Dr. Samantha Jennings, Dr.TCM, R.Ac.
Samantha has been a practitioner of Oriental Medicine for over 30 years, having begun her training in 1983, first practicing acupressure, and then graduating from the Canadian College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in 1993, where she was fortunate to have trained in Classical Five Element Acupuncture, as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) including herbal training. Instructors included those from Professor J.R. Worsley’s College of Traditional Acupuncture, Lemington Spa, UK. Since then she has done post-graduate work with such notables as Lonny Jarrett (Massachusetts), Gye Bennett (Australia), and is currently a student of Dr. Jeffrey Yuen (NY). She is currently engaged in the study of plant affinities for the elements & organ systems and the use of essential oils on acupoints. Samantha is also a graduate of the Academy of Botanical Medicine: California School of Herbal Studies, as well as having completed the two-year professional training in Hakomi: Body-Centered Psychotherapy, with mentorship from Jon Eisman, Senior Hakomi Trainer.
Samantha is also a teacher in the Oriental Medicine field, and has taught as a professor at her alma mater, CCAOM, as well as Oshio College of Herbology & Chinese Medicine (Victoria, BC), Christchurch College of Chinese Medicine (Christchurch, New Zealand), and has offered continuing education classes at Pacific Rim College (Victoria), NMAHA (Santa Fe, NM), Bastyr University (Seattle) as well as privately. She developed the Five Element Acupressure program as part of the B.Sc. in Integrated Health Studies at Northern New Mexico College, Espanola, NM, where she taught both Oriental Medicine and Western Herbology & Pharmacy. In addition, Samantha began studying with Marjorie de Muynck, creator of Ohm Therapeutics™, in 1999 and is an international teacher of Sound Healing in North America & Australasia, representing Lemniscate Music & Sound Universe.
Samantha’s practice focus is Five Element spiritually-based acupuncture, acupressure and vibrational medicine, integrating the application of Sound Healing and essential oils on acupoints. She is currently engaged in the study of plant affinities for the elements & organ systems. Her practice is now in Vancouver, B.C. She continues to travel the world to study with superlative teachers.
People often ask me how I started in Oriental Medicine. Interestingly, a psychic told me I was to be doing this work when I was in my early twenties. It was my first visit to someone with this skill, and he said he could see a blue light that emanated from my hands, and had I ever considered doing acupressure. At the time, I said in a small voice “what’s that?”. Five years later, I found the cassette tape from the reading. I had forgotten his prophecy. Living on Lasqueti Island, population 250, no electricity, no paved roads and passage by foot ferry only, a man had come to our island and taught a class in acupressure. Little did I know that I was being guided to find my life’s purpose. Listening to the tape I had found while doing the dishes one day, I was so surprised, I had to rewind to hear it again. The acupressure class changed my life, as I became impassioned by Oriental Medicine. I truly believe it has been my destiny and I am so grateful to find, over thirty years later, I’m still passionate about what I do. What a privilege! I don’t know if I maintained his comment in my psyche and ‘forgot’, and was guided by that comment, or if it was destiny ~ I think possibly some of both. Regardless, the synchronicity of that statement and someone showing up to teach in such a remote environment is truly amazing to me. I took all the classes I could, became a teacher, and ultimately came to further studies ~ acupuncture and the full complement of oriental modalities. I was introduced to not only the complexity of the medicine, but also to a lifestyle that encompasses diet, Qi Gong, and Daoist philosophy, whose principles guide my work. Through the medicine, I’ve been able to embrace principles of mindfulness, unity of body/mind/spirit, and the practice of loving presence.
I call what I do “spiritually based” acupuncture. One of the ways we take care of ourselves is through the stories we tell ourselves about ‘who we are’ and ‘how the world is’. It’s the meaning that we have attached to our life experiences that shapes our current perception. Often these are core beliefs that are no longer in service to the person. In this style of acupuncture, we have the opportunity to help people re-write their story by referring to the imagery inherent in each point name that both reflects back to the person the story they tell themselves, but also offers the opportunity to perceive themselves in a more balanced way.
The Daoist view is that our natural, balanced state is one of joy and laughter, of being happy with who one is and how life is. When we are truly healthy in body, mind and spirit, we can know and express the joy of our true self. That is the intention that I hold for everyone.
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