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Tucson, AZ: Britta Van Dun

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Practice type: Private
Specialties: Addiction, allergies, general wellness, stress, emotional health
Styles: Japanese acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), trigger point acupuncture, intuitive healing

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
After 10 years of studying and engaging numerous therapeutic methods and healthful lifestyle practices, I experienced profound and lasting improvements after just one acupuncture session. I understood then that East Asian healing traditions offered a truly holistic approach to medicine and wellbeing. Through deep exploration of my own dis-ease and evolution, I’ve come to understand that holistic wellness evolves from holistic practices, particularly those that are accessible, easeful and effective—and Chinese medicine has proven effective for thousands of years. Acupuncture helps people heal, balance and restore at the deepest levels of body / mind / spirit. It is a gift to be a practitioner in this transformational field.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
With a background in counseling psychology, yoga, meditation, flower + gem essences and intuitive healing, I balance hands-on and energetic approaches with compassionate, interpersonal support. Maintaining health is just as, if not more important, than recovery from symptoms and relief from discomfort. In collaboration with a person’s needs and interests, I sense / see / listen deeply to help assess issues of concern and offer support by way of dietary and movement therapy, lifestyle choices, custom essence blends and breathing / meditation / insight practices. By simultaneously releasing physical patterns and uplifting habits of thought and behavior, we are empowered to realize optimal health and wellbeing at the highest level.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
Witnessing the courage of people to get well and grow and the deep learning that is inspired by this kind of connection.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
Two misconceptions stand out: 1) It’s necessarily painful. Not so. Much has to do with the method and the acupuncturist—sometimes the thinnest needles, most gently manipulated can offer profound results, 2) It’s all about needles. Much of the “healing” that takes place between client and practitioner involves trust and intention, as well as complementary therapeutics such as massage, energy work, and conversation.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
Breath-centered yoga, insight/vipassana meditation, walking, hiking and biking are my primary forms of conscious physical exercise. Cultivating quiet and spending time with good friends. Eating whole foods, cooking, and reading the works of evolved people. Music, writing, drawing, art, beading with gemstones, movies. I seek the support and guidance of intuitive healers. Breathing is my sweetest companion and I consciously watch the ever-changing landscape of thoughts, sensations, beliefs and emotions—to encourage honesty, spaciousness, and freedom.

What advice do you offer people who are searching for a good acupuncturist match?
Perhaps start by reading about a practitioner through their bio and/or testimonials online. Word of mouth is great. Ask friends, family and colleagues for referrals. If you feel comfortable, indicate the kind of support and experience you are looking for—that helps focus the search. Prepare questions to ask the practitioner before calling to gather information or before setting an appointment. Trust your instincts—do you like what you read, see, hear, sense? When you meet, notice the tone and content of the practitioners responses: do you feel heard and understood, do you feel comfortable in the environment, are there things that put you off? Communicating any discomfort, questions or hesitation to the acupuncturist is often very helpful for the practitioner and helps empower you as a person involved in your own healing. Notice how you feel during and after each treatment session—keep notes if that’s helpful for you. Effective healing can be a light, interesting, easeful, informative, interesting, encouraging, supportive and transformational experience—consider what kind of experience you’d like and allow for the possibilities.

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essenceacupuncture.com
britta@essenceacupuncture.com
(917) 519-2432
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