June Tranmer and Acupuncture
It was Kinesiology that led me to Acupuncture. That and the fact that Hugh MacPherson was talking about starting a college in York in 1988. So, I signed up and began my studies in 1989, as a single parent with two small children while living on state benefits. But I was determined…
I set up my practice in York (1991), alongside Madeleine Evans after graduating from the Northern College of Acupuncture, and with the support and help of many other colleagues and friends. Before that, I borrowed some spare time in Christine Skinner’s treatment room in central York, and worked from home doing Touch for Health balances and acupressure treatments.
I currently work from The Healing Clinic Community Interest Company (which I set up as the plain Healing Clinic) with a colleague – Chris Vicary in 1992 in the business wing of the York Steiner School). We moved to central York in 2007, with 20 practitioners and I now offer acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, acupressure, food energetics (working with balancing your energy with the right foods for your individual needs – Hot, Cold, Damp, etc,), facial revitalisation acupuncture / acupressure massage, treatments for children (usually without needles), tapping and Japanese Shonishin techniques learned from Stephen Birch, crystals, Egyptian Alkhemi Skhem healing learned from Jacqui Taliesin el Masry, Thermoauricular therapy (ear candling) learned from Linda ……….., and massage techniques to move Blood and Chi and balance general energies. I specifically like to help with digestive ailments (they are the root of many many other problems), respiratory problems (if we can’t breathe well, the whole rhythm of the body is out of balance), hormonal imbalances (thrown off by our modern lives and the influences all around us), circulatory problems (if Blood does not flow well, many things do not work at their optimum levels – everything relies on Blood), just as some examples.
Over the last 25 years, I have helped women regain their natural fertility so they could become pregnant, treated them throughout pregnancy, assisted at births, alongside the midwives, to keep things moving when they slow down, help reduce the panic and worry, and to keep the pain levels down (we don’t do complete pain blocking, as we are not anaesthetists) and to help reduce blood loss, I have treated babies of all ages, from the very earliest minutes of life, toddlers and children, through young adults to older age. I have been present at the last minutes of peoples’ lives, and have helped make people with terminal illnesses more comfortable.
I have been teaching other acupuncturists how to use the techniques I use, particularly with their child patients. I started teaching Touch for Health in 1986 (I trained with Brian Butler in 1986) and Oriental Medicine for Children in 1996 (I trained with Julian Scott in 1993 – 94), as well as The Treatment of Children’s Ailments at home for parents and carers. I am now teaching online through Google Hangouts, which helps people be in touch without having to travel. I had a lovely friend, Jenny Hutchinson, who has allowed me to have her memories of life with her parents who were healers. We planned a book together of home remedies, and it is my promise to her that I will get it done in her memory. She sadly passed away in 2012.
I love my work, in fact it is not work to me, it is a privilege and a vocation that I will be lucky if I can continue to be involved in until my very old age.
“In examining disease, we gain wisdom about anatomy and physiology and biology. In examining the person with disease, we gain wisdom about life.”
– Oliver Sacks
Acupuncture as a treatment
The Chinese and other eastern peoples have been using acupuncture to restore, promote and maintain good health for about 2500 years. Stone needles were originally used, and later bronze, gold and silver needles. The first medical account of acupuncture was ‘The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine which dates from about 300 BC. Acupuncture is rooted in the Daoist philosophy of change, growth, balance and harmony, and this text outlines the principles of natural law and the movements of life – yin and yang, the Five elements, the organ system and the meridian network along which acupuncture points are located. These records also contain details of pathology and physiology, which provide the theoretical foundation for acupuncture today, some 2000 years later.
Acupuncture practice was gradually developed and refined. During the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), the famous Chinese herbalists Li Shi Zen published his 50-volume ‘Compendium of Materia Medica’, as well as a study of the Pulse and the Extraordinary Meridians But from the mid-seventeenth century there was a decline in acupuncture and herbalism, which coincided with the increasing influence of Western ideas on China.
Although acupuncture was always practised in rural communities, it was not until after the establishment of the People’s Republic in 1949 that there- was a great resurgence of interest in it at a national level. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) traditional Chinese medicine was give new opportunities to develop. Today acupuncture is used far more extensively in China than in the west in a hospital-based system for treating acute as well as chronic cases. The national policy is to pursue both systems side by side, with extensive clinical research.
