BSc Traditional Chinese Medicine
Member British Acupuncture Council
After practising Acupuncture and running my own holistic clinic in Manchester for the last 10 years, I am very happy to be relocating back to West London, where I was brought up, and opening Notting Hill Acupuncture & Therapy Clinic based at St Charles Hospital, Health and Wellbeing Centre.
I have over 10 years of clinical experience in Acupuncture and studied (Traditional Chinese Medicine) for 6 years to obtain degree level. I also attended an intensive Acupuncture training course at Guiyang Hospital in China and then later won a scholarship to study again in China. As well as having extensive experience in treating acute and chronic physical and mental/emotional problems with both adults and children, I have a second degree in Reiki Healing and specialised training in Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture, Tai Qi and Qi Gong and advanced Synergistic Energy Healing techniques. I incorporate massage, bodywork and energy healing techniques into all my acupuncture treatments as I feel this strengthens and magnifies both the experience and the outcome.
Practicing Acupuncture is my passion. I love my job and I am continuously in awe of the results that are achieved in clinic. I really enjoy meeting and helping the varied types of people who pass through the clinic and feel honoured to be in a position to offer advice and healing to and with them. Please contact me on 07773 288097 or send me an email to ask any questions you may have or to arrange a day and time that best suits you.
Here are just a few of the conditions I have helped with Acupuncture in the past:
Anxiety, Asthma, Back pain, Bell's palsy, Cancer care, Carpal tunnel syndrome,
Chronic fatigue syndrome, Chronic pain, Colds and flu, COPD, Depression,
Dysmenorrhoea, Endometriosis, Facial pain, Female fertility, Fibromyalgia, Frozen
shoulder, Headache, Hypertension, Infertility, Insomnia, Irritable bowel syndrome
(IBS), Knee problems, Menopausal symptoms, Mental Health problems, Migraines,
Multiple sclerosis, Nausea & vomiting, Neck pain, Neuropathic pain, Osteoarthritis,
PCOS, Post-operative pain, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Premenstrual syndrome,
Raynaud’s, Rheumatoid arthritis, Sciatica, Sinusitis, Sports Injuries, Stress, Tennis
elbow, Thyroid disease, Tinnitus, Urinary incontinence, Vertigo.
Please give me a call if there’s a condition not listed you would like to discuss.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a life changing, safe and evidence based therapy used the
world-over. Originating from China, this ancient practise has stood the test
of time and also evolved to keep up with modern medicine. It is now used
to treat an array of disorders of the body and mind.
We are energetic beings - it is the energy (or Qi) that runs through our bodies that makes our hearts beat, our minds think straight and everything work in the miraculous way it does! Similarly, if the energy isnt flowing well it can lead to all kinds of physical, mental and emotional problems. This is why Acupuncture can sometimes seem like magic - we correct the flow of the Qi in our bodies, everything works better and we start to heal from the inside out.
It is wonderful and it is my passion, and I hope to share this and help as many
people as possible. Please do get in touch to ask me any questions.
reduced prices for packages - 5 treatments for £250 (£50 an hour) 10 treatments for £450 (£45 an hour)
Treatments include cupping, moxibustion, massage, heat therapy
and/or energy balancing when appropriate.
Reduced prices for people in need.
"I've been visiting Paula for acupuncture for a few years now and I can't recommend her enough! Her sessions are holistic and person centred. I've tried so many different medications for chronic headaches and migraines and the only thing that has consistently made me feel better have been my appointments with Paula and her understanding of migraines and her amazing talent with acupuncture and massage. I genuinely think she's got a touch of magic, I always feel absolutely fantastic after an appointment. If you're looking for a high quality, friendly, expert service then get booking an appointment."
Stacey Adams, Salford
"I first met Paula Taras about 5 years ago when a persistent cough took me to Manchester Acupuncture and Holistic Clinic. After one treatment I felt significantly better; after another couple of treatments I was free of the cough that had lingered for over 4 months! Since then I have visited Paula regularly to treat all manner of symptoms; stress, fatigue, sinus trouble and even a prolapse! (yes, acupuncture can actually pop your womb back into place! I’m pretty sure Paula is saving me from having to have a hysterectomy!)
Paula’s knowledge, skills and experience are evident in every session. Not only does she make you well, but she is a genuinely lovely and caring person. I thoroughly recommend her."
