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Deanna Thomas - "British Acupuncture Council Certified – Assurance of Quality and Expertise in Acupuncture, Middlesbrough

Welcome to Deanna Thomas Acupuncture & Wellbeing

Hi, I'm Deanna Thomas, and I'm here to guide you on a transformative journey to optimal health and well-being.

At our clinic, we blend ancient wisdom with modern wellness practices, offering a holistic approach that nurtures your mind, body, and spirit. My passion lies in women's health, and I specialise in acupuncture and holistic therapies to support you on your wellness journey.

As a highly qualified and licensed acupuncturist (BSc Hons), I've been practicing acupuncture since 2018, and my expertise spans a wide range of therapies, including Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Fertility Acupuncture, Auricular Acupuncture, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), Sound Healing, Acupressure, and Cupping Therapy.  

My dedication to your well-being extends beyond physical health, as I have a keen interest in mental health and the mind-body connection. I believe that holistic healthcare has something wonderful to offer modern medicine, and I'm here to provide a personalised approach to your health concerns. 

Whether you're seeking relief from pain, fertility support, or looking to enhance your mental health, or simply on a journey to balance and vitality, I'm committed to tailoring treatments to your specific needs.

My journey in holistic wellness has been guided by a deep appreciation for diverse spiritual practices, and I believe that the mind and body are intrinsically connected. Alongside my qualifications, including a BSc (Hons) in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and numerous certifications, I bring over two decades of experience and a genuine commitment to your well-being.

I'm here to support you, empower you, and help you achieve the vibrant and healthy life you deserve. Together, we'll explore the essence of holistic healing, finding balance, and embracing the wonders of natural remedies.


I take immense pride in making a positive impact on people's wellness journeys. It's truly rewarding to witness the transformation and relief that acupuncture and holistic therapies bring to my clients. With over 350 5-star reviews on my booking system, I'm grateful for the trust and support of those I've had the privilege to help along the way. Your wellbeing is my priority, and I look forward to continuing this empowering journey together.

Even celebrities are increasingly turning towards traditional Chinese acupuncture for its therapeutic benefits, as evidenced by stars like Amanda Holden and Samuel L. Jackson. Amanda Holden, known for her vibrant presence on 'Britain's Got Talent', has been seen embracing acupuncture, showcasing its benefits not just for health, but also for maintaining her radiant appearance. Similarly, Samuel L. Jackson, a revered actor in Hollywood, has been spotted utilizing acupuncture therapy. His choice to incorporate this ancient practice even while on a yacht vacation highlights its importance in his wellness routine. These celebrities' adoption of acupuncture points to a growing trend in the entertainment industry, where the focus is not just on aesthetic enhancement but also on holistic well-being and natural health practices.
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What is traditional Chinese acupuncture and how does it work?

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is a revered healing practice that delves into ancient wisdom and modern wellness. With a history spanning over 2000 years, this holistic approach revolves around the restoration of the body's vital life force energy, known as "qi." This therapy stimulates a cascade of healing effects by delicately inserting fine, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on the body, to facilitate the flow of energy and restore equilibrium. By targeting energy channels, or meridians, it unblocks obstructions and rekindles the body's innate healing mechanisms.

One of its remarkable qualities is the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, along with bolstering immune function and reducing inflammation through the release of anti-inflammatories. These mechanisms promote the body's innate ability to heal and thrive.
If you are in search of Acupuncture Services in Middlesbrough or are curious to learn more about this ancient therapy, you have come to the right place.
What sets Traditional Chinese Acupuncture apart is its holistic outlook on health and well-being. It prioritizes treating the entire individual rather than merely addressing isolated symptoms. This approach renders it highly versatile, making it suitable for addressing a wide array of health conditions. From chronic pain management to fertility support, stress and anxiety relief, sciatica, weight loss, migraines, headaches, and even neck pain – Acupuncture offers a comprehensive path to your holistic well-being.
Moreover, it's worth noting that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), an organization providing treatment guidelines for the NHS, currently recommends Acupuncture as an effective treatment for chronic pain, tension-type headaches, and migraines. This recognition underlines the legitimacy and efficacy of this ancient therapy
Discover the transformative and holistic benefits of Acupuncture, tailored to your unique needs. Whether you're seeking relief from chronic ailments, fertility support, stress reduction, or targeted pain management, our personalised treatments are your gateway to a healthier, more balanced life. Unlock the potential of Acupuncture and embark on a journey to holistic well-being.
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Acupuncture offers a wide range of benefits for both physical and mental health. Some of the key benefits include:

  1. Pain relief: Acupuncture has been proven effective in reducing pain associated with conditions such as chronic pain, arthritis, migraines, and back pain.

