What will happen on my first visit?

Your first consultation may take longer than subsequent sessions. This is because we need to assess your general state of health in order to identify the underlying patterns of disharmony and give you the most effective treatment.

You will be asked about your current symptoms and what treatment you have received so far, your medical history and that of your close family, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. Once enough information has been gathered to determine the likely causes of your problems, the most appropriate treatment for you will be selected.

How should I prepare for my first visit?

You should try not to have a large meal within an hour of your appointment as the process of digestion will alter the pattern of your pulse. You should also avoid the consumption of alcohol, and food or drinks which colour your tongue, such as coffee, immediately prior to treatment. It is helpful to wear loose , comfortable clothing for your treatment and you should be aware that your acupuncturist may need to access points on your torso as well as your arms and legs.


What does it feel like?
Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to the needles used in injections and blood tests. They are much finer and solid, not hollow. When a needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling, dull ache or a warm feeling. Needles are inserted and left in place for thirty minutes or more, depending on the effect required. During treatment, patients commonly experience a pleasant feeling of relaxation. The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, as well as better appetite and sleep, and an enhanced sense of overall wellbeing.


What about the needles used?
We use single-use pre-sterilised disposable needles, which are disposed of immediately after use. We follow stringent standards of hygiene and sterilisation.

How will I feel after acupuncture?
You may feel rather relaxed and calm. If the treatment has been particularly strong you could feel quite tired or drowsy for a few hours, and you should take this into account if you are planning to drive or use machinery. Occasionally there may be a short-term flair-up of your symptoms as your qi clears and resettles itself.


What happens when I go for a treatment?

A full medical history will be requested on your first treatment, and you will be asked to sign a consent form for treatment. This information will be kept confidential.Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive; depending on the type of reflexology, the most clothing that will have to be removed for a treatment to take place will be your socks and shoes.

The therapist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet, lower leg, hands, ears or face, depending on the type of reflexology chosen. You may feel areas of transient discomfort during the treatment, but generally the experience should be relaxing.

The therapist may recommend a course of treatments. 


How will I feel after a reflexology treatment?

It is useful to give feedback to the reflexologist as this may show the response of your body to treatment. This in turn might help the reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very noticeable way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; however, sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is usually transitory and reflexologists believe that it is part of the healing process.

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Health Insurance Companies that recognise ATCM


Simplyhealth is a company formed by the merge of 5 insurance companies: HSA, Leeds Hospital Fund, BCWA, Healthsure, and Totally Active

Health Insurance Companies that DO NOT recognise ATCM

  • PPP Healthcare Plan

  • Bupa Healthcare Plan*

  • Bolton & District 

  • Pinnacle (helpcover.co.uk)

  • Westfield*

  • Norwich Union

  • BHSF*

  • Saga*

  • AXA*

  • WHA Healthcare*

  • Exeter Friendly Society

  • Guardian Healthcare

  • Manchester Unity Healthcare

Note: Acupuncture as a complementary therapy is normally included in the health insurance (usually referred to as Healthcare Plan or Health Cash Plan) of these insurance companies, not as part f medical insurance which covers private medical treatment. 

updated on 24th March 2015