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About Phillipa Russmann

How I came to be an acupuncturist

Phillipa RussmannI have always had an interest in healthcare beyond the conventional and my first experience of acupuncture was living in Belgium, exhausted after the birth of my eldest son.  From my first treatment I knew that this was something I wished to explore.  It was a desire made only stronger when I turned to acupuncture during my second pregnancy with severe morning sickness. Finding myself close to hospitalisation, acupuncture was a life-line, both for the physical relief and the emotional support it gave me.

The day my youngest son started school, I embarked on a three-year journey to obtain an honours degree and licentiate in Five Element Acupuncture.  I was drawn to this school of acupuncture because of the many levels it seemed to touch – the physical, emotional and spiritual too.  I graduated with distinction in 2010 from Oxford Brookes University, in conjunction with the College of Traditional Acupuncture.  Perhaps understandably, my dissertation focussed on treating nausea and vomiting with acupuncture - at last, my chance to understand how phenomenally acupuncture had worked for me!

Life experience

I grew up in South Africa and after a short stint travelling, obtained a BA degree from the University of Cape Town with majors in Psychology & Cultural History.  I then embarked on a career in media and social research.

This was cut short by several years of living abroad – East and West – where I began teaching English as a foreign language.  During this time I studied a variety of health care systems too, including macrobiotics, Reiki, Tai Chi, Zero Balancing, meditation, yoga and the Bach Flower Remedies.


I have a personal interest in how stress, anxiety, depression and the emotions impact on the body, mind and spirit.  Psychology certainly offers important insights into the psyche and emotional states of an individual.  But I have found that complementary healthcare systems have a very powerful role to play too, helping transform and empower individuals to make the necessary adjustments needed for a life of balance and harmony.

I also have a keen interest in acupuncture’s effect on muscular-skeletal conditions such as sciatica and back pain, pain relief, infertility, menstrual and gynaecological problems, fatigue and migraines…to name a few.

On the home front, I now have two wonderful, boisterous boys who constantly keep me on my toes.  The eldest has me learning to play football and the youngest has me relearning to play the violin.  I’m not sure which is more painful…


On the work front, I am a full member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, have full liability insurance and am a registered local practitioner, working out of the Beacon Clinic in Malvern.  I also subscribe to a program of Continual Professional Development which involves attending regular workshops and courses in order to extend and hone my skillset.

Educational Profile

Degrees & Diplomas

1986 B.A. Degree (Psychology; Cultural History of W. Europe) University of Cape Town
1987 AAA School of Advertising - Honours
1998 Cambridge/RSA CELTA (English Language Teaching)
1999 Reiki – First Degree of Usui System of Natural Healing
2000 Bach Flower Remedies - Level I
2010 B.A. Honours (First Class) & Licentiate in Acupuncture. College of Traditional
Acupuncture (in Association with Oxford Brookes University)

Post Graduate CPD (Continual Professional Development)

Acupuncture in Gynaecology and Male/Female Fertility Jani White
CPD Days Dawn Cadman
Eight Extraordinary Vessels: Chong Mai & Dai Mai Peter Firebrace
Cosmetic Acupuncture Radha Thambirajah
Zero Balancing Alan Hext
The Pattern of Things: The Spaces between Us Nora Franglen
Appointed Persons First Aid
West Midlands Ambulance Service
Acupuncture Points from the Classics: Fire Elizabeth Rochat de Vallee
Seeing the Withins: the Artistry of the Causative Factor Nikki Bilton
Colour, Sound, Odour and Emotion Workshop Nikki Bilton


AFN (Acupuncture Fertility Network)

FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists)

Worcestershire Acupuncture Group