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At Optimum Health our mission is to help you lead a pain free and healthy life with Optimum Well-Being.

Contact NameOptimum Health
AddressThe Smithyside
unit6 Mckibben House Eastbank Road
Belfast BT8 8BD
Phone01661 823333
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We are qualified practitioners of well-respected, evidence-based treatments (and medical techniques) and are able to create a unique package for particular health issues or for any individual needs.

We are qualified practitioners of:
  • Musculo-skeletal techniques such as deep tissue (Tui Na) massage and the Emmett technique for a gentler, longer-term solution to injuries or posture problems

  • Microsystems techniques such as Reflexology and Auriculotherapy

  • Acupuncture – useful for things like pain management and stress relief

  • Healthy activity for all ages and abilities: Qigong and meditation
The techniques are founded on Traditional Chinese Medicine – a whole-body approach to health. Results are often immediate and always long-lasting – see our testimonials to find out more.

What do we do?

We have a track record of generating real results and have the overall health and well-being knowledge to make clients feel better and maintain their health, wealth and vitality (better health impacts on all aspects of your life).

We promote awareness and education on the best methods of keeping well. This involves creating good habits for as many people as possible for a healthier life.

We speak at events or to groups of people interested in making changes to their lifestyle for the improvement of health.

Meet the Team

Barbara Ellis

“I know what it’s like to live with back pain following my own injury in a motor cycle accident. The use of TCM techniques was fundamental to helping me to feel well again and perform better”

Qualifications and awards
  • Trained practitioner of EMMETT Neuromuscular Release Technique
  • BhTEC Diploma Sports Injury Rehabiliation Massage and Strapping Therapy
  • Maintenance & Rehabilitation Certified On-Site Practitioner
  • Studied advanced in-depth acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and electro-acupuncture at
    Beijing’s International Acupuncture Hospital under the guidance of one of the hospital's
    Directors,Professor Wu Yuning - China's pre-eminent TCM-Western medicine doctor.
  • Registered Member of Natural Therapies
  • Registered member of CThA Complementary Therapy Association
  • I have also undertaken Korean Hand Therapy training under the guidance of Jong Baik

Alun Epps

“I had been working for 7 years within the Care Industry looking after elderly people. This was a very rewarding experience but I felt I had more to offer people who had physical as well as mental health problems. I often suffered back pain while working in this role and it was through the Tu iNa Deep Tissue Massage and acupuncture that I found relief.”

Qualifications and awards

Trained at the International Bodyharmonics Centre in Traditional Chinese Medicine including Tui Na Massage, On-site Neck & Shoulder Massage and TCM
  • BhTEC Diploma Tui Na Chinese Massage and Strapping Therapy
  • BhTEC On-Site Tui Na Neck & Shoulders Certificate
  • Trained practitioner of EMMETT Neuromuscular Release Technique
  • I have also undertaken Korean Auricular Therapy training under the guidance of Jong Baik
Since learning about TCM we have both embraced the wellness concept of looking after ourselves through regular treatments of acupuncture, massage and Qigong and wish to share this with others to help them obtain Optimum Health.

Health Massage Techniques

We provide a range of massage techniques that are gentle, effective, suitable for almost everyone and produce lasting results.

They are effective because they are targeted and they work on the muscle structure (which may have caused the issue that we are treating and if unaddressed can produce a re-occurrence).

Massage is a key component to balance all of the body’s systems in order to keep you well. It has many positive effects on:
  • Circulation of blood
  • Drainage of the lymphatic system - to flush out any toxins that have built up within tissue
  • Movement and function of joints
  • Reduction of chronic pain
  • Better muscle function – producing less stress on bones and joints
Our treatment styles include;
  • Tui Na Massage
  • Sports Massage and Taping Therapy
  • Emmett Technique
  • Gua Sha
  • Hivamat deep Tissue Oscillation Massage
  • Facial Revitalisation
Click here to find out more about our treatments, or call us on 01661 823333 to discuss which treatment would be of most benefit to you and your needs.

Acupuncture and Acupressure

An increasingly popular treatment within healthcare and amongst practitioners of musculo-skeletal (MSK) techniques, acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) learning and it is about stimulating the body’s energy, relieving tension and supporting the body’s considerable propensity to keep itself well.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends acupuncture as a treatment option for lower back pain. NICE makes this recommendation on the basis of scientific evidence.

Electroacupuncture works according to the same principles as acupuncture and has similar applications e.g. pain management. It works by sending electrical impulses through the channels, muscles and nerves.

Similar to acupuncture and working on the same principles, this treatment works by applying physical pressure with fingers to trigger points, with the aim of clearing blockages in the energy meridians.
When these trigger points are stimulated, this can release muscular tension, promote circulation of blood, and enhance the body's ‘life force energy’.
These therapies can be accompanied by Moxibustion, Cupping therapy and other more traditional techniques to improve circulation.

Microsystem Therapy

Microsystem therapies work because they focus on reflexes / meridians in the hands, feet and ears that are related to parts of the body such as organs or glands that we are interested in.

There are particular points that can be stimulated for different purposes including for smoking cessation / addiction treatment through release of endorphins to calm the system and also focus the mind.

Korean Hand Therapy
Korean Hand Therapy is used to reduce / alleviate pain and support recovery from illness in those cases where pressure cannot be applied to the body. As a microsystem therapy it works by stimulating any of the 14 micro-meridians and 345 acupuncture points on our hands, using either finger pressure or needles.

Auriculotherapy is focused on the external ear and is similar to full body acupuncture in its effects and applications and can be done without needles with the use of a gentle electronic device stimulation .
This is useful for chronic problems and for recovery from strokes as it stimulates energy through the meridians. It also works well with all aspects of pain management, acute and chronic illness as well as addictions.

Reflexology is a form of therapeutic massage in TCM that is applied to the feet and/or hands.
Through application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and promotes the natural function of the related areas of the body.
Reflexology massage can promote overall wellness; enhances mood, aids sleep, helps relieve tension and stress as well as leaving you feeling light, energized and with a sense of well-being.

Relaxation and Healthy Activity

Translated as ‘Life Energy Cultivation’, this technique is a combination of posture, breathing techniques and mental focus.
Qigong allows for increased state of awareness (‘mindfulness’) and supports relaxation, healthy habits and focus in all aspects of your life.
The National Qigong Association in the USA has identified that:
“The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions”.
The result is a calm, relaxed state of mind and it is a great way to maintain overall health and is suitable for people of all ages and levels of fitness.
From a philosophical perspective qigong is believed to help develop human potential, allow access to higher realms of awareness, and awaken one's "true nature".

Meditation is a technique to bring the body and the mind into harmony to help you confront and deal with stressors in your life which can exacerbate and/or cause new health issues.
Health benefits include helping to lower blood pressure and reduce stress and a wide range of psychological benefits such as reduced anxiety and negative emotions. It can also improve attention and mindfulness; clearing your mind to help you think better.
This can be applied to support smoking cessation or recovery from addiction to alcohol or drugs.

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Service Categories
Acupressure, Acupuncture, Chinese Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Meditation, Qigong, Reflexology, Remedial Massage, Sports Injury Therapy, Sports Massage, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

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