The Healthy Living Centre

 282-284 St Pauls Road,

London, N1 2LH

0207 704 6900 or 0207 354 1600

Michael Walter


Therapies Practiced: Acupuncture (An session may combine needling with therapeutic massage, moxabustion, cupping, acupressure, lifestyle and dietary advice and facial rejuvination acupuncture) Therapeutic Massage

Availability: Saturdays 11am - 2pm

Prices: Acupuncture 1st appointment £50 (60mins) thereafter £50 (50mins).
Therapeutic massage £45 (50 mins)

: Bachelor of Science with Honours in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture from the International College of Oriental Medicine. Diploma in Swedish massage with further studies of Chinese massage (Tui Na).

Registered member of
: British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)

: Michael trained at the International College of Oriental Medicine where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. He practices the Stems and Branches method of Acupuncture, which is the name given to the further study and application of the natural cycles and medical theories from which TCM has developed. He continues his postgraduate study in this area.

A Message from Michael Walter: please note that any opinions stated herein do not necessarily represent those of The Healthy Living Centre

Some examples of illnesses commonly treated with Acupuncture

Respiratory conditions e.g. asthma
Immunity e.g. allergies, hay fever
Low energy levels insomnia
Circulatory problems e.g. high/low blood pressure
Menstrual disorders; painful/ irregular periods
Fertility (male and female)
Mental/emotional issues; e.g depression, anxiety
Digestive disorders e.g. I.B.S, constipation
Weight issues
Addictions e.g. smoking, alcohol
Skin conditions e.g. psoriasis, eczema
Musculo-skeletal problems e.g. backache, arthritis
Nervous disorders e.g shingles, sciatica
Chronic debilitating diseases e.g. MS, Parkinsons, ME

Does Acupuncture really work and how?

Acupuncture has been developed and refined by generations of Doctors over thousands of years in countries such as China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam and over the past 40 years has found it's way to the UK. Acupuncture's philosophical roots are still not so familiar to us in Britain and much unnecessary mystery and doubt surrounds people's view of acupuncture. As medical science and technology progresses, it will gradually yield more understanding about this profound medical system.

We understand that blood circulation and nerve impulses nourish and coordinate our bodies respectively. We are less familiar with the rather intangible idea that the body also requires a healthy balance and flow of it's vital energy to maintain health.

These energies relate to the internal organs and they flow through a network of channels and pathways that irrigate the body. When these energies are depleted or out of balance, they can no longer maintain a healthy state. An acupuncturist recognises these signs of imbalance and corrects them by influencing the acupoints on the body to adjust the flow of this energy.

Diagnosis is formed through dialogue, pulse taking and traditional body diagnosis, combined with an accurate understanding of your particular constitution. After insertion, the needles are retained for about 20 minutes. Areas of the body may be warmed with smouldering herbs (moxa) or massaged to supplement the action of the needles.

This style of acupuncture uses fewer needles than conventional treatment and each session is specific to your constitution. It is a very subtle yet powerful approach to healing.

I'm scared of needles, how can you help?

It is natural to be apprehensive about needles. All needles are sterile and used only once. they are hair -thin (0.2mm) and solid stainless stell, compared with the needle of a syringe which is much thicker and hollow. Acupoints are located in hollows and gaps in the body which means there is little discomfort on insertion. This makes the experience usually painless and for some even pleasant. You will be guided clearly through the process but if you still feel uncertain, your acupoints can be influenced with finger pressure known as acupressure.

Therapeutic Massage

I use the term therapeutic when describing my style. This reflects the focus of my treatment. I use a combination of styles and approaches from Swedish, Chinese Tui Na, Biodynamic and Qigong systems depending on your needs and what you want out of your treatment.

I naturally incorporate my knowledge of Chinese Medicine into my treatments. So along with working to relax muscles, open and loosen joints etc, I am also working with the meridians, acupoints and energy centres aimed at providing a holistic approach for your healthcare.

For further information regarding Michael's therapies or to discuss treatment you can contact him at: or 07870371925