Auricular Acupuncture is a treatment to the outer ear using tiny needles which stimulate the energy system that corresponds to certain parts of the body and directly to the brain.
Explanations differ as to how auricular acupuncture works. The Chinese tell us that by stimulating particular points in your ear, which correspond to parts of the body, your Chi energy (life energy) is cleared of blockages and is free to flow naturally. Western medicine explains that nerves in the ear when stimulated promote an electrochemical response to the brain, releasing neurochemicals such as dopamine and endorphins, which promote feelings of well being and rebalance brain chemistry altered through alcohol and drug use. Whatever explanation you prefer it really does help.
Auricular acupuncture offers no side effects, is non-addictive, reduces anxiety and depression and aids the withdrawal process.
Following the treatment of acupuncture needles, the addition of ‘magnets’ which look like tiny seeds made of gold plated ball-bearings are applied to the acupuncture points, using small plasters. These can be kept in place for up to a week, and rubbed, when stressed or craving, to give a boost and prolong the benefits of the treatment.
After the treatment we offer you a choice of specially mixed herbal teas, with a choice of ‘recovery tea’ or sleep tea. These can also be taken away and enjoyed at home.
Richard Kingdon has over 10 years of experience administering auricular acupuncture to people with alcohol or drug withdrawal (including nicotine), anxiety, depression, and family members who have been affected.
Richard is a member of the SMART UK and regularly updates his training and knowledge with them.
Relaxation and Meditation
For some people sitting quietly, calm, relaxation and meditation can sound like an impossible task. Unsupported or without any structure or guidance, just trying to sit quietly or meditate can bring about more panic and anxiety and can put people off completely.
Here at City Beacon we can help you to understand that there are approaches to meditation where the mind that has become used to racing, can work for you and give you a wonderful start to learning new ways to find peace and calm in your internal life.
Trying to force yourself to sit with your own head can be self defeating, the opposite happens and relaxation becomes impossible.
Breathing control and some simple relaxation techniques can harness the creativity that lurks behind the ‘quick’ thinking. Trying out several different approaches will help you find what suits you best.
Our ten, weekly sessions can help you to put yourself on a new path of internal exploration and with practice can bring the desire for a more serene way of living.
As you become a meditator the ability to bring about a healthier mind, body and spirit is within reach for anyone.