Elysia Tessler

I came to acupuncture while studying western herbal medicine at Pacific Rim College 8 years ago. I received incredible treatments from students in the acupuncture program, and was introduced to the profound effect that acupuncture has on the nervous system, and the subtle but mind-blowing ways that Chinese medicine can reframe often unexplainable experiences. As I have struggled all my life with mental health, this was an incredible find. I finished the herbal medicine program, and then four years later, decided to return to Pacific Rim to study acupuncture. I graduated in December 2021 with high honours, and am now in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA) as a Registered Acupuncturist.

My formative years, in my teens and 20s, were primarily focused on theatre. This background and perspective informs a lot of who I am and how I practice. In particular, I twice studied at Canada’s National Voice Intensive (now The Moving Voice Institute), where I was introduced to practices that allow connection to the body, breath and vocal expression. These practices were transformative to my own life, and are strongly present in the work I do now.

Acupuncture has a direct and powerful impact on the nervous system, making it an incredible modality to treat such a wide variety of symptoms – from pain to anxiety to digestive complaints. It interacts with the parasympathetic nervous system (the rest and digest), and provides a pathway for sensing our bodily experience, when that ability may have been cut off through trauma and pain.

In the last few years, I came across Somatic Experiencing, a method of integrating trauma developed by Peter Levine. This was a gold mine discovery, as it brings together all the practices I have studied up until now. I will be starting my Somatic Experiencing Practitioner training in March 2023, to help clients integrate traumatic experiences, and how they have influenced pain and illness. I am also studying techniques from Alaine Duncan’s The Tao of Trauma, bringing together Somatic Experiencing and Chinese medicine, as well as trauma trainings from Acupuncturists Without Borders.

My areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Pain and injuries from traumatic events (such as automobile accidents)
  • Chronic pain, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
  • Mental health struggles, such as anxiety and depression
  • Digestive disorders and the nervous system-gut connection
  • Disordered eating, and non-diet/Health at Every Size approaches

I’m looking forward to working with you!