Michael first encountered Chinese medicine almost 20 years ago through his martial arts training in Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu. These arts incorporate elements of health and energy cultivation, alongside teaching the fundamentals of Eastern philosophy and medicine.
After years of frustration with hay fever, he explored many complementary therapies and found acupuncture to be the most effective, sparking a deeper interest in this health system. Having previously worked as a secondary school teacher, training to be an acupuncturist was a pipe-dream, but Michael took the leap and enrolled on the MSc in Acupuncture degree course at the Northern College of Acupuncture, graduating with Distinction in 2017. He has since gone on to complete a professional diploma in Tui Na (Chinese medical massage) and extensive training in the world-renowned Balance Method of acupuncture made famous by Dr Tan and the distal acupuncture system of Master Tung. In addition, Michael now teaches at the Northern College of Acupuncture as part of his role as Chinese Medicine Stream Leader for the acupuncture course, teaching theory, body work and the intricacies of traditional pulse diagnosis.
Michael uses a range of traditional Chinese medicine methods in his clinic, including acupuncture, electro acupuncture, cupping, Gua Sha, Tui Na massage and moxibustion to offer a full holistic health service to patients.