Meet our Acupuncturists
A local boy who has returned after a decade away to open his own practice, Ken Lau has a multifaceted understanding of the body. Having studied a pre-medicine curriculum at University of California, San Diego he then began to veer towards complimentary and alternative health sciences. This was due to his his black belt training in Shorinji Kempo (2006), he found his niche as his healing touch could be combined with his diagnostic skill as an herbalist and acupuncturist.
Rediscovering his family roots in Chinese Medicine particularly has been a fruitful experience as he is able to harness the herbal knowledge from both sides of his family. He also frequently visits his grandfather, who leads a tai chi group in San Francisco’s Golden Gate part every morning.
Ken’s clinical experience is focused on the nervous system. When the ‘nervous system’ of eastern medicine is off-balance it can result in varied diseases ranging anywhere form pain to digestive disorders and especially stress/anxiety. Having treated patients with acupuncture since 2011, he still seeks to further refine his understanding by studying with a master of acupuncture who founded the Oakland School of Acupuncture (ACCHS) in the 80’s.
Ken seeks to further unify western medical understanding to the philosophy of eastern medicine with its comprehensive generalities of the body. Having worked in a hospital setting he was able to combine modalities as physical therapists and acupuncturists work side by side on post-stroke patients limited mobility.
Herbal medicine and nutrition also have an overlap. A former nutritional advisor for Whole Foods Market, Ken understands the crossover between anti-inflammatory foods and that of the ‘cooling energetics’ of herbalism. In spring 2016, he began his own clinic Evolution Trainers.
Yoshiko Sakai – L.Ac, CMT
Yoshiko’s passion is helping people who are willing to be better but who are struggling.
Yoshiko started her career as Shiatsu (Japanese traditional massage) therapist while she was attending acupuncture school in Japan. She treated many acute and chronic injury condition by Shiatsu massage that contributed to establish her unique acupuncture treatment style.
Also Yoshiko studied Japanese acupuncture called meridian therapy under Japanese master teachers. A meridian is like a body map running through entire the body. Meridian therapy is regulating this body map for smooth energy flow all over the body.
With her 20 years’ experience of treating a wide variety of injuries and conditions, Yoshiko has developed her own style which is a combination of acupuncture and Shiatsu-massage that is effective to reduce not only tightness and pain but boosting up the energy.
Shiatsu is a type of deep tissue massage that enables to apply deeper pressure precisely to targeted muscles without damaging other tissues and open up the body. She also combines a variety type of moxibustion which is oriental herbal heat therapy to increase blood circulation and boost up a natural body’s healing ability. Her unique combination style elicits a synergetic effect to regulate the body map and integrate the outside and the inside of the body.
She believes muscular-skeletal and internal organs system are closely related and affecting each other. This combination enables to treat a huge range of muscular- skeletal problems but also internal problems such as digestive disorder or allergy.
One of the signature of Japanese acupuncture is using very fine needles. Also an insertion is very shallow. Although her needling is gentle and shallow, it works very well.
“It is too early for giving up what you love to do because of pain. I will support you to be able to do what you want.”
To set up an appointment contact Yoshiko at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website www.ysakai.com
- California State Acupuncture License since 2010
- California Certified Massage Therapist since 2011
- Japanese National License of Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Anma, Shiatsu Massage since 1998