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Acupuncture appointments are back in Launceston! Bookings open now.

Bookings openIt makes me incredibly happy to announce that my Launceston acupuncture clinic is reopening on Monday 15th June. And bookings are now open.

As you know, I take your health extremely seriously (it’s my job after all), and so together with the team at House of Prana, I’ve implemented the following procedures to keep my clinic a low risk environment where you can get the best of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine health care.

To do this, you’ll notice a few things are different since last you visited. None of this has been easy or quick to achieve; I’ve attended every infection control webinar I can and have written a comprehensive COVID Safe Plan but it is worth it to keep everyone who visits my clinic as safe as possible. Until we are notified by government otherwise, we’ll have the following measures in place:

COVID-19 Screening Questions
You’ll receive these with your appointment reminder emails. Please complete them via the online link prior to your appointment. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions I’ll be in touch to discuss how I can offer you care in the safest way.
On arriving at House of Prana, everyone will again be asked the screening questions before attending appointments and classes.

Sanitise your hands on entry
Hand sanitiser will be available to everyone who enters the building. Please sanitise your hands allowing 20-30 seconds while your rub your hands thoroughly and allow them to dry.
Hand sanitiser will be available at multiple points in the building so make use of it anytime you need to.

I’ll meet you at the foyer on ground floor
There’s no need to arrive early for your appointment, just show up right on time to the ground floor foyer and I’ll come and collect you for your appointment. The waiting area upstairs will not be in use during this time.

Fewer appointments available
I’m changing the way I practice at least until the pandemic infection control plan is running effectively and efficiently. To achieve this, I will only be using one room for appointments with a greater space between each appointment to allow for pandemic level infection control procedures (including disinfection and a complete change of linen) to be carried out.
I look very forward to being able to offer more appointments in the future.

New hours June 2020
After hours appointments
I have continued to offer one later finish each week, on Wednesdays. I ask that you only take these appointments if this is absolutely the only time you can make.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)
You’ll noticed the use of more PPE in clinic. The reason for this is most of our interactions will be for longer than 15 minutes and closer than 1.5m.

Chinese Medicine Telehealth consultations still available
If you can’t or don’t want to visit the clinic physically, and you would like to have a Chinese Medicine consultation via telehealth you are still welcome to do so. Now that acupuncture appointments are available telehealth consultation fees will be in line with those for acupuncture: Initial consultation $150 and Follow up consultation $100. Sadly and despite lobbying by my association, I have been advised that health fund rebates do not apply to telehealth consultations.

Herb, supplement and tea orders collections
For your ease during the pandemic I have grown my dispensary so that most of the items I prescribe are available in one place. You can pick up your herbs, supplements and teas at your consultation but if you need to place an order to be collected at another time, please arrange a time that you can meet me in the foyer of House of Prana to collect. Once I am back in clinic I am unable to continue local deliveries although I can still post your order (postal charges continue to apply).

I’m really looking forward to seeing you
It’s been difficult being an acupuncturist who is not physically in clinic, so I can’t wait to be back in my rooms helping you to feel the best that you can. I’ve used this time to prepare the best Infection Control Management and COVID Safe Plan that I can and update my skills and knowledge to enhance my clinic outcomes, particularly in the areas of:

  • Pregnancy support and birth preparation (3 day course with the wonderful Claudia Citkovitz)
  • IVF support (review of evidence based treatment)
  • Vulval conditions involving ulceration including genital herpes, lichen planus and lichen sclerosis (through Intimate Ecology)
  • The health benefits of tea (Chinese Medicine course)
  • I’m also continuing UTAS’ Wellbeing Toolkit

If you have any questions about any of the content above please contact me. There are a lot of new procedures and I’m really happy to help in any way I can. If in doubt, just ask.

And the fastest way to book in is to click here (available 24/7), otherwise contact me on 0448 128 858 or by email sarah@sarahgeorgeacupuncture.com.au.

Until I see you next, take care, be kind to yourself and look after each other.

To book an appointment at the Launceston acupuncture clinic or for further information on Chinese Medicine contact Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture).  Sarah is a practitioner of acupuncture (AHPRA registered), Chinese Medicine and natural health.

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More Launceston acupuncture appointments available!

House of Prana room 2 acupuncture LauncestonDue to an increase in demand, it is my great pleasure to announce that from the week of 9th March I’m opening up more days at my Launceston acupuncture clinic!

The new clinic hours are:

  • Monday 8.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 9am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 11am – 6.30pm
  • Friday 8am – 2pm

EXISTING PATIENTS:

If you’ve seen me for a Launceston acupuncture clinic appointment before you can book online here.

