Laura Kaufer

Registered
Acupuncturist

I am a dedicated Registered Acupuncturist, a passionate advocate for holistic healthcare, and an established and trusted practitioner in Stouffville and Aurora, Ontario.

My journey in Chinese Medicine has taken me around the world, and my mission is to alleviate pain, facilitate healing, and restore balance within the body.

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

What to expect from me

My Approach…

…is to show up, listen, and meet you where you are.

I will also ask about your energy level, digestion, and sleep as these provide the foundation of health, and these areas will need to be addressed for healing to occur.

The goals for the treatment are to:

  • Address any underlying imbalances, based on the initial assessment.
  • Address your current areas of concern, such as pain, tension, stress, and poor digestion.

Our overall goal of working together is a vibrant quality of life without pain and with positive mental health.

A session with me generally includes some bodywork, such as Cupping or Gua Sha. Acupressure, Tuina Massage and Moxibustion are also appropriate for non-needling approaches when a patient doesn’t prefer Acupuncture.

We all have the potential for change, and Chinese Medicine provides a depth of medicine that encourages the body to repair, heal, and achieve optimal health.

Professional Credentials:

2024 Best Acupuncture Aurora - Laura Kaufer Acupuncturist. Sessions with Laura may include Acupuncture, Cupping, Tuina Massage, Gua Sha, Moxibustion and Electrical stimulation.

Laura received her Acupuncture Diploma from Eight Branches College of Eastern Medicine in 2015 and holds a Master of Science in Nutrition from McGill University (2009).

Laura’s commitment to excellence led her to Advanced Acupuncture Training at prestigious institutions, including the Canadian Gynecology Institute of Chinese Medicine  (2019), York University (2017), and an Intensive Internship at Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, China (2016).

Laura is currently a member in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario.

HOLISTIC APPROACH

With her deep-rooted foundation in Chinese Medicine, Laura employs a holistic approach that integrates various therapeutic modalities such as Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxibustion, Tuina (Chinese medicinal massage), Gua Sha (myofascial release), and Cranial Sacral techniques. Her treatments are designed to address the root causes of health issues and promote overall well-being.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Laura embarked on a transformative journey to Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in China in 2016, where she completed an intensive internship focusing on the treatment of neurological and pain-related conditions, specifically neck and back pain, Bell’s Palsy, and stroke recovery. This international experience broadened her perspective and enriched her skills as an acupuncturist.

PATIENT FOCUS

Laura’s dedication to her patients is evident in the transformative impact of her treatments. No one treatment is the same as the next. Countless individuals have experienced relief from pain, improved mental health, and enhanced quality of life under her care.

PASSIONS & INTERESTS

Beyond her role as a practitioner, Laura is a passionate advocate for a well-rounded, active lifestyle. When she’s not in the clinic, you’ll often find her outdoors hiking, running, and paddling, as well as chasing after a little one. These experiences fuel her belief in the importance of maintaining a positive relationship with our bodies, minds, and communities.

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Chinese Medicine_Acupuncture and other modalities.  Sessions with Laura may include Acupuncture, Cupping, Tuina Massage, Gua Sha, Moxibustion and Electrical stimulation.

My Focus Areas Include…

PAIN RELIEF

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.

    Info from Evidence Based Acupuncture

    STRESS AND 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

    HEAD HEALTH

    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.

    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.

    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 the morphology and quantity of sperm.

    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. 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.

    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 “The Treatment of Menopausal Problem”, by Giovanni Maciocia

     

    OTHER AREAS INCLUDE:

    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Digestive discomfort
    • Elbow pain (tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow)
    • Insomnia/Trouble falling or staying asleep
    • Fatigue
    • Lyme Disease Support
    • Nutritional and Dietary Guidance
    • Pediatric conditions (musculoskeletal, digestive, respiratory, etc.)
    • Sciatica/Low back pain

    Let’s work together…

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

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    2024 Best Acupuncture Aurora - Laura Kaufer Acupuncturist. Sessions with Laura may include Acupuncture, Cupping, Tuina Massage, Gua Sha, Moxibustion and Electrical stimulation.

    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