Estelle and La Pagode
Study and qualifications:
My name is Estelle, I am a registered acupuncturist and qualified Chinese Medicine Practitioner in East Grinstead where I run my privately based acupuncture and massage practice, La Pagode (French for pagoda).
After three years, full time training at the prestigious International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM), accredited by the Greenwich University, I was awarded a degree with BSc (Hons) in Chinese Medicine and a licence in acupuncture (Lic Ac). The course also provided a comprehensive training in Western Medicine (anatomy, physiology, pathology and psychology).
I am a full member of The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), approved by the professional standards authority for health and social care and I adhere to their strict codes of ethics, safe practice and professional conduct. I am fully insured by The BAcC.
As a general practitioner of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, I am qualified to treat a wide range of conditions, tailoring my treatment method from patient to patient with the different tools that oriental medicine offers (stems and branches, the five element theory, the 6 divisions, the eight principals, traditional Chinese medicine).
I continue to enhance my skills and knowledge through continuing professional development (CPD) and various therapies. I am fully qualified in facial enhancement cosmetic acupuncture, including micro-needle therapy (Derma roller) for men and women. I am also qualified in massage therapy (ITEC Level 3) and practice therapeutic Swedish massage which I can combine with acupuncture or apply on its own.
As a Reiki practitioner, I will also use this healing therapy in a free way during a treatment depending on the needs of the patient.
I come from a French family of General Practitioners (GP) and Physiotherapists. My parents understood in the early stages of their practices, that eastern and holistic medicine had a lot to offer to the wellbeing of their patients. They specialised in osteopathy, Chinese medicine, acupuncture and Homeopathy and discovered mindfulness with meditation, Tai Chi and Yoga to complement their all-round care for people.
I grew up in this Daoist philosophy, initiated in this way of life, where western and oriental medicine have an equal play in the healing process, where the mind, body and spirit are of equal importance for a healthy wellbeing and happiness.
After a career in the fashion industry in Paris, I came back naturally to my genetic disposition, to help people to recover their equilibrium and the body’s own natural flow of energy (Qi or Chi). The benefits of this inheritance drew me to study the fascinating classical acupuncture which addresses the underlying constitution of a person in order to promote optimal health, vitality and wellbeing.
My aim is to deliver acupuncture and therapeutic massage with intent and respect, focussing on what you, my patient, needs. You are unique and I want to help to improve your quality of life and wellbeing by using a holistic approach with either acupuncture, treating the root cause and/or by massage, which goes beyond the simple stroke to provide impactful therapy for you.
I will treat you with compassion, empathy and care, with a non-judgemental approach, professionalism and complete confidentiality at all times. I am bound by The BAcC code of practice which ensures that I will offer you the highest professional standards of care and safe practice in my registered premises.