NEW PATIENTS:

If you would like to book an initial acupuncture appointment with me please contact me to arrange your first appointment.

ACUTE OR URGENT APPOINTMENTS:

I know that the need for an appointment can not always be known in advance. For my patients who are undergoing IVF or fertility treatment, are pregnant or experiencing acute pain please contact me directly so even if I have no appointments available online I can do my best to find a priority appointment for you.

I can’t wait to assist you and the Launceston community with holistic acupuncture consultations that include detailed assessment, education on your condition, lifestyle and Chinese dietary advice based on Chinese medicine and the best of traditional acupuncture treatment from an experienced and highly qualified Launceston acupuncturist. Should you know someone who might benefit from an appointment please feel free to share this with them.

You can also find the clinic on Facebook and Instagram.

To book an appointment at the Launceston acupuncture clinic or for further information on Chinese Medicine contact Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture).  Sarah is a practitioner of acupuncture (AHPRA registered), Chinese Medicine and natural health.

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What a combination: yin yoga, acupuncture and shakuhachi

Well just last month, around the time of the full moon, I teamed up with my House of Prana Launceston yoga colleagues to create a blissful, restorative experience.

Our event started with a peaceful yin yoga session (with the lovely Laura McCaughey) and was followed by live shakuhachi flute played by the incredible musician, Yyan Ng, as I gave each person an individualised, mini acupuncture session focused on balance and ‘calming the shen/mind’.

HoP YinYoga SLY

I had done a little consult with the participants in advance of the session and each treatment included the traditional Chinese Medicine techniques of tongue and pulse diagnosis too to assess over all health balance.

HoP YinYoga SPulse

The yoga combined with the shakuhachi and acupuncture turned out to be very relaxing and I have never seen some of the participants so calm.

HoP YinYoga YShakuhachi

I’ll be involved in a range of events, seminars and workshops this year so if you’re keen to stay informed be sure to follow this blog, like my Facebook page and/or follow me on Instagram.

To book in for acupuncture at my Launceston clinics (House of Prana or In-Balance) or for further information on Chinese Medicine contact Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture).  Sarah is an AHPRA registered acupuncturist, Chinese medicine practitioner and massage therapist.

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Speaking about fertility and post-partum care at The Woodford Folk Festival

woodford 2018-19 programHello! Happy new year! (Gosh, we’re almost a month in and next week I’ll be wishing you a happy Chinese new year!)

As some of you would know, this Christmas/New Year period I headed up to Queensland’s Woodford Folk Festival (an incredible festival which includes more than 2,000 local, national and international, artists, musicians and presenters and has an audience of an estimated 132,000 people.) If you’ve never been, put it (or it’s little cousin, The Planting) on your must do list.

Kathleen Murphy, (a great friend and colleague), and I were presenting at Woodford’s Blue Lotus stage. This is the place to be for health and wellness speakers from all over the world, as well as live music, yoga, workshops and cooking demonstrations.

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It has been an absolute pleasure to present at the @woodfordfolkfestival with @kath_murphy on The Fourth Trimester (postpartum care) and Your Fertility. We had such lovely people attend our talks. Thanks so much for coming up to say hi and asking questions too. It’s always lovely to be part of the @bluelotus_woodfordia. Thanks for having me! #woodfordfolkfestival #bluelotus #yourfertility #takingchargeofyourfertility #pcos #endometriosis #ivfjourney #fertilitysupport #chinesemedicine #acupuncturelaunceston #chinesemedicinelaunceston #acupuncturetasmania #chinesemedicinetasmania #sarahgeorgeacupuncture #aacma #endeavourcollegeofnaturalhealth #chinesedietarytherapy #chinesedietetics #launcestonladies #launcestonmothers #launcestonmums

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Our first presentation was a beautiful discussion about postpartum care (or the fourth trimester) led by Kathleen, who runs the fantastic house call service, MamaCare, in Sydney. We discussed topics including the physical and psychological needs of new mothers, some of Kathleen’s own findings regarding what mothers’ want in their fourth trimester, and how different cultures have some very similar themes on taking care of new mothers to benefit the mother, baby and whole family. As you may know, Chinese Medicine has a practice called zuo yue zi, which refers to a period of recovery for a new mother and includes support in the way of blood nourishing meals, warming therapies and rest. Ultimately, new mothers armed with modern and traditional knowledge can design their own fourth trimester (or Golden Month) to get the support they need to recover from, and thrive after, giving birth.

