Acupuncturist – Sandy Steele
Sandy’s interest in Chinese Medicine developed whilst living in Hong Kong in the early 1990s. On her return to England she trained as an acupuncturist at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM). She joined the faculty at CICM in 2007 and especially enjoys helping acupuncture students with their practical skills.
After graduation, Sandy spent time working in a Sri Lankan clinic where acupuncture was often the primary source of healthcare. Her current patient list reflects the diversity of complaints she became used to treating whilst abroad.
Sandy undertakes regular postgraduate training in areas such as pain management, gynaecology and fertility. Working with women at transitional times in their lives – menarche, motherhood and menopause – is a great privilege. Sandy believes that acupuncture can play a huge role in easing these transitions. She especially invites women undergoing the abrupt change brought about by surgical menopause to experience the benefits of regular acupuncture treatment.
Sandy’s other area of special interest is in treating mental / emotional issues. She draws on her training in Vipassana meditation to help patients experiencing anxiety
In 2015, Sandy opened Bonn Square Therapy Room (BSTR) to bring together a talented group of therapists in central Oxford. BSTR is proud to offer an excellent standard of osteopathy, massage and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Outside of work, Sandy loves to get out walking or cycling in the hills with her partner and her dog. As a member of the British Acupuncture Council, Sandy adheres to strict codes of hygiene and ethics, and has full professional indemnity insurance.
Acupuncturist – Maxine Siggers
Maxine experienced the benefits of both acupuncture and yoga for many years before undertaking her training in both disciplines. She now runs acupuncture clinics and teaches Hatha yoga in Aylesbury, Berkhamstead and Oxford.
Like Sandy, Maxine trained in acupuncture at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading. She sees a wide variety of patients and conditions and has a special interest in treating pain, emotional disorders and gynaecology. Maxine may incorporate insights from her yoga training into your acupuncture session, working with breath and posture to correct imbalances. She is a great believer in yoga’s ability to settle the mind in preparation for a powerful acupuncture treatment.
When Maxine isn’t being an acupuncturist or seeing patients, she enjoys walking in the Chiltern Hills and going to yoga class!
We believe that acupuncture is a two way process. It’s our job to listen carefully, carry out a thorough physical examination and apply the correct treatment. Once the needles are in place, you and your body are the ones to undertake the healing. Acupuncture is not something that is ‘done’ to you. We think that correctly placed needles simply give you a means of getting back into balance all by yourself.
Having a course of acupuncture should be an empowering experience. We will always make verbal suggestions on how you can tweak your diet and lifestyle to maximise the benefits of treatment. Those patients who are most willing to make small changes tend to be the ones who get the most from treatment. It’s our aim to put you back in control of your health and well-being. Whilst many people choose regular acupuncture treatment as a means of staying in control, we will not keep you coming for acupuncture longer than we think is necessary. We will be honest with you if we believe we have reached the limits of what can be achieved with acupuncture.