Acupuncture in Bristol & Bath

Traditional acupuncture is a safe and effective method for treating over 90 common conditions (World Health Organisation). These include back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis of the knee, frozen shoulder, stress, anxiety and depression, migraines, headaches and insomnia, infertility, dysmenorrhoea (painful periods) and premenstrual syndrome.

I am an experienced practitioner, able to treat all of the above, and specialise in treating musculoskeletal disorders, stress, anxiety and depression.

I am also trained in a variety of Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapies, such as:

  • Cupping;
  • Gua Sha;
  • Moxibustion;
  • Tui Na Massage;
  • Tai Chi and Qi gong.

All of these can work together with the core treatment and help treat a diverse range of conditions. Find out more about acupuncture’s uses and benefits here.

I am available for home visits, and you can find me at the following locations during the week:

Bath Weekday Clinic

Wednesdays & Thursdays 10am – 5pm, Fridays 10am – 1pm

Seasons Natural Health Store
10 George Street, Bath BA1 2EH
Bookings: 01225 430 519

Bristol Weekend Clinic

Saturdays 11am – 4pm

Bristol City Yoga – Stokes Croft Studio
16 Backfields Lane, Bristol, BS2 8QW
Bookings: 07976 706 656

What is Acupuncture? How Does It Work?

Traditional acupuncture is a holistic medicine, meaning that each patient is treated as an individual: a unique person. See ‘What to Expect’ below for more information on how I will assess you and your needs.

Through the use of ultra-fine sterile needles on specific energetic points, acupuncture helps to regulate the vital energy or Qi (pronounced chee) in the body, thereby helping to restore the body’s natural homeostatic balance.

In Chinese Medicine it is believed that pain and disease occur when the body’s Qi has been hindered.  This can be due to mental or emotional causes, as well as physical injury or infection.  Through the use of needles the body’s Qi can begin to flow freely again, thereby helping to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium.

Recent research involving MRI scans shows that acupuncture triggers the brain to begin the healing process by calming the central nervous system, regulating hormones and releasing endorphins.

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Yang style T'ai Chi classes with Roland start up again this coming Saturday. All levels are welcome. Why not come and give a go?
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Yang style T'ai Chi Class

January 6, 2018, 10:00am - December 15, 2018, 11:30am

Do you want to learn T'ai Chi? Yang style T'ai Chi classes with Roland start up again this coming Saturday. All levels are welcome. Why not come and give a go? MoveGB'er? search for Tai Chi with Roland.

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If you're interested in learning Traditional Kung Fu, or looking for a way to improve your fitness, co-ordination and confidence then check out Bristol Five Animals Kung Fu.
Having trained with the Cheltenham branch of this Kung Fu Association, I can't wait to get back to training!
It was whilst studying Kung Fu that I became fascinated by the concept of internal energy cultivation, which led to my career in Chinese medicine.
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Introductory Class

January 17, 2018, 7:00pm - January 17, 2018, 8:30pm

Christmas has finished, 2018 has started...You might be thinking about resolutions to get fitter-stronger-faster, develop a skill, learn self defence... Come along to Bristol Five Animals Kung Fu for an introduction to traditional Kung Fu. You'll learn something exciting and get fit while doing it. The class is open to men and women over 16 of all fitness levels, and there is absolutely no requirement for previous experience in martial arts. Message me with any questions or for more information.

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Why not come and see whats on offer at this wonderful event. I will be offering a few acupuncture sessions as well as running a Qigong workshop. There are also many other great therapies, talks & workshops running so please come and visit.
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Family Wellbeing Day - Autumn & Winter Wellness

November 4, 2017, 10:00am - November 4, 2017, 1:00pm

This autumns wellbeing event will give you an opportunity to gain some wisdom into our bodies cycles and systems that play the important role of keeping us alive in the world. These systems are influenced by what we put in them, what we surround ourselves with and how we use our bodies. We shall be hosting talks covering subjects like the endocrine system, our feminine cycle, the power of the breath, digestive wellbeing and some other subjects to be confirmed. Treatments including reflexology, shiatsu, massage, nutrition and more. We shall have a mini cafe with soothing drinks and raw chocolates where the Weleda Advisors shall be offering facials and a chance to gather products, also another few stalls selling goodies. Plus yoga to stretch you out. Finer details and programme to come nearer the time. I would advise you that if bringing children please work out childcare swaps as a crèche is not possible to manage this time round. Apologies. Treatments will be minimum donation of £15 for 30 mins, talks and movement classes between £2-3. We really look forward to welcoming you all, please bring friends and family and spread the word. All funds go towards our school and children who have keen desires for some outdoor equipment and a kiln to use for pottery. Looking forward to a full house

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What to Expect

Your First Session

During your first treatment you will have the opportunity to talk about your needs. This session lasts up to 90 minutes and includes a detailed medical history, physical examination and your first acupuncture treatment. Please bring details of any medication you are taking.

The details of your consultation and any and all treatment are both strictly confidential.

Subsequent Sessions

All follow up appointments will last approximately 45-55 minutes. During the early stages of treatment it is suggested to have weekly treatments for a short period of time. As treatment progresses, the sessions are spaced out more.

Acupuncture Needles

The needles used are very fine, solid and are made of high quality stainless steel. They are individually packaged and sterilised. Insertion of the needles is painless. Once a needle has been inserted patients may feel a dull ache or tingling sensation.

How to Prepare for Acupuncture

It is best to have eaten a small amount of food prior to your treatment. Please wear looser fitting garments to maximise comfort levels and to help me when inserting needles, although a gown is available if needed.

After your Treatment

Please avoid strenuous exercise and alcohol, and try to relax as much as possible for the rest of that day.

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“I found Roland to be a highly competant and professional practitioner who helped to cure my symptoms. He is very personable and approachable, and made me feel at ease during the course of my treatments ”