BSc(Hons) Lic Ac
Ba(Hons) BSc(Hons) Lic Ac
Acupuncturist & Yoga Teacher
I was born in Bristol and my father was an acupuncturist, so I was brought up with Chinese medicine and an alternative outlook on the world we live in. I have personal experience that acupuncture and Chinese medicine aids the body's self healing and I have an unwavering belief that our health is dependent on many different factors, not just physiological processes. So I have always wanted to discover more.
From a young age I was interested in the knowledge from the East and I learnt Kung Fu as a child, I started to meditate from an early age and spent time in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand when I was 21. However my time there was cut short because of the 2004 Tsunami, so I traveled to some of the areas of worse destruction to help out as best I could.
I also studied Taijiwuxigong (Qi Gong) with Dr Shen Hongxun.
Dr shen was truly inspirational and I really enjoyed learning from him. Although I feel my journey on this topic still has many miles to travel, I very much hope to become a teacher of tajijwuxigong one day.
Since I was a very little boy, I have adored wildlife and animals. My real interest in this came from seeing how plants and animals interact in eco systems and how this balance in nature seems so perfect. I have done a lot of conservation work for butterflies and dragonflies and this work has helped me understand how humans health also relates to their environment.
From a young age I have always had an instinct to help prompt the body’s healing through massage. I always knew eventually I would follow in my father’s footsteps and become an acupuncturist. So I chose to study in Reading at the College of Integrative Chinese Medicine. I graduated with a full Licentiate in Acupuncture and a BSc(Hons) degree.
For me, Five Element acupuncture explains so much of how we are influenced by our environment, by understanding our own natures we can thrive. Traditional Chinese Medicine also understands how we as mammals have evolved to fit perfectly with our environment. I believe, by understanding these processes and how they influence our true natures, we can learn to find our own fine balance, in this modern era of technology.
I have also completed further training for a diploma specialising in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Fertility.
I was born in Salisbury and from a young age I was always aware that there was something missing in our cultural knowledge to do with our health as a society. I would ask myself often, ‘why are we always getting sick and relying on medications, what are we doing wrong?’ It wasn’t until I went to university in Chichester in 2006 and joined a yoga class that my journey began.
I remember my first yoga class with much affection; it was my first dose of peacefulness and an absolute knowledge that I was where I was supposed to be. I knew in those 90 minutes that I was going to become a yoga teacher. In 2010 I studied for my foundation diploma certificate in yogic studies with the British Wheel of Yoga, this course gave me my first understanding and respect for eastern knowledge and philosophy. During 2012-2013 I spent a year traveling the world where I visited ashrams of Yoga and experienced the yogic way of life, I took part in karma yoga (the yoga of selfless action) and started on my dharma path. This led to my choice to travel to India to train as a teacher of the Sivananda tradition in the Himalayas. Whilst there I was welcomed into the Sivananda school and given the spiritual name Karuna, which means universal compassion. Later, I traveled to Austria to enhance my teaching skills and train to teach Yoga for pregnancy. I also practice Vipassana meditation.
During my time in India I became quite ill with a fever and tummy bug, which was a blessing in disguise as a fellow student was an acupuncturist and within 10 minutes of the needles being in, I felt a thousand times better. I was absolutely shocked at the effectiveness of acupuncture and from then on I wanted to know all I could about it.
Whilst studying in Reading at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine my childhood questions about why we get so ill were answered. My personal realisation was that we live quite out of balance to what nature intended, so it is only natural that our bodies fall out of balance frequently if preventative steps are not taken. It is my belief that with awareness of what brings us out of balance and knowledge of how to counteract these influences, it is still possible to find the fine balance that is right for each of us.
I graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine with a BSc(Hons) in Acupuncture and Licenciate qualification. I am currently training in Paediatric acupuncture as I am passionate that treating childhood conditions can prevent a lifetime of illness and imbalance! I hope to open a children's clinic towards the end of this year.
I am also honing my skills in Chinese medicine Face Reading.