Wholesome Life Chiropractic - Ashburton, massage, South Devon


Martha Gaches from Wholesome Life Chiropractic - massage therapist - Ashburton, South Devon

Mim Lilley  has had a fascination with Eastern Philosophy, health and wellbeing since a young age. She first studied Ayurvedic medicine, massage and yoga in India and then went on to complete a degree in Chinese Medicine at the University of Westminster in London, graduating in 2009. She is a full member of the British Acupuncture Council.

A mother to four young children, and after four home births, Mim has lots of first-hand experience in how to support the whole family's health. She is passionate about women's health, including menstrual disorders and pregnancy; acupuncture can be a great resource in both the preparation for birth, and the postnatal period. She loves to treat children and has a postgraduate paediatric training.

Another of Mim's areas of expertise is the Chinese Medicine approach to diet, nutrition and cooking. She finds that integrating dietary advice into her treatments allows patients to be more actively empowered in their own healing.

Mim is known for her intuition, gentleness and warmth. She is committed to holding a healing space where people can come back to themselves and connect with a deeper sense of wellbeing.

As well as Wholesome life Chiropractic Mim also works in a busy multi-bed clinic in Mortonhampstead. She lives on Dartmoor with her partner and four children and loves spending time with her family in nature, cycling and wild swimming.

About Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine needles into specific points located on the body’s surface. This is done with the intention of improving the flow of ‘Qi’ in the complex network of meridians present in both deep and superficial aspects of the body. The classical explanation of this is that channels of energy (or Qi) run in established patterns through the body and over its surface, called ‘meridians’, they are likened to rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in one river is similar to a dam that backs up and impedes the flow in others. The flow of Qi can be blocked by any number of factors such as emotional states (fear, anxiety, sadness) as well as poor diet, climate, inherited factors and trauma. Acupuncture aims to stimulate the bodies’ own healing response and restore its natural balance. Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition as well as your symptoms. Western Medicine has hypothesised that acupuncture works in part by stimulating the autonomic nervous system as well as affecting levels of various endorphins and neurotransmitters. Together these help regulate the endocrine and nervous systems, support immunity and perception of pain – encouraging the body back into equilibrium.

Who has Acupuncture?

Chinese philosophy views the body as an integrated energetic whole, it treats the body on all levels looking at specific disease only in relation to this whole. Because acupuncture aims to treat the whole person , rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it is suitable for a wide range of conditions. Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms such as headaches, musculoskeletal pain or tiredness (to name a few) but some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Every acupuncture session is a challenge and investigation into the client’s health right at that point. Which is what makes this work so interesting and fulfilling! Please get in touch if you have any queries about what acupuncture can help with.

What to expect from treatment

I will generally begin a session by discussing your symptoms in detail as well as your general health, medical history and lifestyle habits. I will then look at your tongue and take your pulse on both wrists. The acupuncture part of the session will require you to lie down on your back front or side with most of your clothing kept on.

Acupuncture is painless for most and for others, a very relaxing experience. Sometimes a dull aching or tingling sensation is felt when the needles are inserted, however if you have any worries about the needles I am happy to discuss this with you before we start. After an acupuncture session some might feel energized and others in need of a long deep sleep.

In Chinese medicine we see lifestyle and wellbeing activities as the highest form of medicine, for this reason, at some point within the consultation I will always include dietary and lifestyle advise based on your individual constitution and the seasons around us.

Frequency – After the first treatment I will suggest a treatment plan based on your unique situation. Treatment is usually given on a weekly basis initially although in more acute situations 2 sessions weekly may be recommended.

Acupuncture Prices

Initial consultation - 1 Hr 15 mins £50
Follow up - 45 mins £40

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