Relax, recharge and rejuvenate your life force with acupuncture
“Where there is no movement, there is pain. Where there is movement, there is not pain.” Lau Zhu
Alicia (Lee) Araujo
I was born in South Africa and moved to Australia in 2000. I’ve always been interested in natural medicine and was drawn to Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture after my Husband’s cancer journey. When he was safely in remission, I commenced my 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at Endeavour College of Natural Health in Perth.
I have a passion for helping clients achieve optimal health and well-being through TCM. I’m a kind and patient practitioner with good listening skills and clients often comment on how just being able to talk about their condition makes them feel better.
My TCM toolbox includes acupuncture, electro acupuncture, patented herbs, cupping, gua sha (also known as scraping), moxibustion, Shonishin and diet advice to provide a holistic approach to treat the root cause of health problems rather than just the symptoms.
Clinically I have assisted clients with various kinds of pain, digestive issues, mental health issues, anti-aging, and fertility issues. Having undergone IVF myself 27 years ago, I still remember the roller coaster ride and feel privileged to assist with infertility cases and IVF support.
I have a special interest in aesthetic facial treatments to reduce the signs of aging and have developed a Fusion Facial treatment combining Acupuncture, Cupping and Gua Sha with cosmeceutical products and LED treatment to provide a spa-like treatment with the benefits of Chinese Medicine to provide a holistic facial treatment. More information about Facials.
I am registered with both AHPRA and AACMA and regularly attend continuing education courses to stay up to date with the latest advances in TCM.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, doing something crafty (I’m a lefty) and walking in nature.
Other languages spoken/understood are Portuguese and Afrikaans.
I look forward to meeting you in the clinic.
May the Life Force be with you.
“Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being.”
– J. Standord
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles at specific points on the body with the aim of restoring the flow of Qi and aiding the body’s natural healing response.
Cupping stimulates and regulates the flow of Qi and Blood and is used to relax muscles, move stagnant Qi and Blood and ease pain. It is further used to release the Exterior and draw external pathogens up to the surface and out through open pores.
Moxibustion is the burning of a dried herb, Mugwort, either directly onto the skin or above the skin, to stimulate and warm specific points, meridians or areas of the body.
Gua Sha is the scraping of the skin with a tool with the intention of causing petechia. It is similar to cupping in that it is used to release the Exterior to expel pathogens. It aids in the movement of stagnant Qi and Blood and is effective with muscular skeletal problems
Tui Na is a form of physical bodywork and a subtle energy medicine that opens, releases and balances the channel sinews by stimulating points and channels on the body.
A Japanese, paediatric, needle free treatment using a tool to administer gentle strokes along meridian lines and vibrations on acupressure points to restore harmony to the body. This treatment is often referred to as “tickle therapy” by the little humans.
Chinese Herbal treatments are a form of traditional Chinese medicine that uses a combination of natural substances to promote health and treat a variety of conditions.
Patented formulas are dispensed in a convenient capsule/pill form made from high grade Chinese ingredients. All medication does not contain contraband ingredients.
Why choose me for your facial treatments?
As an acupuncturist I will typically take a holistic approach to your facial rejuvenation, considering your overall health and lifestyle habits when creating a treatment plan. This can help address underlying imbalances that may be contributing to the aging process, such as poor nutrition, stress, emotions, and lack of sleep.
Acupuncture facial mapping is a technique I use to identify the specific acupuncture points on the face that are related to various health and wellness issues. This technique is based on traditional Chinese medicine principles that view the body as a complex system of interconnected energy pathways, or meridians, that affect various organs and functions.
Acupuncture facial mapping involves examining the face to identify areas of tension, puffiness, discoloration, or other signs of imbalance that may be related to internal health issues.
Additionally, a tongue inspection and pulse reading will give me a diagnosis for your general health, and I will then use the knowledge of the meridians and acupuncture points to treat the underlying health issues during the treatment.
Please note that while this is a useful tool for me, it is not a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment and if you have health concerns, it is important to consult with your medical practitioner.
What is involved?
