Insomnia / Headaches:


Insomnia is a condition where there is either difficulty in getting to sleep or sleep is broken and restless without restoration or refreshment physically or mentally.

In Eastern thought emphasis is placed not only on the physical restorative qualities of sleep but on sleep as an entry to the world of feeling and intuition governed by the right brain, whereas the day is governed by the left brain which orders analytical thought and physical action.

With the popularity of console game playing, web surfing and late night TV the day extends into the night with all the stress, tensions and activity that follows these activities.

So the balance between left brain/right brain, day/night, Yin/Yang becomes confused and blurred, being unable to settle to sleep is one consequence.

Also, illness, medications such as overuse of hypnotics and lifestyle choices e.g. late night coffee, drugs e.g. cocaine, amphetamines all contribute to poor sleep.

It is also becoming understood that electric and electronic gadgets in the bedroom can have an unsettling effect through invisible but potent electromagnetic fields pervading the atmosphere disrupting normal brain activity.


It is easy to take a couple of paracetamol whenever you have a headache but clients should be aware that headache may be associated with serious conditions such as cerebral tumor or hemorrhage.

If you have chronic headache which steadily or suddenly gets worse or an undiagnosed acute headache seek medical advice before consulting a complementary therapist.

Being prone to headache may be an inherited trait but all headaches can be activated by lack of sleep, tiredness, illness, trauma, overwork and most of all by emotional stress and suppressed irritation and anger.

There is a theory that headache may have two functions.

  • It may be a safe way of releasing the pressure of suppressed emotions. Some people create their own emotional stress and are unable to process and resolve these stresses within themselves.
  • Headaches may be a warning that something is wrong. It is an opportunity to rest and consider any negative patterns of behavior before a serious breakdown occurs. If the headache is a symptom of hypertension possible outcomes may be myocardial infarction or cerebrovascular accident – both of which can have fatal consequences.

Treatment depends on individual presentation of symptoms, but in general combinations of acupressure, moxa and Korean hand therapy with Reflexology can show promising results.

What can we do for Headaches:

  • Adjust those lifestyle factors which are within our control. e.g. moderate use of stimulants in the evening, if you are a long term user of sleeping pills discuss with your GP the possibility reducing or of tapering off all together.
  • Some people have reported beneficial results from removing all electrical devices from the bedroom.
  • Avoid excessive study and mental exertion. Have the main meal of the day at lunch time with a light meal in the evening.
  • Introduce some light exercise in the evening (a short stroll or even just standing in the garden for a few minutes breathing slowly and deeply.)
  • Try practicing a relaxation/meditation practice before retiring.

Your therapist can teach you simple self-help practices in acupressure and Korean hand therapy which are conducive to beneficial sleep.

Where there is stress and anxiety present reflexology is a wonderful way to dissipate those aggravations that prevent sleep.


Migraine is a particular type of headache which can re-occur with attacks lasting from some hours to days..

Approximately 2.5 more women than men are likely to suffer from this most debilating of illnesses.

Typically sufferers may experience nausea, photophobia, altered perception of sound, with headaches commonly unilateral with a pulsing quality and pain ranging from moderate to severe.

From the conventional medical viewpoint migraine is thought to begin with electrical agitation in the cerebrum and may be treated with beta blockers, amitriptyline or sodium valproate all of which can have side effects.

What can we do for Migraines:

  • Each client has their own particular needs and responses to treatment, therefore treatment plans must be uniquely tailored to address individual requirements.
  • We begin from the basis that the migraine is a symptom of a disturbed energy flow, addressing this imbalance may allow the symptoms to disperse with minimal intervention.
  • Avoid excessive study and mental exertion. Have the main meal of the day at lunch time with a light meal in the evening.
  • So, a typical treatment plan might utilise several different elements to achieve this rebalancing.

For example:

Reflexology, particularly in the initial phase of treatment can help relax and de-stress, this on its own can do much to alleviate immediate pressures and relieve painful sensations. ( This also allows the therapist to assess the degree and quality of any imbalance in the meridians which may be disturbing free flow of energy and giving rise to the symptoms.)

To complete these energetic adjustments in the energy flow we may include various acupressure and non-invasive acupuncture techniques.

Also, we can demonstrate and teach safe, simple self help acupressure techniques that the client can employ at home as an aid against the onset of an attack or to alleviate an attack after onset.

Tips from the treatment room!

Help for - Migraines

Migraines and particularly one-sided headache are often a symptom of Gallbladder imbalance.

What Can Help ?

These symptoms can often be relieved quickly without invasive acupuncture using Korean Hand Therapy (KHT) Acupressure pellets on the hands.

What you can expect from your therapist :

  • Insured and accountable with appropriate qualifications
  • Works within their competence
  • Will refer on to GP or other appropriate health worker if medical conditions are detected which go beyond complementary treatment
  • Will consult with client and make appropriate recommendations to supplement treatment
Common Conditions Under ‘common conditions’ on the main menu, we have listed some areas of concern that present themselves on a fairly regular basis. If you feel you have symptoms not covered – please contact us to discuss your issues and see if we can help!

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