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Alison Colledge - Bsc (Hons) , Lic Ac, MBAcC
Acupuncture and Massage Therapist
Traditional Acupuncture works to maintain the body's
equilibrium by promoting natural healing and
improving its function by focusing on all aspects of wellbeing. Massage therapy is the manipulation of
soft tissues of the body including, muscles, connective
tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints.
I was born and bred in SW London and have always loved being outside with nature and have a love of animals so it was no surprise that I ran a busy part-time garden landscaping business whilst bringing up my 2 kids and a menagerie of cats, dogs, and rabbits. The inevitable backache from all the gardening caused me to seek relief, and I tried acupuncture, which I found it amazing and found myself needing to know how it worked.
However, it was not until I was attending a 2 year course in Crystal Healing that I came to truly understand the power of energy channels (meridians) in the body, and it was this enlightenment which instigated my signing up for a 3 year course in Acupuncture at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree after an intensive course covering studies of anatomy (body structure), physiology (body function) and pathology (diseases).
In 2010, myself and my 2 kids and all the animals moved to East Budleigh in Devon and again I started up my Acupuncture / massage business from home and also renting a room in Budleigh. It has slowly grown year by year and it has allowed me to meet the most amazing people. It is a beautiful part of the country and for me, it's where mind, body, and spirit can find peace.
Traditional Acupuncture works to maintain the body's equilibrium by promoting natural healing and improving its function by focusing on all aspects of wellbeing: the physical, mental and emotional. It is one form of therapy used within the coherent system of healing known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is a complete medical system unto itself. It views a person as an energy system in which body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other. Unlike Western medicine which attempts to isolate and separate a disease from a person, Chinese Medicine emphasizes a holistic approach that treats the whole person and good health is not just about the absence of pain and disease. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. This energy is known as qi.
At the first consultation, questions will be asked about your current health problem, past medical history as well as your lifestyle and diet. Once I have all the information, a treatment plan will be drawn up. The chosen points will be needled (which is virtually painless). Acupuncture is done by inserting very fine sterilized, stainless-steel needles into specific points located on the surface of the skin in order to treat a wide variety of illnesses.a disease from a person, The needles are often left in place for 20 minutes, during which time patients often fall asleep, as they find it so relaxing.
Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including, muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints. By massaging and relaxing the muscles there is a domino effect to all the other systems of the body. We also bring about a relaxation that brings the body into homeostasis, a place of balance where the body can repair and renew.
I am qualified in many different types of massage including relaxation and sports massage.
Acupuncture can help:
Relieve pain anywhere in the body
Increase energy levels
Improve quality of sleep
Increase ability to relax
Increase ability to focus and concentrate
Boost immune system
Enhance your physical performance
Enhance the creative process
There are many benefits from having a massage including:
relaxing the whole body
loosening tight muscles
relieves tired and aching muscles
increases flexibility and range of motion
assists in recovery from injuries and illness
strengthens the immune system
can benefit mental stress
promoting restful sleep