  2. Stress reduction: Many people find acupuncture to be deeply relaxing, helping to reduce stress and anxiety.

  3. Digestive Issues: Acupuncture can also be beneficial for digestive problems. It has been used to alleviate symptoms of conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, and bloating.

  4. Improved sleep: Acupuncture can address sleep disorders and promote better sleep quality.

  5. Insomnia Relief: Acupuncture is also beneficial for those struggling with insomnia. It can help regulate the body's internal clock, calm the mind, and promote a state of relaxation conducive to falling asleep and staying asleep.

  6. Enhanced fertility: Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with fertility treatments to improve reproductive health and increase the chances of successful conception.

  7. Boosted immune system: Regular acupuncture sessions can strengthen the immune system, making you less susceptible to illness, including seasonal allergies.

  8. Hormonal Balance: Acupuncture has been recognized for its ability to regulate hormonal fluctuations in women. It can help alleviate irregular periods, whether they are caused by conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), stress, or other factors. 

  9. Menopausal Symptom Relief: Many women experience discomfort during menopause, including hot flashes, mood swings, and insomnia. Acupuncture has shown promise in providing relief from these symptoms, making the transition through menopause smoother and more comfortable.

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture

Experience a holistic rejuvenation as this age-old technique boosts blood circulation and encourages the release of oxytocin. This natural surge activates the body's own analgesic powers, providing relief from discomfort. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture doesn't just relax the muscles; it initiates a deep healing process, enabling the body to harness its own restorative powers and promoting a balanced state of health.

Enhance your wellbeing with acupuncture in Middlesbrough

Visit us at The House in Middlesbrough for a unique acupuncture experience. With free parking available at Acklam Shops, we offer ease and accessibility. If you're seeking an appointment but can't find a suitable time online, please call us on 0800 593 2023. Anthony is often able to inform you about any last-minute cancellations. 

Our clinic features two treatment rooms, including a ground-floor option for accessibility. By booking ahead, you can ensure a personalised and focused session.

When you arrive at The House for your appointment, please make yourself comfortable in our waiting area. We have designed it to be a relaxing space for you. Once we are ready, we will come to greet you and guide you to your treatment session. 

Remember, when you call to book, an upfront payment is needed to confirm your appointment. Check your emails for consultation forms to fill out beforehand, and don't forget to bring a list of your medications, wear loose comfortable clothing, and carry a bottle of water for your comfort and hydration.

How much does acupuncture Cost?

First Appointment

This includes consultation & your first acupuncture treatment


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  • Please allocate up to 90 minutes for your initial session, allowing ample time for a thorough evaluation.
  • Your treatment approach may encompass a harmonious combination of both body and ear acupuncture techniques.
  • In addition, during your acupuncture session, I will personally examine your tongue and carefully listen to your pulse. These diagnostic methods provide me with essential insights into your health, allowing me to customize your acupuncture treatment for optimal results.
  • Acupuncture treatments may incorporate a blend of various modalities, such as massage, cupping therapy, heat therapy, moxibustion, and the application of ear seeds. This holistic approach serves as an ideal solution for promoting relaxation and alleviating stress.
  • Take charge of your self-care journey with personalized, easily accessible resources, including acupressure techniques, guided meditation sessions, recipes, and qi gong exercises.
  • Your session may include an AcuGraph scan, a state-of-the-art tool that offers a digital analysis of your body's meridian energy system. This scan provides invaluable insights, enhancing the precision and effectiveness of your acupuncture treatment."
  • Kindly note that full payment is required at the time of booking.
  • Each follow-up appointment offers a generous 1-hour duration to ensure comprehensive care.
  •  Enjoy priority booking privileges, including the flexibility of evening appointments where possible.
  •  During your acupuncture session, I personally conduct tongue and pulse examinations. These diagnostic methods provide invaluable insights into your health, enabling me to tailor your acupuncture treatment for optimal results.
  •  Experience acupuncture's holistic benefits, which may include a blend of massage, cupping therapy, heat therapy, moxibustion, and ear seeds. It's the perfect solution for relaxation and stress relief.
  • Empower your self-care journey with personalized, accessible resources, including acupressure techniques, guided meditation sessions, recipes, and qi gong exercises.
  • Please note that full payment is required upon booking to secure your spot and unlock the many benefits of our Exclusive Six-Session Package.

