Why AcuFx Acupuncture Health and Wellness Clinic?
AcuFx Health and Wellness Clinic is unique, we provide an open and holistic way of healing. We use your body and your body alone to diagnosis and treat. Everyone is one-of-a-kind and that is how you are treated. Our patients trust us for all their alternative healthcare needs. We provide treatments for those suffering from chronic illnesses, general aches and pains or for those of you who just want to feel better, younger and more alive. With the help of Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Osteopathic manipulations the body can tap into its own energy systems to heal. Stress is the cause of 99% of most diseases; if we can remove the stress in the body then the body will be happy and healthy.
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Group/Community Sessions and Private Treatments
Prices range from $50-$150
Jennifer Redding (Registered Acupuncturist R.Ac)
Is the founder and owner of AcuFx Health and Wellness Clinic. She was raised in Collingwood where she learned at an early age, that going downhill in her driveway could be a lot of fun! As a child of the mountain, sledding, skiing, and snowboarding soon became her life. Jennifer moved to British Columbia to find the mountains of her dreams, then to the freshest powder of Japan, then to New Zealand, and finally returning back to the northern hemisphere and to the Asian coastal life of beach/ island hopping for some well deserved Vitamin D. Officially ending her 10 year adventure on the Great Wall of China for a greater understanding of her true passion- Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
She began her path in alternative medicine from a very early age. Eating sprouts, drinking wheat water, and ingesting fish oils before they were even known of. She played any sport available and gained a strong understanding of the body through sport.
Jennifer is a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario and she also holds a Bachelors Degree from York University.
Jennifer’s main areas of practice are in pain management, sport related injuries, stress, neurological disorders, facial rejuvenation and infertility. Upon finishing her postgraduate studies at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia she went on to complete her full-time in-class, clinic, and licensing exam in 2012. From there she then went on to continue her studies in Beijing, China. She started her internship at the Tain Jin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, then at Long Tou Medical Clinic, and lastly at the Oriental Intercultural Medical Clinic Beijing. She also became very involved in TuiNa (Chinese Massage) for pediatrics, Food Cures, Five Element Acupuncture and Reflexology.
After China, Jennifer’s next move was to Nepal to be a part of an Acupuncture Relief Project. She worked as a volunteering primary practitioner within the only medical facility around. While meeting and exceeding her goals of treating 40 plus clients a day she also got the chance to work with the one and only mid-wife and delivering 11 babies naturally or with the help of acupuncture. Jennifer conducted treatments via a ‘Community’ style with patients sitting in chairs or laying on a mat on the floor. She was responsible for managing all aspects of the clinics resources as well as assisting in the training of interpreters, meeting with members of the community and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Living in a third world country is unpredictable, exciting, and requires a flexible approach to each day.
As a healthcare practitioner Jennifer is grateful because every day she is able to share this wonderful medicine to all. She is inspired by all the people that she has met in her life, she has striven for something more and made a commitment toward better living. In Alternative Medicine, it is a key concept to understand that everyone heals differently. She approaches her work with compassion, dedication, optimism, direction and education. Her patients are her greatest teachers and she is honored to be a part of their journey toward a more vibrant life.
Karina Lechner Anderson (BSc, RMT (r), DO(MP), M OMSc)
Graduated from the University of Guelph in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Studies.
Thereafter she studied at Sutherland Chan School and Teaching Clinic in Toronto, from which she graduated as a Registered Massage Therapist in 1991.
Karina has been a practitioner for 25 years – first as a massage therapist, and, after many advanced level / post graduate courses with the Upledger Institute (CranioSacral Therapy) and the Barral Institute (Visceral Manipulation) , she completed the 4 year program at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy (CAO) and is currently a practitioner of Osteopathic Manual Therapy (2009).
Her thesis, as required for graduation from the CAO, researched the conversion of stressors to physical (and emotional) symptomatology within our bodies (in essence – somatization).
Upon graduation from the CAO, Karina was awarded the Andrew Taylor Still Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.
Karina is a member of The Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners, the Institute of Classical Osteopathy (England),the International Alliance of Health Care Practitioners.
Karina welcomes patients of all ages to her practice and treats, and has treated, a tremendous range of ailments.
What is community acupuncture?
