Next month, we are so stoked to partner with Nicole Longstaff, a local acupuncturist, to host The Poke Series- a unique combination of acupuncture and flow yoga to support you and your best health. We had a chance to chat with Nicole about what she does & why she does it:
What was your first exposure to acupuncture and how did you get into it as a career?
I was pursuing an education in dietetics when I saw a seminar on Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I was completely fascinated by the information presented which compelled me to change my course of education to follow a career in Acupuncture and holistic health. This was also my first exposure to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. That's right, I jumped headfirst into the schooling without ever having had an Acupuncture treatment. Something was pulling me in that direction and I have never looked back. Now I can combine my love of food and its natural healing abilities with the amazing process of Acupuncture and TCM.
What is one of your favourite things about what you do?
No matter how many times I see great results in clients, I am still in awe of the effects this form of therapy has on people. Some clients come in as a last resort as they have exhausted all other avenues and are left feeling defeated. I love being able to help them overcome their ailments before they turn to more drastic options. More people are becoming aware of Acupuncture and other holistic therapies and making them a part of their every day healthcare. I am proud to be a part of that movement.
With more people becoming aware of holistic therapies, what is one of the common myths you find yourself debunking about acupuncture?
One of the biggest misconceptions is that it only treats pain. Acupuncture definitely has great results with pain and muscle tension but I have also had wonderful results treating digestive disorders, auto-immune diseases, anxiety and so much more. Often regular clients enjoy coming for a relaxing “tune up” treatment to maintain their general health and wellbeing. Would you ever think that you could doze off into a needle nap with tiny pins placed throughout your body? For some clients, its the highlight of a long work week.
What are you hoping will be the biggest takeaway from the series?
Acupuncture and Yoga are so closely related in their school of thought in terms of opening different channels of the body, creating movement and space for healing. I'm excited to bring these two forms of therapy together form a different level of body intuition.