Kirsten Sturman is originally from the Larbert area and, after studying around the world, brought her talents home in 2004.
Upon leaving Larbert High School she decided to take the road less travelled and do something completely different from her peers, studying Acupuncture at the University of Salford. She is now a successful acupuncturist, reflexologist, fertility specialist and NYR Organic consultant with clinics in Larbert and Perth.
Throughout extensive training and practising, Kirsten has been able to experience other complementary therapies and has taken up the opportunity to broaden her knowledge base. She now has a well-rounded set of skills for treating the body holistically.
What interested you about the industry?
My interest in complementary therapies grew from my teens, it seemed logical that the mind, body and spirit should be treated holistically.
Describe your studies?
After graduating in Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture, and gaining membership to the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) in 2003, I completed postgraduate training with the First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. This involved staying in China for a month, having the opportunity to attend lectures and observe the doctors at work. The variety of treatments and techniques demonstrated was invaluable in turning the 2000-year-old theory I had studied at university into practice.
When did you return to the Larbert area?
I returned to Scotland in 2003 to establish my business, and spent 10 years working within other Complementary Therapy Centres until I had an opportunity to open my own clinic. Since then, the Larbert clinic has expanded with therapists joining me to offer a wide range of services. The convenient location allows for clients across the Central Belt to travel for treatments, and I am also available in Perth once a week.
Describe your services?
I offer Acupuncture, Reflexology, Maternity Reflexology, Pregnancy Massage, abdominal massage, Hopi ear candling and holistic facials.
Describe NYR Organic?
I am now a consultant for NYR Organic which offers a wide selection of herbal remedies, supplements, aromatherapy and skincare using the highest possible percentage of organic ingredients and ethically sourced herbs, botanicals and essential oils.
Describe your approach to customer service?
Working from a private clinic, I am able to spend time with each client, giving them a chance to talk about everything they need to discuss as well as having time to relax during the treatment.
Describe what inspired you to become a fertility specialist?
Looking back over 18 years in business, I can categorise most complaints into pain, stress and fertility issues. Seeing the increase in demand for fertility treatments in the first 5 years, I began using acupuncture to support IVF, another 5 years later I added reflexology for fertility, pregnancy and birth. The treatments became more popular and complex so three years ago I completed a diploma in Fertility Acupuncture with The Fertility Support Company. The training focused on causes of infertility such as PCOS and endometriosis, reproductive immunology, recurrent miscarriage and supporting IVF and other Assisted Reproductive Techniques. This has helped me to stand out as one of the few fertility specialists in Scotland alongside my general acupuncture practice
How do you view the future of your practice?
I continue to update my skills with regular training and throughout the last year have taken part in more online courses whilst keeping the clinic open as a healthcare practitioner.
How have you adapted during the pandemic?
The clinic is fully Covid compliant to ensure the health and well-being of clients and to prevent the spread of this pandemic. All our therapists are following the guidelines set out by their industries to provide treatments in a safe and relaxing environment.
Who works alongside you in the Larbert clinic?
My colleagues are PM Physio and Janet Day Holistic Healing, offering physiotherapy and a variety of massage therapies.