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It has been an absolute pleasure to present at the @woodfordfolkfestival with @kath_murphy on The Fourth Trimester (postpartum care) and Your Fertility. We had such lovely people attend our talks. Thanks so much for coming up to say hi and asking questions too. It’s always lovely to be part of the @bluelotus_woodfordia. Thanks for having me! #woodfordfolkfestival #bluelotus #yourfertility #takingchargeofyourfertility #pcos #endometriosis #ivfjourney #fertilitysupport #chinesemedicine #acupuncturelaunceston #chinesemedicinelaunceston #acupuncturetasmania #chinesemedicinetasmania #sarahgeorgeacupuncture #aacma #endeavourcollegeofnaturalhealth #chinesedietarytherapy #chinesedietetics #launcestonladies #launcestonmothers #launcestonmums

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Our second presentation was an information packed session on enhancing male and female fertility. It covered some of the basic Fertility 101 must knows (including anatomy and cycle timing for conception). The conversation tied some of the western anatomy and physiology with Chinese Medicine and naturopathy theory, which sometimes makes these concepts a little easier to understand. Topics such as preconception care (and why this is so important for both parents), barriers to conception (eg. endometriosis, PCOS and advanced parental age) were discussed. Lastly, some evidence based general fertility do’s and don’t’s were given with some additional Chinese Medicine and naturopathic tips. But the big message was, good fertility generally requires two people who are as healthy as they can be prior to conception (although babies can be made in many ways so adapt that as need be). Be informed about your own fertility and health. Seek help if you need it.

Both Kathleen and I love supporting people through pre-conception care, fertility treatment, pregnancy and in the post-partum period. It was a lovely opportunity to share some of our stories with the Woodfordians.

I couldn’t finish this blog without mentioning Lucy Peach, who brought My Greatest Period Ever to us. I can only describe her performance as the most educational and yet hilarious and heart-warming cabaret show you’ll ever go to. Lucy will guide you through what happens in a month long cycle and how you can best look after yourself at each of these times. Essential watching if you menstruate or you know someone who does! Plus she sings and her husband is a great illustrator! On her website you’ll find links to several videos of Lucy doing her thing including a TED talk.

To book an appointment at the Launceston clinics (House of Prana or In-Balance) or for further information on Chinese Medicine contact Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture).  Sarah is an AHPRA registered acupuncturist, Chinese medicine practitioner and massage therapist.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah on ABC Radio for World Acupuncture Day

Did you catch me on the ABC Radio Northern Tasmania on the eve of World Acupuncture Day (14th November)?

I was invited to speak to Kim Millar about why we have World Acupuncture Day, what acupuncture can do for you and how it works.

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This afternoon I was on #ABCNorthernTasmania chatting with Kim Millar about all things acupuncture ahead of #WorldAcupunctureDay tomorrow. Check it out from 33 minutes in. Link to listen on my Facebook page and in the comments. If you’re looking to celebrate World Acupuncture Day you can join me for a mindful cup of Chinese tea at @inbalancephysiopilates tomorrow or come along to our Yin Yang balance workshop on Saturday at @yogaathouseofprana (details in my feed). #WorldAcupunctureDay2018 #Acupuncture #Launceston #acupuncturelaunceston #acupuncturetasmania #chinesemedicinelaunceston #chinesemedicinetasmania #registeredacupuncturist #sarahgeorgeacupuncture #houseofprana #inbalancephysiopilates#aacma

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You may have also enjoyed a cup of Chinese tea at the new In-Balance allied health hub (on my first week there) to celebrate World Acupuncture Day.

Or joined me for the Yin Yang Balance Workshop at House of Prana that weekend.

Or even come and said hi at Woolmer’s Rose Festival or heard me on stage.

It was a big, exciting week of acupuncture related events. More exciting events are coming for next year so stay tuned!

To book an appointment at the Launceston clinics (House of Prana or In-Balance) or for further information on Chinese Medicine contact Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture).  Sarah is an AHPRA registered acupuncturist, Chinese medicine practitioner and massage therapist.

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World Acupuncture Day: Join me for a Yin Yang balance workshop

World Acupuncture Day is being celebrated on Thursday 15th November this year. The event is officially celebrated this year in Paris, France, under the patronage of UNESCO and WHO at the UNESCO Headquarters, and I’m putting on a great event in Launceston on this Saturday 17th November to celebrate acupuncture and explore the Chinese philosophy surrounding Yin and Yang.

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World Acupuncture Day! Balance your yin and yang with acupuncture and yoga

Saturday 17th November 2018, 2.30pm-4pm @ House of Prana

Tickets $10 + BF (bargain!) – Buy here or see the event on my Facebook page.

