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About Paloma

Finding acupuncture an extremely effective therapy personally, I became interested in how it worked and completed both a full time degree (BSc Hons) in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture at the University of Westminster and an ITEC Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Massage. As well as being an education in the principles and practice of Chinese Medicine, my training gave a thorough grounding in biomedical science and equipped students to practise within the context of both disciplines.

I completed post-graduate training and practice in acupuncture at Szechuan  University Hospital in China. Back in London I worked in an NHS Chinese Medicine clinic, as well as on the teaching staff of the Acupuncture BSc at the University of Westminster, at the Rainer Foundation in South East London, providing acupuncture to vulnerable young people and in private practice, particularly with pregnancy.

My massage experience has led me to include work with posture and alignment, where this is at the root of physical problems. I have particular experience of treating pregnancy both with massage and acupuncture. I enjoy providing a relaxing treatment space and and helping clients to support their own health through self-care. I work in private practice in Nailsworth, Stroud and Bristol.

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Qualifications and Training

Massage Training Institute Skin Cancer Awareness Training for Massage Therapists June 2017

Pregnancy Massage Training with Well Mother, Bristol, April 2017

Unified Acupuncture Theory Clinical Applications seminar, November 2016

Pregnancy Massage Foundation with Well Mother, Bristol, September 2015

Side-lying Massage, Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork, October 2015

The Treatment of Menopausal Problems with Chinese Medicine – Giovanni Macioca, webinar, November 2014

Clinical Internship, Szechuan University Hospital, China, September 2001

BSc Honours – Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, University of Westminster, 2001

ITEC Level 3 Diploma – Swedish Massage, City Literary Institute London, 1998

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Teaching

When I lived in London I was part of the teaching team for the Acupuncture BSc at the University of Westminster, working in class and in the university teaching clinic.

Awards

University of Westminster – Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture BSc – Final year undergraduate prize winner

I am a fully insured member of both the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (ATCM) and the Massage Training Institute (MTI) and abide by their respective Codes of Safe Practice and of Professional Conduct.

Areas of Interest

I work with a wide range of conditions, both chronic and acute and particularly with women’s health – from fertility, pregnancy, birth preparation and post-natal restoration to menopause.

I enjoy understanding how the body functions from both Chinese and Western medical perspectives and using this knowledge to help my clients.

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