Claire Thornton, 35, who trained in Thai massage in the US and Asia, said she was excited to bring the Healing Flow Clinic to The Green in Norton after it opened on Monday (October 9).
She said she first started working with Healing Flow in 2017 in a small room on the city’s main street.
She said she was excited to be part of the Norton community, which is home to many women-owned businesses – and named The Green Florist, The Sewing Studio and Blackwells as those she would like to join.
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Ms Thornton said: “I traveled extensively in my late teens and early twenties. I worked in America and went to Southeast Asia where I trained in Thai massage.”
“I was working on a yoga retreat there and met a woman who did acupuncture. I came back to England to study Chinese medicine and everything exploded from there.”
“We specialize in acupuncture treatments for muscle tension and depression; people come to us when they are grieving.
“We are just a safe space and also an alternative to all western medicine. Above all, we should be a community.”
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“Instead of taking paracetamol for your persistent headache, you can come to us and we can see if it is more stress-related or causing pressure in your neck. This is an alternative.”
“It’s a nice addition, a different way to treat yourself.”
Ms Thornton stressed it was not just a replacement for traditional medicine, but another way to help people.
She said the Stockton clinic also offers acupuncture to support those undergoing IVF, claiming it is “helpful” for those undergoing the process.
She said this is supported by other treatments such as massage, reflexology and other methods.
Other treatments the clinic offers include maternity massage, sports massage, non-surgical facelifts and body contouring.
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The clinic also houses a yoga studio on the floor below to go along with the holistic treatments on offer, offering classes throughout the day between 8:00 a.m. and 7:15 p.m.
The store is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The clinic took over the building that formerly housed Good Taste, and coincidentally, the owner of the previous store and her daughter were the clinic’s first customers.