Breathe Bristol Open Day: Friday 21 March

Breathe Bristol Yoga and Therapy Centre Open Day
This Friday at Breathe Bristol Yoga and Therapy Centre, we are having an Open Day

We would like everyone to come and join us for:

  • Free 30 minute yoga sessions all day
  • Free Ear-Acupuncture taster sessions for relaxation
  • Tea and Cake!

Pop in to see what we do and find out more about us. 7.30am to 7.30pm

Breathe Bristol Yoga and Therapy Centre is a haven of peace and relaxation in the heart of the old city next to St Nicholas market. Offering various therapies and Yoga classes all day, you can take time out from your busy work day to focus on your health and wellbeing.

See find out more

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Now is the time to start hay fever treatment

Spring is on its way! But while many people are looking forward to enjoying the summer ahead, for 20% of our population it not such an enjoyable season. For those that suffer with hay fever, or seasonal rhinitis,  it can be a miserable time of year.

But sufferers should know that this need not be the case. Acupuncture can both relieve the symptoms of hayfever and prevent your immune system over reacting to the pollen in the first place. It can be used successfully during the hay fever season but is most effective as a preventative treatment. It is advised to seek treatment before the hay fever season starts, in early spring, to support the immune system for the coming spring and summer.

Aisling (34) describes her experience of acupuncture:
“I’ve suffered from chronic hayfever since I was 11 years old with some years being so bad that I’m pretty much house bound for days at a time. I’ve tried EVERYTHING… from local honey to steroids with varying degrees of success (and side effects!). I tried acupuncture as a last resort two years ago and it’s genuinely the only thing that has worked. I don’t have to remember to take antihistamines every day, there are no side effects and it’s the most effective treatment that I’ve come across yet.”

Acupuncture focuses on treating “the Root and the Branch.” This means that treatment during the hay fever season will address the immediate symptoms, the itchy eyes, the stuffy nose etc, but most importantly preventative treatment will focus on treating the cause of your hay fever. The diagnosis will look at how your body responds to triggers, and why your immune system has such an extreme response to something as seemingly harmless as pollen.

Acupuncture treatment focuses on treating fundamental imbalances within a person, so regulation of the immune system will be a natural part of most treatment. Because of this, people who come for acupuncture for other reasons can often report an improvement in their hay fever symptoms. Tom (34) found that this was the case:

“After 5 summer of suffering from Hay fever quite badly I had been having acupuncture throughout winter and spring for other reasons but got to the time of year it would usually start and no symptoms at all – for the last 4/5yrs now!”

For more information and details of scientific research into the use of acupuncture for Hay fever visit the British Acupuncture Council


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Its Acupuncture Awareness Week! First treatment just £20

This week is Acupuncture Awareness Week, find out more here:

Strictly Come Dancing star Camilla Dallerup talks here about how acupuncture has helped her back pain throughout her career:

First treatment just £20!
To celebrate acupuncture awareness week, contact me this week and your first treatment will be just £20. Just mention the Acupuncture Awareness Week offer


Eleanor Breen Acupuncture, Bristol

What is Gua sha?

Gua sha (pronounced ‘gwa shah’) is a traditional Chinese technique that I use regularly when people have muscle tension and pain, especially in the neck and shoulders, or a number of other conditions including headaches or viruses.

Gua literally translates as ‘scraping’. Gua sha involves repeated pressured strokes over oiled skin with a smooth edge, that results in the appearance of small red petechiae called ‘sha’. The gua sha instrument is usually made of bone, ceramic or jade.

The results look painful but actually this doesn’t hurt at all…. it feels like a strong deep massage and you feel immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, etc.., and the red marks or ‘sha’ will fade in 2 to 3 days.

Gua sha is used to move stagnant blood and lymph , promoting better circulation and metabolic processes. It is also used to remove toxins from the body

I find this technique especially effective for people with neck and shoulder pain, often caused by sitting at a computer. This tension can even lead to headaches, or numbness and pain in their arms and hands. Gua sha can often make a quite dramatic impact on somebody’s pain

See this video for a demonstration of the technique: ( as you can see the person feels no pain even though it looks dramatic

To find out more about whether gua sha could help you, please get in touch and we can chat about your situation


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My acupuncture room at Breathe Bristol


Eleanor Breen Acupuncture at Breathe Bristol

Here’s my lovely new acupuncture room at Breathe Bristol Yoga and Therapy Centre in St Nicholas Market Bristol.

