What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient holistic medicinal art from China that has been practiced for thousands of years. It involves the placement of tiny needles into specific points on the body, which elicits a therapeutic response in the brain, stimulating the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
Acupuncture Session – $75
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Important info about your acupuncture appointment, Please Note:
PLEASE ARRIVE 10 MINUTES EARLY FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT.
IF YOU ARE NOT ON TIME YOUR APPOINTMENT MAY NOT RUN ITS FULL LENGTH AS WE ARE GENERALLY BOOKED BACK TO BACK.
FOR BEST RESULTS PLEASE TRY TO AVOID CAFFEINE AROUND YOUR TREATMENT TIME AS IT INTERFERES WITH THE MECHANISM OF ACUPUNCTURE. BEING WELL HYDRATED WILL MAKE YOUR NEEDLING EXPERIENCE THAT MUCH SMOOTHER!
Meet Your Acupuncturist
Jodi graduated from Grant MacEwan’s renowned Acupuncture program in 2010. Prior to this, she had a career as an animal health technologist for several years until realizing that western medicine was not for her; she wanted a profession where she could get to the root of the problem. Acupuncture was the best and most fascinating career choice for her next healing endeavor. Since graduating, Jodi continues to pursue to the most effective and modern types of acupuncture and is an avid student of Master Tung, Abdominal Acupuncture, Auricular, and more. Passionate and dedicated to her profession, when not furthering her studies, what makes her even more amazing is that she also volunteers to help those less fortunate in the inner city. As a sensitive person herself, we appreciate that Jodi’s treatment styles are always evolving to find the most effective and gentle ways to help her patients. She can treat a wide variety of issues from pain, disease management, women’s health, PTSD, and grief support. Unsure if you want a treatment or not and not sure what to expect? Next time you’re in introduce yourself and she can walk you through what to expect and if you really want, maybe she will even try 1 needle on you!
Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture
Does acupuncture really work?
Acupuncture has been studied extensively, and there are tons of evidence based research to back it up. You could type acupuncture, insert condition here, and learn about how much research has been done on a particular disease. The World Health Organization has listed many conditions that acupuncture has been proven to help. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have helped people with conditions that Western medicine had no solutions for.
What kind of training does an acupuncturist have?
A registered acupuncturist completes a 3 year program of study, and must pass a provincial examination to receive their license. In order to renew it, they must also continue their education with several hours of courses every year to remain up to date. Registered acupuncturists have had 660-870 hours of supervised training, and thousand of hours of theory about Traditional Chinese Medicine.
What are the risks?
Acupuncturists use clean needle techniques, and use sterile one use only needles made of surgical steel, so risk of infections are extremely low. Although documented, nerve damage or organ puncture is almost unheard of. Occasionally there may be a bruise or some slight soreness at a needle site, but “side effects” of acupuncture generally involve better sleep and sense of wellbeing!
How long do the needles stay in?
The needles can remain for around 15-45 minutes, depending on your condition. Children and the elderly only require shorter treatments, whereas severe pain generally needs more time.
Do I have to have needles?
No, if you are terrified of needles, then acupuncture may not be for you, however many have changed their minds after learning more and developing trust with their acupuncturist. We have other modalities such as cupping therapy, Gua Sha, Tui Na massage, auricular and herbal therapy.
Is acupuncture painful?
When seeing a skilled practitioner, acupuncture should not be painful. There is a sharp object being inserted into your skin, so generally you can feel a small prick momentarily, sometimes followed by a little ache, but it should be minor. I use high quality and small gauge needles and gentle techniques to lessen the pain. Once the needles are in, they shouldn’t hurt anymore.
How soon can I expect results?
Many people feel better immediately after treatment. Some other don’t feel the full effect until the next day. If you have a very old chronic condition, you would likely need a few treatments before noticing improvement. Your acupuncturist should be able to give you some idea what to expect.
How does an acupuncturist diagnose me?
Registered acupuncturists are trained to examine patients in a few different ways, I use pulse, tongue and ear diagnosis to determine what conditions you have.
Review by Melanie Belley, Founder and Owner of Buddha Belly:
After testing many other acupuncturists and not having the greatest experience, I found Jodi … and boy I’m glad I did. Jodi has now been my acupuncturist for the last few years, for good reason. I`ve secretly had my fingers crossed for a while that she would come and work with me.Jodi is the kindest and MOST GENTLE acupuncturist I have ever seen. Jodi is true healer, professional, courteous and compassionate. She takes her practice very seriously and is committed to growth in her industry by always adding more trainings to her tool belt.I’m not the type to get anxiety but for some odd reason, I have always had major anxiety about my whole body hosting a plethora of needles. I couldn’t get over the fact that if I needed to get up and itch (or run away :P), I couldn’t. Nevermind the fact that the guy I was getting treatments from, was rather aggressive with his technique. This brought on full panic for me back in 2015 during a treatment somewhere else. Even though I knew how much the sessions could help, I stopped going to my previous acupuncturist.So when I met Jodi I told her my horror story and she affirmed to me that she is always very gentle, she would ease me back in and is actually able to use a technique where she is able to treat the whole body just by using the stomach. She even makes sure to check in on me. Because of this I am easily able to relax and enjoy my sessions. Now I love Acupuncture and have had really powerful results from her treatments – spiritually, physically and energetically.Jodi takes the acupuncture experience to a whole new level. I have been to many acupuncturists but Jodi and the care she provides is bar none exceptional. This isn’t a “Stick you and run onto the next patient” kind of operation. Jodi takes the time to really listen to you and what is going on with you. She genuinely cares about her patients’ wellness.