Many clients use a variety of ‘complimentary’ therapies, but they are typically used in isolation.
Martin Richardson and Lee Butler (The Village Clinic) are pioneering the merging of two powerful therapies – hypnotherapy and acupuncture – so they can be used at the same time.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into the skin.
The needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body.
The location of these acupuncture points is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of qi (energy) and blood through distinct pathways that cover the body – rather like our nerves and blood vessels do.
According to ancient theory, acupuncture allows qi to flow to areas where it is deficient, and away from areas where it is in excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores the energetic balance of the body. (Sorry for the picture Lee !!).
Why merge acupuncture and hypnotherapy?
Acupuncture is largely a physical therapy, and hypnotherapy is predominantly a psychological therapy.
Most medical practitioners agree that working on both the body and the mind has a far greater healing effect, than working on just the one in isolation.
So why not work on the body and the mind at the same time – in the same session?
How is this merging of therapies done?
The client will visit Lee’s clinic and have a normal session of acupuncture. During the session there is a time of complete inactivity that allows the needles do their work. This is when Martin Richardson uses specific hypnotic techniques to both enhance the physical changes, and address any associated psychological areas.
Will the acupuncture and hypnotherapy only address the same condition?
Yes – it is not the intention to work on different conditions in the same session. However, because hypnotherapy is both an analytical and a therapeutic tool, the focus for each section of the therapy could be entirely different.
It will cost a fortune – right?
It will cost more than a typical acupuncture or hypnotherapy session, but the expectation is that fewer therapy sessions will be required. It is also making better use of the clients time.