Michael first encountered acupuncture 15 years ago through his martial arts training in Tai Chi and Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu. As traditional Chinese martial arts, both incorporate elements of health and energy cultivation, alongside teaching the fundamentals of Eastern philosophy and medicine.
After years of frustration with hay fever every summer and antihistamines not helping, Michael explored many complementary therapies and found acupuncture to be the most effective. From that point on it became an important element of his own preventative health strategy.
Having worked as a secondary school English teacher since 2003, training to be an acupuncturist was simply a “pipe dream”, but Michael took the leap in 2015 and enrolled at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York. He graduated as a practitioner in July 2017 with a Post-Graduate Diploma at Distinction level and is continuing on to Master of Science level this year, focusing on the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with acupuncture as his dissertation research project. Michael has recently furthered his post-graduate development by training in the world-renowned Balance Method of acupuncture as taught by the late Dr Tan.
Michael uses a range of traditional Chinese medicine methods in his clinic, including acupuncture, electro acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, tuina massage techniques and moxabustion to offer a full holistic health service to patients.