Acupuncture with Helen Riddington is now available at the Woodbridge Complementary Health Centre from Friday 19th April. Appointments can be booked at reception by contacting us on 01394 388234 or email us:


Helen can be contacted on 07724 169106 and her email is:


Here is what Helen has to say about acupuncture.




Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture is an effective therapy based on thousands of years observation of cause and effect and is backed up by scientific research. These days’ people will often be referred for acupuncture by medical professionals when conventional treatments are not working and those people often say they wish they had tried it first!


Acupuncture is suitable for a range of conditions. Some of the most commonly treated are headaches and migraine, arthritis, back pain, digestive problems, sports injuries, infertility, menopausal and menstrual issues, anxiety, stress-related problems and many more. It is not necessary to have a diagnosis to receive acupuncture. This is because TCM works on the basis of typical underlying patterns that produce symptoms and aims to restore equilibrium in the body to relieve those symptoms and bring the body & mind back to optimum health. Most people who receive acupuncture additionally tend to report improvements in their sleep, general wellbeing and ability to relax.



About Helen


I am often asked how I came to be an acupuncturist. There are probably two main reasons: I am also a Yoga teacher and both acupuncture and yoga have their basis in energy movement. I felt that I wanted to go further to be able to assist people more with this and decided that acupuncture was the most thorough system of energy medicine with research to back it up. The second reason is that my Mum swore by it, so the theory and practice were proven!


A Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncturist has to complete at least a three year degree in Acupuncture – I qualified in 2009 and have been practising ever since. I am a member of and insured by the British Acupuncture Council, the largest professional body of acupuncturists in the UK.


I have also spent time in Harbin, China attached to two different hospitals where I observed the work of the Chinese acupuncture doctors there. Besides keeping my skills and knowledge up to date throughout my career, I have found that my patients are often the best source of learning and reinforcement of the effectiveness of acupuncture.


Having recently moved to Suffolk, I also have a clinic in Essex, and previously provided acupuncture cover at a local fertility clinic there. Whilst I regularly treat a range of conditions, my specialisms tend to be fertility, women’s health and emotional health generally.


I am also a menopause yoga teacher, life coach and have a background in people skills development. As a yoga teacher, I am also able to support treatment with appropriate exercises/practices.


In my spare time, I enjoy walking, cycling and spending time in nature. I also love to travel, read and sing in no particular order!


I look forward to sharing acupuncture with you soon.


Wishing all our clients a happy and healthy Easter.


Reception at the Centre will be closed over the Easter weekend, although some therapists will be working.


Reception reopens at 10 am on Tuesday 2nd April.


What do you think of when you hear the words “yoga class”?  Challenging yoga poses?  A sense of peace and relaxation?  A group of people enjoying meeting each other each week for friendship and to enjoy their class?  Learning to breathe more easily?



In fact it can be all of these things.  And at different times of our lives we draw on the richness of yoga to help us with our mental and physical wellbeing and sometimes to find the support of others too.



If you’ve ever thought of joining a class, then there are two friendly and welcoming groups very close to the Centre.  One group meets in Melton on Tuesdays and the other in Martlesham Heath on Wednesdays.  They both start at 1.30pm and end at 3pm.  I share the classes with my friend and colleague Linda James and we take half of the term each.  We are both qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga and enjoy keeping our skills updated with regular professional development.  We’ve both been teaching for over 30 years and our group members find that they benefit from our experience and support to help them get the most from their yoga sessions.



The classes are suitable for those with some experience of yoga so they are ideal if you have practised in the past and are keen to resume your yoga.  If you are a beginner, it’s worth considering one to one sessions with me at the Centre so that you have a good grounding in yoga practice before you join the group.



If you’d like to talk to me about yoga and how to get started or to pick up where you left off, do book a free 20 minute chat with me at the Woodbridge Complementary Health Centre and get your Spring off to a good start!



Izzy Ixer BWY Dip, MCMI

Yoga teacher and coach

Izzy Ixer BWY Dip, MCMI

British Wheel of Yoga Teacher and Coach

Blue Pebble Coaching



On Friday, 2nd February 2024 we celebrated 25 years of Alok & Fiona Ruia owning the WCHC.  It was a very special evening, with therapists and staff, past & present.  We celebrated at the Canteen in Woodbridge with an awesome curry, and plenty of fizz.

Thank you Alok & Fiona for such a wonderful evening, it was great night of sharing memories of the WCHC and catching up with old and new friends, and sharing the wisdom and love of complementary therapy.

Here’s to another 25 years!









Spring into 2024 with healthy joints and muscles



Chiropractic has been helping patients with musculoskeletal issues for over 100 years. First developed in the USA by a Canadian, BJ Palmer, chiropractic came from a tradition of bone setting that dates back to Hippocrates 460BC (known as the father of medicine), who suggested getting a slave to manipulate the spine. Chiropractic offers a great way of looking after your spine now that slavery is illegal.



