Acupuncture and traditional treatments

Kin Child - AcupuncturistWhat is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of many and varied therapies of Traditional Oriental Medicine. It involves the insertion of ‘hair fine needles’ into certain locations (referred to as points) to stimulate the body’s natural healing energy or ‘Qi’. Once viewed as mysterious and poorly understood in the western world, Acupuncture is fast becoming a recognized, safe and reliable method of treatment for many conditions. NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) recommends acupuncture for non specific lower back pain and consider it best practice for GP’s to offer a course of 10 sessions as first line treatment. As well, treatment for migraines, NICE guidelines state patients should consider a course of ’10 sessions of acupuncture over 5-8 weeks for prophylactic treatment of chronic tension type headache.’

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture has a very wide application for acute and/or chronic long term illness, as well as ‘mystery type ‘ health issues which GP’s cannot diagnose. Additionally many patients come to acupuncture for preventative health. Please click on the link below to Kim’s website to review up to date research published by the British Acupuncture Council on several health conditions: Link:

About Kim Child

Kim is a qualified acupuncturist who is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAC) which is the foremost body of acupuncturists in the United Kingdom. As well as being a member of the BAC she also belongs to Acupuncture for Conception to Childbirth Team of Berkshire (ACT) and Cosmetic Acupuncture UK. These are specific designations which require continuous post graduate training to develop best practice in specialized areas.

Your first consultation

Information about your health is gathered during the first consultation. This comprises of the main complaint (why you're coming to acupuncture), health history and basic family history. This provides a unique picture of your current health and informs Kim of what you want from acupuncture treatment. Additionally, Kim will complete a physical examination of joints or areas of pain discussed, pulse and tongue diagnosis. In most circumstances treatment takes place at the first consult, but this can vary depending upon the complexity of health issues.

How many treatments will I need?

The initial consultation is recommend with two treatments over a period of 3 consecutive weeks. This provides opportunity to feel the benefits of acupuncture treatment and allow Kim confirm your diagnosis and build a concrete treatment plan. At this point, duration of treatment will be discussed. There are no set number of treatments, each patient is unique and positive changes in ones health balance transform in different ways . Length of treatment is always reviewed with the patient during the course of treatment.

Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa guest treatments & packages

Why don’t you give acupuncture a try while staying at the hotel or visiting on a spa day? Book a Traditional Acupuncture treatment (First consultation) and receive an acupuncture session and lifestyle information suited to your specific needs at the treatment or via email. Do you stay at the hotel over a varied period of time? Once Kim records your information at the first consultation it can be stored until you are able to return for treatment. Why not try a different style of massage? Tui na can address aches and pains and is very relaxing, book a 60 minute treatment and receive applicable advice on areas of discomfort. Consider a super relaxing facial massage with Japanese Tsuboki if you need a deep regeneration of energy for 60 minutes.

What is Tui Na?

Tui Na is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) style of body work which compliments acupuncture. It differs from massage as it can treat muscoskeletal conditions as well as internal imbalances (e.g digestive disorders). As with acupuncture, treatment principles are unique to each patient and focus on areas of the body which require attention. Kim uses Tui Na to compliment acupuncture during the course of treatment for various conditions. The first treatment involves a 15 minute consult about the patients health issues.

What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

(also referred to as Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture)
Although a new type of treatment to the West, cosmetic acupuncture has been used in China for years to turn back the clock on signs of aging. Cosmetic acupuncture is a safe alternative to more invasive procedures such as fillers or surgery.The great thing is it’s natural, there is no down time, affordable in comparison to western procedures and it produces a natural looking result. It is a more subtle choice to surgery and fillers. You can expect to look radiant and feel more balanced.

What is Collagen Induction or Micro Needling?

This anti aging technique is also referred to as ‘skin needling’, ‘medical needling’, ‘derma rolling’ and ‘micro needling’. A small hand held roller consisting of 200 micro-needles is gently rolled over the face or an area of the body to create minute multiple punctures in the layers of the skin.

What is the science behind the treatment?

The technique causes ‘micro’ trauma to the skin which signals your body to perform it’s natural ability to heal. In basic terms this activity signals collagen and elastin production, therefore it regenerates the skin. As we age, collagen and elastin decrease and skin looses it’s natural firmness. Collagen Induction assists in restoring this process which enables skin to become smoother and firmer.

What is Japanese Tsuboki Facial Massage?

The treatment involves a series of massage techniques to relax neck, shoulder and facial muscles using certified organic White Lotus anti aging serum. Acupressure points on the channels of the face are gently pressed to restore energy. Let your mind drift away during the hour to music of your choice or silence. Along with the massage, various Traditional Chinese cosmetic techniques are used to create an uplifting effect to the face with Guasha and a Jade Roller.

Practice hours

Donnington Valley Spa - every Thursday from 1:00 - 7:00 pm

Contact information

Kim’s website has more content related to Traditional Chinese acupuncture along with lifestyle and dietary information:
Kim can be reached Monday to Saturday at 07563 537872 , she aims to return your message within 5 hours. Email:
And lastly by filling out a form on her website:

Treatment types and cost

Traditional Acupuncture treatment | First consultation: £60 90 - 120 min | Subsequent treatments: £38 45- 60 min
Tui Na - Chinese Remedial massage | First consultation: £40 60 min | Subsequent treatments: £28 30 min
Cosmetic Acupuncture First consultation: £85 90 min | Subsequent treatments: £68 90 min | Six treatment series: £375
Collagen Induction (Micro needling) | First consultation: £100 90 min | Subsequent treatments: £85 90 min | Six treatment series: £470
Japanese Tsuboki Facial Massage Treatment : £45 60 min

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