Mindfulness, Traditional Chinese Medicine and
Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pains like osteoarthritis of the knee for example. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing.
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Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies and children. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine. In your first meeting, Quintus will ask you a range of questions to assess your health picture and to design a treatment plan specific to you. This first session is also important for you both to establish a good working relationship. Quintus uses sterile needles that are used only for the session and discarded afterwards. When a needle is inserted you may feel it; the sensation is often like a tugging feeling or a dull ache, the needles can be left in for up to 20 minutes or sometimes inserted for only a few seconds. This is your treatment and everything that happens in your session will be discussed with you.
Mindfulness plays a significant part in the practice of acupuncture. When you come to see Quintus he will take a detailed case history and look at your tongue and feel your pulse and also determine what is happening in the present, the here and now - in what happens between you and your healing process.
Often healing occurs when your awareness is brought into focus on what is happening in you. This is done in an attentive, non-judgmental way. As well as taking the pulse, looking at the tongue, hearing about what is going on for you, what conditions you would like to be treated you will also be invited to explore what needs attention in the present moment.Another key factor is that you will be encouraged to enjoy the process of healing.
Your attention will be brought closer to why you have come for acupuncture: good health and wellness. I was trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine and 5 Element styles of acupuncture. Incorporating mindfulness into my practice has been a natural process.