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Hooray it’s Friday which means it’s time for 1 Woman: 10 Questions. Ever wondered how an acupuncturist would choose to relax and what makes them laugh? Wonder no more… Take it away Lilja!

Lilja from The Litte Escape, Crystal Palace on 1 Woman: 10 Questions on

Hello! I am Lilja, I am an acupuncturist and now a holistic therapy centre manager at The Little Escape in Crystal Palace South London. I am half Icelandic but born and raised in South London.

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Q1: Describe your typical day
There is no such thing…! Usually at least part of my day is spent treating people as an acupuncturist in one of my 3 clinics. I listen and talk to my clients about their issues, and let them relax with the needles in, applying other adjunctive therapies where appropriate (cupping, moxa, electro, acupressure). At the low-cost multi-bed clinic on Tuesdays I see up to 7 patients in one morning, so there is no time to rest! I love treating people though – it is so rewarding, and keeps me on my toes – you never know what you are going to get. Therefore my day might involve seeing someone for fertility, someone for hayfever, someone for back-ache, someone for insomnia and someone for migraines (and someone for something I’ve never come across before!). Each individual always has a different story and background and different stressors…. always interesting and always a challenge :)

Recently my day has also been filled with managing the Little Escape (our new therapy centre in Crystal Palace). I need to find out if there are any problems, if the receptionists are happy, the practitioners and the clients. I need to make sure everyone has everything they need, that the banking and accounts are up to date, the website and twitter and marketing, and that my list of things to do is getting done (it never shrinks!). Starting this business has been stressful and scary and a bit unexpected… but fingers crossed its heading the right way!

Q2: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given and have you followed it?

Be excellent to eachother. I try! ;)

Q3: What do you think makes a successful woman?

Same thing that makes a successful man!? Someone who is true to themselves and happy with whatever they choose to do with their opportunities.

Q4. What 3 things really make you happy and why:

3 things is not enough!

Life! Appreciating its gifts: The love of friends and family, health, learning, nature, travel, beautiful things…..

Q5: What 3 things really make you angry and why:

Deception in all its forms (lies, fakeness, insincerity), The Agro-chemical/ Pharmaceutical industries (lies, greed, misuse of power), the destruction of the NHS (tragic, tragic waste of a precious resource and symbol of a civilised society).

Spinny, Spiney Kite
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Q6: How do you relax?
Not enough at the moment! Drinks with friends, laughing, dancing, yoga, cycling, swimming, films, flying my power kite, getting massage/ acupuncture/ other treatments…

Q7: What makes you laugh?

So many things! Where to begin!? Mainly my friends I guess..? The ridiculousness of life, people who can laugh at themselves, my little nephew Sid, Spaced, Zoolander, Caitlin Moran, Eddie Izzard, Flight of the Conchords, my boyfriend Rob.. and on and on…

Q8: If you were given a time machine where and when would you travel to and why?

I’m pretty happy in the now I think! :)

Q9: If you had £10,000 to give to charity which one would you choose and why?

Too difficult..! I like Practical Action- they work in a very holistic way- creating simple engineering solutions to help people in developing countries use their energy in an efficient and more sustainable way (for getting water, ploughing land, creating light for schools.. etc). They are very people and community focussed and.. um.. practical.

Q10: If you could magically create an extra two hours in a day what would you use them for?

Having treatments! I would like facial acupuncture every month, ‘standard’ acupuncture once a week, a private yoga session every week, massage every week, and to go swimming every week too… I would glow with good health!

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If you would like to appear on 1 Woman: 10 Questions please drop me a line at michelle at mummyratesit dot co dot uk


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(2) Readers Comments

  1. Fascinating – I do miss a good acupuncture session / series. Nothing like it. Best wishes with that clinic. Loving this series, Michelle.

    • I’ve never had acupuncture and seeing as The Little Escape is just up the road I might have to give it a try. I’m hoping it does well – they have lots of interesting sounding treatments on offer. Have a good weekend Anya xxx

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