About Sean

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When I first started studying acupuncture in 1994, I didn’t see myself as the stereotypical kind of person who would get into alternative medicine. Up until then I’d been selling bricks for a living, so it was a pretty unorthodox choice for me.

But after spending a year living in Hong Kong in 1993 studying martial arts, I had a bit of a ‘light bulb’ moment and decided to pursue a career in acupuncture. As soon as I started my course at Reading’s College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM), everything just clicked into place. Acupuncture made sense to me: it was a simple pragmatic system of treatment that worked on all levels – physical, emotional and psychological.

After graduating I studied and worked with some of the leading acupuncturists in the UK at the CICM, the Rosedale Clinic and the Warr Physiotherapy Clinic in Berkshire. I developed my own distinctive style, specialising in the simple, effective treatment of pain, chronic headaches, musculoskeletal, hormonal and emotional complaints.

After eight years working in the UK, my practice was thriving, but I was ready for a new challenge. In 2005 the opportunity arose to travel to Sri Lanka with a group of fellow practitioners, with the aim of bringing acupuncture to areas affected by the Tsunami. Treating up to 500 people per day in a half finished building site on mud floors really tested my abilities as a practitioner. I was forced to simplify my treatments and rely on my instincts. Following that first trip, we founded World Medicine, and helped organise three more trips to Sri Lanka, co-ordinating 60 practitioners and carrying out 10,000 treatments.

In 2007 I settled in the Southern Indian city of Mysore – the world famous home of Ashtanga Yoga. I started running a busy acupuncture practice, treating the hundreds of international yoga students there. At around the same time, I began working with a local grassroots organisation called Odanadi, which works with the survivors of sex trafficking, bonded labour and domestic abuse. I ran an open door, multi-bed acupuncture clinic there, three times per week, treating between 10-30 patients at one time. Sometimes it was a simple treatment for “leg pain” or “headache”; at other times I got the chance to help someone relax on the day they’ve been rescued from a brothel.

I’m now very excited to be bringing my practice back to the UK for the first time in five years. Having worked outside my comfort zone for so long, I am looking forward to bringing some of the skills I’ve developed in extreme foreign situations, to my London acupuncture practice. In these times of increased social and economic uncertainty, I feel now that there is just as much work to be done at home as there is abroad. Our fast-paced, stress-filled lifestyles are generating a variety of complex physical, emotional and psychological problems that Western medicine can’t necessarily address.