I was born on Shikoku Island, where people from all over Japan come to visit the famous 88 temples built 1250 years ago by a charismatic monk named Kouboudaishi. Because the island is a place of pilgrimage, people from Shikoku are known for their hospitality and willingness to help those in need.
Natural medicine has always been used on Shikoku. As a child I remember gathering herbs with my grandmother. She taught me how to use plants and moxa for healing. From my mother I learned shiatsu massage. Shiatsu uses acupressure points and is a healing massage. Using herbs and massage to heal ourselves and others is a part of the culture in Shikoku.
For ten years I worked as a beautician, first in Tokyo and then in other parts of Japan. I often did shiatsu for my clients because it helps the body stay young.
I came to New Zealand in 1995 and fell in love with the beautiful natural environment. I gained residency in 1997. At first I worked in a souvenir shop and later in an organic grocery.
In 2007 I began training as an acupuncturist at the New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine. I knew this was the right decision because I needed to be doing something I felt passionate about. I feel passionate about acupuncture because it is a healing profession, one which gives me an opportunity to serve others. I enjoy listening to people in order to find out how to best meet their needs. I have been doing this for most of my life, and it feels natural to be doing it now as an acupuncturist.
I love to meet new people and hear about their physical and/or mental/emotional problems. As humans we are all unique, and yet have so much in common with one another. When I treat a person it feels like I have touched an individual life; it gives me a sense of awe and respect.
As I practise acupuncture I try to integrate all that life has taught me. Likewise, in my day-to-day life I try to apply the principles of acupuncture. My knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been of great benefit to me, and has perhaps even saved my life. It gives me practical guidance for maintaining my physical, mental and emotional health. It has also made me skilled in observing myself and others. I feel honoured to be able to share my knowledge of TCM with my clients.
- Bachelor of Health Science (acupuncture) from New Zealand College of Chinese medicine
- Diploma in Acupuncture from New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine
- Member of the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists
- Approved ACC Provider