WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture treatment involves fine needles being inserted through the skin and briefly left in position. the number of needles varies but may be only two or three. The practitioner will assess each patient’s case and treatment will be tailored to the individual; so it is impossible to give more than this general idea of what your particular treatment might involve. Treatment might be once a week to begin with, then at longer intervals as the condition responds. A typical course of treatment lasts 5 to 8 sessions.
Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. We know that it increases the body's release of natural painkillers - endorphin and serotonin - in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received.
Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago and is part of an integrated system of healthcare known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). When illness or pain occurs TCM theory states that it is because the vital energy or Qi of the body has become blocked or is depleted. Acupuncture works by inserting very fine needles at specifically selected acupuncture points along energy channels or meridians to restore the energy balance of the body.
WHAT IS GENTLEBIRTH?
The GentleBirth program prepares you and your birth partner for a positive, gentle birth. The workshop is for parents who want to be actively involved in decision making and prefer to have an understanding of what choices are available to them for labour and birth in Ireland. The workshop provides knowledge on the processes of labor and birth and helps you understand the many options/interventions that may arise. The information provided is based on the latest scientific research and recommended international best practices to ensure you can navigate your options with confidence.
Emma Cahalan is a fully qualified Traditional Chinese Acupuncture practitioner registered with the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association which means the highest standards of care and professionalism are assured.
Emma holds a Bachelors and a Masters of Science from the NUI, Galway and a Diploma and Licentiate in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland. Following completion of her training in the Acupuncture Foundation Emma completed additional postgraduate clinical practice at the 3rd Affiliated Hospital in Nanjing, China.
Emma is also a fully qualified GentleBirth Instructor having completed her GentleBirth Instructor Child Birth Educator training with the GentleBirth Institute.