MARGARET RIVER ACUPUNCTURE

Margaret River Acupuncture is an accredited Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture clinic with special interests in IVF support, natural fertility, pregnancy and women’s health. We also provide Chinese Medicine, Massage and Acupuncture treatments designed to reduce pain, alleviate stress and anxiety, and assist with a variety of health concerns.  

About

Sandee Lippiatt (she/her)

Sandee Lippiatt is the owner and senior practitioner of Margaret River Acupuncture. Entering her third decade of practice, Sandee opens up the healing potential of the individual with Acupuncture, massage, cupping, electro-acupuncture, moxibustion, qigong, Western and Chinese herbal medicine, Sho Ni Shin, dietary and lifestyle advice.

Sandee graduated with a Diploma of Herbal Medicine and a Graduate Diploma in Acupuncture (TCM) at the Australian Institute of Holistic Medicine and during that time was mentored by Master Andrew Tem-Foo Lim. In 2004, Sandee travelled to China where she attended workshops on Chinese Orthopaedic Medicine, Qigong and Acupotomy. One of her best experiences was in the specialist clinics of Longhua Hospital Shanghai University of TCM treating hundreds of patients each day which exposed her to many Chinese Medicine diagnoses and treatment methods.

Sandee practises and teaches Qi Gong, which assists her to be in touch with her own Qi (energy) and that of her patients.  She is a Master Ziran Qigong Instructor and trains under the guidance of Master Liu Deming (5th generation of the Ziranmen lineage). 

Sandee has a special interest in women’s health, natural fertility, pregnancy and post natal care. She is a “Fertile Life Method Practitioner” trained by Kirsten Wolfe who continues to be a mentor in fertility, IVF support and pregnancy care.  In 2013 she studied Sho Ni Shin for children and Obstetrics/ Gynaecology with Dr Soma Devi and is currently undertaking mentorship in Classical Chinese medicine.

Sandee is professionally registered with the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA), the Federation of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (FCMA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Bridie Ritchie (she/her)

Bridie was born on Wadawurrung Country to a mum who immigrated from Scotland in the 70s and a dad from the western districts of Victoria with early settler ancestry. She found Chinese Medicine in her late 20’s while suffering from burn out from starting and growing her first business. A wild and weird array of symptoms had her searching for answers at a local Chinese Medicine clinic. Over a series of treatments, she learned how her symptoms were connected and was guided back to balance with herbs and acupuncture. Despite the taste of her herbal formula, she was hooked. 

Completing a five-year double degree at RMIT has given Bridie a firm grounding in western health science as well as Chinese medicine theory and practise; spanning the classics to modern application (with a strong focus on evidence-based training). She did 18 months of supervised clinical practise at the RMIT Student health clinic and was lucky to complete her final placement at Jiangsu Hospital of Chinese medicine in Nanjing, China. Throughout her final year of study, she worked for Dr Peter Gigante of East West Therapies, which expanded her herbal knowledge and sparked her interest in working with children. 

Alongside paediatrics, Bridie is interested in chronic pain, autoimmune conditions, and reproductive health. Bridie has experience treating trans and non-binary patients undergoing hormone replacement therapy and is very interested in further exploring how Chinese medicine can support and assist essential gender affirming healthcare. Above all, Bridie believes in Chinese medicine’s power as a general practise, so loves to work with folks of all ages to maintain general health, whether that involves treating colds and flus, musculoskeletal aches and pains, UTI’s, skin conditions, gastrointestinal issues or mental health support. 

Bridie is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA). She has a diploma in remedial massage, and has completed various yoga teacher trainings, including yin, ashtanga, trauma informed practise and community yoga. Outside of the clinic Bridie makes pottery and recharges in nature- she usually has a long-distance hike in some stage of planning. 

 

Services

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an holistic system of health care continually practised and developed throughout Asia for many thousands of years.

The Chinese Medicine Practitioner will look for any imbalances in the body by taking the pulse and looking at the tongue and listening to the patients history, signs and symptoms. Acupuncture points are then needled to clear away blockages in the meridians and rebalance the system. By inserting very fine needles at specific points along the meridians, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore and maintain its natural balance.

All needles used are pre-sterilised, single-use disposable type, and all equipment and procedures conform to the highest health and safety standards.

Once balance and good health have been restored to the system, acupuncture plays a major role in a preventative health regimen, helping maintain the smooth flow of Qi (energy) through the body and allowing the system to function optimally, leading to continued levels of health and wellness.

OTHER METHODS OF STIMULATION MAY INVOLVE

  • Moxibustion: the gentle warming of acupoints with a smouldering herb.
  • Cupping: the application of suction cups to areas of tightness in the muscles or fascia.
  • Gua Sha: rubbing and stimulating the meridians with a smooth Jade implement or spoon.
  • Electro-Acupuncture: the stimulation of acupuncture needles with a very mild electrical current.
  • Massage & Acupressure: massaging the body and focusing on particular Acupuncture points with pressure.

