BHSc - Physiotherapy
Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science – Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Welcome to Marise Henry Acupuncture
Hi I’m Marise. I am an Acupuncturist and Physiotherapist. I trained in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture through the AUT postgraduate programme in 2008. My interest in acupuncture and eastern philosophy began in the late 1990’s when I began studying martial arts. I am passionate about traditional Chinese acupuncture as a way of promoting health and wellbeing. This holistic approach to health aligns well with my personal view of how body and mind are integrated; the practice of acupuncture facilitates treatment or restoration on many levels.
Personally, I strive for clinical excellence and aim to create an open and caring environment where people can receive the treatment they need and feel good about taking care of themselves.
An area that I have chosen to specialise in is cosmetic acupuncture. This natural facial rejuvenation offers local benefits to the face, neck, and décolletage mostly, for concerns such as lines and other signs of aging, pigmentation, scars, and other marks. Cosmetic acupuncture also has holistic benefits as it promotes health and wellbeing by involving systemic treatment also. I find this empowers people to feel good about themselves and look their best, while being a natural alternative to improve appearance without the addition of harsh chemicals.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that is thousands of years old. The practise of TCM includes acupuncture, dietary advice, herbal medicine, massage and moxibustion.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient from of healing which aims to balance the energy that flows through the body. This energy is called qi (said “chee”) and is considered the vital life force of a person. Qi flows in and around the body in a series of channels or meridians that cover the body. TCM compares these channels to the rivers of China, which provide a means of communication and nourishment for the whole body. Very fine stainless steel needles are inserted into acupuncture points along the channels which facilitate the body’s own healing processes.
Does it hurt?
Not like you might imagine! Sometimes you may feel a sensation as the needles penetrate the skin. However, once they are in the point, this may change. People’s responses are varied, and you can feel anything from an awareness or heaviness at the point needled, to absolutely nothing at all. Once the treatment is underway, most people report a sense of calm and relaxation.
What can acupuncture help with?
Acupuncture has an encompassing ability to help regulate imbalances and so can help with a myriad of things. It is common that many symptoms that may seem unrelated but are actually all linked in this model of care, and so can be treated simultaneously.
- Cosmetic acupuncture (see below for more details);
- Physical: musculoskeletal injuries, sprains and strains, aches and pains, headaches, migraines;
- Emotional issues: stress, anxiety, depression, panic, grief, shock, insomnia, poor sleep, low energy/fatigue;
- Digestive issues: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel diseases, gut upsets;
- Women’s Health: painful, heavy periods, PMS, irregular periods, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, menopausal syndrome;
- Respiratory issues: bronchitis, asthma, colds, sinus, hayfever;
- Fertility assistance, preconception care;
- Morning sickness, labour preparation, post natal care.
Are there side effects?
You usually feel quite relaxed and calm after a session of acupuncture. Sometimes you can feel so relaxed, it’s difficult to get going again. This is usually resolved by having a snack.
Bruising at the site of the needle can happen, thought it isn’t common.
What is cosmetic acupuncture?
Cosmetic acupuncture utilises traditional Chinese acupuncture techniques to rejuvenate your appearance. Specialised technicians use ultra fine acupuncture needles to help you look your best, at any age.
The treatment is natural and safe, and works by targeting fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, dry and dull skin, skin damage, drooping eyelids, sagging jowls and dark circles. It will even out skin tone and texture and can reduce the appearance of scars.
Cosmetic acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s natural healing response, encouraging it to heal and repair. The quality of connective tissues are improved, and collagen production and alignment is optimised. With the increase in qi and blood to the area, a fresher, more radiant and youthful looking appearance is achieved.
Cosmetic acupuncture is a holistic approach to health and beauty. The whole person is treated using appropriate points in the body to improve vitality and restore balance. The treatment incorporates the body, mind and spirit, and therefore encourages other health benefits, such as improved sleep, better digestion, less stress, and an increased sense of wellbeing.
What does it involve?
Your health history will be noted and your face will be diagnosed using Ruri facial diagnosis. This system reads the face to reveal an internal health report.
People’s faces age according to corresponding problems in the body, so it’s important to correctly diagnose your face before treatment gets underway.
Healing acupuncture needles are used to treat the underlying imbalances causing your specific signs of aging. Very fine acupuncture needles are then inserted into the areas of concern using special techniques to maximise the results.
The needles are left in place for approximately 20 minutes. You may encounter ‘plum-blossoming’, which is another special technique that maximises the results. Afterwards, you will have a relaxing facial massage using 100% pure, organic Rosehip oil.
We may also offer advice on skin care, lifestyle and diet if it is pertinent.
How many treatments will I need?
For best results we recommend weekly sessions for 10 to 15 weeks. Consecutive weekly sessions are best as each treatment builds on the last. You may even have two sessions in the first week.
What does acupuncture feel like?
People’s responses vary, but often there is an awareness of the needles being inserted, and various facial areas can be a little sensitive. The body needles are often not felt. Once the needles are in place, you may feel a firming feeling, or nothing at all. If you are concerned, try taking a couple of paracetemol prior to the treatment. Most people feel calm and relaxed during the treatment.
How soon can I expect to see results?
You will notice that your face looks fresher, your skin tone improves, your pores minimise, and your eyes sparkle a little more with every treatment. The softening of lines generally begins after 4 – 5 treatments, as this is how long it takes for new collagen to be produced and for your skin cells to be renewed.
Are there any risks or side effects? Can anyone have cosmetic acupuncture?
There is a small risk of bruising which will fade as a normal bruise would. For this reason, Cosmetic acupuncture is not recommended for those on blood-thinning medications.
Cosmetic acupuncture is not recommended for those with high blood pressure, who suffer migraines, or are pregnant.
I share clinic space in a beautiful villa in Grey Lynn, located on the corner of Williamson Ave and Schofield Street. Easy to find with plenty of street parking available, you will feel great just walking in!
Post Grad Diploma – Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (AUT)
Certificates in Ruri Facial Diagnosis & Cosmetic Acupuncture (CATA)
Acupuncture, Beauty Therapy, Mens Health, Natural Fertility Management, Sports Injury Therapy, Womens Health