Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient system of health and wellness that focuses on the individual’s Qi. Qi represents the balance, energy and harmony in one’s body, and is vital to the person’s well-being. TCM includes the practices of Acupuncture, Cupping therapy, Tui’na massage, Herbs, Qi Gong, and more! Treatments are known to alleviate the pain and discomfort of a variety of health conditions.
*TCM is highly individualized and there's a different course of treatment for each person.*
Tuesday 2:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday 2:30 - 8:30 pm
As part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the practice of acupuncture includes penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles at strategic points of the body. They can then be activated through gentle and specific movements of the practitioner's hands or with electrical stimulation. Acupuncture is highly individualized and has a different course of treatment for each person.
Initial Session - 90 min. $140 + GST
A thorough health intake is required at the first session, which is why the session is longer. We will likely spend 20-30 minutes chatting about your symptoms and gaining a better understanding of your health goals. Pulse-taking and observing the tongue are part of the diagnostic process. Afterwards, there will still be plenty of time to administer your first treatment. It may include only needles, or a combination of needles, holding acupressure points, tui na massage, cupping, gua sha, and/or use of the infrared heat lamp. After the session, we will have a short debrief in which you may receive suggestions for lifestyle changes or practices to do at home. We will also discuss a treatment plan going forwards.
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Subsequent Session - 60 min. $110 + GST 90 min. $160 +GST
Following up on your initial treatment, our check-in will be a lot shorter and we won’t waste any time getting to the therapy! If you’d like to make sure there’s plenty of time for any of the auxiliary treatment methods (outside of needles), or you’d like a double treatment (some needles while face down, followed by a second round of needles while face up), you are welcome to book in a 90-minute treatment instead of the typical 60 minute follow up treatment.
R.Ac. Clara Buttemer
Clara’s fascination with Chinese Medicine began in 2017 while studying Zenthai Shiatsu; a bodywork modality involving 5 Element Theory. Wanting to look deeper, she enrolled at Pacific Rim College and completed her Diploma of Acupuncture, graduating with honours in 2021. Clara’s interest in the holistic lens of Chinese Medicine was always rooted in the desire to understand and heal her own misunderstood health issues, and now she is happy to be able to provide her knowledge and skill set to help others along their path, too.
Clara has a special interest in working with menstruation and fertility concerns, digestive disturbances, emotional health, and chronic illness related to trauma. She also has special training in working with pregnant women, and experience with pain conditions. Clara provides a non-judgmental inclusive space and is LGBTQ+ friendly.