Kate Henley

Kate completed the three year BSc degree course in Acupuncture at the University of Westminster and has been in private practice as an acupuncturist for 21 years.

She became curious about the medicine and it’s effect having had a course of treatment herself when she was 30 years old. A few years married and told that she would never conceive naturally for unexplained reasons, she was also suffering with acute insomnia following the death of her mother. She tried acupuncture as a last resort and miraculously started sleeping. Two months later she had given up her job and enrolled on the degree course – she never looked back. Her first child was born during the course, the second just before graduation, the third a while later.

From early in her career Kate forged strong links with western medical practitioners through her own contacts and specialised in fertility, pregnancy and hormonal inbalances. Working from GP practices, she became increasingly interested in how the Chinese Medical model has such a role to play in balancing the body. As the thirst for choice and for more natural remedies took hold and the need for people to re-balance the fast pace of their lives became important, acupuncture and other holistic practices became more mainstream.

In 2011, Kate set up a maternity acupuncture unit in a large hospital in Stevenage to offer low cost sessions to women who were pregnant. This was a very successful scheme. In 2012 she also undertook a training in Supervision and Mentoring and now offers this service to acupuncturists and yoga teachers. In an effort to widen her role Kate developed courses to teach 5 Element and Meridian theory, teaching first in India and later on a regular basis with Norman Blair in London.

Kate is a passionate advocate of Chinese Medicine and talks often of the value of the ethos of living close to the natural world. In her teaching she emphasises the need for seasonal eating, nourishing warm nutrition and gentle ways to move and stretch the body. Her message sits very comfortably with the teaching of Yin yoga. On a more personal level, she likes to encourage people to find their own ‘inner doctor’ through these teachings so that they can share with others.