Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny filiform needles into specific points on the body to increase energy flow and circulation. Upon insertion, the Acupuncturist manipulates the needles to stimulate the flow of energy to different areas of the body, promoting healing and improving overall circulation. In an acupuncture session, the therapist may use other techniques that they have been trained in such as moxibustion, tui na, cupping and gua sha.

Japanese Acupuncture

There are many styles of Acupuncture, and in fact many styles of Japanese Acupuncture. The style of Japanese Acupuncture performed at Bosnar Centre for Health is based on the Tradition of Master Nagano, and under the study of Kiiko Matsumoto and Tak Tsurusaki. This technique involves extensive palpation of points to determine the effectiveness of the acupuncture point and exact location. Nagano style acupuncture focusses on strengthening the body’s immune system and constitution while simultaneous addressing the main complaint. Moxibustion is a key component in this style of acupuncture.

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Cosmetic acupuncture is a treatment where many tiny filiform needles are inserted into lines and discolorations on the face, as well as regular acupuncture needles being inserted into major facial acupuncture points. During a cosmetic acupuncture treatment, clients will first receive a cleansing and rejuvenating green clay and herbal facial mask. Once the mask is removed, the face is cleansed with a green tea detoxifying and antibacterial gauze and then the facial needles are inserted. While the facial needles are in, the acupuncturist then chooses appropriate body acupuncture points to improve overall health and a sense of wellbeing. Once the needles are removed, the practitioner will apply a facial cream and perform a facial massage to improve circulation and promote relaxation. The entire session lasts 75-90 minutes, depending on the number of needles required.

Cosmetic acupuncture can treat puffiness around the eyes, improve facial muscle elasticity, reduce dark circles under the eyes, reduce or eliminate wrinkles and fine lines, reduce sagging jowls, skin becomes more delicate and fair, collagen production increases, age spots fade, acne, rosacea and broken capillaries are reduced, skin tone improves, pores tighten, lifts drooping eyelids, and the whole body feels energized, relaxed, and balanced.

Your therapist will discuss an appropriate treatment plan that works for you. Generally speaking, ten treatments are needed to obtain optimal lasting results, although it varies from 5 to about 12 sessions depending on the quality of the skin and the desired result. It is recommended that the first four to six treatments are done twice per week to ensure that the treatment lasts. Once the course of treatments is completed, it is recommended that clients repeat the session every four to six weeks for maintenance.

What to Expect

Your Acupuncturist is required to perform a detailed intake as well as prepare a diagnosis in Eastern Medical terms as well as a treatment plan for the course of treatments. Based on the treatment plan, your acupuncturist will choose acupuncture points and with consent there may be the use of a combination of modalities including moxibustion, cupping, gua sha and tui na massage or shiatsu. Your acupuncturist may require you to disrobe partially or fully, and use a draping technique sheets and blankets. Your privacy will always be respected, and you may withdraw your consent for treatment at any time.

Our Acupuncture Team


hand on chin selfieLisa Dowling graduated from the Shiatsu School of Canada with a Diploma in Shiatsu Therapy in 2001, and Acupuncture in 2007. She is a Registered Acupuncturist since 2013, and graduated with honours in both programs.

Fertility, pre, and post natal care

Upon completing her Shiatsu training, Lisa began to further her training in pre and post natal care. Currently she is actively participating in all aspects of pregnancy from conception through to post partum care. In the past ten years Lisa has been using acupuncture and shiatsu for fertility treatment, helping women improve their bodys’ function for more successful conception. Lisa also regularly uses her arsenal of tools to assist in labour preparation as well as the turning of breech presentation using moxibustion and acupuncture and other symptoms that often accompany pregnancy.

Lisa also works with couples during pregnancy for a more connected birth experience by incorporating partner massage into their experience.

Chronic and unexplainable pain

Over her 15 years in practise, Lisa has gained a wealth of insight in treating chronic and unexplainable pain. Sometimes an injury is very straightforward and can be treated very simply, and sometimes it seems that the pain just won’t go away. Or, a person simply doesn’t feel ‘well’ but have been checked out and their health is fine. This can arise from energetic imbalances in the body that are not yet detectable with medical tests, but show in with the precise assessment practices that are used in Oriental medicine. Often times symptoms that don’t seem related from a Western perspective can have a very clear connection from another viewpoint.

Julie Walsh