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Physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates, Acupuncture, Rehabilitation

& Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture



Health Professions Council PH 75003

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy 078602


The only wealth, is health

Highly experienced & knowledgeable, Annika is focused on improving the health, function & well-being of each individual client.  She has worked alongside London's top orthopaedic & sports consultants for the past 16 years, treating elite clientele from all over the world.  Annika Wellness was established to offer highly sought-after  'home visit' treatments (Hertfordshire & central London), as well as private appointments at her Harpenden AL5 clinic. 

Annika is a highly regarded physiotherapist in the industry, with a specialist focus on injury & post operative rehabilitation.  Postural correction & clinical Pilates are often incorporated into her treatments to avoid re-injury, improve core stability, balance & flexibility.   Soft tissue release & acupuncture are also offered as effective adjuncts to relieve pain, tight muscles & trigger points.

Annika further provides cosmetic facial acupuncture, having trained under the famous AcuRegen institute.  This hugely popular natural therapy targets fine lines & wrinkles, boosting the skin's natural collagen & elastin production. 

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With 16 years of combined physiotherapy experience within the NHS, private & sports sectors, Annika is able to provide a repertoire of skills to treat your musculoskeletal issue.  A comprehensive assessment will be followed by a bespoke treatment plan which may include:

  • Postural analysis & correction

  • Camera/video feedback

  • Manual therapy

  • Gentle joint manipulation

  • Therapeutic ultrasound 

  • Swelling management

  • Soft tissue release/massage 

  • Sports taping

  • Gait re-education

  • Acupuncture

  • Tailored exercise tuition/ progression



Annika is highly qualified in teaching both mat & equipment/reformer clinical Pilates.  She works closely with injured clients or those who have progressed to active recovery.  Many of her clients enjoy their sessions so much, that they continue to train with her on a weekly basis.  The wealth of Pilates health benefits include:

  • Enhanced core stability

  • Improved global strength

  • Increased flexibility

  • Improved balance 

  • Decreased stress

  • Weight loss

  • Heightened postural awareness

  • Relaxation

  • Safe rehabilitation of joint/spinal injuries



Acupuncture has been used for pain & muscle tension relief for over 2500 years.  Annika incorporates both Eastern & Western principles into her treatments, having trained with a Chinese medicine acupuncturist.

How does acupuncture work? 

The traditional Eastern Chinese method involves inserting needles along the 'meridian' lines.  The aim is to restore the flow of the 'Qi' life force energy to help promote health & overall balance.  Annika may therefore place some needles around the injury, as well as  adding in some 'complementary points' around the body, to promote energy flow.

Western medicine acupuncture principles tend to be more 'evidence based' & attribute the needle effects to a stimulation of the body’s natural ‘healing response’.  This includes:

  • A release of your natural local painkillers & endorphins in the area

  • An increase in local blood circulation

  • A change in muscle activity to relax active tight ‘trigger points’

  • A cortical response in the brain to block incoming pain signals. 

Many recent studies have been published, highlighting the benefits of acupuncture.  It is now also approved by the NICE clinical guidelines. 


Acupuncture is a very safe and relaxing treatment.  A course of treatment will vary between 6-12 sessions.  The needles stay in for 20-30 mins.  Annika only uses single use, sterile, disposable surgical steel needles.  

*Please note: Annika only offers musculoskeletal acupuncture for joint/spinal pain & muscle tension. 


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Facial acupuncture has recently become an exciting focal point in the health & dermatological industry.  The press & celebrities alike have been advocating its wide ranging benefits.  TV programmes such as '10 Years Younger' & 'How Not to Get Old'  have also ran features on its merits.  It is a completely safe & natural alternative to Botox , peels or fillers.

The benefits of facial acupuncture: 

  • Boosts skin circulation, increasing the concentration of replenishing oxygen & vital nutrients 

  • Helps skin detoxification

  • Improves lymph drainage thereby reducing facial puffiness

  • Improves facial muscle tone & dermal contraction, tightening the skin

  • Stimulates collagen & elastin production, improving fine lines & skin elasticity

  • Improves cellular regeneration to ‘fill out’ the wrinkle crease, reducing its depth

  • Diminishes dark age spots & hyperpigmentation

  • Minimises pore size

  • Helps with acne scarring

  • Brightens eyes

  • Can improve your sleep, mood & stress levels

  • Zero ‘down-time’ post treatment.  You will leave each session feeling relaxed, glowing & rejuvenated.

