"Your body's ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe."
"What is rooted is easy to nourish. What is recent is easy to correct. What is brittle is easy to break. What is small is easy to scatter. Prevent trouble before it arises, put things in order before they exist. The tiny pine tree grows from a single sprout. The journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath your feet."
~Tao Te Ching
I began my student career over 12 years ago. After growing up in the competitive swimming community, I found myself more and more intrigued by the mind body connection. Immediately after high school, I attended Mount Royal University Continuing Education Faculty where I completed my diploma in Massage Therapy. Through my studies in massage therapy and the physical manifestations of pain, I became more and more curious about the flip side of the coin. I wanted to make the connection between mind and body. This led me back to University where I completed my Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology. It is here where I really started to learn more about Eastern traditions and philosophy through many Eastern study courses. That, in combination with my psychology studies led me to discover Traditional Chinese Medicine.
For me, choosing to study Traditional Chinese Medicine was not merely a career choice but a lifestyle choice as well. I strongly believe in the importance of holistic health, integrating many practices to address the root of the problem. I see humans and all beings as microcosms of the natural world surrounding us. Much of my practice revolves around exploring ways to align and really connect to the natural rythmns of Mother Nature.
Today, I am a practitioner of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I am a graduate of Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a member of the Alberta Governing Board of Acupuncturists (CAAA). I continue on in my pursuit of knowledge, travelling the world, learning different styles and modalities. There is an endless amount of tools within the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine and my drive lies in discovering more and finding ways to make them work for each unique individual.
My passion for Eastern philosophy as a way of life drives me in my day to day activities. Making connections with likeminded people, sparking ideas, learning, and sharing, all fuel me to be an active participant and a creative and involved practitioner.
"Seasons - particularly the transitional periods, when we go from one season to the next - factor significantly into how we feel. They can influence our physical health as well as our moods, energy levels, and sleep."
Banyan Tree Health isn't just about acupuncture and TCM confined within the realm of the "in clinic" treatment. The Banyan tree itself consists of a support tree which can sometimes die, so that the banyan becomes a "columnar tree" with a hollow central core. Old trees can spread out laterally using these prop roots to cover a wide area.
At Banyan Tree Health I believe each individual has a central core and it is paramount that a multitude of these lateral prop roots expand to maintain healthy living. These lateral branches include body, mind, and spirit. These prop roots expand through regular nurturing, using modalities such as Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese medicinal herbs, nutrition, and QiGong, to name a few. This holistic approach to health and well-being is vital to the practices provided at Banyan Tree Health.
At Banyan Tree Health Inc. I offer a range of treatments including Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Cupping, Moxabustion, Tui Na, and QiGong. Please visit my FAQ page for a list of illnesses along with wellness goals addressed through the modalities offered at Banyan Tree Health.
Banyan Tree Health Inc. is currently a home based clinic in addition to being an in-house practitioner to Corporate Calgary.