Red Leaf Wellness offers a variety of acupuncture, massage, nutrition, and functional medicine services in Edmonton, Alberta to treat and improve emotional health and wellness. Our whole health, functional and alternative medicine strategies are blended with the best of ancient Eastern healing and modern Western medicine to address common concerns such as stress, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and more.
Throughout history, acupuncture has been used to evaluate, diagnose, and effectively treat a wide variety of emotional health conditions such as chronic stress, anxiety, and depression. In fact, due to their prevalence emotional and psychological symptoms are some of the most widely studied in relation to acupuncture.
Commonly, emotional and psychological symptoms can be traced back to chemical or hormonal imbalances. By bringing down your stress threshold, you will have a better chance of alleviating symptoms of:
Our stress response is a natural process that helps us cope with change and immediate threats. It is caused by a series of chemical reactions that are triggered by our autonomic nervous system (ANS) – also known as the “fight-or-flight” response.
Chronic stress develops when there is a constant increase in stress hormones that are generally sustained over a long period of time. The body learns to stay in a state of stress as a protective mechanism which manifests in anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
It has been shown that the stimulation of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland impacts numerous body systems to help relieve you of chronic stress. The change in the secretion of neurotransmitters and neuro-hormones is highly significant to positively influence your brain chemistry as well as your mental wellness!
Our Emotional Health & Wellness Treatments
Controlled studies suggest that acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can offer healing modalities to help normalize stress hormone levels. They work by stimulating the conduction of electromagnetic signals connected to the chemicals that manage pain sensations.
In turn, acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural opioid system in order to reduce anxiety, promote a state of calmness, and even induce sleep.
Acupuncture for Emotional Health & Wellness
There are a large number of acupuncture points that can address symptoms of mental and emotional health concerns, including chronic stress. These vary based on the specificity of the condition.
In general, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a strong proponent of organ-emotion connections as the emotional and physical body are interconnected and strongly influence one another.
Anxiety is linked to the Spleen, Lungs, and the Heart in relation to the Kidney
The Spleen is related to obsessing and overthinking and is seen as the underlying cause of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
The Lungs are related to symptoms of grief, self-esteem issues, and the inability to let go
The Liver is related to anger, resentment, and frustration that leaves us feeling stuck
All of these imbalances can contribute to how the energy flows to the organ systems, depending on how the anxiety manifests in the body.
By looking at the emotions we feel, a direct connection to the functioning of our organs can be revealed.
Our acupuncturists at Red Leaf Wellness can determine the areas in the body that are deficient, stagnant, and in need of restoration. This will help you recognize how your emotional tendencies have manifested into your body so that you can cultivate a sense of control over your life again.
Massage Therapy for Emotional Health & Wellness
Massage therapy helps reduce some of the stress and tension that accumulates in our muscles during periods of high pressure or elevated anxiety. Besides making your body feel better, regular massage can also reduce cortisol levels, a hormone our bodies release when we feel stressed out or anxious.
Massage has also been linked with increased oxytocin levels. Oxytocin is sometimes known as the cuddle hormone because it’s commonly released when we experience human touch, usually from a loved one. However, research has shown that the human contact experienced during a massage has the same effect, helping to diminish feelings of loneliness and the sense of disconnection.
Nurture Your Emotional Wellbeing
Red Leaf Wellness is an integrative wellness clinic based in Edmonton, Alberta. We offer acupuncture and acupuncture-related services to provide highly specialized treatment for stress management, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, and other conditions that can affect your mental and emotional health.
Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is dedicated to offering unique treatment plans that can make a lasting positive impact on your overall health.
Caring for people is my passion and one of the greatest callings life has to offer. I am a seasoned Paramedic and Acupuncturist with extensive experience assisting patients as they cope with obvious and invisible injuries. I have been there for those in desperate medical, psychological or traumatic situations, delivered beautiful babies in vehicles parked along the side of the road, and administered care in such odd locations as on a domestic airliner at 30,000 feet or when flying emergency medevacs over Arabian desertscapes. I know full well how to care for those in true crisis but have also witnessed so many more whose illnesses and injuries could be traced back to their treatment of the body as a whole, whether through their diet, fitness levels, or neglect. As my career has evolved, so has my focus, which has shifted to helping a greater number of people early on to prevent minor issues from evolving into larger and costlier illnesses. In my practice I have found a niche offering by pairing these strengths in emergency care and women’s health with the respected skills and techniques from top practitioners in oriental medicine. All care is focused on returning the body, mind, and spirit to a whole.
