L.Ac., M.OM. Dipl.OM.
Acupuncture, Herbs, Cupping, Tui Na Massage, Food Therapy, Tarot
Specialties: Back pain and tension, anxiety and depression, life transition support
Laconia is an empathic practitioner with a strong interest in working with clients experiencing chronic pain and illness. She is skilled at using specialized Chinese needling techniques, hands-on Tuina massage, and the archetypal language of Chinese medicine to help clients connect with and release blockages on both the physical and psycho-emotional level. In this process, practitioner and client learn to appreciate how physical and emotional crises are ways in which our being seeks rebalancing, transformation and connection to life force energy.
Laconia’s clinical approach to musculoskeletal use, tension and release, trigger points, pain, and emotional holding patterns derives from her comprehensive understanding of Chinese medicine’s spirit, organ and channel theories, as well as her eclectic experience in various mind-body-spirit disciplines including Alexander Technique, Butoh dance, Song-to-Speech voice training, Stanislavski, Suzuki and Viewpoints actor training, Shotokan karate, Thai kickboxing and yoga. Laconia enjoys working with teens, young adults, women in their menopausal years, anyone in the midst of major life transition, and people experiencing anxiety and depression. She also specializes in treating neck, shoulder, and back pain. Your back is her garden!
Before discovering Chinese medicine, Laconia performed with various theatre companies in San Francisco and earned an MFA in playwriting from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City. Acting, writing, singing and playing music have been healing outlets, as well as studies in archetypal psychotherapy, the Tarot, I Ching and Celtic runes, psycho-biology of the chakras, and Myers-Briggs and Enneagram typology. At the heart of all these practices is an integral soul wisdom, which Laconia seeks to foster in her work with each client.
Laconia is licensed with the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice and is certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude with a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN in 2014. As a staff person at Northwestern, she managed the student community clinic, Pillsbury House, and has worked at the herbal dispensary. Continuing her studies, Laconia has done advanced studies in Jungian archetypes and the overlap between emotional and physical pain related conditions.