Purchasing a treatment package is the best approach to experiencing the full benefits of acupuncture, as it allows for a cumulative and transformative healing journey. Acupuncture is not a one-time fix but a holistic therapy that works best with consistent sessions. By opting for a treatment package, you ensure a series of sessions that build upon each other, allowing for deeper healing and long-lasting results. Acupuncture works by stimulating the body's natural healing mechanisms, and the effects of each session can accumulate over time. 

By committing to a package, you give yourself the opportunity to address underlying imbalances, promote overall wellness, and experience the true potential of acupuncture. With each session, your body becomes more receptive to the treatment, amplifying its effectiveness and maximizing the benefits. 

Terms & Conditions

Thank you for choosing our clinic for your treatments. We strive to provide the best possible care and ensure a smooth experience for all our clients. To help maintain the quality of our services and respect the time of both our clients and our team, we kindly request your cooperation with the following policies:

  1. Punctuality: We value your time and ours. If you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, we may not be able to treat you as it could disrupt the schedule for other clients. Please make every effort to arrive on time to ensure you receive the full benefit of your scheduled treatment.

  2. Treatment Selection: We understand that sometimes you want to change the type of treatment you initially booked. However, due to our preparation and planning for your treatments, we are unable to accommodate last-minute changes in treatment types. To ensure a smooth and efficient experience, please select your preferred treatment when scheduling your appointment.

  3. Cancellation Policy: Our clinic operates on a tight schedule, and last-minute cancellations can impact our ability to serve other clients. We request a minimum of 48 hours notice for appointment cancellations. Cancellations made within this 48-hour window will incur full charges.

  4. Treatment Plans: For clients who opt for treatment plans, we offer the flexibility of refunds if you change your mind. Please note that a £10 administration fee applies to process such refunds. Completed appointments within the treatment plan will be charged at their full rate without any discounts associated with the treatment plan.

We appreciate your understanding and adherence to these policies. They enable us to maintain the high standards of care and service that you deserve. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please do not hesitate to reach out to our clinic staff. Thank you for your trust in our clinic, and we look forward to serving you with the utmost professionalism and care

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept health insurance? 
Yes, were dedicated to making healthcare accessible and affordable, and as a registered member of the British Acupuncture Council and FHT, we maintain the highest standards of professional care. 
Please note, while we do not chase insurers for payment, you will be required to pay for your treatment upfront. 
If your healthcare plan, including Aviva, covers acupuncture, you can then seek reimbursement from your insurer. 
Many insurance providers offer varying degrees of coverage for acupuncture as a complementary therapy. We recommend contacting your insurance provider directly for specific details about your coverage, to ensure you are fully informed about your eligibility for claims.
Is Acupuncture painful?
When it comes to acupuncture and the sensation of needle insertion, many people are pleasantly surprised to find that it is not as painful as they might expect. The needles used are very thin, much finer than those used for injections or blood tests, which minimizes discomfort. 
During insertion, patients might feel a minor prick or a slight pinch. Once the needles are in place, common sensations include tingling, warmth, or a dull, heavy feeling in the area, often described as therapeutic or deeply relaxing. These sensations are typically mild and are considered part of the healing process in acupuncture therapy.
How many sessions will I need?
Acupuncture is a cumulative form of alternative medicine, and its benefits often build up over time. This is why we highly recommend a course of treatment, as one session is usually not sufficient to see significant results. The duration and frequency of acupuncture treatments can vary depending on the individual's condition and their response to therapy. Typically, a series of sessions is necessary to allow the body to respond fully to the acupuncture's effects. Each session builds upon the last, enhancing the body's natural healing process and bringing about more pronounced and sustained benefits.
Can you have cupping therapy and acupuncture at the same appointment? 
In our sessions, we often combine acupuncture and cupping therapy at no additional cost, offering a holistic treatment experience. However, it's important to note that cupping is not suitable for everyone. Some individuals, especially those with certain deficiencies, may not be ideal candidates for cupping. We assess each client's individual needs to determine the most beneficial and safe treatment approach.
Do you wash and reuse acupuncture needles?
No, we do not wash and reuse needles. In acupuncture practice, it is standard to use sterile, disposable needles for each session. This is a crucial aspect of maintaining safety and hygiene standards. Reusing needles would pose a significant risk of infection and is not in line with professional acupuncture practices. After each acupuncture session, the used needles are safely disposed of in accordance with medical waste disposal regulations.

