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  • What treatments do we offer?
    We offer natural, evidence based, complementary therapies: Traditional East Asian Medicine: Acupuncture (accredited) cupping (dry) electro acupuncture moxibustion GuaSha, cosmetic/facial acupuncture dietary therapy lifestyle analysis/advice (aka health coaching!) Massage/body work Pregnancy Massage Swedish Massage combined with cupping/IASTM IASTM (instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation) Hara (abdominal) massage Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • What are we doing to protect the planet?
    I am doing as much as I can, and am ALWAYS looking for more ways to improve. I buy all my cleaning products in bulk packages and they are all environmentally friendly and natural. Our electricity provider is 100% renewable. I use bamboo guide tubes, and the needles come in recyclable packaging. I have a PPE recycling box in the clinic (feel free to bring any of your single use PPE), bought from reworked.
  • Forms of payment?
    We accept cash, card or BACS transfer for your appointments within the clinic in Glasgow.
  • Is there parking?
    If you hold a blue badge there is parking immediately outside the clinic. Street parking is available on adjacent streets – closest being Wellington Street. After 6 pm you can also park on single yellow lines in the area. Many choose the car parks linked to the two large shopping centres – St Enochs and Buchanan Galleries.
  • Do we have disabled access?
    At the moment NO: Currently there is 1 step to climb as you enter the building (we are awaiting a ramp to be inserted). , then there is a wheelchair lift at the next few stairs and then a lift to take you up to the 3rd floor.
  • Is there Public transport access?
    We are approximately a 2 minute walk from Glasgow Central Station, with most of the buses that serve the city centre stopping just along on Hope Street.
  • What are our qualifications?
    All our therapists are full qualified and members of their associated bodies.
  • Do we send appointment reminders?
    Yes we send reminders for the acupuncture treatments, and any other treatment we offer. - we send up to 3 email reminders for appointments and one text reminder 2 hours before the appointment.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    We require 24 hours notice to change or cancel your appointment. Failure to give this notice, or attend your appointment incurs the full treatment fee.
  • What is your privacy policy?
    We DO NOT sell or share any of your information with 3rd parties. We use software that is GPDR compliant. For more detailed information please see our full policy here.
  • What actually does acupuncture do?
    The science doesn’t yet explain it, but it does show the effects it has on the body on a number of levels. It has been shown to release endorphins (the bodies natural pain killers), it regulates blood pressure, it reduces inflammation and it helps to switch us from the parasympathetic (fight, flight, freeze) side of our nervous system into the sympathetic (rest and digest) system. HOW it does these things we don’t quite understand using the western, allopathic medical model.
  • What style of acupuncture is practiced?
    I trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which incorporates the 8 principles & zang fu, and still use this as the backbone of my treatments. I have also completed training in 5 elements acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, Electon Adapted Neurotherapy, electro acupuncture, auricular acupuncture including NADA protocols, Korean Sa’am acupuncture and I’ve dabbled in Japanese acupuncture too. I tend to combine these depending on what you are needing.
  • How long is the training?
    My initial training was a standard 3 years English degree (you cant study to degree level in Scotland). It included a minimum of 1000 hours of practical, supervised clinical time. Quite honestly, 15 years in I’m still learning.
  • Does it hurt?
    The short answer is no, not really. Acupuncture can feel weird, you can occasionally get a wee ‘zap’ type feeling or a bit of a tingly feeling, but not pain per sae. So much so i can perform acupuncture on a balloon without it bursting
  • Does acupuncture really work?
    No, I scam people for a living hahahah … of course I am going to say yes, and in my experience it works for way more conditions than have currently got research to support them. Scientific research by its very nature has to be incredibly specific and they can’t extrapolate to other similar conditions, so a research paper shows that acupuncture is effective in treating knee osteoarthritis, but that doesn’t then mean we can say acupuncture is effective in osteoarthritis elsewhere in the body.
  • Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
    Insurance often requires more than simply an acupuncture qualifications, and requires a professional membership – I am a full member of the British Acupuncture Council. You will be able to use your insurance to pay for your acupuncture treatments if your insurance is with XYZ
  • Can acupuncture help muscle spasms?
    I was once called a witch by a friend of mine when I released her lower back spasms in less than 10 minutes using points on the back of the hand.
  • What conditions can be treated by acupuncture?
    I don’t treat ‘conditions’ I treat the whole person, I look at all the signs and signals the body is giving us (e.g. how you sleep, your mood, what your urine is like, as well as why you are in the clinic) and create a treatment plan to help break those unhelpful body habits and get you to your fabulous vital self. That said, most folks come to see me for a specific reason, be that back pain (including sciatica), plantar fasciitis, arthritic knees, Irritable Bowel Syndrome or anxiety, the treatments offered will focus on clearing those symptoms while also working to.
  • How long do the benefits of an acupuncture sessions last for?
    A single session will give you anything from 12 hours to a couple of weeks of feeling better. I typically recommend committing to a course of acupuncture. Think of each session as a ‘dose’ of acupuncture, bit like taking an anti-biotic, you don’t take one and expect that your infection is completely cleared.. you need to take the full course. What constitutes a course again varies so much from person to person and symptoms needing resolved. I find 6 sessions is a fantastic starting point, typically no more than 7 days between each session to really make a significant dent, the better you feel the less frequently you need the sessions.
  • How long is a session?
    The initial consultation is up to 90 minutes, that gives me enough time to take a medical history, asking you questions you’ve probably never thought about before and give you the first treatment. The follow up sessions include a quick check in and the treatment, I allow 55 minutes for that.