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As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, vascularity & hydration. Sun exposure may lead to darker skin pigmentation.  A decrease in collagen turnover & years of facial expression may lead to wrinkles, frown lines, laughter lines and deep furrows. 

Inserting these specialised needles will stimulate the skin's circulation, collagen & elastin production as part of a natural 'healing' effect in the dermal surface.  Once the needles are in place, Annika also places a 'LED' coloured light box over the face (without touching the skin).  This soft light will further encourage skin repair, collagen production, reduce inflammation & acne.


Cellular regeneration will continue working between treatments to give ongoing benefits.  It takes around 12 weeks for new cells in the deep wrinkle crevices to reach the surface after being stimulated by acupuncture.  A once weekly session over this 12 week 'cell-renewal cycle', will cause the to skin appear smoother, brighter, firmer & glowing. 

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At the start of  a course of treatment, Annika will discuss your personal skincare goals and map out any 'problem areas' to focus on.  As you lie and relax she will start by using a cool jade roller, to gently massage the face.  This immediately diminishes tension, puffiness, fine lines and plumps out the skin.  Around 20-50 needles will then be inserted into cleansed skin, as part of your bespoke treatment.  The LED light box will also be placed over the face, using the best colour light treatment for your skin.  

Annika only uses the highest quality, sterile, single use needles.  These tiny needles are only a few millimeters long, especially designed for facial acupuncture.  They are inserted with sterile tweezers. 

Each session will include;

  • Full consultation

  • Skin cleanse

  • Jade roller facial massage treatment 

  • Personally tailored facial acupuncture treatment 

  • LED skin rejuvenation light box treatment 

  • Hand or foot massage while the needles are in place

A course of 12 weekly treatments is recommended.  Future maintenance sessions once a month are advised.  

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 Happy client = Happy therapist 

Having broken my leg and ruptured my ACL I seriously thought I would never walk, yet alone run again.  After 2 surgeries I started intensive physio with Annika 3 times a week.  Through a combination of hands-on treatment, heaps of encouragement and sound advice, I slowly started to recover.  Six months on I am running, training with Annika in the gym and completely pain-free.  I have finally returned to normal life and am now ready for my Sprint Triathlons again! Thank you Annika!


When I first met Annika, I was in a bad way.  I had managed to prolapse a lumbar disc while moving house, leaving me hobbling around in agony.  Annika immediately put me at ease, explaining in simple terms: what had occurred and how to manage it.  She gently mobilised my spine, massaged my tight back muscles and gave me a series of exercises to regain my movement and core strength.  She also used acupuncture (despite my initial reluctance!) which really helped my pain.  I now see Annika for weekly Pilates to ensure I keep my back pain at bay.


Annika came highly recommended to me by a friend, after I noticed increased fine lines around my forehead and eyes.  I wanted to explore natural ways to restore a more youthful look without injecting Botox.  On our initial session, Annika mapped out the areas I wanted to target and inserted 45 needles to my face and neck.  I was surprised how well I tolerated it and even had a relaxing snooze under the specialist LED light...BLISS.  After only 4 sessions, friends started asking if I been for a facial or had Botox-as my skin was glowing!  I am now at session 10 & am DELIGHTED with the results. THANK YOU ANNIKA for winding back the clock a few years! : )


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APPOINTMENTS at Annikas AL5 clinic:

  • Initial consultation 1 hour £80

  • Physiotherapy 1 hour follow up £80

  • Physiotherapy 45 mins follow up £70 

  • 1:1 Mat Clinical Pilates 1 hour £50

  • Acupuncture only 45 mins £50

  • Facial Acupuncture inc. jade rolling, LED therapy £90

  • Virtual Consultation 45 mins £45


HOME VISITS in Harpenden/Herts :

All home sessions are 1 Hour duration 

  • Physiotherapy £130

  • Acupuncture only £90

  • Pilates at home £75

  • Office Ergonomic/Desk Review £100

  • Facial Acupuncture inc. jade rolling/LED therapy £135


HOME VISITS in Central London:


Initial consultation & all treatments at £185 per hr




  • Payment is required within 24 hrs of treatment, via cash or direct bank transfer.  All invoices are emailed, after each session​

  • Annika Wellness deals with privately paying client only, and does NOT bill insurance companies direct.  If you are looking to self pay then get reimbursed from your insurance provider, please check with them before

  • Annika Wellness unfortunately does not treat patients under 14 years old

  • There is a 24 hr cancellation policy, after which a full charge will incur.



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