In Britain, serious study of traditional acupuncture did not develop until the 1950s and early 1960s. They were made either through Europe or through direct contact with teachers and schools in Taiwan, Korea and elsewhere. The serious students of acupuncture came from the ranks of those who were already interested in, or actually practised, natural medicines – osteopaths, homeopaths and naturopaths. To many it seemed that traditional Chinese medicine had formalised and set down many of the concepts they had found through their own experience. A medical doctor – George Lewith also became a passionate advocate of acupuncture and began to teach it to other doctors in this country from the 1970’s.
Since the 1980’s there has been a dramatic rise from just a handful of qualified acupuncturists to over 3000 registered with The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). The Council was formed in 1995 as an amalgamation of five separate organisations, which agreed that one body should represent and govern their professionally qualified traditional acupuncturists in all aspects of their work. The BAcC maintains common standards of education, ethics, discipline and codes of practice to ensure the health arid safety of the public at all times. Members carry insurance in the same way as doctors do. The training of member acupuncturists is regulated by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board.
Acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular in the United Kingdom as more people seek and find its benefits in promoting health as well as managing illness.
Allergy / Intolerance Testing and Correcting with Kinesiology
Kinesiology originated in physical therapy and uses the body’s own wisdom to find the answers for each individual. There is no need to remove any clothing for a Kinesiology balance. June does some preliminary checks and then we find the priorities for the particular session, working with the four main areas of: Structural, Nutritional, Emotional or Electromagnetic. June’s training is mainly in Touch for Health but she includes checking for imbalances with the Health Kinesiology test kits. Other Kinesiologies include: Educational Kinesiology, Classical Kinesiology, Creative Kinesiology and 3 In 1 Kinesiology. All use the basic muscle checking skills, but each kinesiology has a slightly different focus.
Foods that are meant to nurture us have become the enemy of many sensitive individuals. We can find out together which ones are bothering you and then balance you so that they are less of an issue.
Kinesiology recognises that each person is unique and one person’s best diet may be unsuitable for another person. Individual supplement schedules can also be worked out using the muscle checking. Eating organic / local foods in season will help our systems have more variety throughout the year, as we suffer if we eat the same foods continually day in and day out.
With Health Kinesiology techniques, we can also help balance sensitivities to house dust mites, moulds, perfumes, plastics, air fragrances, formaldehyde, benzene for instance. They can be relieved to a great extent, with back-up help at hand in case the person becomes over-exposed again to the aggravating substance.
Other procedures are designed to reduce the stress levels of the person. In a true allergy the person is sensitive to even the smallest exposure to the substance. Where there are tolerance problems, reducing stress levels can often increase a person’s tolerance to an acceptable amount. There are many stresses in a person’s life that it may seem to be difficult to do something about, but through Kinesiology procedures we can ensure that the person reacts to the situation in a more positive way.
Allergy and tolerance problems are seen as symptoms of underlying energy imbalance. The allergies and low tolerance levels are not the problem, but are a message from the energy system that all is not well. Suppressing this message with medication does not in the long run solve the problem: it simply subdues the messenger. We need to listen to the messenger and act accordingly to help restore balance.
Thermo-Auricular Therapy since 2002
The traditional ear candles have been very useful and important in my life, since I first discovered them in 1993. It was a colleague who was attending a course with me on children’s acupuncture who recommended them to me, and we made a collective order from Revital to try them out. I had not experienced them myself; I mainly used them at first with my children, especially my daughter who had chronic ear infections for a few years. I found them to be extremely helpful in preventing the infections recurring and eventually helped them to clear up altogether, alongside some acupuncture and homeopathic treatments. They also seemed to help calm my son and let him sleep better. I learned at this time to NOT apply the treatment after an ear infection had already started because I once aggravated an earache, and my daughter suffered more intense pain briefly, which probably meant that the earache passed more quickly but it was definitely not worth the extra suffering. The candles are far more effective and useful if applied preventatively, in my opinion. I always advise people not to use them if an infection is present, or if there is a possibility of an infection. Best to wait and use them preventatively.
