Even osteopaths need help sometimes. One of my favourite places for treatment is Toronto Acupuncture Studio (TAS).
My first experience with acupuncture was over 20 years ago. The chiropractor/craniosacral therapist I saw at the time suggested acupuncture might help my sinus congestion. I have a bit of a needle phobia, so I was nervous but also curious. I agreed and closed my eyes. A slight tingle and the needles were in place, on either side of my nose! When I got up the nerve to look, I felt like a cat with whiskers. Shockingly, I felt my sinuses drain almost immediately. That was it; I was a convert.
Since then I’ve used acupuncture to treat elbow and wrist pain (not uncommon in those of us who do bodywork) and for general immune-boosting maintenance.
A few years ago I discovered Toronto Acupuncture Studio (TAS). They helped me deal with a persistent cough, fatigue, and hot flashes. I was overdoing it at the time and was low on energy. In addition to acupuncture, they made some suggestions regarding lifestyle and diet. One of those was to stop drinking cold raw smoothies (it was late autumn) and switch to warm cooked foods. It took some time, but I was back to my usual self after about a month of regular treatments.
TAS is a member of People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) and offers a sliding scale to make treatment accessible and affordable.
Community acupuncture goes back to the roots of how acupuncture has been practiced in Asia for thousands of years – in a group setting. People lie in comfortable recliners, fully clothed in a quiet, soothing room. The community setting has many benefits: it allows you to come in as often as you need to, it’s easy for friends and family to come in together and many people find it comforting to be sharing a quiet, healing space.”
I love the community acupuncture model. It’s hard to argue with kicking back in a recliner and enjoying some restful, restorative quiet time. And I love when I run into client or friends at the studio.
From a professional perspective, I find acupuncture intriguing. Clients often tell me that what I’m treating is similar to what their acupuncturist or TCM practitioner found. The acupuncture meridians seem closely related to the myofascial chains and neurovascular connections of manual therapy. Osteopathy and acupuncture seem particularly compatible, and I highly recommend the practitioners at Toronto Acupuncture Studio.
TAS is located at 1116 College Street, just west of Dufferin.