April Wood- Acupuncturist

My Experience and Approach

Practicing since 2006

I have been working as an acupuncturist for over 10years.
Nurturing Life started out in Brisbane, but has now been located in Upwey, Melbourne for the last four years. Over this time I have continued to grow my knowledge base, techniques, and skills so that I can best serve you.

Clients often say they love the Connection

round photoIt’s usually because of our conversations. I take your whole body – your whole health – seriously. I see no point in just looking at the area of your body that hurts, or is causing a problem. Understanding what’s going on for you and how you use your body is key to getting those long-term results. As a Chinese medicine practitioner I incorporate the use of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, diet, exercise and lifestyle advice making sure you get the best possible outcome in the shortest timeframe.

Understanding what’s really going on means first talking to you

Asking some questions and listening carefully. Depending on your situation, I may touch on how work or family activities may affect your health. We could discuss what you’re eating, what exercise you may enjoy. I may provide you with some information about points you can use press on, or rub when you go home to provide relief between treatments. Or I may recommend Western supplements to help.

But, for most of your session time

You get to relax on the treatment table for acupuncture. By the end of your first treatment we will have created a health plan especially for you. A manageable plan rooted in reality that suits you.

Our sessions are usually One hour.

This ensures there is plenty of time to talk through what is going to work best for your situation. It also means there’s time to just lie on the treatment table in comfort while the needles do all the work. A perfect balance, wouldn’t you say?

You can read more about what to expect in an acupuncture session here.


Completed through the  Australian College of Natural Medicine (now known as Endeavour College) completing courses at both Melbourne and Brisbane campuses:

  • Bachelor Health Science (Acupuncture) -2005
  • 2 x Advanced Diploma Health Science (Acupuncture)- 2004, 2007
  • Certificate IV Remedial Massage (Oriental Massage)- 2003
Completed through Childbirth International
  • Certified Labour Doula – 2010
  • Certified Trainer for Childbirth International- 2011
  • Diploma Childbirth Education – 2013
  • Post Partum Doula – 2014
  • Certified Breastfeeding Counsellor – 2014
I offer these services through my sister site Nurturing Life and Birth.

Registration and Memberships

Ongoing education/Seminars:

– Connected Midwifery (combining acupuncture and birth work) – 2009
– Practical Fertility Solutions – 2009
– The 8 Extra Meridians – 2009
– Active Birth – 2010
– Natural Pain Free Birth – 2010
– Creating the space – 2010
– Motivating partners – 2010
– Empty Arms- dealing with pregnancy loss – 2010
– Turning Breech babies – 2011
– Understanding and treating Menopause – 2011
– Treating Unexplained Infertility in Men and Women – 2013
– Foundations of Kiiko Matsumoto Style Acupuncture- 2013
– Five Element Acupuncture- 2014
– Advanced Kiiko Matsumoto seminar- 2014
– Paediatric ShoniShin seminar- 2015
– Integrated Synergy Therapeutics- 2016
– Psycho-Emotional Mastery- 2017