About Me

I started to practice acupuncture in Leeds in 1995, and have been involved in complementary health some years before that. I have a passion for the wellbeing of others and find acupuncture is a perfect outlet for this. I am a full member of the British Acupuncture Council.

My main acupuncture practice in Leeds is at the Chapel Allerton Holistic Centre, however I also work at the Headingley Chiropractic Clinic.

My Path into Acupuncture

I was involved in Aikido on the Wirral for some years. This is a martial art which uses the idea of energy (termed Ki). I was fascinated by this and wanted to work in an area that I could use this principal that of energy. During this period of studying Aikido, I learnt the basics of Shiatsu and Aromatherapy. This made me consider studying a ‘complementary therapy’, as these use energy.

I found that Acupuncture was the best. It combined the skill of a practitioner with beautiful theory, and the notion of caring for peoples wellbeing. I applied to the Northern College of Acupuncture and was accepted. The course was a four year BSc, and I graduated in 1999, after an initial supervised year.

Since graduating from the Northern College of Acupuncture

The Northern College of Acupuncture gave me a good foundation to practice acupuncture. Since that time I have developed my knowledge of the subject. I have expanded my understanding of Chinese Medicine, and studied the precise art of Japanese acupuncture. In the last five years I have trained with Kiiko Matsumoto in London and Boston, USA considered one of the best practitioners of acupuncture, and one of her top ‘students’ Andy Harrop.

I have always looked for ways to broaden my acupuncture knowledge and to take my skills into groups that would not or may not have access to what is essentially a private practice. During the last 10 years I have worked for the Terrance Higgins Trust, Multiple Choice (a Leeds-based Drugs Project), taught meditation at Leeds Skyline, and been referred clients by Macca (now called ‘Together: Working for Well Being’ a charity that helps carers of others). For three years, I worked part time as a Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University on their BSc (Hons) Acupuncture course. These have been a great experience, expanding my understanding and deepening my commitment to promote acupuncture to others no matter what the background, I am convinced that acupuncture can help.


I am registered with the the British Acupuncture Council.

Giles Watts is registered with BAaC

Contact Me

0113 274 3439

07791 476330

Email: acupuncture@gileswatts.co.uk

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