I’m Nicky Thomas and I practice acupuncture at York Natural Health in Acomb, which is a centre for natural health care.
When I’m not practicing here, I enjoy teaching yoga at the York Yoga Studio, as well as teaching students, who are doing a three year degree course in Chinese Medicine, within the teaching Clinic at the Northern College of Acupuncture.
I began my four-year study of Chinese Medicine in 1996 after my interest was kindled by a visit to China. I was drawn to its natural, sustainable and holistic approach and emphasis on prevention and lifestyle changes. I am passionate about offering people different perspectives to healthcare having been inspired by the Chinese model where Western and Chinese medicine approaches are integrated in a positive way to help people regain health and balance.
I’m dedicated to making the experience of having acupuncture one in which you have time to be listened to and understood, and feel supported through the physical and emotional challenges that you may be facing. After all these years of practicing, I'm still inspired by how the insertion of very fine needles can bring about such profound and life-altering changes in a person’s energy, sleep, stress and pain levels.
Teaching yoga and qi gong allows me to integrate my passion for helping people to improve their quality of life and well-being, but via movement and mindfulness. Although a different kind of mind-body practice, it is one that, like acupuncture and acupressure, helps us to relax and open up tense and constricted areas, and feel stronger emotionally and physically.
Nicky Thomas is a fully qualified member of the British Acupuncture Council.
Did you know?
Pain management is an area for which acupuncture can provide enormous benefit. It has developed a reputation for offering a safe and effective option in the treatment of acute and chronic pain, hence it's growing use in acupuncture clinics and NHS pain clinics across the country.
Stress & Anxiety
Despite acupuncture's widely recognised health benefits in the area of pain management, many people are unaware of it's value in helping to resolve stress and anxiety-related problems. Acupuncture has the ability to release endorphins, transform stress, calm anxiety and restore balance.
Acupuncture has long been used to treat many gynaecological problems, such as menstrual pain or infertility. A well-functioning reproductive system, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, should pass without too much pain or a particularly heavy flow/digestive problems.