Supporting Emotional Wellbeing
Everyone feels anxious from time to time, it's a natural response to stressful situations, and feeling down or having the blues now and then is normal. An acupuncture treatment at these times can be an enjoyable way to keep on top of stress and support healthy lifestyle choices.
Anxiety and depression
However if stress or anxiety are more constant they can affect our daily lives both psychologically (mentally) and physically. Symptoms vary from person to person and can include feeling restless, having trouble sleeping or concentrating, dizziness, muscular tension and headaches. Being in a state of constant worry or alert saps our energy and mood can drop with it. A general low mood will tend to lift after a few days or weeks but one that doesn't go away can be a sign of depression. Medically speaking anxiety and depression are different conditions, but they commonly occur together.
One of the reason acupuncture is such a good treatment for emotional conditions is that mood, energy levels and physical symptoms are seen as part of a whole picture and are treated together. Mind and body are not seen as separate entities but are inextricably connected. Many people know this to be the case from their own experience, for example a digestive disorder becomes worse with stress or feelings of anxiety are accompanied with a tightening in the chest and a pounding heart.
Therapy and counselling is paramount for severe and ongoing feelings of anxiety and depression and acupuncture is a beneficial adjunct, it calms the mind, helps with sleep and physical symptom. It combines safely with medication and can help reduce unwanted side-effects.
I often combine acupuncture with therapeutic massage, tui na (Chinese) and shiatsu (Japanese). People tend to find it very nurturing especially when there is a lot of emotion and it provides an alterntive for people who are fearful of needles.
What some people say
"I found Sally to be able to create a very positive and relaxed atmosphere. l liked the fact that she was able to adapt her practice to connect with me in a variety of ways to help make the sessions even more effective. I know this work helped move me a significant step forward in my journey."
"I had my first ever course of acupuncture with Sally this year. It cleared up my headaches, helped my lower back, and my general mood lifted during the weeks of the treatment . . ."
"I felt really unwell at the beginning of the year - I had no energy and had periods of unexplained breathlessness and my mood was very low . . . shiatsu helped me recover my equilibrium and be more in tune with my body. I found the connection with the practitioner and her touch very healing."