Lilja Katanka is an Acupuncturist. She is fully qualified and accredited by the British Acupuncture Council.
Lilja was brought up in South London, and has had an interest in complementary and natural healthcare since she can remember. At school she was fascinated by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles and Acupuncture, and at age 14 did work experience with a practitioner of TCM herbs and acupuncture. She subsequently experienced dramatic results with acupuncture first-hand, when she was suffering from severe glandular fever as a teenager.
In an attempt to answer some of her million questions about how life works, she studied the three sciences to A-Level, and completed a BSc in Environmental Science with Agricultural Ecology, going on to work for several years in the field of sustainable development. The links between holistic sustainability and holistic health became more and more apparent through her work, and indeed Traditional Chinese Medicine has always included an awareness of man's relationship with his environment. Her scientific background, along with life and travelling experience stood her in good stead when finally embarking on the degree in TCM Acupuncture at Westminster University, which involved a great deal of western science and medicine in parallel with the principles, theory and practice of TCM.
Lilja is committed to CPD (continuing Professional Development) and further learning, and loves the fact that in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture you are always learning and gaining experience. She has post graduate training in Facial Acupuncture, having studied under Virginia Doran. Other CPD courses completed include Acupuncture for the Eyes with Julian Scott, Acupuncture for Sports Injuries with Kevin Young, Kiiko Matsumoto style Japanese acupuncture with Andy Harrop, Shonishin Japanese Paediatric Acupuncture with Stephen Birch, and the treatment of Lingering Pathogens with Will MacLean. As a BAcC member, she has also completed First Aid qualifications. Courses for 2013 include Dr Manaka's Yin Yang balancing acupuncture with Marion Fixler.
Lilja is half Icelandic, and has travelled extensively in Asia, including travel and study/work experience in China, and she is (still) trying to learn Mandarin.
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