“Hi, and welcome to Breathe Acupuncture.”

At Breathe Acupuncture you can enjoy individually tailored treatments throughout every stage of your life, be you a child, teenager or adult, female or male.

Since making my tree change from the heart of Sydney’s edgy inner west to the bucolic NSW mid north coast I’ve wrestled with what to name my new practice up here. Many long conversations and some serious soul searching finally settled me on Breathe Acupuncture. I believe names are important.

My last 27 years practicing in Sydney have seen a progressive refinement in my special interest area of women’s health (fertility and pregnancy), in fact I still run the thriving 7 day a week ‘House of Fertility & Healing’ in Sydney. However I am aware that practicing in regional centres such as Hannam Vale require a broader focus than the heaving population of Sydney permits and wanted a new name to reflect this fresh start.

Why the name “Breathe”?

Over the years as I matured as a clinician I found myself working more and more with patients helping them develop the ability to descend into deeper states of relaxation. I’ve always known that although not necessary to relieve symptoms, a more profound healing can happen with acupuncture when the patient is able to ‘melt’ into the treatment. However for a myriad of reasons many of us find it difficult to surrender in this way, whether it’s to do with fear, pain, anxiety or stress. Or sometimes it’s simply about never having learned to relax. When we experience pain, stress or anxiety we tend to hold our breath. Holding the breath creates more stress and anxiety and so the cycle continues. I can’t relax because I’m holding my breath and I can’t breathe freely because I’m feeling stressed. And all this time often unbeknown to us, the phenomenal medicine of breath awareness was right under our noses.. Acupuncture can be used to help cut this stress cycle too.

So I often find myself coaching patients to breathe during their treatments. And sometimes I need to teach them how. It makes my day to witness a patient who originally came to me riddled with tension, becoming more and more at ease in daily life learning how to utilise their new-found relaxation techniques – their posture softens, their face begins to open, their happiness levels start to rise and they feel more empowered.

Having an awareness of your breath during an acupuncture treatment also means you are more consciously present in your body and so able to better participate in your healing. Rather than something being done ‘to’ you (ie: acupuncture), you are present and working ‘with’ this healing, inviting it in, allowing, taking responsibility. I always always (said twice for emphasis!) encourage my patients to proactively participate in their healing process.

Of course, working with pregnant women as they near the big delivery day brings a whole other level of breath connection!

And yes, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be used to help address some respiratory disorders, as much as you might seek treatment for any other part of your body that is ailing. You can find a list of conditions acupuncture can treat on the Acupuncture Treatment page.

Finally I just have to add how utterly amazing acupuncture can leave you feeling. Patients often exclaim to me how fantastic they feel after a treatment. We live and breathe to feel so balanced.

See you on the table!

Ngaio Richards

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.” Thich Nhat Hanh

The Founder

Ngaio Richards, a fully qualified veteran in the field is a member of Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA), and government registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) – which by the way, since 2012 has become a legal requirement in order to practice acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Australia. Our profession is also overseen by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

“Pioneer” Introductory Package

Curious to try out some acupuncture and cost-effectively? Our “Pioneer” Introductory Package is currently available. You get an initial consultation & two follow ups treatments for $207 (a saving of $38). And if you’re in a health fund with ‘Extras’ cover you can claim back more of this cost on top of the savings as well.


Healing Room, 199 Deep Creek Rd,
Hannam Vale
By appointment only


Ngaio Richards on +61 0414 692 901