Deborah Mannion BA(Hons.) is a professionally trained  Acupuncturist and Registered Member of the British Acupuncture Council.  She is bound by strict codes of hygiene and ethics.  A recipient of the Licentiate in Acupuncture from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM), Deborah has been practising Five Element and Traditional Chinese Acupuncture for over 15 years.

In addition she has undertaken further training in Foundation Pilates, several courses in the treatment of Muscular-Skeletal conditions including Taping for Sport Injuries. Facial/ Cosmetic Acupuncture and Chinese Facing Reading and Infertility in men and women. In 2013 Deborah undertook an intensive study trip to the Guangdong Second Provincial Traditional Chinese Medical Hospital, Guangzhou, China.

Deborah’s background is in dance, theatre, health and fitness and she is mum to two children and a dog!
After living in Singapore as a child, and receiving the benefits of Acupuncture herself she took up QiGong and then swiftly became absorbed in the fascinating and addictive cycle of learning that is Traditional Acupuncture.

Deborah also teaches Beginners and Remedial Pilates classes and is available to teach on a 1:1 basis. She is qualified and insured to offer Swedish Body Massage, Thermal Auricular Therapy (Hopi Ear Candles), and is also a qualified First Aider.


Traditional Chinese Acupuncture

Acupuncture originated over 2,000 years ago in China and other Far Eastern cultures where it still features in mainstream healthcare,
both as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with conventional western medicine.

Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s equilibrium.  It involves the insertion of
very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’, your body’s
vital energy.

For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed,
depleted or blocked, and this can result in symptoms of pain and illness or dis-ease.
In certain instances, Traditional Acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.

Treatment is aimed at the root cause of your condition as well as your main symptoms.
This approach helps with resolving your problem and enhancing your feeling of wellbeing.  You may notice other niggling problems resolve as your main health complaint improves.

Acupuncturists treat the whole person, not just their condition, so each patient’s treatment plan will be tailormade to their particular needs, each will include recommendations regarding exercise, healthy eating and other lifestyle factors.

Some people turn to Traditional Acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition, like osteo-arthritis of the knee.  Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventative measure or simply to improve their general sense of wellbeing

To discover how acupuncture might help you, see a selection of evidence-based Fact sheets from the British Acupuncture Council, these provide accurate and unbiased information for a variety of conditions, or look at the World Health Organisation's document 
Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials” which lists the range of diseases and disorders that acupuncture has been proven to treat effectively.


Initial consultation

The first time I see you I will spend between 1 ½ and 2 hours with you. Most of this time will be spent making a “Traditional Diagnosis” which involves asking detailed questions about your current and past health, including factors such as sleeping patterns, appetite, digestion and emotional wellbeing, taking your pulses and  looking at your tongue.
For more detailed information on what happens during your first appointment please click here.

The treatment 

Fine, single-use, pre-sterilised, disposable needles are used at specific acupuncture points on the body to stimulate energy. As many acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs, it is helpful to wear clothing that allows easy access to these areas.  In addition to needling I may use a variety of other hands on techniques to help your condition:

Moxibustion: where heat is applied to an acupuncture point or area using moxa (derived from the herbmugwort) to warm and relax muscles and move energy

Swedish Massage: to relieve muscle tension and invigorate blood flow

Cupping: glass cups with a vacuum seal are placed onto the skin to stimulate blood flow and clear stagnated energy

Guasha: which involves rubbing of the skin to increase blood flow and open the pores of the skin

Pilates exercises: to stretch or strengthen, tight or weak muscles, exercises to realign, reduce stress and inflammation of a particular muscular/skeletal condition

Post treatment 

Most people find acupuncture relaxing and often feel very calm after a treatment. Some people feel can feel tired or a little sleepy, therefore it is best to take it easy after treatment and avoid doing anything too demanding. Advice may be given regarding lifestyle and healthy eating, and where appropriate I may suggest or refer you to another healthcare practitioner for specialist advice, for example an Osteopath or Chiropractor.

Please do call me if you have any questions, or if you would like to talk through any worries or concerns you may have regardingacupuncture, prior to making an appointment.

You can contact me on 07913 985495 or email me at:


Cosmetic or Facial Acupuncture

Facial or Cosmetic Acupuncture has become more popular in recent years and demand for this type of treatment is growing in the West.  However, it should only be carried out by a qualified professional acupuncturist who has had post-graduate training in the technique.

Facial acupuncture involves not only the local application of needles, but is a whole body-balancing treatment; it is not just about beauty, but also about inner health. If the interior of the body is healthy and balanced, then this will be reflected in the exterior appearance. These balances are maintained by acupuncture, diet and changes in lifestyle. Therefore when treating the skin, the state of the internal organs is always assessed and also treated, in each and every session.

Typically cosmetic acupuncture lasts from 1 to 1½ hours per session, and involves acupuncture points on the arms and legs as well as points on the face; the site and type of which depend on what is being treated. A series of 6 to 8 sessions is required, preferably with the patient having 2 treatments a week, as the effects are cumulative.  Thereafter top ups can be done as often as the patient feels they need it; anything from monthly, twice yearly, at the change of the seasons, or yearly.