What are the risks of acupuncture?
While acupuncture is generally safe when performed by a qualified & licensed acupuncturist, there are some risks and side effects to be aware of. 

These can include soreness, minor bleeding, or bruising at the needle sites. In rare cases, there can be more serious side effects, such as infections or needle injury. It's important to ensure that your acupuncturist uses sterile, disposable needles to minimize risks. Any side effects are usually mild and transient. Always discuss your health history with your acupuncturist to ensure the best care tailored to your needs.
What is the difference between auricular acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Acupuncture?
Auricular acupuncture is a specialized form of acupuncture where needles are inserted into specific points on the ear. It's based on the principle that the ear is a microsystem reflecting the entire body. This method is often used for pain relief, addiction treatment, and stress.

Traditional Chinese acupuncture, in contrast, involves inserting needles at various points all over the body along meridians, which are pathways for Qi (energy). It aims to balance the body's energy flow for a wide range of health conditions, focusing on holistic healing and the balance of physical, emotional, and mental health.

In my practice, I often integrate auricular acupuncture points alongside body acupuncture points, tailoring the approach to each individual's diagnosis and treatment plan. This combination allows for a more comprehensive treatment strategy, addressing specific health concerns more effectively. The choice of points, whether on the ear or the body, is determined by a thorough evaluation of your condition and the goals of the treatment.
Who isn't suitable to have Acupuncture?

While acupuncture is generally not recommended for pregnant women due to certain points potentially inducing labour, I am equipped to safely treat pregnant women as I have completed post-graduate CPD training in maternity and obstetrics. This specialised training enables me to confidently and safely provide acupuncture treatments tailored for pregnancy-related concerns. However, caution is still necessary for individuals with bleeding disorders, skin infections, pacemakers, or severe psychiatric conditions. Always consult with a healthcare provider and a qualified acupuncturist to evaluate any risks before starting treatment.
What side effects can I expect to have from having acupuncture?

After acupuncture, some common side effects that you may experience include:
  1. Soreness: You might feel soreness or mild pain at the needle insertion sites.
  2. Minor bleeding or bruising: Occasionally, needle insertion can cause minor bleeding or bruising.
  3. Relaxation or dizziness: Some people feel deeply relaxed or slightly dizzy after treatment.
  4. Emotional release: It's not uncommon to experience an emotional release as acupuncture can sometimes affect emotional blockages.
These side effects are typically mild and short-lived. It's important to inform your acupuncturist if you experience any discomfort or unusual symptoms.
What are Ear seeds and do you charge extra to apply them?
Ear seeds, small seeds or metal beads used in auricular acupuncture, are included as part of your treatment with us at no extra charge. They are applied to specific points in the ear to stimulate various body areas. While we provide ear seeds as a complementary part of our acupuncture sessions, we also offer them as a standalone treatment for £15, catering to those who might prefer just the ear seed therapy without a full acupuncture session.
What age range of clients do you treat with acupuncture, including younger patients?
We treat clients of all ages, including youngsters, with acupuncture, tailoring our approach to suit each individual's age and health needs. For minors, we recommend that a guardian remains present throughout the appointment to ensure comfort and safety. This practice ensures a supportive environment for our younger patients and peace of mind for their guardians.
Can Acupuncture make my symptoms worse?
In some cases, acupuncture can lead to a temporary exacerbation of symptoms, often referred to as a healing crisis. This phenomenon, though not common, can occur when the body begins to adjust and rebalance itself in response to the treatment. These symptoms are typically short-lived and are often followed by a period of symptom relief and improved well-being. However, it's important to communicate any changes in your symptoms to your acupuncturist, so they can adjust your treatment plan accordingly.
Where do you put the acupuncture needles?
In acupuncture, needle placement varies based on the system used and the individual's needs. While trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), I also practice other systems of acupuncture, which might involve placing needles in unexpected areas. This is because different systems have unique approaches to addressing health concerns. Common needle locations include the arms, legs, back, and abdomen, but they could also be placed in other areas based on your specific treatment plan. It's important to note that we use a minimal number of needles to maximize effectiveness while ensuring comfort.
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