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.*
**Please note our strict 24-hour cancellation policy**
Cancellations within 24-hours prior to the scheduled appointment will be charged in full.
Tuesday 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:00 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 - 75 min. $125
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.
Subsequent Session - 60 min. $110 75 min. $140
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.
Acupressure & Tuina Massage - 60 min. $135
Experience the benefits of Acupuncture but without the needles! This nourishing, feel-good, and effective treatment combines traditional Chinese massage (Tuina) with pressure points. You can expect to release muscle tension, reduce stress, and target specific meridian/channel systems, which relate to your internal organ function. Specific injuries and health conditions can be addressed as you are supported toward your optimal health. Long strokes, percussive tapping, trigger point release, deep pressure, or lighter energetic work can be included. We may also utilize cupping (a suction technique - kind of like a reverse massage) to move more stubborn stagnations or toxins that are held in the tissue. This treatment can be covered by many extended health packages under "Acupuncture".
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.
As a go-getter with a passion for body work, Clara also gained valuable experience in the spa industry for several years while concurrently studying Acupuncture. She is delighted to extend these services at Tula, by offering spa massage options! Check them out HERE