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The calligraphy on the wall symbolizes compassion. It’s that serenity and invitation one feels when greeted by Mary Jo Higgins in Classical Five Element Acupuncture’s new waiting room. The sweet smell of moxa, a healing herb she uses to produces calm & centering in her clients, pervades the air. The décor is simple, uncluttered, soothing. “I am delighted with my new space,” she says.
Mary Jo worked as a physical therapist before earning her Master’s in Acupuncture. “Western medicine has much to offer”, she says, “but I wanted to experience the power of Eastern medicine.” Classical Five Element Acupuncture provided what she was looking for. Here she found a holistic approach to healing, a way of restoring balance and harmony to a person’s body so it can use its natural wisdom to heal.
Mary Jo was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. She has always been an adventurer, a seeker of new vistas. As a young adult, she bicycled from St. Paul to Boston through Canada. She stayed in Boston and earned her Master’s in Physical Therapy from Boston University. She then moved to Colorado and spent twenty years working as a physical therapist in a variety of settings including hospice, acute care, rehabilitation hospitals, and home health. In 2008 she earned her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture in Louisville, Colorado. “I liked my work as a physical therapist but this practice feeds my soul. It’s what I was meant to do.”
Mary Jo feels that attending the Institute was the most transformative experience of her life. “But tough. Perhaps that’s what made it so life changing.” In addition to studying the philosophy and techniques of acupuncture, students must come to know themselves at the deepest level. “In this way, our weaknesses become our strengths,” she explains.
How did she arrive in Newport, Oregon? “I vacationed here numerous times, and felt is was a beautiful, magical place. It seemed like a perfect fit.” She loves Newport’s walking beaches, coffee shops, music, and cultural activities. Every day here is an adventure.
Mary Jo brings a unique perspective to her practice. Her knowledge of physical therapy and western medicine gives her an understanding of a person’s orientation and symptoms. The ancient practice of Classical Five Element Acupuncture guides her to treat the person on all levels of the body, mind and spirit. It works to balance the natural energies of the five elements: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. In this way, the root cause of the problem can be corrected and symptoms alleviated.
Many have benefited from Classical Five Element Acupuncture. Areas in which people have seen improvement include anxiety, depression, arthritis, high blood pressure, back and neck pain, migraines, insomnia, peri/menopause related complaints, and stress. “But Classical Five Element Acupuncture provides much more than symptom relief”, she says. “Healing is at a deep level so lasting improvements are seen in overall health and well-being.”
Mary Jo offers a free consultation to anyone interested in learning more about Classical Five Element Acupuncture. For a consultation or acupuncture appointment please call 541-961-6525. Her new office is located in the McCarthy Professional Building at 607 SW Hurbert, Suite 102, in Newport.
Mary Jo is sharing her office suite with Medical Qigong practitioner, Tara Avery and Reiki Master, Dawn Marie. Mary Jo, Tara and Dawn invite the community to attend an Open House at their new office suite on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 1-4 pm.