  • What happens in a treatment?
    We talk first and foremost – I ask LOTS of questions about your health, about your history, and about your lifestyle – promise I’m not just being nosey – this gives me a picture of what your body is going through and guides my treatments. Treatment involves you being up on a (deliberately very strong) treatment couch suitable for every size of body (I have a separate, adjustable face cradle for the vertically blessed). I will talk to you in great detail about what to expect sensation wise and from the modalities I use, but a treatment will almost always include acupuncture needles, but it may start with cupping, massage, moxibustion, and electro acupuncture, and acupressure. Once your needles are in you are left alone to relax (you are left with a wee button to press to get my attention). During this relaxation time most drift into a daydream like state, if not actually falling asleep – its not uncommon to wake yourself snoring – if you are uncomfortable being left just let me know! Treatment finishes with needles being removed and you getting ready, having a wee glass of water if you’d like one and paying/rebooking before wandering back out into the city centre in a much calmer more ‘zen like’ state 😊
  • What should I wear for treatment?
    Acupuncture should never be done through clothing so I need to see your flesh where the needles need to go. Most frequently needles go from elbow down, knee down, back or abdomen and head.. (but sometimes I do need access to the hips – if you have sciatica for example). I would suggest wearing loose comfortable clothing that we can easily pull up to the knee. But I have a drawer full of towels to cover you and protect your modesty.
  • Is acupuncture safe?
    When performed by a professional, degree qualified, licensed acupuncturist, it is incredibly safe.
  • Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
    Absolutely, again, when performed by a licensed, degree qualified acupuncturist is it not only safe in pregnancy but can help support a healthy pregnancy for both baby and parent to be, be that morning sickness, anxiety or pelvic pain. What treatment is right for me? It depends not only on what is going on for you but personal preference. What type of massage do I need?
  • What treatments can I have when pregnant?
    Within our clinic, Paula is able to offer all of her treatments from acupuncture, cupping and specialist pregnancy massage at ANY stage in your pregnancy to help you feel better – even offering a combination of them if its appropriate for you.
  • How long does acupuncture take to see results?
    It’s a bit of a ‘how long is a piece of string’ question: it massively depends on how long you have had and the intensity of the symptoms. I typically find that folks start to feel better with the first session, be that more relaxed, less pain or better sleep, if we get to three sessions and you are feeling NO different at all then I am not the therapist for you – and I’ll recommend other things to try, unfortunately its not for absolutely EVERYONE (nor am I!!)
  • What is the difference between wet and dry cupping
    They are very similar in that a vacuum is created by placing a cup over the skin to lift and pull the flesh up into the cup, thereby creating a movement of blood and lymph fluids to the surface of the body. Wet cupping differs in that before placing the cup the body is pierced to draw blood once the cup is placed on. Paula does NOT offer wet cupping, only dry.
  • What do people say about you?
    Firstly, that I am a very warm welcoming genuine person – I have an uncanny ability to make others feel completely at ease in my company. I am also called brave sometimes, which surprises me, as I am simply me, I don’t think of my life or my choices as brave.. I have crazy hair colours as they make me smile, I went back to uni for 2nd time because Acupuncture created a spark, a curiosity in me I hadn’t felt before (and STILL to this day feel).. I married a woman after years of thinking I was straight because I opened my eyes and heart and fell in love with a woman.. I’ve also been told my hugs are very therapeutic (just ask if you need one).
  • Why do you have ‘crazy’ hair?
    Why not? I honestly don’t know any more – I just enjoy having a wee flash of colour (or 2). I find my hair too boring without either an ‘extreme cut’ or colour.
  • Why are you an acupuncturist?
    While living in South Korea (teaching English as a 2nd language) I managed to give myself a rather serious burn from boiling water (a superficial partial thickness burn previously known as a 2nd degree burn) and one of the options for treatment was acupuncture. I then had more treatments and got to watch some of my friends have treatments too.. and honestly a wee voice in the back of my head said.. go study acupuncture! So I did! Came back to the UK (as my Korean wasn’t good enough to study) and moved to Manchester and got my degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture) from the University of Salford. I then moved back to Glasgow, started working within a fabulous established clinic in 2007.. and the rest, as they say, is history..
  • Do you treat yourself?
    I do, for things like a cold, or sudden pain. I do also use electro acupuncture on my self regularly to regulate inflammation and ‘tonify Blood’. I do also get acupuncture from other acupuncturists as I don’t believe I am able to treat myself objectively.
  • What are you qualified in (big list!)
    Oft it’s a bit of a list… YES I adore learning! I have a Bachelors of Science 2i with Honours in Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture) A Bachelors of Art 2ii with honours in Psychology. Im even working my way through a masters in Chinese Herbal Medicine (started 2023) I am a qualified clinical hypnotherapist I have VTCT in Swedish Massage, Indian Head Massage. Well Mother Pregnancy massage diploma (with distinction) First aid certificates maintained every 3 years, along with a mental health first aid certificate. As well as post graduate training in Warm bamboo massage, face lift massage, holistic facials, Muscle Energy Technique, IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation), hara massage (abdominal), ear candling and I have my Reiki 1 and 2 attunements. I've also done approximately 50 hours a year worth of post graduate acupuncture training with a non comprehensive list here Acupuncture for complex conditions in pregnancy Acupuncture for fertility Male infertility Facial enhancement Acupuncture PCOS and Endometriosis and Acupuncture Acupuncture for good Mental Health Scalp acupuncture & advanced techniques Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People (0-18) Workshop
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