• Women's Health

    Women’s wellbeing is intrinsically linked to their menstrual cycle and hormonal changes at different stages of their life. Ideally the menstrual flow should be regular, moderate and painless and transitions like the menopause a smooth, gradual passage into new stage of life rather than a disempowering and/or traumatic experience. In reality, the stresses and constraints of our urban, modern lifestyle can deeply affect women’s health. Acupuncture and/or shiatsu aim to treat the whole person, restore balance and can be effective for a wide range of women's issues.

    Fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and post-natal

    Acupuncture can be safely used to prepare for conception, to support the constitution and alleviate specific symptoms during pregnancy, such as nausea. It can be given as a support prior to and during labour and as part of post-natal care. I am a member of the Acupuncture for Childbirth Team (ACT) Oxfordshire and therefore familiar with the local midwifery facilities. I can also accompany you to the John Radcliffe Hospital to attend your labour.

    Conception
    Acupuncture aims to balance the body's energy and improve general wellbeing. Many clients come to see me for support with natural conception or during IUI, IVF and ICSI cycles.

    Pregnancy
    Acupuncture is a very safe form of treatment during pregnancy. It is successfully used for the treatment of morning sickness and other symptoms. During pregnancy, I generally work with a blend of acupuncture and shiatsu techniques to maximise relaxation, especially in the weeks leading up to labour. I also like to teach birth partners some shiatsu massage techniques, exercises and positions that could be helpful during labour -  either one to two or in groups in collaboration with a colleague. Click here for the next labour preparation workshop.

    Childbirth
    Acupuncture and acupressure are often used in late pregnancy and are getting more popular as a support throughout the birth process. As a member of the Acupuncture for Childbirth Team, I can draw up a labour rota around your due date to ensure that a qualified acupuncturist can attend your birth at any time, at home or in hospital.

    Post-Natal
    Acupuncture can be used as a gentle constitutional support after childbirth. I often do home visits post-natally to treat the mother with a blend of shiatsu, acupuncture and moxibustion. Mothers often come for treatment a few months after giving birth for further balancing treatments and to be shown basic baby massage techniques.

     

    For more detailed information about acupuncture and shiatsu for women’s health issues please contact me by phone or e-mail.