Having been raised within a family of health practitioners in Sapporo, Japan, I was inspired to pursue a career in a similar field that would help promote health and wellness in my community. I chose acupuncture as my focus when I discovered how naturally effective this type of treatment was in addressing a wide variety of patient health complaints without the use of manufactured pharmaceuticals. Since graduating from Sapporo Aoba Acupuncture College in 2006, I have enjoyed a rewarding international career contributing to health and wellness of my patients.
Minako’s Treatment Focus
My general treatment focuses on enhancing natural healing powers by rebalancing your body structure and meridian lines ensuring a positive energy flow throughout the body. I have adopted a highly specialized and painless hybrid treatment technique using short and thin disposable needles. I have further developed my techniques through a blend of practices informed by VAMFIT (Verifying Affected Meridians For Immediate Treatment), Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KMS acupuncture), and Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture (YNSA).
How Minako Helps
I help my patients by following a highly specialized Japanese sensory diagnosis technique that focus on a practitioner’s learned skills and intuitive abilities in the detection of a patient’s imbalances through sight, sound, smell, and touch. I also conduct a thorough background medical history check for my patients. My treatment has been very effective in addressing back, neck, and joint pain, migraines, insomnia, low energy, depression and anxiety, hypertension, PMS among many more health complaints. I foster a relaxing and ambient setting that ensures maximum relaxation for my patients during their treatment sessions.
My interests include arts and crafts, photography, cooking, hiking, and travelling with my family.
Acupuncturist and Moxibustion Therapist, Sapporo Aoba Vocational College of Acupuncture, Moxibustion, and Judo Therapy, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.
Five Elements Acupressure Practitioner, Canadian Acupressure College, Haida Gwaii, BC, Canada
I am a member of the Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Association of Nova Scotia (ATCMANS) and pursue my education through conferences and continuing educational development workshop programs.
First Acupuncture Appointment: $160 (90 Minutes)
During the first session, Minako spends quality time to walk her patients through a medical history interview to determine the proper course of treatment. She then conducts a thorough 90-minute full body acupuncture treatment session in order to restore a patient’s meridian blockage and imbalance. This is a crucial foundational step for further treatment that will focus more on the specific health complaint. As a final step, Minako maps out a customized plan for patients focused on facilitating a timely and sustainable recovery.
Please bring or wear loose fitting cloth (ex. Camisole and gym shorts/pants).
Regular Acupuncture Appointment: $120 (60 Minutes)
During subsequent sessions, Minako will monitor her patient’s condition to determine any significant changes that may have occurred from the first session. Minako then adjusts her treatment accordingly to effectively address her patient’s main health complaint.
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