Did you know that acupuncture is well over 2000 years old? And that Yin Yang theory is a lot older than that?

Join Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture) to celebrate World Acupuncture Day and explore all things Yin and Yang including:

– Find out your Yin Yang balance type
– Learn strategies to attain balance through your lifestyle
– Try some foods that nourish yin and warm yang

Every attendee gets:

– 1 hour seminar and workshop 
– $10 voucher towards their next acupuncture session with Sarah George at House of Prana (to be used by 31st January, 2018)
– Stay for the yoga class straight afterwards with a 50% off Bikram Yoga 90-minute session (4pm-5.30pm Saturday 17th November, 2018) if not already House of Prana yoga members. (Discounted class price $11.)

World Acupuncture Day commemorates the eighth anniversary of the inscription of acupuncture and moxibustion, in November 2010, into the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Acupuncture has come a long way from its early roots in China. In Australia today, acupuncture is a registered profession under the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency (AHPRA). Only practitioners who meet AHPRA’s strict requirements (including minimum education requirements of a bachelor degree) are permitted for registration and use of the title, ‘acupuncturist’. Currently, there are over 4700 registered acupuncturists in Australia, with only 36 located in Tasmania; only a few in Launceston.

While acupuncture has had a long history of development in China (with classical texts dating to around 200BCE), today acupuncture is performed by drawing upon classical knowledge and combined with guidance from modern evidence. In 2017 the Acupuncture Evidence Project, a comparative literature review of systematic reviews, was published showing strong evidence to support the use of acupuncture for a range of conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Migraine prophylaxis
  • Headache (tension-type and chronic episodic)
  • Low back pain [Chronic – positive effect; acute – potential positive effect]
  • Knee osteoarthritic pain
  • Allergic rhinitis (seasonal and perennial/persistent)

The authors stating “It is no longer possible to say that the effectiveness of acupuncture can be attributed to the placebo effect or that it is useful only for musculoskeletal pain.”

World Acupuncture Day is a chance to reflect upon and celebrate the (sometimes lesser known and understood) many strengths that acupuncture brings to our health system.

To book an appointment at the Launceston clinics (House of Prana or In-Balance) or for further information on Chinese Medicine contact Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture).  Sarah is an AHPRA registered acupuncturist, Chinese medicine practitioner and massage therapist.

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Acupuncture comes to In-Balance on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

Wow! What a big month it has been! Sarah George Acupuncture & Natural Health is now up and running at House of Prana (on George St at the Old Roman Baths). It’s been wonderful to practice from this lovely space amongst the yoga classes, Liquid Zen float centre and the rest of the practitioner team. One of the many great things about this move is that the herbal dispensary is up and running, with new additions to be coming in all the time.

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Just some of the new herbal dispensary

Watch this quick video of the way in to House of Prana, past the Liquid Zen float rooms to the chilled out waiting area for a cuppa while you wait for your acupuncture appointment…

The next big news is that on Tuesday I move into Launceston’s brand new allied health hub, In-Balance. You may already know In-Balance as a compassionate, innovative and above-and-beyond team of physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and pilates instructors – in fact so many of you were seeing them already at their old Patterson St address and gave me glowing reports of your treatment there. I had a sneak peek of the newly renovated, heritage-listed building last Friday and can tell you that it is a beautiful, warm space with lots of natural light and beautiful high ceilings. I’ll be joining their existing team with a few other new allied health practitioners too. Check them out as they’re doing great things here!

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In-Balance

So, here’s my new schedule (effective immediately):

  • Monday 9am-5pm – House of Prana
  • Tuesday 8am-4pm – In-Balance
  • Wednesday 10am-7pm – House of Prana
  • Thursday 10am-7.30pm – In-Balance

The clinic addresses are:

  • House of Prana: Ground Floor, 127 George St, Launceston (the Old Roman Baths)
  • In-Balance: 1st Floor, 233B Charles Street, Launceston (Click here for a map of parking and how to enter the building)

You can book at either clinic by calling 0448 128 858 or contact me here.

So if it’s traditional acupuncture you’re seeking from an experienced, highly trained registered acupuncturist, you now have two clinics you can choose from for your holistic consultation and treatment with me.

To book an appointment at the Launceston clinics (House of Prana or In-Balance) or for further information on Chinese Medicine contact Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture).  Sarah is an AHPRA registered acupuncturist, Chinese medicine practitioner and massage therapist.

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New Launceston acupuncture clinic updates: House of Prana open now and In-Balance opening November

Hello, hello and welcome to the first of my two new Launceston acupuncture clinics, House of Prana!