I wanted to add an element of pampering to my original facial with a peel and a masque and added the Environ line of products to my Fusion Facial. Environ was developed by a leading plastic surgeon and has received multiple awards in cosmeceutical excellence.
Their Vitamin step up range was created to help skin become more comfortable with increased levels of Vitamin A and other ingredients from one level to the next so the skin can be reborn and look healthy and beautiful for a lifetime.
Choosing me for your facial rejuvenation can be a good choice if you are looking for a natural, non-invasive alternative to cosmetic surgery or other invasive procedures. Acupuncture is generally considered safe and has few side effects when performed by a trained and licensed acupuncturist.
Are results guaranteed?
The simple answer is that results vary from person to person. Results are largely dependent on your lifestyle choices including environmental exposure, diet choices, stress, and genetics. This is not a quick fix program like Botox but rather building up the body’s ability to heal and nurture itself. It is never too late to start reversing the signs of aging but starting earlier does have an advantage.
What I can guarantee though is a treatment that will benefit you from the inside out.
I will advise you on the best treatment for your desired outcome and give advice based on Chinese medicine principles that can enhance your health and wellbeing.
What if I’m afraid of needles?
I can modify my treatment for you! I can do my Fusion facial with the addition of LED light therapy and then stimulate acupressure points with a tool – no needles!
Disclaimer: I can’t promise that I won’t show you how fine the needles are and hopefully reduce your fear of needles so you can experience the magic of acupuncture!
All new facial bookings require an initial consultation to gather information about general health and wellbeing to individualise the treatment for optimum results.
Facial points as well as body points are used to balance the body and restore health and wellbeing.
Ready to start on this journey with me?
The anti-aging mini facial treatment includes Acupuncture, Gua Sha, Facial Cupping and Acupressure massage with the option to include LED light therapy.
90 min /60 min
The fusion facial combines a mini facial (above) with a luxurious Environ facial. The Environ facial includes an Alginate Peel and Masque. LED light therapy is an optional extra.
120 min/90 min
This procedure involves using a pen-like device with small needles to create tiny punctures in the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.
Microneedling can be used to improve the appearance of a variety of skin concerns, such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin texture. It is also used to improve the absorption and effectiveness of topical skincare products.
(Anaesthetic cream can be applied before the treatment)
Medical needling, also known as collagen induction therapy or dermarolling, is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves the use of a small roller to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which can help to improve skin texture, firmness, and overall appearance.
(Anaesthetic cream will be applied 20 min. prior to procedure)
Time varies depending on the number of areas requiring treatment – face, neck, décolletage.
“Wellness encompasses a healthy body, a sound mind, and a tranquil spirit. Enjoy the journey as you strive for wellness..”
– Laurette Gagnon Beaulieu
Frequently Asked Questions
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is believed to work by stimulating specific points on the body known as acupuncture points or acupoints. These points are thought to be connected by pathways, or meridians, through which vital energy or life force, called Qi (pronounced “chee”), flows.
The stimulation of these points is thought to help restore balance to the flow of Qi, which in turn can help alleviate pain and improve overall health and wellness.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of health conditions, including pain, digestive disorders, respiratory disorders, menstrual and reproductive disorders, emotional disorders, and many others.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by a licensed and experienced acupuncturist.
However, as with any medical treatment, there is a risk of side effects, such as bleeding, bruising, or infection.
Are the needles sterile and reusable?
Yes, the needles are sterile. No, they are not reusable and get disposed of according the legislation.
How long does an acupuncture treatment last?
The length of an acupuncture treatment can vary depending on the individual needs of the client and the treatment plan developed by the acupuncturist.
Generally, a typical acupuncture session lasts 60 to 90 minutes.
How many acupuncture treatments are needed to see results?
The number of acupuncture treatments needed to see results can vary depending on the individual and the condition being treated.
Some people may experience relief after just one session, while others may require multiple treatments over a period of weeks or months to achieve significant improvement. It is important to discuss treatment expectations with your acupuncturist so that they can develop a personalised treatment plan for you.
Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
Some insurance plans may cover acupuncture, but coverage can vary depending on the plan and the reason for the treatment. It is important to check with your insurance provider to see if acupuncture is covered and to what extent.