BSc (Hons) Acupuncture Lic Ac Dip ITHMA MBAcC
Tel: 07809211013 Email:
Therapies: Acupuncture (Body and Ear), Tui Na Massage, Aromatherapy, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Cupping Massage & Cosmetic Acupuncture.
Odette is a degree-qualified practitioner of Acupuncture and various forms of bodywork, therapeutic massage, healing techniques and Qigong. She is a member of The British Acupuncture Council, and graduated from The London School of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Her interest for ancient Chinese philosophy and traditional Chinese medicine came thanks to her passion of Chinese martial arts and Qigong, which she has been studying for the last 15 years. In addition to that, the fact of growing up in Mexico, learning about native healing herbs and traditional Mexican medicine from her grandmother from a young age and from a Mazateca Indigenous Healer from whom she learned later on in her life, has given her a strong foundation and interest in ancient healing arts.
After reading Media Sciences in Mexico for her first degree, and working in the media field for a few years, she moved to the UK and decided to start a professional career in alternative medicine. She studied for an advanced Diploma in Aromatherapy, Therapeutic Massage and Oriental Medicine at the ITHMA.
During a trip to China, where she trained Wudan style Wushu and Qigong at the legendary Wudan mountains (the birthplace of Zhang Sanfeng, the creator of Taiji), she had a strong desire to consolidate all of her studies, practices and experiences of Chinese medicine and culture, for a solid knowledge in Chinese Medicine. So she decided to join the London College of Traditional Acupuncture where she completed the three-year degree and obtained a BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture.
In August 2011 she set up Hampstead Heath Acupuncture with her colleague and previous classmate, Alex Jacobs, with the intention of bringing a practice of Integrated Chinese Medicine to NW3. Alongside her work at Hampstead Heath Acupuncture, she also volunteers at the 184 project, providing acupuncture to support those recovering from addictions.
And most of all, Odette loves what she does, she is very passionate about Chinese Medicine and so proud to be able to provide her patients with an effective treatment that takes care of the cause and the manifesting symptoms of the disease, without the use of synthetic drugs or invasive procedures.
Treatments with Odette encompass an integration of various therapies as part of an individual, holistic and dedicated approach to comprehensive healthcare. She uses the essence of classical Chinese Medicine by its traditional principles, diagnostic methods and practical techniques that include:
- Traditional acupuncture
- Auricular acupuncture
- Tuina massage
- Nutritional advice
- Qigong prescription exercises
In addition to it, she may include in her treatments one or several forms of bodywork disciplines tailored to the individual for enhanced results. Her approach combines different techniques of therapeutic massage depending on the individual needs. The treatment, enhanced by the therapeutic properties of organic essential oils, will restore harmony, facilitate self-healing, improve energy levels and relieve stress. Odette is able to offer advanced treatments in:
- Cosmetic acupuncture
- Tuina (Chinese massage)
- Swedish massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Muscle Energy Techniques
Specialist areas of treatment:
Odette successfully treats a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and sport injuries, particularly sciatica, neck, shoulder and back pain; gynecology, fertility and obstetric conditions; stress related conditions including IBS, depression, insomnia and headaches. As well as treating a range of conditions from unexplained western diagnosis or ineffective treatment.
I began seeing Odette regarding fertility treatment after my sister-in-law told me of her experience with an acupuncturist in helping her become pregnant. I was immediately impressed with her deep knowledge about fertility, her experience, as well as her compassion in working with me. I appreciated how much time was spent answering any questions or concerns at each appointment and help with any additonal health problems during our sessions. She helped me understand some shoulder/arm pain I had been having for years and seen many specialists over, giving me simples stretches that have greatly reduced much of the pain and tension I had been experiencing. And best of all after a few months of treatment, my husband and I are expecting our first child. I will continue to see Odette throughout my pregnancy. I feel like I have had an easier time with morning sickness and other early pregnancy side effects due to her expert care.
I went to see Odette for treatment for some chronic health problems including lower back trouble and thyroid imbalance - the sorts of problems that conventional medicine offers only very limited solutions for. Odette was very attentive and professional during our treatment, knowledgeable about both the problems and the range of solutions that TCM offers to address them including acupuncture, cupping, diet and herbal medicine. Although I only had one treatment with Odette because I live abroad, I was inspired to see a TCM practitioner regularly by this visit. Thank you and good luck!!
For the past three years, Odette has been my personal Acupuncturist and the official therapist for warrior arts. She has successfully treated all manner of injuries including back pain, shoulder injuries and neck problems. I have no hesitation in recommending her as an expert in her field.
Dave Verma, Martial Arts Teacher at Warrior Arts
Odette's advice and treatments have been absolutely life-changing for me. I went to Odette with a history of chronic asthma and recurring insomnia and chest infections. She took a holistic approach, which I really appreciated. She took time to understand my lifestyle and to get to know me. Almost immediately, I felt a positive difference. Now, I know what being truly healthy feels like. I couldn't recommend Odette more-she is everything a healer should be and more.
I feel very lucky to have found Odette as she has helped me enormously with my fertility problems/poor reproductive health.
In September 2015 and at the age of 41 I started treatments with Odette where she took a full medical history and listened patiently about the long term stress/emotional factors in my life that were now causing me serious ill health and preventing me from being able to conceive a child with my partner. Odette’s treatment is unlike any other acupuncture session I have had before as she starts off each session with a consultation about how everything is going in life, then she starts the treatment with a healing, relaxing massage before the acupuncture begins.
Odette gave me a lot of guidance about how to improve my nutrition and what books to read about boosting fertility. I was spurred on by Odette’s encouragement to properly address my health issues with my GP. I had various fertility tests performed in October 2015, which diagnosed that I had elevated FSH and low ovarian reserve. I also was given the bad news that I had multiple fibroids and that combined with my poor hormone results things were not looking good for my baby making hopes. My GP then referred me to UCLH for expert consultation.
As soon as Odette learned all this she advised me to take traditional Chinese herbal medicine so that together with the acupuncture and my improved diet we could work towards improving my health. I listened to Odette and started taking herbal medicine targeted at addressing the fibroids and balancing my hormones. When I met with the hospital consultant in January 2016 he was not entirely hopeful about my fertility prospects and actually didn’t think much about my alternative therapies and instead spoke of surgery for the fibroids and drug therapy.
However, the western medicine practitioners are now baffled that my new hormone test results taken in February 2016 show that my FSH score has lowered and is entirely within the normal range for my age now and my AMH (ovarian reserve) has increased. My ultrasound scan taken in March 2016 shows that my fibroids have in fact begun to shrink significantly. Sadly I cannot receive any IVF treatment from the NHS as I am now age 42, however my GP is much more hopeful of my chances of conceiving either naturally or with IVF and I am due to see the hospital consultant again about my prospects.
Thanks to Odette’s healing treatments I am now on the road to recovering my reproductive health and God willing I will be able to conceive a healthy child.
Odette has helped me consistently over the last year or so. She has treated me for irregular periods, very effectively. She is always supportive, understanding and intuitive. Although I have been stubborn sometimes and not followed her advice about lifestyle and diet, whenever I do, the results are immediate. Her treatments have regulated my periods and provided much needed insight and support to think more constructively about my body. I don’t know what I would have done without her the last year. I really believe that she is largely responsible for maintaining my health through some stressful times. She is a wonderful, kind and skillful person. Thank you Odette.