This week’s muse is someone I’ve seen almost monthly (sometimes more) for the past 10+ years. It’s Jennifer Johnson, my acupuncturist. I started acupuncture over 10 years ago when I was at my wits end trying to recover from a recurring eye issue that’s usually linked to an autoimmune disorder. I was the 10% they couldn’t determine what the cause was, and I was having eye flare ups quite regularly that were forcing me to take some pretty strong steroids. I didn’t love being on the medicine, and had tried everything to prevent the flare ups from happening. And when I say everything, I mean everything. I gave up sugar for a year, went gluten free, only ate organic, did yoga 6 days a week, basically lived as clean as I could. When that still wasn’t helping, I turned to acupuncture on a whim. What did I have to lose? Well, to my surprise, it worked. It’s been the one thing that keeps me healthy, and if I do get a flare up, acupunture heals it faster than any of the medicines they give me. Jen has helped me in more ways than I can count. Not just for my eye issue, but anytime I’ve had any other ailments, she’s been able to help get me back on track. If you’ve ever wanted to try acupuncture, I can’t recommend Jen enough. So let’s learn a bit more about her!
Tell us a bit about what you do.
I have been in practice as an acupuncturist since 2003. I also teach pottery classes and have a home studio where I get to play with clay!
How did you get started? Did you study in college? Post College? Side Hustle?
After getting my degree in biochemistry, I was intending to go to medical school - instead took a break from that track and ended up studying Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
Describe a typical day
Wake up around 830-9, workout, lunch, go to work (acupuncture), meet up with friends for dinner, hang out with my husband and 4 pets (2 dogs & 2 cats) before bed.
What do you love most about what you do? least?
I love working with people one on one - getting to know them in an intimate and meaningful way. I also love teaching pottery and inspiring people to tap into and express their creativity.
Least? The business side of having my own business - accounting, marketing etc...
Common misconception about what you do?
That getting acupuncture is painful.
I can verify it’s not! It’s actually one of the most relaxing things I do. One hour and I feel like I rested for 6!
Rapid Fire Questions:
Early Riser or Night owl? - night owl for sure!!!
Caffeine asap or green juice? - green juice, my nervous system can't handle any caffeine
3 words to describe you - compassionate, intuitive, resourceful
Sweat it out or zen zone? -sweat it out
Curious? Want to try acupuncture? You can find Jen at Sattva.