House of Prana treatment room

So far October has been a big month with a successful move into House of Prana, Launceston, with acupuncture appointments from Mondays to Thursdays. It has been a pleasure to see so many of you for acupuncture and massage consultations here already in the first two weeks. Next month, from 13th November, I’ll be available at House of Prana on Mondays and Wednesday and have Tuesday and Thursday acupuncture appointments available at In-Balance’s new allied health hub also in Launceston.

Availability

  • Monday 9am-5pm – House of Prana
  • Tuesday 8am-4pm – House of Prana (last day 6th Nov and In Balance from 13th Nov)
  • Wednesday 10am-7pm – House of Prana
  • Thursday 10am-7.30pm – House of Prana (last day 8th Nov and In Balance from 15th Nov)

Clinic locations

  • House of Prana: Ground Floor, 127 George St, Launceston (the Old Roman Baths)
  • In-Balance: 1st Floor, 233B Charles Street, Launceston

Services available

  • Initial acupuncture consultation and treatment (allow up to 1 1/2 hrs)
  • Follow up acupuncture consultation and treatment (allow up to 1 hr)
  • Initial cosmetic acupuncture consultation and treatment (allow up to 1 3/4 hrs)
  • Follow up cosmetic acupuncture consultation and treatment (allow up to 1 1/4 hrs)
  • Massage – traditional Chinese massage – tuina (with oil, liniment, cupping & gua sha if desired and as required) (allow 1 hour)
  • Herbal medicines may be dispensed as appropriate and if you desire to enhance the results of your acupuncture appointment.
  • Acupuncture consultations are holistic and may also include as appropriate and if desired: Chinese Medicine dietary and lifestyle advice, moxibustion, far infrared heat lamp, laser acupuncture, electro acupuncture, cupping (many styles), gua sha and tuina.

House of Prana open now

For people who wish to see me at House of Prana, Launceston, feel free to book for acupuncture or massage by calling 0448 128 858 or contact me through these ways. If you wish to book for In-Balance for when it opens you can also contact me to reserve your preferred time in advance.

Once you arrive for your acupuncture appointment at House of Prana please feel free to make yourself comfortable in the beautiful ground floor waiting area or check out the yoga studio, Zen Therapy float centre or other health practitioners. I’ll come and get you from the ground floor waiting area at your appointment time.

House of Prana reception

In-Balance allied health hub – opens next month

I’ll post more about the exciting new In-Balance allied health hub closer to my start date (Tuesday 13th November) – stay tuned!

To book an appointment at the Launceston acupuncture clinics or for further information on Chinese Medicine contact Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture).  Sarah is a practitioner of acupuncture (AHPRA registered), massage therapy and natural health.

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Acupuncture in Launceston: 2 new clinics and more appointments available

Hello!

It’s been a busy few months here at Sarah George Acupuncture & Natural Health. In August we had the buzz of the Cook Healthy Japanese Food workshop that I presented with the wonderful Sam Seghers from Mindful Menus. There are more seminars in the pipeline so stay tuned.

And this month the big news is my clinic is leaving its humble location to make its new home in not one but two great central Launceston locationseffective 1st October!

Here are the details to find me:

House of Prana from right
House of Prana
  • In Balance* The In Balance Physio & Pilates team are creating a fantastic, new allied health hub at their beautiful new location of 1st Floor, 233B Charles Street, Launceston
In Balance building
In Balance

*As the exact opening date of the new In Balance clinic is still not definite, I’ll be operating only from House of Prana until I can work from both clinics. I’ll keep you updated.

There are some great benefits to moving to these new locations, including:

  • HICAPS for onsite private health fund claims
  • New herbal dispensary (better access to herbs and no more ordering from the mainland)
  • Greater availability of appointments – 4 days!
  • Easy walk from town
  • Benefit of other practitioner services and team approach where you require it – eg. pilates, yoga, floatation rooms, physio, hypnotherapy, art therapy and remedial massage.

As always my treatments remain holistic and individualised to you, including additional therapies as required such as cupping, gua sha (scraping), moxa, acupressure, tuina (Chinese Medicine massage), herbal medicine, Chinese Medicine dietary advice and lifestyle modifications. And you’ll be benefiting from the knowledge and skills I’ve gained in over 10 years’ clinical experience, several years’ of lecturing and supervising acupuncture students and qualifications at bachelor and masters degree levels in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

To keep up to date with the new clinic developments and news you can follow me on Facebook and Instagram too.

To book an appointment at either clinic or for further information on Chinese Medicine contact Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture).  Sarah is a practitioner of acupuncture (AHPRA registered), massage therapy and natural health.