Keeping your spine in good shape has become more and more important as our lives become more sedentary, desk-based and smartphone led. Even those people with a physically demanding job can find that they are troubled by joint and muscle problems.



As we move into Spring many of us may be looking at starting on that decorating project in our house or heading out to the garden to tackle the weeds in preparation for the coming longer, warmer days. We need to remember to get ourselves ready with a few simple warm-up exercises. Remember that decorating and gardening are closer to Judo than Ludo because they often strike back!



Taking regular breaks, starting on the smaller jobs and rotating them rather than tackling that long hedge in one go all helps. The body prefers variety of movement, rather than extended periods of high-effort followed by an exhausted ‘Oh,dear, I think I’ve over-done-it’ moment.



Chiropractic can help restore joint function and encourage good movement, all medication-free, something most of us definitely prefer.


Happy spring!



Jeremy Evans DC

Woodbridge Chiropractic

January is Thyroid Awareness Month and hypothyroidism is a common disorder, particularly in women.  Nutrition can play a significant role in managing the symptoms of hypothyroidism.


Two of the nutrients that are important for optimal thyroid health are zinc and selenium and seafood is particularly rich in these two nutrients. By adding prawns, crab meat or scallops to this soup you can really increase the levels of these nutrients.



Southern Indian Rice and Seafood Soup


This is a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s book Jamies Dinners

When I make it, I miss out the chilli powder as I think the fresh chillis make it hot enough but it’s up

to individual taste!

Serves 4 (Generous portions)




5 tblsp oil

3 tblsp brown mustard seeds

A handful of fresh curry leaves

2tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp garam masala or curry powder

1 ½ tsp chilli powder

2 tsp turmeric

3 red chillis deseeded and finely chopped

2 large thumb sized pieces of fresh ginger, peeled and grated.

6 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped

2 onions, peeled and finely chopped

2 handfuls of basmati rice

1 pint water

600g fish cut into 5 -8cm chunks

2 X 400ml tins of coconut milk

Salt and pepper

Juice of 2 limes

A handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped (optional)

3 tblsp freshly grated coconut (optional)





Get yourself a big pan and heat up your oil, then add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, cumin seeds, garam masala, chilli powder and turmeric. Cook for a few minutes and you’ll get the most amazing smells filling the room from all these spices. Then add the chillies, the ginger, the garlic and the onions. Continue cooking slowly until the garlic and onions are soft. Then add the rice and the water. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Add your fish and the coconut milk with a pinch of salt. Put the lid on the pan and simmer for a further 10 minutes.

Then stir well to break up the pieces of fish. Taste and correct the seasoning with salt and pepper, then just before serving squeeze in the lime juice and stir in half the coriander.

Serve in warmed bowls, sprinkle over some freshly grated coconut and the remaining coriander leaves.


Article provided by our Nutritionist, Nicky Seabrook, and recipe from Jamie Oliver’s book, Jamies’ Dinners.



Have you thought about a WCHC voucher as a Christmas present?


You can buy one for any value, and it can be used for any therapy provided at the WCHC!


So take a look at our website, and if there is something that you think that a friend and/or family member, would like, then call or email us today on 01394 388234 or


We look forward to hearing from you.


The WCHC Team




Perk up November with a free half hour yoga session with our qualified and experienced yoga tutor Izzy Ixer!


Spend half an hour with Izzy and learn how to,

  • Improve your posture
  • Stretch and strengthen
  • Use your breath to manage anxiety and stay calm

Sessions must be booked and taken during November 2023


No obligation to book further sessions

Available to new one to one clients at the centre and those returning after a break

Wear loose, comfortable clothing – yoga mat provided


Izzy Ixer MCMI

Coach and British Wheel of Yoga Teacher

Blue Pebble Coaching


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Reiki (Pronounced Ray-Key)


Some people of heard of it but not  always completely sure what it is and how it may help.


It is an energy treatment that creates a space of stillness and balance, it is great for anyone going through an upheaval, upset or change in life’s circumstances.


Donna our therapist is a Reiki Master with 20 years experience.


The great thing is, unlike massage, you get to keep your clothes on and lay on a couch whilst Donna starts by placing her hands around your head and then continues with hand placements over the body (covering major organs like the Liver and Kidneys with respect and consent. Some people may experience a warming, supportive and nurturing feeling.


Our body’s are always doing their best for us even in times of illness and Reiki is an amazing, gentle and nurturing way of supporting the body’s innate ability to always try to balance and heal (homeostasis)


Donna is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and alternate Saturdays


Sessions are 60mins and cost £51


To book please text or whatsapp Donna on 07732406038 or Call the Centre 01394388234






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