Energy sharing style of acupuncture that has community embedded in it’s style. Basically, we offer group acupuncture treatments for every budget ($50). This means more people can come more often. This is the way acupuncture is traditionally practiced in Asia: many patients per hour and very little talking. Within a Community Acupuncture setting there is a collective energy field (known as “community qi”) generated by several people having treatments at once to help enhance the effects of individual treatments. Up to three people share the treatment room at a time, relaxing under blankets to the sound of soothing music. Acupuncture is effective pain relief without drugs or side effects. Acupuncture is a therapy, and works best with regular treatments—a course of a dozen treatments, given at least once a week, is often necessary for lasting effects. The soothing atmosphere within the clinic exists because all of our patients create it by relaxing together. We appreciate everyone’s presence! This kind of collective stillness is a rare and precious thing in our rushed and busy society.
History of Community Acupuncture in North America
There are now hundreds of the CA clinics around the United States, Canada and the world that are treating many thousands of patients, building communities, and providing solutions to the widespread lack of accessible and affordable health care that faces us today.
How can we keep our prices so low?
Volume. In seeing multiple patients an hour. We can do that by keeping conversation to a minimum and really focusing on the person’s ailments.
First time here?
If this is your first visit, we’ll give you a sense of how often you should come in, and you can factor that in to what you want to pay, based on a sliding scale of $40.
Trendy with good reason! Community Acupuncture is the next “big thing” in alternative medicine. With clinics popping up all over North America. It’s being integrated into all kinds of business settings, naturopaths are doing it, and even yoga studio’s are catching on.
We request that you:
Practitioner: Jennifer Redding R.Ac (Registered Acupuncturist)
$50 or less
Private Acupuncture Treatment
If you are looking for something more specific or would like to include cupping, scrapping or nutritional guidance into your treatment private sessions are available.
Price: $70 (45-60 min)
Cupping (Ba Gua):
Broadly speaking there are many types of cupping: dry, bleeding (controlled bleeding) or wet cupping- the most common. As a general rule, wet cupping provides a more "curative-treatment approach" to patient management whereas dry cupping appeals more to a "therapeutic and relaxation approach". Preference varies with practitioners and cultures. The cupping procedure commonly involves creating a small area of low air pressure next to the skin. The cups can be various shapes including balls or bells, and may range in size from 1 to 3 inches (25 to 76 mm) across the opening. Plastic and glass are the most common materials used today, replacing the horn, pottery, bronze and bamboo cups used in earlier times. The low air pressure required may be created by heating the cup up with an open flame and then placing it against the skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it contracts and draws the skin slightly inside. More recently, vacuum cups can be created with a mechanical suction pump acting through a valve located at the top of the cup. Rubber cups are also available that squeeze the air out and adapt to uneven or bony surfaces. In practice, cups are normally used only on softer tissue that can form a good seal with the edge of the cup. They may be used singly or with many to cover a larger area. They may be used by themselves or placed over an acupuncture needle. Skin can also be lubricated, allowing the cup to move across the skin slowly as a massaging technique
Depending on the specific treatment, skin marking is common after the cups are removed. This may be a simple red ring that disappears quickly. The discolouration left by the cups is normally from bringing the blood to the surface especially if dragging the cups while suctioned from one place to another to break down muscle fiber. Usually treatments are not painful.
Fire cupping involves soaking a cotton ball in 70% alcohol. The cotton is then clamped by a pair of forceps and lit via match or lighter. The flaming cotton ball is then, in one fluid motion, placed into the cup, quickly removed, and placed on the skin. By adding fire to the inside of the cup, oxygen is removed (which is of course replaced with an equal volume of carbon dioxide) and a small amount of suction is created by the air cooling down again. Massage oil may be applied to create a better seal as well as allow the cups to glide over muscle groups (e.g. trapezius, erectors, latisimus dorsi, etc.) in an act called "moving cupping". Dark circles may appear where the cups were placed, but are not the same as a bruise caused by blunt-force trauma.
Scrapping (Gua Sha)
Gua sha involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge. Skin is typically lubricated with massage oil and is scrapped traditionally with a Chinese soup spoon, or a well worn coin, or even honed animal bones, water buffalo horn, or jade. A simple metal cap with a rounded edge is commonly used today. Gua Sha releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing
The smooth edge is placed against the oiled skin surface, pressed down firmly, and then moved down the muscle or along the pathway of the acupuncture meridians along the surface of the skin, with each stroke being about 4–6 inches long.
This causes extravasation of blood from the peripheral capillaries and may result in sub-cutaneous blemishing, which usually takes 2–4 days to fade away
Thanks, Jennifer Redding B.A, R.Ac (Registered Acupuncturist)
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