.
If you would like more information regarding how acupuncture could help you please feel free to get in touch. (See contact page)
Come along for some treatment! I look forward to seeing you.
"When you touch one thing with deep awareness,
you touch everything."
- Lao Tzu
Cupping is a therapy used in TCM to remove stagnation and stimulate the flow of qi. Qi is the free flow of vital energy circulating through the body and if the qi is disrupted or disturbed, it can create stagnation (blockages) or imbalances in the body. TCM teaches that it is the stagnation of qi and blood that causes pain and disease. Cupping invigorates local circulation of qi and blood in the area being treated, resolving swelling, pain, and tension. By drawing impurities to the surface, it removes toxins.
From a Western physiology perspective, cupping loosens connective tissue or fascia and stimulates blood flow to the surface. Cupping stimulates tissue relaxation and better cell-to-cell communication. The basic idea behind cupping therapy is to place glass cups on the patient’s skin to create a vacuum, so the blood is drawn to the surface of the skin in specific parts of the body that need healing.
Examples of uses of cupping therapy: -
Back pain, shoulder stiffness, lung problems e.g. coughs, colds or asthma. Generally, as a wellbeing, clearing treatment. Cupping can leave bruise like marks which indicates a good result of treatment. Any marks will clear within a few days. This therapy is used alongside acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for thousands of years. The focus is on you as an individual, not your illness, and all symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to affect the flow of your body’s qi, or vital energy. A growing body of evidence based research shows that traditional acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems.
This is a form of Chinese massage using a gua sha tool. The technique dates back around 3000 years.
Gua means to `scrape` and Sha means red spots. This describes the technique as the blunt tool is scraped gently using a skilled technique on specific areas of the body. The gentle but firm scraping motion on the skin this leads to red spots similar to a bruise forming on the skin. The darker the spots and the more spots there are the better the reaction to treatment. Any redness resolves within a few days
Gua sha can be used to treat many conditions including frozen shoulder, back pain and sciatica, colds and flu and many more conditions. It could be used alongside acupuncture in the treatment room.
Moxa is a natural product prepared from the leaves of artemisia vulgaris similar to mug wort. It is used in Chinese medicine when warming is needed. The product comes in different forms and can be used on specific acupuncture points, attached to a needle or used as a moxa stick to warm a joint e.g. knee or shoulder.
GET IN TOUCH
Maria is practicing from: Magnolia Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 44 Victoria Gardens, Neath SA11 3BH
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Tel: Magnolia:01639 635000
Maria Mobile:07830 263954