To look at an overview of evidence for Acupuncture, please click on this link – https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/acupuncture-scientific-evidence/

Herbal Medicine

We often will offer and prescribe herbal medicines in conjunction with our Acupuncture appointments (prices are extra) or you can book a Herbal Medicine consult without Acupuncture.

Herbs can help enhance your treatment outcomes quicker and they have the ability to manage a range of symptoms and patterns in the body including:

  • Stress support
  • Skin conditions including Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis
  • Digestive problems including bloating
  • Sleep support
  • Headaches
  • Women’s Health conditions including irregular periods (including coming off the pill), amenorrhea, painful periods, endometriosis, fibroids, heavy periods, PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), menopause
  • Preconception care – recommended at least 3 months prior to conception
  • Fertility support – recommended at least 3 months prior
  • Pre and post IVF support
  • Postpartum support

Fertility, IVF and preconception care

Chinese Medicine has many ways to support fertility, preconception care and IVF including:

  • healthy single women or couples (including same sex couples!) who want to give their baby the best possible start to life
  • women and couples who have been diagnosed with either primary or secondary infertility including issues with sperm quality, anovulation, amenorrhoea etc.
  • women and couples who have suffered one or more miscarriage
  • women and couples already undertaking IVF or ART treatment  who are looking for a healthy complement to improve their chances.
  • In a heterosexual couple, we recommend that the partner attends a fertility consultation leading up to the IVF cycle if possible to discuss lifestyle advice, sperm analysis and possible supplementation and if appropriate, Chinese Herbal Medicine.

We recommend at least 3 months of preconception care

Pregnancy and Postnatal support

Each pregnancy is unique, and we structure a treatment regime to suit each individual.

Acupuncture can help manage symptoms that may arise during pregnancy:

  • spotting
  • threatened miscarriage
  • nausea
  • neck or back pain, and other body aches
  • sciatic pain
  • pelvic pain or instability
  • thyroid issues
  • reflux
  • fluid retention
  • headaches
  • varicose veins
  • insomnia
  • high blood pressure
  • thrush/UTIs

And later in pregnancy, we may be able to help with breech presentation, and preparing you for labour. Treatment is most effective if started at the 34-36 week mark. Acupuncture may be very beneficial in the weeks leading up to birth, to help soften the tendons and ligaments, promote blood flow to the uterus, and soften the cervix by increasing the flow of oxytocin. Regular treatments leading up to birth may reduce the need for medical induction and reduce the length of the birth.

Postpartum support

Traditional Chinese Medicine encourages the ancient practice of “sitting the month”, in which new mothers are looked after completely by family members. Whilst we can’t come to live in your house and look after you completely, we can offer some support in those first few months postpartum to make the transition easier, smoother and overall more sustainable. One of these support treatments include the ancient treatment of “Mother Warming”, designed to help a new mum build up her blood supply and reserves after birth, help with mood and nervousness, increase energy and encourage milk supply. 

We encourage postpartum mothers to “sit the month” and not leave the house. Therefore we offer home visits (extra charge) or we encourage mothers to come into the clinic or request a home-visit for treatment within the first 7 – 10 days postpartum and your birth partner and baby are welcome. We recommend mothers to come to the series of Labour Preparation appointments beginning at 36 weeks where we provide education about how to prepare for the fourth trimester.

Children’s Acupuncture and Sho Ni Shin

Yes, we do treat children!

We use Acupuncture, massage, moxibustion and Herbal Medicine to treat children of all ages.

Babies and young children (generally up to around 10 years) usually prefer a Sho Ni Shin treatment. This involves asking questions, observation of the child, pulse/finger/stomach diagnosis and the treatment. Home treatments are often taught to the parents so that the therapy can continue between sessions. This encourages a beautiful bond between the parent and their child. Parents can use a spoon or a toothbrush for treatment. 

Sho Ni Shin tools are often blunt and used for techniques that stroke, tap and press the various meridians to promote health and balance. The techniques are gentle and the procedure is often completed fairly quickly without any discomfort or distress to the child. A treatment can be only 5-20 minutes long and the child can sit on your lap.

Massage

Our practitioners use a combination of relaxation, deep tissue, remedial and Tui Na (Chinese Remedial Massage) techniques that focus on balancing a person’s energy, relieving tension and pain.

Other bodywork such as cupping, moxa and gua sha may be used as necessary with organic cold-pressed coconut oil combined with some Chinese liniment to the skin.

We offer massage only or a combination of Acupuncture with massage

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Contact

For bookings or enquires please contact +61 439 432 185 or book online

Margaret River Acupuncture

Unit 14 (upstairs)

34 Fearn Avenue

Margaret River WA 6285

Margaret River Acupuncture acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.

Source: Welcome to Country & Acknowledgement of Country – Creative Spirits, retrieved from https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/spirituality/welcome-to-country-acknowledgement-of-country