Meet Our Redmond Acupuncturists
In Washington, acupuncturists are classified as “East Asian Medicine Practitioners.” Our practitioners use the tools of Chinese Medicine to design a customized treatment plan for each patient. This may include: acupuncture, breathing and relaxation techniques, bodywork and massage, cupping, hot/cold therapy or Qigong, plus dietary advice and Chinese herbs to support the patient’s healing.
Communication between practitioner and patient is essential to achieve the desired results from each course of treatment.
Ramsey was born and raised in New Orleans and is a graduate of the Atlanta School of Massage, member of Psi Chi, the international honor society for Psychologists and a lifetime member of Mensa whose experience in bodywork spans three decades. Swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu, neuromuscular therapy, tuina, and reiki are some of the tools that reside in his professional toolbox. What gloriously binds the elements of his toolbox is his lifelong philosophy of, “embrace life one individual (patient) at a time while expanding general knowledge in the world.” This growing of general knowledge should never overshadow the individual with whom you are interacting but rather be used to create genuine empathy, compassion, healing and love.
Ramsey’s love for science, medicine, philosophy, consciousness studies, theological studies, sports, martial arts, spiritual studies and practices have led him to many interesting places and experiences around the world including Bastyr University, where he has completed his Masters of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture (MSAOM) and is currently enrolled in the DAOM program.
In my training, I’ve had the opportunities to work with many practitioners. These practitioners not only varied in their specialties, but also in their application of the medicine. The commonality among these practitioners, as well as the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is that a harmonious and balanced environment promotes health. Our body is a unique and intelligent system, able to signal changes when it is out of balance. When we are aware of these signals, it is easier to maintain a harmonious and healthy life. This is reflected in my love for nature. In observing nature, my external environment, I’m reminded to maintain the well-being of my internal environment. This not only includes my physical body, but my mental and emotional nature as well. This fundamental and holistic aspect of the medicine, is what I work with to promote the health of my patients.
For those who are not familiar with acupuncture and have never experienced it before, I often hear a nervousness in relation to needles. I just want to reassure them that these are not typical, large, phlebotomy type of needles. Acupuncture needles are much, much smaller, comparable to a strand of hair or slightly thicker, and operate differently. Therefore, the sensation of an acupuncture needle is much more different. The other thing I often hear is that people aren’t sure what conditions acupuncture is suited for. Acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of ailments: pain, insomnia, fatigue, digestive issues, stress, just to name a few. In addition to treating the physical, mental and emotional ailments can be addressed as well, such as anxiety and depression.
What I would like to convey is that acupuncture not only addresses temporary issues, but can be use long-term for maintaining health. I will address whatever current condition my patients present me with. Over time, I would like to look into the different aspects of my patients’ health, addressing the physical, mental, and emotional. This truly applies the holistic aspect of the medicine, and thus, promote optimal health.