To complete the treatment a relaxing facial massage is performed which includes gentle stimulation to the skin using a dermal roller and tiger warmers, There is a choice of finest Moroccan Argan Oil, Neal’s Yard’s Frankincense Oil, or Orange Flower Facial Oil depending on skin type and preference.

The results of the treatment depend on the individual patient, and vary from gently brightening to dramatic changes. The results are subtle with most people being told how well they look after the first 2 or 3 treatments. As Cosmetic/Facial Acupuncture is a holistic treatment patients report feeling better in themselves as their internal imbalances are resolved and this is reflected in a brighter, fresher appearance.

The initial 2 hour Cosmetic/Facial Acupuncture consultation cost is £60
The subsequent treatments for Cosmetic/Facial Acupuncture are also £60 a session
However, a block booking of 6 or 8 sessions is discounted so that
6 sessions £330, (£55 per session)
8 sessions £400  (£50 per session)


Hopi Ear Candles


Excessive compacted wax

Snoring Pressure regulation for: Sinusitis

Rhinitis, Glue-ear, Colds, Flu, Headaches, Migraines

Tinnitus, noises in the ears

Neuralgia (nerve pain in the face)


Menieres Disease

Frequent Air Travel

Swimming or people who partake in
scuba diving or water sports

Stress - as the treatment is very relaxing



Hopi Ear Candles

known as Thermal Auricular Therapy

Ear Candling is by no means a new therapy. 

Evidence found in texts, wall murals and pictorial representations some dating back to the year 2500 BC show that people used and were familiar with the practice of ear candling.

Ancient cultures such as the Egyptians, Mayans, Aztecs and American Indians make reference to its use and scrolls describing the procedure for ear candling have also been discovered in the Orient.

Today, perhaps the best known ear candles are the Hopi Ear Candles, originating from the Hopi Indians, the oldest Pueblo people who have a great medicinal knowledge and a high degree of spirituality.

The Hopi Ear Candles were introduced into Europe through the professional involvement of Biosun with the Hopi.  Biosun is a German company and are the largest commercial manufacturer of the Hopi Ear Candles.

Their candles conform to the Medical Device Directive (93/42EEC).



How the Candles Work….

In simple terms the candles work in a similar way to chimneys, i.e. the candle is lit and the impurities are drawn to the surface by the airflow circulating in, around and out of the top of the candle.  This process is known as convection.  A mild suction occurs and the heat is released, circulating vapours inside the ear, gently massaging the eardrum (tympanic membrane).  The action helps to regulate the pressure systems within the head including the sinuses.

This action along with a facial massage can help in several ways.

- Herbal vapours soothe any irritated areas of the outer ear, and may help strengthen the immune system.

- The heat and the massage can help stimulate the blood flow, strengthen and increase the lymph glands and stimulate energy points on the external part of the ear.

- The mild suction of the candles can help regulate the pressure systems within the ear.

A treatment (including facial massage) lasts approx. 40 minutes and costs £27.00.  If you need more information contact Deborah to discuss any aspects of the treatment, or to check if Ear Candles are
suitable for your condition.


Booking an Appointment

Please call Deborah direct on: 07913 985495
or contact Deborah through Hambledon Health Clinic.

Monday, Tuesday or Friday mornings,
evening appointments are also available.

Wednesday mornings at:
Hambledon Health,
(Previously known as The Blandford Centre for
Complimentary Health Care)
(over Anna’s Alterations)

3 Old Sarum House, The Plocks,
Blandford Forum, DT11 7AA

Telephone: 01258 458120

Acupuncture:  Initial Consultation:  1½ to 2 hrs  £60
                       Subsequent Treatments:  up to 1 hr  £45




“If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old.  If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young”  Joseph Pilates


Why Pilates ?

Pilates is an invigorating form of exercise for your mind and body that will improve your strength, flexibility and overall mobility.  It helps restore your body to balance.
As a result your posture will change and you will move more efficiently.  You will achieve a strong core, develop longer, leaner muscles and improve your overall sense of well-being.

How Does Pilates Work?
Based upon an anatomical understanding of the body’s muscular and skeletal systems the Pilates teacher creates a comprehensive exercise programme for the client.

If this is a 1:1 class it is tailor made to the needs of the client and their body; using exercises to redress the balance between over and under used muscles, identifying and realigning poor postural habits which go on to impact on muscle tone, torsion or weakness, creating dysfunction and pain.  The aim is to re-educate and restore the whole body to its optimum muscular and skeletal function.

It is this holistic approach that sets Pilates apart from other forms of exercise and why GP’s, physiotherapists and other health professionals recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise today.