Very exciting!


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Fantastic new Yoga Centre in Bristol City Centre


Breathe Bristol is the new yoga and therapy centre in Bristol city centre’s St Nick’s market where I have my new clinic.

Have a look at their website to see everything they offer, including really affordable yoga classes with fantastic teachers, and therapies including acupuncture (me!), massage, hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.

The city centre location means its really accessible for those working in town to pop to on their lunch break or before or after work. Why not take some time out from your busy stressful day to really look after yourself.


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Eleanor Breen Acupuncture is now in the City Centre

I am pleased to say that after a few months of waiting I am finally in my 2 new wonderful clinics in central Bristol

My main base will be at Breathe Bristol yoga studios, 3 All Saints Court, St Nicholas market, BS1 1JN

On Mondays I will also be at the lovely South Bristol Osteopaths off Queen Square

I’m very excited to be somewhere so vibrant and i’m looking forward to being able to help many more people now i am more conveniently based.

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Happy Chinese New Year: Year of the Wood Horse

So what does Chinese tradition say that this means for us?

The Wood Horse is said to be an auspicious year with a strong convergence of yang energy -the charismatic Horse and the Wood element.

This is a big shift from the last 2 years of Water energy. In five element theory Water is the energetic equivalent of winter, a time of deep introspection, whereas Wood is Springtime, representing growth and determination.  

The Horse is a symbol of traveling, competition and victory so the Wood Horse brings a fast-paced burst of extroverted forward propulsion, full of uplift, optimism and compelling inspiration. The Horse energy inspires powerful intuition and an indomitable surge towards freedom in every aspect of life. This is a year to follow your intuition fearlessly like never before.

The main warning this year seems to be in making big decisions – choose wisely and swiftly, because once things start rolling this year, they may be hard to stop!


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New Year's Resolutions – Less is More

In 2014 we all want to be better people than we were in 2013. When it comes to resolutions, we tend to think that bigger is better, that extreme changes will somehow erase all the regrets of the previous year.  Unfortunately however, we tend to bite off more than we can chew and we make resolutions that are very hard to keep.

It is important to remember that we are still the same person as we were last year. We still enjoy the same pleasures and have the same vices so it is unlikely we will maintain huge changes.  However small shifts in behaviour are much easier to achieve and a lot more sustainable throughout the year.

In Chinese Medicine, we talk a lot about finding balance, that delicate tight-rope walk between doing something too much or too little. Achieving balance in our lives isn’t a static, frozen experience. Sometimes we teeter out of balance and we have to bring ourselves back. And that’s OK.

So here’s a thought:

Rather than trying to set yourself up for disappointment with unrealistic resolutions, why not find small and simple ways to bring yourself back to that middle place.

Here are simple suggestions for you:

  • Try this 60 second Morning Acupressure Routine to get your body ready for the day (
  • Drink more water. Try starting each day with a pint of warm water with lemon. find out why here: (
  • Move every day. whether this is taking the dog for a walk, riding your bike to work or dancing around the kitchen. Our bodies are not designed to be static! movement will make you happier, less stressed, and better equipped to handle life.
  • Eat less sugar: Sugar is addictive, increases insulin and affects the way our body lays down fat. read more here: ( The less you eat, the less you will crave it.
  • Stretch! watch this wonderful video to learn why this is important ( and learn some simple stretches here (
  • Limit your time on your smartphone or computer: the web is often just an aid for procrastination. It can reduce our ability to concentrate and social media can even make us unhappy (  Instead why not chat to your family and friends who are in the room with you! Or get outside and meet real people. Reclaim your real life!
  • Get Acupuncture, regularly! Find out more here

Happy New Year! Let’s make it a good one.


Eleanor Breen Acupuncture, Bristol

New Year New You: £10 off first acupuncture treatment



Is your resolution to have better health and wellbeing in 2014? Acupuncture treatment could help you achieve this.

Start acupuncture treatment in January and receive £10 off your first session. Just mention the New Year offer when you contact me

Find out more about how acupuncture could help you here


Eleanor Breen Acupuncture, Bristol