Acupuncture services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is traditional Acupuncture?

Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance.

The overall aim of acupuncture treatment, then, is to restore the body’s equilibrium. What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent, and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects of their lives.

Traditional acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.

The underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.

Is there any evidence that Acupuncture works?

According to the NHS Choices website there is reasonably good evidence that acupuncture is an effective treatment for:

  • chronic back pain
  • dental pain
  • pain and discomfort during gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • headache
  • nausea and vomiting after an operation
  • pain and discomfort during oocyte retrieval (a procedure used during IVF)
  • osteoarthritis of the knee

In 2009 NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) issued new guidelines to make acupuncture available on the NHS for chronic lower back pain. This was following research by the University of Regensburg showing that acupuncture can provide significantly more relief from lower back pain than conventional therapies. The Chinese needle treatment was 74% more likely to lead to a sustained reduction in pain or improved ability to function normally than physiotherapy, medication and advice on exercise.

However sceptics believe that the placebo plays a large part in the positive affect of acupuncture, read more here

For all your Acupuncture needs in Bath, contact us.

FFI: The British Acupuncture Council, BAcC


Acupressure services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Acupressure?

Acupressure, also known as Tuina, is Chinese medical massage.

Guided by the theory of TCM, the practitioner utilises different techniques and skills to stimulate the Qi blood through points to correct imbalances, relieve pain and achieve harmony in the body’s system. Acupressure and acupuncture use the same pressure points and meridians, but Acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses gentle to firm finger pressure. When these acupressure points are stimulated, they release muscular tension, promote circulation of blood, and enhance the body’s life force energy to aid healing. Acupressure therapy is regularly sought to relieve pain, fortify the sexual reproductive system, detoxify the body for greater health and beauty, and tone facial and back muscles.

To find out more about Acupressure in Bath, or to make an appointment please contact us now.

The Practice Rooms

Here at The Practice Rooms we hope to offer two things.

Firstly, convenient, easy, beautiful rooms for therapists to build and sustain their practice, whilst at the same time benefitting from being part of a larger, supportive, therapeutic community.

Secondly a place where those in need of therapy and therapists can easily access them. We actively seek to promote this work generally, advertising workshops and raising awareness of what therapists are offering.

We are commercially, philosophically and ethically committed to a win/win model, as we see it as the only sustainable path, and all our dealings are informed by, and accountable to, this vision.

All practitioners working at The Rooms have provided evidence of their professional accountability and indemnity and are committed to best practice and the maintenance of high standards. However, we are not in a position to professionally validate any of the practitioners working from the Rooms or appearing on this website. Clients and patients must satisfy themselves as to the therapists bona fides and as they deem necessary contact their accrediting organisation.

Therapy & Counselling Bristol & Clifton Village

The Practice Rooms in Bristol & Clifton Village

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The spacious period property located in Clifton Village, Bristol has seven therapy rooms, each with its own charm and ambiance to suit the different types of therapy and counselling available.

The Practice Rooms has a growing reputation as a centre for psychotherapy and counselling in Bristol, BathSalisburyExeter and Cheltenham. A wide range of complementary health services are also offered by professional practitioners and counsellors in Bristol.

Lucy – Practice Manager

Lucy has been managing the Clifton Practice since May 2015, as well as doing some general management work for The Practice Rooms. Lucy also runs a private practice as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, and sees her clients both in Clifton and Westbury-on-Trym. Her favourite thing about the centre in Clifton is the buzzing atmosphere, and all the interesting people she gets to meet while sitting in the staff kitchen!


Find us at: 24 Regent Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4HG.

Parking is all pay and display, Monday to Saturday 9am-9pm. Parking is free for 30 minutes, or £1 per hour.

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