I began to think about using them to help other people in my Clinic, but I believed at that time that they could not be used on children under 7 years of age. So, I would use the candles in the Clinic to treat adults and children over 7, as well as selling them to people for home use, once they understood how to apply them, as I had learned at that time. Having done the official Thermo-auricular Therapy Training with Linda Stokes, I was then able to offer them for children under age 7, even babies of under a year.
People have found results such as: relief of neck stiffness, reduction in cough and catarrh, easing of sinus tension, headache tension, and digestive symptoms. This has been one of the more surprising benefits: People have felt beneficial effects in their abdomen during treatment, and I think this must be because of the stimulus of the lymphatic system, with the glands in the abdomen being stimulated as well as the ones in the neck, armpits, etc.
In the years since doing the training with Linda Stokes in 2002, I have had many very happy patients. The course was very thorough, taking a full day – whereas other courses are shorter and possibly less thorough. I also found the information extremely useful, like for instance to not apply other medicaments such as gland cream around the ear at the time of treating, as it could be too powerful. I would like as many people as possible to be thoroughly trained in applying Thermo-auricular therapy.
The idea behind the ear candles (which are tubes of flax cloth soaked in honey, beeswax, sage and chamomile and rolled with a small cross piece filter) is to soothe and relax the ear canal and to give an overall sense of well-being. They are suitable for use in all ages, but with reduced length of burning for the younger child. So, if a child between birth and four is to be ‘candled’, we suggest only use about one – two inches of each candle and save the rest for a second, and possibly a third candling. Over age four, they can have a bit longer, depending on the child’s ability to lie still. After age seven, they can generally take the whole ten minutes required for each ear.
They have a good effect on glue ear, deafness, tonsillitis, headaches, toothaches, coughs and colds, blocked eustachian tubes, migraines, and anxiety, tension.
The leaflet that comes with the ear candles, purchased from Revital Ltd., Ruislip, Middlesex explains the use very thoroughly, and these notes are intended as supplementary to that leaflet. There are various gland creams and oils available from herbalists and from Revital as well, to apply to the area around the ear to stimulate the circulation and augment the effects, in between candle treatments.
It is a good idea to give a gentle massage around the ear and the neck and shoulders, to free up any adjacent tension that often goes together with many of these conditions. It is surprising to a lot of people how tense small children’s shoulders can be, but it is important to realise they won’t need strenuous massage to relax them.
June trained in Facial Rejuvenation in May 2006 with Virginia Doran, the founder of Facial Rejuvenation from New York, who has been working in this field for 20 years. Virginia has treated many eminent clients both in America and around the world. June has so far treated a number very satisfied customers since her training, and she has a growing band of enthusiasts who come back for the occasional ‘top-up’. Her focus is very much on inner vitality, and working in an holistic way.
This is not just a facelift; It’s a whole – life – lift!
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Acupuncture for Fertility, Pregnancy & Childbirth
Acupuncture for Childbirth Team (ACT) Yorkshire
ACT Yorkshire is a professional acupuncture group offering specialist treatment for fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and post-natal health. Members undertake post-graduate study in obstetric and fertility care, and meet regularly to develop best practice, explore the research base, provide peer support and maintain a high standard of care. We are affiliated to ACT groups across the country and maintains links with international experts in the field. We aim to work compatibly with local midwives and doctors, and to build supportive healthcare networks for the benefit of our patients.
Alkhemi Sekhem Healing
June Trained in the First Gate of Egyptian Alkhemi Sekhem Healing with Jacqui Taliesin el Masry in 2011 and has been using the powerful healing techniques within her practice almost every day since then. It perfectyl complements her work with Acupuncture and Kinesiology, and has rekindled her interest in crystal healing.She is currently revising and deepening her understanding before going on to the next Gate.
Alkhemi Sekhem is a system of natural healing and self-empowerment, a path of contemporary spirituality and well-being with its heart in the mystery traditions of ancient Egypt.
After more than a decade of intuitive work with the healing energies of ancient Egypt, a system manifested to Jacqui that allows absolutely anyone to connect with their Higher Self using the archetypes, mythology and energy streams of ancient Egypt.
Here is a link to her website: www.alkhemi.co.uk