The Benefits of Pilates
            General Fitness:

  • Improves your posture
  • Improves mobility and flexibility of the spine
  • Promotes a more efficient and supportive core
  • Increases stability for the pelvis and shoulders
  • Integrates mind, body and spirit
  • Improves quality of life

            Health Conditions:

  • Addresses injury prevention and facilitates physical rehabilitation
  • Builds better balance and co-ordination, particularly for the elderly
  • Offers a safe form of exercise for ante- and post natal women
  • Alleviates aches and pains
  • Helps maintain and improve bone density
  • Develops the function and efficiency of the lungs with improvement in circulation
  • Provides a safe and beneficial form of exercise for people with a wide range of medical conditions,
    including Scoliosis, Osteoporosis, Arthritis and Multip
    le Sclerosis


Check that Pilates is Suitable for You
It is always advisable to check with your GP or health practitioner before taking up Pilates classes, and to bring a note from them to explain any injuries or medical conditions in greater detail.  The note should include a full description of any condition, with recommendations as well as any contraindications.
Depending on your injury or medical condition, an alternative or modified version of an exercise may be more suitable for you.


Pilates Matwork Classes
Lasting 60 minutes,  Matwork class exercises are performed on a supplied mat, sometimes using small pieces of equipment.  It is your body working against gravity that provides the biggest challenge.  I specialise in providing classes for people who may have sustained an injury in the past or who are working with back, neck or shoulder issues.  Working mindfully with care and precision is my aim, providing a thoughtful layering of information which the client can take and digest at their own pace.


What do you wear?
Layers of comfortable clothing, such as T shirt, leggings or jogging bottoms, and socks


Classes can be an individual tailor made class taught 1:1, or in a small group.


If you are unsure if Pilates is for you, just give me a ring for a chat on: 07913985495

“Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality,
invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit”.  Joseph Pilates




Dear Deborah,

" I have suffered from many spine injuries from work and sport related activities for over 45 years, this has now developed into spinal stenosis which, after 5 invasive operations, can no longer be corrected or halted; this will result in myself being wheelchair bound sometime in the future unless a different procedure is discovered.

Chinese acupuncture was first offered to me in the late 1980's and worked very well for me allowing greater movement, less pain, better work and sporting performance.  However, my practitioner sadly past away from old age in 2005.

This year (2014), by accident I discovered Deborah Mannion who also practices Chinese Acupuncture and after only a few visits  my movement has increased again, I no longer have to take so many pills, the pain level is significantly decreased and my wife enjoys a better life byway of not having to do so much for me.

I accept that spinal stenosis can never be halted, Deborah has certainly reduced its effects on myself and family which is worth more than any amount of Western pills or money.

I whole heartily recommend that anybody with pretty much any condition should at least let Deborah try acupuncture as a treatment, it may not work for everybody but the peace of mind coming from no long term side effects of pill consumption as an answer makes acupuncture worth at least a try in my opinion."



I am truly grateful to Deborah for making it possible for me to enjoy my favourite activity of walking the Dorset hills once again, with my active little cocker spaniel Jess.

Wear and tear on my knees had resulted in thoroughly debilitating pain in the muscles of both legs, above and below the knee when I walked.  They had locked tight.  My doctor could only suggest painkillers, which proved ineffective anyway.

I cannot recommend Debbie highly enough for her thoroughly professional (but kind and very patient) advice and acupuncture treatment.

Perhaps no one would happily choose to have needles inserted in their skin – but when the result is to relieve incapacitating pain, no contest!

My heartfelt thanks go to Debbie – echoed I’m sure by Jess, if she could, as she races around her familiar bridleways again

Rita Powner
Feb 2014


Hi Deb, just wanted to say a Big Thank You for helping me through Fabien’s birth, the acupressure really helped speed up the whole process, and I know it helped me have the home birth I wanted for my third baby.

Nov 2003


I have had regular acupuncture for a number of years now and would recommend Deborah Mannion, as an acupuncturist with complete confidence. I am constantly being treated for anything from PMT to aches and pains and general well being.  The whole experience is very relaxing and pain free and even my husband goes now for muscle relaxation among other things! Couldn’t live without it.



Deborah’s expertise in acupuncture and massage has helped some very painful muscles in my thigh/knee. It was not without a little scepticism that I contacted her, but was at ease immediately, she is a very professional and knowledgeable lady and after my third session I noticed a marked improvement

Thank you  

July 2019


Cosmetic / Facial Acupuncture

Dear Deborah,

Having travelled with my job, I have experienced many beauty treatments and holistic therapies world wide. However coming to you for facial acupuncture is by far the most effective and relaxing treatment I have had for a long time. The experience totaly de-stresses and calms me and my face feels and looks totaly rejuvenated as a result.

Many, many thanks,
Hayley Cobbett

Having suffered post menopausal problems of needing to visit the loo far too often and a feeling of heaviness and discomfort in my lower abdomen (Gp / Consultant avenue without benefit). I recently completed a Pilates Course with Deborah and found it to be incredibly beneficial. Working on the Pilates method has strengthened my lower tummy and I no longer have the painfull debilitating symptoms. Deborah is very understanding and could not have been more sympathetic and helpful.