Mrs S. M of Cheshire
"I came to see Paula for accupunture to get me through an ME/CFS relapse. My weekly sessions were so very relaxing and the highlight of my week! Paula is warm, friendly, perceptive and knowledgable. I had little experience of alternative therapies, had never had accupunture before and am to some extent a sceptic. However I became addicted to my sessions with Paula, had to wean myself off weekly sessions which, owing to Paula's lovely nature, had become therapy for me. I love the massage at the end of each session, the 'bit of tea' and would recommend a trip to see Paula as often as you can afford!"
Ruth - fan of the Acupunture Clinic
"I couldn't champion Accupuncture enough, I only hope that one day the ‘West’ will follow suit and introduce acupuncture as a practice along side western medicine to support & enhance recovery and benefit everyday well being.
I am so fortunate to have found Paula, her expertise and degree of knowledge are undoubtably apparent but her kind, friendly, compassionate ‘bed side manner' is what makes her sessions such a holistic and all round ‘zen’ experience.
I appreciate different people may respond to acupuncture in different ways & benefits but personally, my experience with Paula (especially on darker days) meant that I have left my session relaxed, uplifted, relieved, basically a totally different person! Once I've finished a session I always comment with disbelief and say ‘Its like magic!! I am left immediatly wanting to book another appointment with her! Just wonderful!"
Ms Smith, Manchester
"Paula is an exceptionally gifted, intuitive and superbly skilful acupuncturist. Her treatments have had a hugely positive impact on my life and health and I would wholeheartedly recommend her! Many thanks Paula for all your wonderful and continuing care over the years!"
"I went to Paula with chronic sinusitis - I had tried everything and nothing worked. She was a last resort and my last hope! Since then, she has also sorted out my injured knee, my migraines and my lower back pain. She has helped me to manage my menopause symptoms without drugs! I have found that acupuncture has a steadying affect on my well being - I feel better and believe that this is down to a combination of Paula’s abilities as a natural healer and the wonder of acupuncture.
Now acupuncture is my first choice for cure and for maintaining my emotional and physical well being."
Carol from Levenshulme
"I've been seeing Paula at Manchester Acupuncture Clinic for some months now, and can honestly say I'm delighted with my treatments and progress.
Paula is a very experienced practitioner who, in addition to TCM acupuncture, provides a substantial amount of written information on the problem and diagnosis from a TCM perspective, together with suggested dietary and lifestyle changes that would compliment and enhance the effectiveness of the treatments.
Each session with Paula feels fully rounded and, as an added bonus, concludes with a relaxing massage.
Having had a number of disappointments with acupuncture practitioners in the past I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Paula for specific problems, stress relief, or just a general "energy" top up. For me - this one's definitely a keeper!"
"My son was struggling with anxiety and was very hyper aroused. I took him to see Paula. She was brilliant with him and gently introduced him to acupuncture...then slowly needle by needle he started to talk more slowly until he stopped and relaxed. It was like she found the switch at the back to turn him down!.
We have been receiving acupuncture treatment from Paula for about six months. Every session is a pleasure, Paula is so warm, kind, generous and it works! I too had a wonderful treatment and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Paula."
Jo and son (12 years old), Levenshulme
"I've been visiting Paula for over 2 years and think she's wonderful. She takes a genuine interest in understanding your physical, mental and emotional health. I initially went for a specific health issue and have continued to visit on a monthly basis for my general well being. I'd never had acupuncture before and my experience of it with Paula has been entirely positive. For newcomers, the feeling of the needles does take a bit of getting used to but within 2-3 sessions I was used to the sensation and got into the rhythm of enjoying a deep and restful sleep while they worked away. The mini massage at the end of the session is bliss."
Jane M, Heaton Moor
Thank you so much for the help that you gave me-quite a while ago now, but so appreciated and the effects have lasted!
I live in Dundee now but I wish you every success for the future and I hope new and lucky people continue to discover your talents.
Warmest wishes and all the best,
"Acupuncture has relieved my arthritic pain, supported me through stressful times and helped to recover energy and health. not only is Paula Taras a skilled and sensitive acupuncturist but she listens, remembers and cares."
"I always recommend Paula at the acupuncture clinic to all my friends and family at every opportunity. I regularly suffer with neck and shoulder tension due to occupational strain. Something in which Paula helps relieve me of. But as well as this she advises me on preventing further discomfort and enlightens me on all aspects of looking after oneself from diet to managing stress. I regularly book appointments as I feel it has become an important part of my wellbeing."
