“Most people think of needles when asked about acupuncture, but actually its a whole health concept. As well as using very fine needles to stimulate points, I use a form of massage called Tui Na, and a movement based practice known as Qi Gong.”
Michelle Spicer - Acupuncturist
Michelle Spicer has devoted her whole working life to healthcare. She initially qualified as a physiotherapist (1989) and then went on to study Chinese Medicine at the renown College of Traditional Acupuncture in Warwickshire (2009) with a BA (Hons) degree in Traditional Acupuncture, accredited by Oxford Brookes University. She also has a diploma in Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage) and a diploma in Qi Gong Teaching (she runs weekly classes in Oxford – please see our classes page for further information).
Michelle uses her knowledge and experience of Western Medicine and NHS work to support her practice in Chinese Medicine.
Every year Michelle further cultivates her post graduate professional and personal development through regularly study with Niki Bilton, Academic Dean of Ongiara College of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, who teaches throughout Europe and North America and Jeffrey Yuen, a Daoist priest and world-renowned scholar of Daoism and Chinese Medicine. She is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and is licensed by Oxford City Council to carry out acupuncture treatments.
Find out more about the therapies Michelle practices on website by clicking the links below:
Five Element Acupuncture
Michelle enjoys working at Summertown Clinic helping patients from all over Oxford and surrounds. To book an appointment with her, please call our Receptionist on 01865 558561, or book online here.
- Tui Na (Chinese Medical massage),
- Qi Gong
- Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy, Kings College Hospital, London (1986 – 1989)
- BA (Hons) Traditional Acupuncture, Oxford Brookes University (2006 – 2009)
- Lic Ac Traditional Acupuncture, College of Traditional Acupuncture, Warwickshire (2006 – 2009)
- Diploma in Tui Na, College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading (2014 – 2015)
- Diploma in Qi Gong Teacher Training, The Shiatsu College, London (2018 – 2019)
- Cert in Study, Practice & Application of Tai Chi Chuan & Qi Gong, International Tai Chi Institute (2019)
I practice Five Element Acupuncture which is different in style to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture – we use much finer needles (and generally do not leave them in for any length of time) and practise moxibustion (a warming technique which involves burning the herb mugwort directly on the acupuncture point). The relationship (rapport) between practitioner and patient is very important in Five Element acupuncture so the practitioner does not leave the room during treatment or treat multiple patients at the same time.
- Chinese Medical massage based around the acupuncture points and meridians.
- Can be used as a standard alone treatment or in conjunction with acupuncture.
- Feels just like massage and the patient remains clothed with a cloth/towel applied over clothing.
- Particularly helpful for musculoskeletal issues i.e. back pain, tennis elbow
Why 90 minutes?
It’s vital to build up a full picture of the individual so that the most appropriate course of treatment is given, so a detailed consultation is undertaken covering medical and family medical history, medication, the presenting symptoms, sleep, diet/appetite, digestive system and general lifestyle. I then continue with a physical examination which consists of pulse taking, looking at the tongue and palpating points/muscles as well as examining the physical structure. I then finish with a treatment.
Follow up appointment:
I take the pulses again and then build upon the initial treatment. The effect of traditional acupuncture is accumulative so weekly treatments up to 3 weeks may be needed initially before sessions can be reduced to further time apart as part of a maintenance/prevention programme.
Most patients find the treatment very relaxing, feeling calm during and after the treatment.
What is Dry Needling/Medical Acupuncture? Is it different from Traditional Chinese Acupuncture?
This is a form of treatment performed generally by other healthcare practitioners like osteopaths, chiropractors, physios and doctors and involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into specific trigger points to alleviate pain.
It differs from traditional Chinese acupuncture in that it only focuses on the individual muscle or joint whereas traditional acupuncture treats the body/person as a whole system to treat the pain/problem.