Preparing for Pregnancy...
I first visited Mina following the recommendation of a good friend who specialises in pre-conceptual care and who herself had greatly benefited from Mina’s expertise. My aim was simply to get my body as strong as possible in preparation for pregnancy rather than as a result of any particular problems or concerns – except that of being in the latter part of my 30’s and knowing that time was not entirely on my side! Mina has a wonderful gentle approach, she provides confidence but never glosses over issues. She is an excellent listener during the consultations and one immediately feels confident that she has the welfare of her clients very much at heart and most particularly that one is in the hands of an expert in her field. Mina has a holistic approach in terms of checking that I was taking rest, eating healthily etc knowing that no one approach can work alone. I became pregnant within a few months of having regular acupuncture sessions and had a healthy pregnancy during which time I continued sessions on a regular basis. Mina supported me at all stages – even in the hospital during labour – and in the weeks after birth when I needed to regain my energies. It is impossible to directly attribute such resultant joy to the acupuncture but I strongly believe that the acupuncture contributed greatly. I would recommend Mina to anyone trying for a baby whether proactively as in my case with no particular known problems, or in response to having difficulties conceiving. (F.P.)
I have been receiving treatment from Mina since 2002 when another alternative therapist whom I trust recommended her as an skilful healer.
Mina’s training in traditional acupuncture enables her to explain in a simple way why acupuncture works. Whenever I asked questions, fuelled by anxiety or scare-mongering media stories about alternative medicine, she has been able to quell these fears by providing me with a clear explanation of what she is doing, why the use of the needles would not harm me and why this particular treatment would work for me.
She is an excellent listener who is able to grasp what I tell her about physical sensations and emotions and to offer me a great deal of wise, often practical, counsel that has really helped me. I get almost as much from her insights and sage advice as from the physical treatment!
But above all her treatment works! I suffer from a bone disorder called Paget’s Disease, the main symptom of which is severe pain. I’m a keen dancer and walker and have been afraid that the pain would increase as the years went on until it became unbearable and I would be unable to continue these activities. With Mina’s help, this has not happened. After a session with her I experience a distinct easing of pain which keeps me going and supports my determination to manage this discomfort and to do all I can to prevent unnecessary deterioration.
When I reported to her that the heat generated by exercise also helped to keep my pain at bay, Mina reminded me that what is true externally is also true internally and advised me on the types of food that, according to Chinese medicine, would help me stay fitter and keep the pain under control. I took her advice, altered my food patterns and found that this did indeed make a difference.
Mina is a caring, empathetic, well-trained practitioner. She takes a holistic interest in her clients and I have found that extremely supportive and beneficial. I would recommend her to anyone who wishes to find a truly effective acupuncturist. (B.A)