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Portland, OR: Ellen Goldsmith

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Practice type: Private
Specialties: Back pain, general wellness, musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries, stress

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
Becoming an acupuncturist was a further step along the path of my evolution in understanding nature and our relationship becoming whole. I started out as a dancer, passionate about the body and its capacity to express the transcendent and spirit of being alive. But, along the way, my energy bottomed out. I sought the help of a Japanese shiatsu master who woke me up to myself.

I was curious and I wanted to learn. I began studying shiatsu, macrobiotics, Chinese medicine, food as medicine, and other body therapies. I was so passionate about what I was learning. I began to practice shiatsu, teach wellness to New York University students, and I taught shiatsu internationally. I began to receive acupuncture treatments, and they were enormously helpful. I kept studying and apprenticing with acupuncturists and master teachers. Practicing acupuncture was a natural evolution and way to facilitate health and healing in people.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
My capacity to facilitate people making internal connections in how they feel and sense their bodies. Acupuncture treatment can open up physical awareness—it can change the way we feel. I work with people to build upon those internal observations, no matter what they are. This awareness establishes the foundation for building health. I hold collaboration as a strong value, so when I work with people I am interested in their observations and building their resources. How do you want to feel in your body when treatment is complete? What will that be like? The power of mind is stronger than any acupuncture needle, but the needles open up the pathway for clarity, clear qi, and vital force. I can work with that opening to support each person’s unique understanding and capacity to move toward their health goals.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy helping people connect to their vitality. No matter what is wrong with us, deep down there is something intrinsically right with us. We are alive. We are breathing. We feel, and we think. Acupuncture is a marvelous modality to experience ourselves in a different way. We walk into an appointment possibly anxious, hopeful, maybe in pain, and we walk out with a renewed sense of possibility, feeling more at ease, relaxed yet energetic. Through treatment and learning new tools to improve our wellbeing, I take great joy in participating in a person’s renewal as they begin to connect to the resources they have within.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
That it is magic and does not work, or that it is magic and should work to solve one’s problem after only one or two treatments. There is also a misconception that acupuncture only works on pain and has no effect on our whole body-mind health. Acupuncture represents the physical therapeutic aspect of Chinese medicine, which includes food, herbal therapy, bodywork, and qigong. It is part of a comprehensive system that can support our connection to our vitality. When we are relieved of symptoms, we have an opportunity to create new ways of being in our lives that support our innate health and wellbeing.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I like feeling well, and there are many factors which contribute to that. Cooking whole food every single day! Dancing, biking, walking, yoga, music, laughing, connecting with the people I love, spending time with my family, meditation, and being of service. I am an extrovert and love to be with people, yet I also make time for myself—quiet time and time outside to recharge myself. And, I never ever eat junk food and I always get enough sleep.

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elleng@pearlnaturalhealth.com
(503) 230-8973
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