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.
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.
Tone Massage Therapy's registered massage therapists strive to soothe and restore weary muscles using an array of flesh-kneading techniques. In a deep-tissue massage, nurturing hands bring strong strokes and assertive pressure to knots lurking deep within sinews and tendons, where they sow the seeds of pain, discomfort, and subcutaneous soybeans. The relaxation massage is a gentle pampering treatment set in a warm, quiet room with soft music and dimmed lights. Athletes can benefit from a sports massage, intended to alleviate stress and stiffness accumulated in soft tissues from physical activity and thinking about physical activity, enhancing future performance by increasing range of motion and muscle function. Tone's fleet of caring, professional registered massage therapists can also administer prenatal rubdowns and remedial massages based on the strategic manipulation of pressure points.
Acacia's team of expert health-care professionals treats clients to individualized, naturopathic, and alternative health care in a relaxed setting. One-hour acupuncture sessions place patients in the expert hands of Victoria Spaurel, a registered acupuncturist and Chinese-medical-theory enthusiast. Practitioners insert needles into specific pressure points and frayed stitching on clients' bodies, working to balance overall energy levels. Acupuncture therapy aims to treat a wide array of health concerns, including chronic pain, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, bipolar disorder, irritable bowel syndrome, and being filled with helium. Although it improves stress levels and cell-phone reception for many clients, therapy is not recommended for candidates with bleeding disorders or needle phobias. Patients currently taking blood thinners such as warfarin may bruise more easily during their sessions, and clients taking any kind of medication are instructed to inform their practitioners.
Essential Health Centre specializes in individualized acupuncture treatments that promote health and help alleviate aggravating aches. Corrine Warburton, a registered acupuncturist, boosts bodily morale with pin-pricking procedures that target a variety of corporeal concerns, including sports injuries, back pain, fertility, headaches, and neck pain. Treatment begins with a 15-minute health consultation and commences with the pristine placement of hair-thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body, unblocking energy and clearing out internal traffic jams. Each acupuncture session is customized to individual needs, and the resulting calm after treatment will keep bodies levitating without the use of hot-wired magic carpets.