A day in my life….

A day in my life as an acupunk

Dragonfly Acupuncture Leeds is one of very few (if not the only one) acupuncturists who come to you, the way i run my practice in this way is fairly unique and AMAZING!!

The people who are housebound for whatever reason are still able to access treatment that can make such a big difference to their health and wellbeing, their quality of life.

What happens during an appointment..

I will be driving along Leeds roads in my car usually singing along to songs while getting interrupted by the satnav. I rock up outside your house and have my couch and equipment bag with me.

Yes, my bag is huge and is a bit like Mary Poppins bag as it has all sorts of things in. Needles, bolsters, towels, massage oil, anti bac handspray, sharps bin, moxa rolls and much more.

I set up my couch and we go through a long (but very important) consultation form asking all sorts of things from symptoms, diet, sleep, stress levels to poo and pee. I know 🙂 but these things can be vital for a clear diagnosis, according to Chinese medicine. Which is a sentence I use A LOT.

Then I will have a look at your tongue, it’s one of the only times you can legitimately stick out your tongue without getting funny looks. Looking at your tongue can tell us so much about what is going on with your health, and your pulses (all 6 positions, on 3 levels) show the same thing. It is very interesting how it often confirms information from the consultation.

Time comes to hop on the couch, in most cases there is no need to disrobe. We just need access to your limbs below your elbows and below your knees. So wear loose comfy clothes for your treatment and we will be right. Although you would be surprised how many people still wear skinny jeans and try to pull it up almost cutting off blood supply. But they just go and get changed.

Finally, we then get to the actual needling. Single use, sterile, fine needles will be inserted at specific Acupuncture points chosen according to the diagnosis in Chinese medicine.

Yes, you will feel the needle go in as we are puncturing the skin after all. But it’s a sensation similar to someone flicking your skin.

The sensation people feel then varies from person to person, from a dull ache, to a gentle light stroke, to feeling as if someone is blowing on your skin gently.

Many different ways to explain the sensation but what they all have in common is that there is NO pain.

After insertion needles are left in for about 20 minutes, unless it’s a child that is having the treatment.

If you want to close your eyes and snooze, that’s fine.
If you want to have a chat, that’s fine.
If you want to discuss what points I’m using and why, that’s fine too.

We will go by what you want to do, and what you are most comfortable with.

At the end of the treatment I remove all needles, and double check I haven’t left any in by accident. All needles are disposed of in a sharps bin, which is incinerated once full.

We discuss after care advice, to support the best outcomes of the acupuncture treatment, plan of action regarding number of treatments and regularity.

We book in your next session, I pack up and leave you to enjoy the chill out feeling people often report after Acupuncture. Some comment they feel like they have been on the wine or question whether there is some kind of magic potion in my little pins. To reassure you my needles are single use,  sterile, solid  needles, very fine ones about the same width like a strand of your hair. Super thin i know, and absolutely no stuff being injected.

I go back to my car for more singing along Leeds roads, on to my next appointment.

If you read this far, thank you for allowing me to share some of what I do.

Dragonfly Acupuncture Leeds
07905 672460

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It Takes A Village

It Takes A Village

You will have heard the saying ‘It takes a village to raise a child’.

I have often thought in the past that we are so busy living our own lives we forget about looking after others. It’s each to their own.

And then things happen that completely change the way you were thinking about the wider world.

As part of Dragonfly Acupuncture Leeds i support many women (with acupuncture, aromatherapy massage, reflexology, mother roasting) during their pregnancy and after birth, and their husbands/partners and they are often the ones who arrange the treatments for the new mums. Recently  i treated a very new mum to a lovely nourishing warming postnatal massage, his parents had flown over from abroad to spend time with the baby.

What i loved was what they said ‘mum looks after baby, so mother in law looks after mum’ . When i was about the leave the new dad came up to me and said he needed to now book his mum in too as she needs pampering. How lovely!! The whole family came together to look after the new baby but didn’t lose sight about the importance of looking after ourselves and others too.

At the same time I co founded Leeds Baby Bank supporting families in need with emergency baby essentials.  Never in my wildest dreams could i have imagined it would take off as quickly as it did. In just two weeks we have provided 15 Leeds families with the baby essentials they needed. Whether it was just baby milk, nappies and wipes or all the baby basics, such as cots, moses baskets, prams, bedding, clothes etc.

Who would have expected after just two days we had been in the local paper and on BBC Leeds radio, plus more interviews followed for tv and radio. The Leeds Baby Bank team of 6 were dealing with 100s of inbox messages and comments on our facebook page. Mainly of people wanting to donate time, money or baby items they didn’t need anymore. People asking what did we need the most as they would add it onto their weekly shop. Every day we are inundated with more messages from people donating baby goods. To see how the Leeds Baby Bank as grown so quickly is heartwarming but also heartbreaking there is the need for such a thing.

Over the two weeks since our launch we have been kindly given some free storage space to use, we now have 9 drop off points across Leeds, received referrals from at least 5 different organisations and helped 15 families in their time of need, with well over a 1000 messages and comments since the start on our facebook page.

Everybody is coming together to make sure no child goes without. WOW!

This is when the saying ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ really does come true.

Thank you to everyone who supports what i do, whether it is Dragonfly Acupuncture Leeds or Leeds Baby Bank all the comments, likes, shares are much appreciated.

And if you would love to support LBB by donating items or funds do get it touch. Our GO Fund page link is below, this money will help us pay for a large storage space to house all the kind donations given and will allow us to get referral bundles out quickly to the families in need as all our inventory will be stored here once collected from one of the many drop off point.

THANK YOU

For your very own treatments in your own home contact me through my website www.dragonflyacupunctureleeds.co.uk or find me on facebook Dragonfly Acupuncture Leeds.

For more information about Leeds Baby Bank check out our facebook page or our website leedsbabybank.org

Or you can contact Leeds Baby Bank via email at leedsbabybank@gmail.com

You can support Leeds Baby Bank by donating at https://www.gofundme.com/leeds-baby-bank All help is much appreciated.

Making Changes

The start of a new year is often about making chances, often once we find it difficult to stick to.

You may have seen some of the changes I have made to Dragonfly Acupuncture Leeds.

Yes!!! I have a brand spanking new website which will have amazing free and paid for resources area. All you need to access this wealth of information is register your details and Bob is your uncle.

And this will keep you up to date with all Dragonfly happenings this year.

Which will be an exciting year and I would love for you to join me.

Dragonfly Acupuncture Leeds www.dragonflyacupunctureleeds.co.uk