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.
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 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
Registered Japanese Acupuncturist
Julie had been a practising Massage Therapist for two years before she found her “work home” with the Bosnar Health Family over 14 years ago. She takes great pride working alongside such a wonderful group of women and Practitioners. As a Registered Massage Therapist and Registered Acupuncturist, the care and dedication to her patients shows in each and every treatment she offers. She takes a holistic approach to the body and embraces any condition that is presented to her with passion and commitment. All are welcome!
Julie spent the first 8 of her 11 years as an Acupuncturist apprenticing with her Japanese acupuncture teacher, Takamasa Tsurusaki. This helped her to discover a greater understanding of the body but the sheer depth of information was also humbling, since there is always more to learn. She loves to dive into continued training and knowledge of this practice, incorporating these teachings into her massage treatments. Combining both the external (Massage) and the internal (Acupuncture) aspects of the body makes for a perfect combination! Combination treatments yield the best results.
Julie is the proud mother of a 2 1/2 year old boy and has another on the way. Becoming a mother has pushed her to the limits but what a gift it is to bring life into this world! This culmination of experience has made her truly appreciate what the human body is capable of!
Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist
Meet Carolyn: not just your average Acupuncturist! A health and wellness enthusiast trained in the art and science of Traditional Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Carolyn is fuelled by a constant hunger for learning new techniques and approaches to incorporate into her practice. Her passion lies in developing treatments that encourage your body to heal itself. To this end she has pursued additional training in Cupping Therapy, Fascial Stretch Therapy and Functional Medicine, and continues to expand her practice while working on a Western Herbalism Diploma.
Carolyn’s training in both Eastern and Western medicine gives her the unique ability to incorporate both modern and traditional modalities in her treatments, allowing her to create treatment protocols designed to suit your individual needs from a holistic, biomedical and physiological point of view. Combining her skills as a manual therapist and Acupuncturist, Carolyn has the ability to treat a variety of conditions and patients – from athletes to those suffering from chronic debilitating conditions and pain.
With an open minded analysis, Carolyn always assesses the body from the inside out. Perhaps that kink in your neck you’ve had for 3 months isn’t your pillow, but the increased stress load at work or home. How about that persistent ache in your right shoulder – could it maybe have something to do with chronic indigestion and stomach cramps? With a hands on approach, she’ll work out those areas of tension while addressing the underlying causes. She is a firm believer in empowering and educating her clients to achieve the best and long lasting results!