Acupuncture - Testimonials
Speaking for myself, I’m not a great believer in lines of Chi, energy fields and other ‘alternative’ therapy theories – but one thing that might change my mind is meeting Rachel Baynes. Diminutive in size, she radiates an energy and enthusiasm for her field that’s well on the way to convincing even this old cynic. Previously experienced in Shiatsu, Rachel trained in Acupuncture at Westminster College, graduating in 2004. Why move on to acupuncture? Because, she tells me, she finds it the most powerful therapy of all in dealing with the ebb and flow of energy around the body. She points out straight away that she dislikes the kind of ‘new age’ vocabulary usually associated with complementary therapies, preferring instead to focus on the variety of conditions with which acupuncture can help: yes – it’s good for the emotional side, for anxiety, for insomnia, depression – but it’s excellent too for specific localised issues such as a frozen shoulder or back pain. I crack a poor joke about acupuncture for fear of needles, but Rachel cuts in quickly to make a serious point: that here in the west we’re not used to therapies that are uncomfortable, or difficult. That means that it’s up to the practitioner to be sensitive to the patient’s expectations during the treatment - from setting the lighting level to using the finest, most comfortable needles – making the experience relaxing and positive from the outset.