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Akana offers Acupuncture, Facial Enhancement (Cosmetic) Acupuncture, Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Massage Therapy in Ascot, Chobham, Woking and surrounding areas.

Our clinic was set up by Astrid Lowe, who is a passionate believer in the holistic approach to health and well-being. Her knowledge and experience are the result of her continuing personal and professional development.

Astrid has a BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture from the University of Greenwich and is a Licentiate of Acupuncture with the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM). Three intense study years with ICOM offered a foundation in Western medicine and subsequently focussed on the classics of Chinese medicine and philosophy. ICOM is the only college to teach both theory and clinical application of the classical Chinese Stems and Branches philosophy, alongside Yin/Yang, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Five Elements.

Astrid’s journey into holistic therapies began several years ago, following an interest in the mind-body connection during her studies for her BSc (Hons) in Psychology. She went to train for an ITEC professional diploma in Holistic Massage Therapy and obtained qualifications in Ayurvedic, Thai and various advanced massage techniques. She holds a certificate in Biodynamic Massage from London’s Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy. She is also a Vodder qualified Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) therapist.

Building on her experience of Acupuncture, Massage and MLD, as well as her interest in facial work on both cosmetic and therapeutic levels, Astrid has also gained a qualification in Cosmetic Acupuncture with Facial Enhance UK.

She is fully insured, a member of the BAcC, MLD UK and the CThA.

Astrid is multilingual, with broad life experience, having lived and worked in a number of European countries. She has worked as a volunteer therapist at the Fountain Centre, a charity based in the St Luke’s Cancer Centre at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

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