I came to acupuncture late in life. I had heard of it, but never tried it – how could sticking needles in your arms/ legs/ hands help you get better?
Well after 20+ years of working for big corporate companies in marketing, and later, teaching marketing at university level, all whilst raising a young family, I found I was not coping very well! My sleep deteriorated, I had problems breathing, I had unexplained aches and pains but I had to keep going- I was just balancing work and family life like everyone else, right?
Wrong. My body was telling me something had to change, either in my work, or in the way I was looking after myself. Giving up work wasn’t an option, so when a friend suggested trying acupuncture, I had nothing to lose. I’d give anything a try if it helped me feel better equipped to cope with the demands of everyday life.
It didn’t cure me straight away, but I felt SO much better after one acupuncture session and I realized how much tension I was carrying in my body and in my mind. I had more acupuncture sessions and joined a weekly Qi Gong (loosely translated as energy skill) and a Tai Qi class, and over time, my sleep improved, the pains disappeared and I felt calmer than I had in many years.
With a clearer head, I realized it was time for a career change and after 3 years of intensive study and practice, I qualified as an Acupuncturist. It was now my time to give something back, to do my bit to help people and show them the benefits of Chinese Medicine.
So that’s me. I am still part crazy biochemist that tries to understand the science behind what happens when you place needles in people, but for me, it is more than just science- there is this enigmatic concept of Qi involved in the healing process. I continue to practice my daily Qi Gong and TaiChi- it keeps the neighbours wondering why I am out in the garden pulling some crazy moves, but it makes me smile!
After working with Emma Mango for the past few years, we have decided to team up and I am now offering home visits for anyone on the Wirral as Emma focuses on the Chester area.
If you fancy having a chat to see how acupuncture could help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.