From the spring of 2014 to January 2016, I worked at the Chinese Acupuncture & Herbology Clinic, the Southeast’s largest and longest-operating clinic focused on Chinese Medicine. The clinic was started in 1985 by Dr. Cissy Majebe and it currently has 8 acupuncturists on staff. I worked there for almost two years, assisting these acupuncturists in their work with patients and learning so much about East Asian healing modalities.
Shiatsu is a bodywork style that originated in Japan, but it uses the same channels, points, and meridians as the acupuncturists. I learned cupping and moxibustion in school, but at the clinic I get to put these methods into practice several times a week and expand my understanding of these treatments. My job included filling herbal orders, so I learned more about herbal medicine. Every acupuncture treatment at our clinic concludes with a 3-5 minute massage to compliment the work of the needles, so I also expanded my experience of working on all bodies, in all states of healing – from young to old, all types of abilities, including end-of-life care.
I feel grateful for the opportunity to work at the clinic and continue my education as a healer, I value the relationships I had with the doctors, the patients, and my co-workers, as we navigated healing work together. There are not many opportunities in this country (yet) to work in an environment so focused on physical, emotional, & spiritual healing through the lenses of energy, food, and herbal medicines, and I look forward to bringing that knowledge to my Mountain Zen Shiatsu clients.