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Laura Kaufer

ACUPUNCTURIST 

Serving York Region in Aurora and Stouffville

Image of Laura Kaufer Acupuncturist. Sessions with Laura may include Acupuncture, Cupping, Tuina Massage, Gua Sha, Moxibustion and Electrical stimulation.

Promoting bodily harmony by targeting imbalances, thereby preventing discomfort and fostering well-being.

I’m delighted to share with you what makes my practice as an acupuncturist unique and why it might be just what you’re looking for. Imagine a place where ancient wisdom and modern science come together beautifully. That’s what I offer. My approach blends the time-honored traditions of acupuncture with a modern-day understanding of nerve and muscle anatomy along with the latest published research studies.

It’s all about creating a perfect harmony between old and new.

I don’t just stick to traditional acupuncture; my practice is quite diverse. Have you ever heard of Fire Cupping, Gua sha, Acupressure, or Moxibustion? These are some of the varied techniques I use, providing both acupuncture and non-acupuncture options to cater to your unique needs.

My practice is grounded in evidence. I respect and utilize the empirical wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine, but I also bring in a contemporary perspective. This includes a thorough understanding of nerve and muscle anatomy, always staying updated with the latest research. It’s about finding that balance between what’s been known for centuries and what’s being discovered today.

If you’re looking for a practitioner who combines ancient wisdom with modern understanding, and offers a personalized, holistic approach to your wellbeing, I’d love to work with you. Let’s start this journey together!

My Focus Areas Include…

Pain Relief

A woman receiving acupuncture treatment on her back. The session may also include Cupping, Tuina massage, Gua sha, Moxibustion and Electrical stimulation.

The optimal condition of the body is the unimpeded flow of qi (also known as energy) and blood. When the circulation of one or both of these is impeded, pain results. My goal with each treatment is to improve circulation, reduce pain, and promote healing.

How does acupuncture work?

It is generally thought to be due to the following:

  • Acupuncture releases endorphins and other pain-modulators into the bloodstream.
  • Acupuncture has direct effects on the central nervous system, including regulating hormones and the physiological stress response.
  • Acupuncture modulates the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting rest, relaxation, digestion, and tissue healing.

Bodywork, such as cupping, Gua sha, and Tuina (Acupressure massage) can enhance these effects by keeping the muscles and fascial layers healthy and flexible.

Read more about “Acupuncture: An Overview of Scientific Evidence”, p10-11. Evidence-Based Acupuncture. Accessed Feb 20, 2024

Stress & Mental Health

Stress affects our mental health, mood, sleep, digestion, and relationships. It is important to address and work to manage stress in our busy, fast-moving lives. A session with me will work to relax and restore you to a zen state of mind and body providing a nervous system reset that you can take back with you into the world.

Mental and emotional health can be seen as a reflection of a (im)balance of the mind, body, and spirit. As such, I use various points in different areas on the head and body to provide a state of calming and balance to the Chinese Medicine meridians and organs. Acupuncture treatments can be very helpful in managing generalized anxiety and stress.

Read more in the article “Shen and Hun: The Psyche in Chinese Medicine”  by Giovanni Maciocia 

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Image of a woman receiving a Tuina treatment. Tuina, the Chinese medicine equivalent of therapeutic massage, resembles Shiatsu. It employs pressure at specific acupuncture points and stretching along meridian channels and fascial connections.

Head Health

headaches and post-concussion syndrome

I treat headaches and post-concussion syndrome. Step one is locating the pain and treating the corresponding meridian system. This generally helps resolve the blockage that was causing the pain. If there is brain fog, eye strain, or nausea we would work on that as well.

 

Bell’s Palsy or facial paralysis

For Bell’s Palsy or facial paralysis, acupuncture works to reinvigorate the facial nerve and improve blood circulation during the paralysis phase.

Women’s Health

Chinese medicine can support women’s health through some of life’s most dramatic transitions, specifically fertility, pregnancy, and perimenopause.

Women’s Health

FERTILITY

Regular acupuncture treatments can assist with fertility, for both parents. On average, we work together for three months to achieve optimal results. In women, we are working to promote a regular menstrual cycle with optimal blood flow to the uterus. In men, we are working to optimize morphology and quantity of sperm.

Image of a plant coming out the soil. Representing fertility.
Image of Pregnant woman's belly. The image represents Women’s Health, pregnancy and how Acupuncture can help

Women’s Health

PREGNANCY

During pregnancy, acupuncture treatments can support the womb and fetus. Sessions with me can also reduce discomforts associated with pregnancy, like nausea, fatigue, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Weeks 33-35: If the baby is presenting breech at weeks 33-35, you can count on me to help turn the baby using a moxibustion and acupuncture protocol based on an ancient and effective method. 

At week 36, we begin weekly labour preparation treatments.

There is also ‘fourth’ trimester support in the months following birth when Chinese Medicine can be used to aid recovery, treat any organ prolapse (descent of organs), and promote lactation.

Women’s Health

PERIMENOPAUSE

The menopause transition, also known as perimenopause, is the normal period through which every woman journeys.  This being said, there are accompanying symptoms that can, in some cases, dramatically affect quality of life. If this is you, it is essential that you are supported during this transition of significant hormonal changes.

Whether it is intense hot flashes, mood changes or sleep issues, acupuncture sessions can help regulate your body, your hormones, and restore balance.

Read more in the article by Giovanni Maciocia, The Treatment of Menopausal Problems and Chinese Medicine​”

 

Image of a woman experiencing a hot flash, usually related to perimenopause/menopause. Acupuncture sessions can help regulate your body, your hormones, and restore balance.

Other health conditions addressed

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Sciatica Lower back pain

Pediatric conditions

Fatigue

Insomnia

Digestive discomfort

Nutrition and diet

Lyme Disease support

Elbow pain

Where to Find Me

I currently practice out of Stouffville Natural Health Clinic (Stouffville) and Aurora Prime Physiotherapy (Aurora) in Ontario, Canada.I have also worked with Toronto AcuBirthing and West End Mamas to provide acupuncture and Chinese medicine to support pregnancy and ease the transition from pregnancy to parenthood.” portion underneath it.

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Aurora Prime Physiotherapy

372 Hollandview Trail – Unit 107

Aurora, ON L4G 0A5

Stouffville Natural Health Clinic

37 Sandiford Dr #209

Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 7X5

AURORA SCHEDULE:

Wednesdays: 12:30pm-5:30pm

Fridays: 12:30pm-5:30pm

STOUFFVILLE SCHEDULE:

Tuesdays: 12:00pm-7:00pm

Thursdays: 10:00am-2:30pm

Alternating Saturdays: 9:00am-1:30pm

Let’s work together…

…to promote bodily harmony by targeting imbalances, thereby preventing discomfort and fostering well-being.

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where to reach me

I currently practice out of Stouffville Natural Health Clinic (Stouffville) and Aurora Prime Physiotherapy (Aurora)

book an appointment today

Aurora Prime Physiotherapy

Wednesdays: 12:30pm-5:30pm

Fridays: 12:30pm-5:30pm

Stouffville Natural Health Clinic

Tuesdays: 12:00pm-7:00pm

Thursdays: 10:00am-2:30pm

Alternating Saturdays: 9:00am-1:30pm 

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