For 16 years, Jean-Paul Thuot practiced acupuncture under the traditional North American model of one-on-one treatments that lasted roughly an hour. Something didn't feel quite right though. For one, it was expensive, which made it inaccessible for a lot of people who couldn?t afford the cost or weren?t allowed to use seashells as currency. He also felt that patients were often rushed?just as they were beginning to experience the benefits of treatment, they'd be kicked off the table to make room for the next client. Having studied for four years in Taiwan, he knew there was another way: community acupuncture.
With a team of equally skilled practitioners, he is now able to treat a wider range of patients at Stillpoint Community Acupuncture. Community acupuncture takes place in one large room, where clients relax quietly in recliners alongside other individuals undergoing treatment.
Dr. Lisa Duong of Plum Blossom Acupuncture & Herbology specializes in using traditional Chinese medicine to care for women's health and help faces look their brightest. She performs herbal therapy and practices acupuncture, which is designed to relieve a spectrum of health complaints and results in younger-looking complexions that cause clients to get carded at the movie theatre. When performing cosmetic acupuncture, Dr. Duong inserts the thin, sterile needles into points that encourage chi—or energy—to circulate throughout the face. This also promotes the circulation of blood, which shepherds nutrients and moisture to the skin.
A certified yoga teacher with a degree in Eastern therapies and bodywork from Pacific Rim College, Pernille Lund works with several healing modalities at Colibri Care Healing Arts. Her bodywork services include traditional Thai massage, Ayurvedic massage, yoga therapy, and pre- and post-natal care.
Needleless acupuncture sounds like a contradiction, but Shelly Wade does it everyday—with lasers. Of course, she's well versed in traditional acupuncture as well. Licensed through the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia, Shelly found her way to acupuncture after a car accident interrupted her competitive dancing career. Impressed by its impact on her recovery, she began studying acupuncture along with other natural therapies, such as biofeedback and reflexology, to pay forward the benefits these therapies afforded her.
Today, as owner of Island Integrative Health Clinic, Shelly does just that by combining those multiple approaches to healing. She also specializes in anti-aging treatments such as facial-rejuvenation acupuncture, giving clients an alternative to Botox and never smiling again by applying a low-level current that combats wrinkles and other signs of aging. Further services her centre offers range from massage therapy to BloodScan, a live-blood analysis that aims to identify pre-symptomatic indicators of degenerative disease. No matter the treatment, she approaches each case with a gentle, welcoming approach, believing that acupuncturists must help their patients feel comfortable so that they remain open to the healing process.
Ting-Hsia—or Tina, as her clients know her—may have been destined to practice traditional Chinese medicine. Both her mother and her father were practitioners, and they used TCM to treat Tina’s frequent illnesses when she was growing up. A weak immune system typically kept her down, but over the years, traditional Chinese medicine such as acupuncture, tui na massage, and herbal therapy gradually restored her health. This increased overall wellness may be due to traditional Chinese medicine’s ability to stimulate the body’s own self-healing properties, something she feels Western medicine currently can’t achieve.
Now a certified practitioner herself, Tina aims to escort bodies down their own paths of healing through a cadre of the same non-invasive, holistic techniques to which she was privy as a child. In order to tailor each treatment session to individual clients, each visitation starts with a consultation. After discussing the issue and answering questions such as “Will this hurt?” and “Can you make it hurt?”, she devises a treatment plan that integrates acupuncture, massage, and Chinese herbs she mixes on the premises.
The Chinese character bao refers to protection, therapy, and health care. Channelling these concepts, the staff at King Bao Wellness Center improves clients’ health and well-being with traditional Chinese techniques. During Chinese massages, hands, essential oils, or an ancient tools called Bian stones soothe muscles to help to increase circulation.
Acupuncture and reflexology treatments stimulate meridian points—the body’s energy channels—with either thin needles or manual pressure to relax and rejuvenate clients. Herbalists examine each client’s tongue and pulse to determine which herbs or patented Chinese medicines to prescribe or to reverse-engineer how many licks it took to get to the center of a tootsie pop.