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Hamilton, Bermuda: Marshall DeCouto

Fast facts
Practice type: Private
Specialties: General wellness, infertility, menstrual conditions, stress
Styles: Auricular (ear) acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
I was looking for a new career that was more in alignment with my desire to help others and reconnect with my love of biology. During that time of searching, I had an amazing healing experience with acupuncture, which eliminated my chronic pain. As I read more about Chinese medicine and acupuncture, I realized it was a perfect fit for me as a career and a way of life. My “a-ha” moment came with the self-discovery that one’s healing occurs within, which is one of the founding principles of this practice of medicine.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
In most cases I share with my clients how to embrace a healthier lifestyle and make healthy choices. In addition to addressing their symptoms, I encourage them to explore the possible contributing factors to the dis-ease in their life. Rather than reciting off a list of what to do, I engage with my client to explore their particular world and what can be changed quickly and what is best to shift gradually. I have found that the process of change for my clients is most successful when they are able to fully integrate with the change. I share the path to health with them, rather than leading the way.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
Many people will come to an acupuncturist for pain or physical dysfunction, but underneath these complaints there is a greater potential for healing. Acupuncture and the principles of Chinese medicine offer a truly holistic way of understanding your body, mind and spirit. I love to support my clients and share their journey from a need to eliminate pain to experiencing vibrancy in their life. I learn from them as much as they learn from me. My work helping others is a wonderful, daily reminder and support for my own growth and health.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
One acupuncture treatment will cure everything! It is an expectation that has been created by how we see and address our health in modern society. The proliferation of pharmaceutical use and media advertisement has possibly distorted how health is achieved and maintained. The process of attaining health can be like peeling the layers of an onion. Each layer of dis-ease that can be shed allows us to explore what’s beneath.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
On a physical level, I love to swim and I am fortunate to live where I can do it on a regular basis. I walk to work each day and eat our homegrown vegetables whenever possible. On an energetic level, I try daily to raise my consciousness to rise above negative environments and to simplify my life and quiet my mind.

Learn more and get in touch
(441) 296-8961

3 Canal Road, Hamilton, HM09, Bermuda