Revitalizing Lotus Acupuncture and Wellness
Release, Relax, Unwind
Kelsey Ojima, MSAOM, L.Ac
Kelsey is a board-certified acupuncturist who is passionate about holistic, individualized care of everyone she treats. Having spent 7 years practicing acupuncture around the world, Kelsey brings a wealth of medical and cultural knowledge and experience to every acupuncture session.
Kelsey was first introduced to acupuncture when she was 18 years old and suffering from back pain from a car accident. When her pain went away after a series of treatments, she knew that there was something magical about acupuncture. After graduating from the University of Washington with a Bachelors in Science in Psychology, she earned her Masters in Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University, one of the top alternative medicine schools in the United States. After graduating in 2010 she participated in the externship program at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Chengdu, China. Recently, Kelsey has worked under the master healer, Dr. Ken Kobayashi in New York City.
Kelsey’s clinical experience includes working onboard major global cruise lines, such as Disney, Carnival, and Royal Caribbean. As the sole acupuncturist on each cruise ship, Kelsey was able to introduce acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine to thousands of passengers from around the world. Living in a fast-paced world led her to settle in New York, where she has been practicing in multidisciplinary settings since 2015, including collaboration with chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists. She also has experience working in a spa setting with Exhale Spa Central Park South.
Kelsey specializes in facial rejuvenation, pain management, rehabilitation, and sports medicine. She also has extensive experience treating a wide range of mental and physical health concerns, including issues related to stress, insomnia, digestion, respiration, gynecology, and fertility.
What is Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been in practice for over 3,000 years. Acupuncture focuses on the harmonious balance of the life force energy called "Qi." Qi courses throughout the body through energy pathways called meridians. Using the ancient techniques, acupuncturists are able to access the energy in one’s body and treat disruptions in the flow of Qi.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine that uses microfine needles on specific points of the body to treat various ailments. There is no medication within the needles themselves because acupuncture stimulates the body to heal itself. Few people realize that the human body has its own mechanisms for healing. Acupuncture taps into this mechanism without adding any potentially harmful medications or side effects.
How does it work?
When acupuncture needles are inserted into the skin, the nervous system treats the point as a micro-injury. This triggers the brain to release endorphins, which are your body's own natural pain killers, and also produces a feeling of calm and well-being. The acupuncture points may also includes areas of the body near a high volume of blood vessels, which stimulates circulation, oxygenation, and the excretion of toxins.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is used to treat over 100 different conditions effectively. By utilizing the body’s natural physiological processes, acupuncture can reduce inflammation, regulate hormones, boost your immune and digestive systems. It can also relax muscles, decreasing stiffness and discomfort. Common conditions that can be treated include pain in the back, neck, joints, etc. Other conditions that acupuncture can effectively treat include stress conditions, anxiety/depression, digestion disorders, insomnia, female/gynecological conditions, respiratory conditions, and chronic diseases.
Are there side effects?
Acupuncture is non-invasive, and non-medicated, which means there are minimal side effects for most individuals. Minor side effects could include dizziness or lightheadedness, feeling tired, or minor bruising. Most people will feel rejuvenated and revitalized after their treatment sessions.
Will it hurt?
Most people ask, “Does acupuncture hurt?” It actually does not hurt when getting acupuncture. The micro-fine needles are hair thin. It takes about 8-9 acupuncture needles to fit in the head of a hypodermic needle. The most that people experience is a dull ache around the base of the inserted needle, or a slight tingling feeling when the needle is inserted. Points at the extremities, like toe or finger ends, can sometimes be a little uncomfortable, but the sensation is usually brief.
FACIAL REJUVENATION ACUPUNCTURE
Each acupuncture session is tailored towards you and your concern. Individualized treatments could include just needles, electostimulus therapy, cupping, aromatherapy, tuina, gua sha, or moxa.
Do you have aging concerns? Are you looking for an alternative approach to help decrease signs of stress, fine lines, and wrinkles? Facial rejuvenation acupuncture can help reduce the signs of aging at the same time as working on a root imbalance within the body.
Do you have questions about acupuncture before you experience it? Book for a consultation with Kelsey today to get your questions answered!