R. Lyons, Manchester
"I wanted to provide something for your website about my experience of seeing Paula Taras for acupuncture:
I loved the acupuncture sessions with Paula. She was fabulous in creating a relaxed and nurturing space in which she worked on all sorts of conditions with me, ranging from hormonal issues relating to menopause, eczema, stress and a dodgy knee!"
I just wanted to wish you luck for your move to London and to say thank you for the acupuncture treatments you provided whilst I was going through fertility treatment. I now have a lovely son who is nearly 2!
Thanks again and best of luck for the future.
"I have been seeing Paula for around 3 months and the treatments have had an amazing effect. I was initially quite nervous of undergoing acupuncture as I don’t like needles and had never done anything similar. I had no reason to be nervous and found the treatment itself very relaxing, I’m trying for a baby and have been increasingly anxious and stressed throughout the experience, Paula was really understanding and understood what my issues were and how best to treat them, I started to relax after the first treatment and have been feeling calmer and more balanced ever since. I didn’t realise how bad I’d been feeling until I started feeling better and I owe Paula a lot for this. She complimented the treatments with additional reading and advice on nutrition and exercises so that I could make holistic changes that complimented the therapies. Since starting acupuncture, my PMT and periods have improved greatly and I feel much more aware of my body and hormonal changes, my stress levels have decreased and friends, family and co-workers have commented on how relaxed I now am. If you are considering acupuncture I would just go for it, I’m certainly glad I did. Paula is an amazing woman and will instantly put you at ease; she is passionate about healing and has a very patient lead approach to acupuncture,"
"From my very first visit to The Manchester Acupuncture Clinic, Paula was extremely welcoming, she made me feel instantly calm and at ease, even though I'd never had acupuncture before. She's extremely understanding, and will go above and beyond to try and get to the root of my problem and relieve me of my symptoms; even offering advice on what other things I can do that may work alongside my treatment.
I always look forward to my acupuncture sessions, as I know I'll leave the clinic feeling calm and relaxed.
Would highly recommend."
Member British Acupuncture Council
I first became interested in medicine in 2013. At the time I was going through a period of transformation, I was pregnant with my first child and had just found out my partner of the past 3 years, the love of my life and the father of my unborn child had a long-term illness that wasn't getting any better. I was forced to move out of our home while he continued to battle with his condition. I ended up in a damp hostel, just one tiny room for me and my baby. I'd become fed up with my career as a manager’s assistant in a betting shop, although I did enjoy some aspects of my job, in other ways it was heart breaking, and with the emergence of online gambling, being pushed to convince our customers to sign up online was not something I (or the customers) were happy with. I was fed up of being involved in an industry that fuelled addiction and in some cases crime.
I'd always struggled with my health due to being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and had spent a lot of time in hospitals as an inpatient as well as an outpatient. When I was pregnant that hospital time increased drastically as I had quite a difficult and problematic pregnancy. During the time that I spent in hospitals I began to observe the doctors, I admired how kind, caring and knowledgeable they were, I wanted to be like them. I wanted to learn how the body works and how to heal.
I was at rock bottom, in an unfulfilling career, in a damp and dingy bedsit about to give birth to a baby whose father was suffering from an illness that meant that I had all the responsibility of caring and providing for our child alone. It was at that point that I decided I wanted to change my life so that me and my child could have a better future. I had no idea how I would go about it, but I knew I had to do something to get myself out of the situation I was in. So, I began researching, I decided to do an access course in science and, a year later, after passing with 13 distinctions and giving birth to a beautiful healthy baby boy, I knew I could do it, I knew that with hard work and having faith in myself, I could achieve anything.
As a mature student with no A-levels my best route into medicine was to study a degree first and then apply for the graduate programme, so I decided to study Chinese Medicine as I was interested in healing from a different perspective. Once I started researching it, it completely fascinated me. Four years later, with a first-class degree under my belt, this form of healing continues to amaze me. I will be applying to medicine and hopefully starting in September 2020, in the future I would like to integrate both Eastern and Western medicine to give the best possible care to my patients.
So, I decided to study Chinese Medicine to enable me to go on to study Western Medicine, but I had no idea of the amazing healing properties or what a life changer it was going to be. Acupuncture has helped me heal spiritually, physically and emotionally, and I want to help others heal the same way as I did with this ancient and mysterious art form.
reduced prices for packages - 5 treatments for £250 (£50 an hour) 10 treatments for £450 (£45 an hour)
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