Ann Connolly , Acupuncturist
BSc (Hons) TCM: Acupuncture, MBAcC
I have an interest in different cultures, and how they view illness and I have always been inspired by healing traditions within the family, dietary recipes from many traditions and sayings that have been passed down through the ages such as "Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever".
I work with you in a very personal way to include lifestyle and dietary advice.
My aim is to get consistent results in the fastest possible way. Sometimes this may mean coming more than once a week for a treatment. This will stabilise your condition much faster and will lead to less treatments in the long run. Similarly, in other forms of medicine, often a person may need more than one antibiotic or more than one chemotherapy or radiotherapy session. I mostly practice acupuncture away from the painful/offending area "The switch is not on the light bulb". Otherwise it would be like "beating up a crying baby" and who wants to do that?
If the problem is more widespread around the body or there are several problems all at once, my approach is to treat this with a treatment which maximises the body's potential to heal all the problem areas.
I grew up in Ireland in a small coastal village where the "champagne air" is tangible and a good night's sleep is guaranteed on the first night of arrival back to the family home.
It is a picturesque fishing village with a soothing sound from the ocean and a beautiful lighthouse foghorn, and is renowned for it's fresh local produce, seafood and a world famous cookery school. Summer jobs were spent picking "periwinkles" for French restaurants, working on local farms and in restaurants.
My grandmother was a lively character and would get up to all sorts. She would make sweets on the fire and dry what seemed like truckloads of seaweeds out in the sun for bathing or various culinary practices.
I have become interested in health and balance through natural means.
I originally trained as a nurse and have worked in the U.K., Germany and the U.S. During my time as a nurse I worked to ward manager level and as a specialist nurse.
I was attracted to studying an ancient art because of my interest in how the body functions on many levels. Prior to this, my training and exposure to health did not really acknowledge other systems of medicine and I was keen to know more. I completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2002 at the University of Westminster in London, which then led to the involvement in more body work in the form of Therapeutic Remedial Massage and Aromatherapy.
I have worked in a variety of settings and have set up a complementary therapy service in a hospice which included acupuncture treatments as a new addition to this service.
Although I have trained in acupuncture using the Traditional Chinese Medicine conceptual model. I also embrace other scientific models which explain the mechanisms of acupuncture through other lens. Of particular interest to me is the similarity the acupuncture channels have with that of the fascial network theories and communication systems developed by Tom Meyers - "Anatomy Trains" and Daniel Keown - "The Spark in the Machine".
I have trained in various styles of acupuncture and have trained to advanced level in the "Dr. Tan Balance Method" in London, Portugal and Switzerland and in the "Master Tung" points in the UK. I have completed the foundation course in Anatomy Trains Structure and Function. I am currently studying and in mentorship for a developing style of acupuncture for emotional problems and for those with trauma histories.
Acupuncturist and Remedial Massage Therapist (Swedish Style)
BSc (Hons) TCM Acupuncture University of Westminster London 2002
Middlesex School of Complementary Therapy 2004
Registered General Nurse
Wirral and Chester School of Nursing and Midwifery 1991