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Emma Rance, Piercer & Owner of Isha Body Jewellery, is a member of the United Kingdom Association of Professional Piercers (UKAPP). She is Dorset's first and only UKAPP Member thus demonstrating high levels of safe working practises in body piercing and implant grade jewellery.

Pre-booking Checks

There are some medical conditions/medications that can be affected by a piercing or subsequent healing. Some may also hinder or cause the healing to be problematic.  These include Diabetes, Epilepsy, Haemophilia, Heart Conditions, blood thinning medication, Pregnancy or Breastfeeding.  Please contact us in advance to check, to save any disappointment on the day.  In most cases, we can provide a letter for your Doctor to complete to bring to the appointment.

The minimum age for all piercings is 18 years.  However, we will pierce minors for the following piercings with the consent of a legal Parental or Guardian:

Ear Lobes - 8 years+ (with a legal Parent/Guardian)

Cartilage (Ear & Nostril), Facial Piercings & Navel - 16 years+ (with a legal Parent/Guardian)

Tongue, Nipple, Dermal, Surface, Intimate Area - 18 years+

Yes! We ask that all clients (and the legal Parent/Guardian if the client is under 18) bring Government issued photo ID to verify age and identity.  This can be a Passport, Drivers Licence or CitizenCard. We are not able to perform a piercing without this identification.

In the case of piercings on a minor, the legal parent/guardian will be required to bring a Marriage Certificate to demonstrate their previous surname if their current name does not match that of their child.  Legal paperwork will also be required if the minor is in foster care.

We will ask to see your Government issued photo ID and you will need to complete a consent form and answer questions on your medical health.  We are legally required to keep this as a record of the procedure.  You will also receive a copy.

Browse some of the beautiful jewellery available to purchase here.  These lines are lifetime guaranteed, certified as safe and approved by the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) and made with the highest quality materials.  They all boast a mirror-finish polish which enhances the speed of healing compared to other standard jewellery available.  There is no better industry-assured implant grade gold or titanium jewellery.  View our collections of Anatometal, Neometal, Industrial Strength, Auris, LeRoi and Junipurr.  To save any disappointment, contact us to secure your piece before the day of your piercing.  

Bookings are typically by appointment only to prevent disappointment and to guarantee a time.  A prepayment is required to secure your time slot.  We recommend booking well in advance if you are only available on Saturdays - these are our most popular days and fill up quickly!  Our booking system allows clients to book two months in advance.


Your body must heal itself before it can heal a piercing.  We recommend waiting at least three months after childbirth if you are bottle feeding your baby or three months after you have stopped breastfeeding. 

We strongly recommend waiting until after all augmentation and healing is over and seeking the advice from your surgeon before booking a piercing.

Plan your piercing appointment – wait until after the holiday! We do not recommend submerging the healing piercing in shared pools or seawater as this can risk infection or cause other problems.

On the day

Please ensure you have eaten a good meal within the four hours before the appointment. This will ensure good sugar levels and a smooth recovery if you are particularly nervous.

Avoid caffeine 1-2 hours before your appointment.  Caffeine stresses the body and can heighten sensitivity. 

Get a good night’s sleep to ensure you are well rested. Fatigue, stress and hangovers can make you more sensitive on the day!

Optimum health is important- if you are poorly or under the weather, your body will struggle to heal a piercing.

Personal hygiene is important – please ensure you are showered particularly if the piercing is below the neck.

Wear loose clothing to avoid trauma to your new piercing.

Bear in mind that the skin preparation used prior to piercing will remove nearby facial makeup. We advise avoiding the use of foundation or face powder on the day.  This must also be avoided close to the piercing throughout healing.

If you usually shave in the piercing area, do so before you arrive. It may prove a little difficult to shave once the piercing is in.

The sensation of being pierced is subjective - it depends on the client's state of mind, fatigue, health, and their level of comfort/ease with the process.  All piercings are felt - but it's never as bad as most people anticipate!

Body piercing is a quick process and Emma will strive to ensure her clients are put at ease.  This is an important part of the experience and can make the whole journey far more pleasant.  

Unless the client is aged under 18, chaperones are not  permitted. This is to assist with social distancing and to provide 100% client focus throughout the appointment. 

Please do not bring young children into the studio – it is not a safe environment and the Piercer will prefer to remain 100% focused on the client. Children do not always create a relaxing environment.  If the client is aged 8-17, only one consenting parent/legal guardian is permitted.

