Acupuncturist and Shiatsu Therapist
Linda promotes a wide range of health initiatives in individual’s lives, aiming to empower and encourage all to increase their fitness and positive out look in life.
Examples of the areas she has experience with are;
- support during pregnancy, birth, postnatal
- menstrual disorders, menopause
- strokes survivor rehabilitation
- drug rehabilitation
- trauma, mental health such as anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress and learning to live with voices
- headaches, migraines
- musculo-skeletal pain
MEDIATION, YOGA, QI QONG AND TAI QI
While studying Community Studies and Psychology at Morley College Linda worked up until 1995 at "East West Herb Shop" in Covent Garden and later at "The Lotus Healing Centre" in St John's Wood where she gained insight into Eastern Food Energetics (how diet can be linked to recovery and treatment), the ancient art of meditation, yoga, Qi Qong and Tai Qi.
Inspired by her work at the Lotus Healing Centre (one of the leading in Eastern in the UK) she went on to train for three years in the combined studies of Shiatsu Massage, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Counselling, graduating in 1998, from the Ki Kai Shiatsu Centre, which has now been established at Morley College, Lambeth North Campus.
Since 1998, through community health projects as a health workshop leader and individual shiatsu practitioner she has worked in
- Drug Rehabilitation Centres (including Parole)
- Domestic violence Out Reach
- Autistic Centres, Local Schools and Nurseries.
Through this work she has gained valuable lessons in the impact of life changes such as childbirth, bereavement, poverty, homelessness, and challenges to local communities and their health. This also gave Linda a broad clinical practice working with over 400 individuals per term, for example at local schools since 1998 she has massaged all the staff and children in classrooms in the main school and specialist units such as autistic centres. This enhanced the children’s learning and created calm learning environments.
Through this community work Linda also learnt to set up teams of practitioners to cover the vast array of people requesting treatments, for example when organising free Shiatsu massage at the Stockwell Community Centre 2000-2005. She integrated this with supervising third year Shiatsu students; offering them a clinical experience for the last year of their studies.
She has supported and contributed to the local community campaigning for example in 2016-17, with the Studley Estates Residence Association (SERA), as the Health Liaison Officer. She worked with a small team to save the Stockwell Community Centre, which has now been integrated into Morley College and serves as an educational institution as well a community centre. In doing so sustaining her long positive link with Morley College.
After 12 years practice as a Shiatsu massage practitioner she enhanced her sensitivity with touch to go and further her training. Here she developed the acupuncture palpation method informed by the late Prof Wang. For eight years she trained on a combined degree in Western Medicine, Therapeutic Relationships, Research and Acupuncturist, where she graduated from "The University of Westminster" in 2016. She has followed professors of acupuncture in their research centred on strokes, anxiety and positive health outcomes.
She is presently studying on a two-year course in Tui-na Massage at The North London College of Acupuncture and for her Masters in Chinese Herbs at the University of Westminster. As always integrating all that she learns into her local community.
Linda Mills BSc BAcC Dip Shiatsu