Acupuncture in Waterloo and Covent Garden
If you’re looking for acupuncture in London, around the Waterloo or Covent Garden areas, we will be able to help you. Here at breathe London, we have been offering acupuncture for many years, and our clients and customers have seen fantastic results.
Acupuncture is a treatment used by many across the UK, that was derived from ancient Chinese medicine. During an acupuncture treatment, fine needles are inserted into strategic points of the body, in order to encourage pain relief, healing, stress relief or even fertility.
What is acupuncture and Chinese medicine?
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has been practiced in China and other Eastern countries for over 2000 years and is one of the oldest systems of healing in existence and is still part of mainstream healthcare. Because of its longevity, acupuncture has many positive reviews and has helped many people. Acupuncture stimulates and rebalances energy flows around the body, by inserting very fine needles into specific places in the body. It can be used to help alleviate pain.
Traditional acupuncture and technique, is based on the idea that the body contains an energy, which needs free flow around the body in order to stay in peak health. This energy flows through the body using something called meridians. The energy is called Qi (pronounced "chee") and it is believed that when Qi does not flow freely through the body - it can cause illness and pain.
We know that acupuncture is successfully because we see the positive results it brings, but it’s scientifically proven too, and there have been many studies showing the effectiveness of acupuncture. When needles are inserted, it stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, which can produce a variety of reactions from the body. It is these reactions that help increase your body's release of natural painkillers (called endorphins and serotonin).
What can acupuncture help with?
We touched on this earlier, but the amount of things that acupuncture can assist with is great. Clients come for acupuncture treatments for many different ailments including;
- Eating disorders
- Lower back pain
- Sciatica Neck and shoulder tension
- Stress management
- Digestive problems
And these are just a selection of what acupuncture can help with. Acupuncture is known for helping relieve pain, discomfort and stress, and can provide longer lasting pain relief than other ‘short-term’ treatment.
The British acupuncture council have an excellent fact sheet listing the benefits and the evidence base for treatments.
Is acupuncture painful?
For most people, the pain is non-existent or minimal. Some people are very wary of acupuncture because it involves needles, but the needles are extremely fine and most people won’t feel them being inserted. For some people, they might feel a tingling or a dull ache when the needles are inserted - but it should not hurt or be painful.
Picking the right therapist
This is a hugely important part of acupuncture, and we ensure we have the very best consultants and therapists working with us at Breathe.
The most important aspect of healing is the skill of the therapist, the engagement of the client, the relationship between the therapist and client and the care and compassion of the therapist. Laura is our acupuncture therapist here at Breathe, and she is an excellent practitioner and a kind, generous and diligent person. Laura will ensure you feel comfortable and relaxed, and will work with you to ensure you get the results you need.
Laura has been teaching Tai Chi, Chi Kung and practicing Acupuncture and Chinese medicine for many years. She has a master’s degree in Chinese medicine and has studied in China with the leading experts in the field. Not only is she vastly experienced in the area of Chinese medicine and movement she also brings great warmth, kindness and compassion to her treatments.
Treatment and booking details
Initial Consultation and Treatment £75 - 1hr
Follow up Acupuncture and/or Tui Na (Chinese pressure point massage) Treatment £65 - 45mins/1hr
No/low income rate £40 for 45mins (2pm-4pm)
Laura is at the Waterloo centre on Tuesdays and Fridays at 34 Colombo Street, SE1 8DP and is also at the Covent Garden Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays.