A first appointment is usually 1 ½ hours, or 2 hours in the case of serious or life-threatening illnesses. I begin by listening to your concerns, and asking about your present and past health, any medical treatments or medications you are currently using, and what you typically eat each day. I also ask questions to get to know about your life, family, work, and lifestyle, so I can understand your life and health as a whole. If it feels appropriate to me and a client, we may also explore the emotional causes of present physical health problems or emotional difficulties.
I may then examine your hands, forearms, eyes, tongue, or feet, and feel your back and abdomen to get a deeper idea of what is happening inside your body.
From all this I create a picture of the imbalances and disturbances in the body from an Oriental medical point of view, and what has caused these in your food, lifestyle, emotional and life experiences etc. I explain this picture to clients, to empower people by understanding the possible causes of their health problems or difficulties, which then leads onto what they can do to help themselves move towards greater health and happiness. People often find great relief in at last having an explanation for their problems, and feel empowered to be able to start taking positive action to help themselves.
I then create a healing plan, using an extensive booklet of information which you take home with you, which includes varying amounts of dietary advice, lifestyle changes, specific physical or breathing exercises, and emotions to work on. This advice is tailored to your needs, and I endeavour to make these recommendations practical and doable within your daily life, so you can achieve success in making positive changes and getting the healing and wellbeing you desire.
After this first consultation I welcome questions by email to help you put the recommendations into practice.
My fee for health consultations is £70 an hour. A typical first consultation of 1 1/2 hours is £105.