In need of some facial rejuvenation acupuncture? Wondering if it is possible to experience the benefits of an acupuncture treatment in the privacy, safety, and comfort of your own home? We are so excited to have Jessica Parks as part of the Five Seasons team, now offering both facial rejuvenation acupuncture as well as private in-home acupuncture treatments. We love for patients to get to know their practitioners a little bit better, so we sat down for a chat with Jessica. Read on to learn more about why Jessica loves Chinese medicine and being an acupuncturist, and some relatable insights into her brilliant mind.
Q: What is your favorite aspect of being an acupuncturist?
The reason why I became an acupuncturist was to aid patients in taking an active role in their healing journey. For so many of us, we’ve spent years in the dark, feeling as though our health and wellness are out of our control. I feel so much joy when patients come into the clinic, lie down to rest, feel the burden of the outside world fall off of their shoulders and, in this held space, a window opens in their being making room for healing and change.
Q: How did you become interested in Chinese Medicine?
I spent the first 12 years of my NYC life working as a professional modern dancer and, as you can imagine, it took quite a toll on my body. Towards the end of my career, I started to have severe physical pain that I couldn’t kick. None of the things that had worked in the past- massage, focused stretching, foam rolling, pilates, etc.- were helping, and I was in a tough place. A friend and fellow dancer recommended that I visit her acupuncturist.
To be honest, I was a bit wary of needles and not too keen to go, but I was desperate. After the first session, I knew that something had changed. My physical pain was greatly decreased, but what really drew me into the medicine was the sea of change that began to occur in my life with regular treatments. I guess the best way to describe the shift is to say that I started to feel vital and well in a way that I never had before. I became much more aware of and involved in my own healing process and I knew that I wanted to help others to feel this way too.
Q: Is there another modality in addition to acupuncture you most enjoy using?
I truly love working with all of the various modalities of Chinese Medicine. Each has a proper place and time. I guess if I had to pick one, I’d say fire cupping. It works wonders on physical pain and moving stagnation in the body, is incredibly effective for respiratory issues, is beneficial for those suffering with anxiety and depression and, let’s face it, it’s really cool.
Q: What is your favorite Chinese herb and why?
I’ll let you all in on a little secret, I actually have a tattoo of a white peony flower on my left wrist.
Q: What do you like to do when not practicing Chinese Medicine?
As a New York City dweller, I’m constantly feeling the pull of nature! I love to spend time at the beach, in the mountains and in Prospect Park. When I’m not camping or hiking, you can find me on a yoga mat, creating some wild concoction in the kitchen, caring for my (too) many houseplants and hanging out with my husband and son.
Q: If you could eat one meal for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Soup! I eat soup almost every single day. Even in the summer. For me, it’s the perfect meal. And maybe some crusty bread would be a nice addition.
Q: Where is your favorite destination that you have traveled to?
Reach out to Jessica directly with any questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, click here to book an in-home acupuncture treatment, and click here to book a facial rejuvenation treatment.