About Isha

The Isha Body Jewellery Instagram and Facebook pages are adorned with recent images of Emma's portfolio and all training certificates are displayed for viewing in the shop and Studio.  Additional images of her work can be viewed in the gallery.  For more information on her background in piercing click here

Emma ensures annual training in emergency first aid, mental health first aid, bloodborne pathogens and piercing procedures.  Emma is a Member of the UK Association of Professional Piercers (UKAPP) and attends their conference to keep abreast of new changes in industry practice and legislation.  To date, Emma is the first and only UKAPP Member in Dorset!

The Studio is located within Isha Body Jewellery shop at 13 Antelope Walk, Dorchester, Dorset. DT1 1BE.  Google can help with directions in this mapat the bottom of the page.  

The piercing procedure is performed using aseptic techniques.  All piercing implements used are single-use and disposed of after use. This is for your reassurance and to prevent any possible chance of cross-contamination.

No!  These methods are outdated, unhygienic and use blunt-force trauma to pierce tissue.  Our practises follow those of the UKAPP and the Piercees Bill of Rights below:


To be pierced in a hygienic environment by a clean, conscientious, sober Piercer wearing a fresh pair of disposable medical examination gloves.

To be pierced with a brand new, completely sterilised single-use needle that is immediately disposed of in a medical sharps container after use on one piercing.

To be touched only with freshly sterilised and appropriate implements, properly used and disposed of or re-sterilised (where appropriate) in an autoclave prior to use on anyone else.

To know that piercing guns are NEVER appropriate and are often dangerous when used on anything — including earlobes.

To the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their Piercer knows and practices the very highest standards of sterilisation and hygiene.

To have a knowledgeable Piercer evaluate and discuss appropriate piercings and jewellery for her/his individual anatomy and lifestyle.

To be fully informed of all risks and possible complications involved in his/her piercing choice before making any decisions.

To seek and receive a second opinion either from another Piercer within the studio or from another studio.

To have initial piercings fitted with jewellery of appropriate size, material, design, and construction to best promote healing. Gold-plated, gold-filled or sterling silver jewellery is never appropriate for any new or unhealed piercing.

To see pictures, be given a tour of the piercing studio, and to have all questions fully and politely answered before making or following through on any decision.

To be fully informed about proper aftercare, both verbally and in writing, and to have continuing access to the Piercer for assistance throughout the healing process.

To be treated with respect, sensitivity and knowledge regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, health status or piercing choice.

To change her/his mind, halt the procedure and leave at any point if the situation seems uncomfortable or improper.

Sadly not.  The shop is fully accessible but the studio is up a single flight of stairs.  As directed by the Council Piercing Licence and UKAPP Membership, piercings and jewellery upgrades are only permitted upstairs in the Studio.  

There is a private waiting area for your discretion adjacent to the Piercing Studio upstairs.


If you are no longer able to attend, you are able to reschedule your booking from the link found within your booking confirmation email or text.  If you cancel within 48 hours of the booking, or do not show up for your appointment, there is a Cancellation Fee - the service prepayment made at the time of booking.  Cancellations are costly to us as we are not able to fill the gap left by cancelled appointments.

We understand that occasionally there may be exceptional circumstances and you may not be able to attend your appointment. Where this is the case, we ask that you call us on 01305 266434 as soon as possible to reschedule your appointment. 

On the rare occasion the Piercer is off sick or cannot work, we may have to reschedule your appointment.  Where this is the case, you will be notified via the booking app and/or over the phone.  You will also be offered a full refund if the rescheduled bookings are not suitable.

If you arrive at your appointment and are under the influence of drink or drugs or are abusive to our staff, your booking will be cancelled and you will be charged a cancellation fee.

After the Booking

This is extremely important to follow to ensure a happy healing piercing and prevent irritation, allergy or worse, infection.  We only recommend NeilMed Sterile Saline Spray on skin piercings and this is available in-store or online.  Read our advice here.  It is important to follow our guidelines. This aftercare advice has been tried and tested for over 20 years of body piercing and mirror that of the globally recognised Association of Professional Piercers

We will give you aftercare advice verbally and in writing at the time of your appointment. NeilMed Piercing Aftercare Spray will be given out within the free aftercare pack and available to purchase in the Studio.  If you have any queries on this at all, please contact us.