My academic preparation closely incorporates oriental medicine with Western healthcare. My passions build on natural strengths in highly stressful complex interactions, care management, and treatment of anxiety, depression and PTSD – particularly amongst Armed Forces and Emergency Services personnel. Within North America and the Middle East I have enjoyed a long standing career as a respected clinician, clinical educator, fire and emergency medical dispatcher. I hold active licensure/registration with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA), the California Acupuncture Board, and the Alberta Herbalists Association (AHA). I am a past Board Director with the Alberta Pain Society and a present member of the CAA Competence Committee.
Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Master of Science (M.S.) – Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, cum laude, South Baylo University
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) – Holistic Science, South Baylo University
Diploma – Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic), Augustana University
RAc – Registered Acupuncturist of the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)
RH – Registered Herbalist of the Alberta Herbalists Association (AHA)
LAc – Licensed Acupuncturist of the California Acupuncture Board
Dipl.Ac – Diplomate of Acupuncture of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Dr. Abtahi is a well-respected and sought-after clinician who firmly believes that the greatest personal wealth an individual can have is good health. In his clinical practice, Seyed is known for addressing highly complex medical conditions with a gentle, empathetic, soft touch, and also for taking the time to translate into simple terms what may be going within each body system. His focus is on helping patients not only understand why discomfort and disease manifest in convoluted ways, but also in helping them develop balanced and holistic treatment plans to better guide their health journey.
Seyed is an avid life-long learner and researcher, always striving to understand the evolving intersections of classical Eastern and modern Western medicine. There is no doubt he has deep expertise in the delivery of complex care – he was a distinguished faculty member for several Universities and academic institutions in Iran, where he leveraged his graduate anesthesia and pain management studies to develop and deliver course curriculums for future generations of clinicians. He lectured widely on topics such as the pathophysiology of medical diseases, intensive care, pediatric and gynecological disorders and medical surgical needs. It was during this tenure that Seyed also discovered a natural curiosity for complementary medicine, as he was able to see the profound impacts it would have on helping people reach better levels of physical, mental and spiritual fitness.
His professional interests tend towards a broad spectrum of ailments, including chronic pain management, musculoskeletal pain, general health, digestive disorders, stress management, functional disorders, insomnia, emotional and psychological disorders, gynecological issues and auto-immune disease, among others. Seyed likes to incorporate different modalities to help his patients including acupressure, tuina (Chinese massage), gua sha, moxibustion, electro-stimulation, cupping, scalp and ear acupuncture.
Seyed holds a Master of Science degree in Anesthesia, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. He is an honors graduate of the Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture program at Reeves College and is fully qualified with the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA). He is also a certified Su Jok Acupuncturist from the International Su Jok Academy, which is a highly specialized style of Korean acupuncture with a unique focus on those treatment patterns involving the palm and foot.
Master of Science (MSc) in Anesthesia, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Nursing, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
Diploma of Acupuncture (Dipl.Ac), Reeves College
Certificate of Su Jok Acupuncture, International Su Jok Therapy Association, Su Jok Academy
Certificate CPR Level C – AED, HCP from Canadian Red Cross
RAc, College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA)
Helping people comes naturally to Michelle! As a highly skilled Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, and Advanced Care Paramedic she is widely recognized for developing unique care plans which draw on her knowledge and therapeutic touch gained across each of these specialized disciplines. Having over twenty years of combined expertise in caring for her patients, Michelle has had a front row seat to observe how stress and emotion affect the mind and body. Complementing her acupuncture services at Red Leaf Wellness, Michelle offers a variety of therapeutic and relaxation massage therapies, including pregnancy massage, myofascial release and myofascial cupping.
Michelle began her health career as a massage therapist, graduating the 2200hr Massage Program at Macewan University in 2001. Being active in competitive sport in her youth, Michelle understood the benefits of massage on sport performance, recovery and injury prevention. She subsequently branched into emergency care and became an Advanced Care Paramedic where she was able to offer a calming presence in stressful, emergent situations. Michelle has always believed that soft skills, an extra moment spent with family, or a hand to hold on the way to the hospital, can be as healing as the specific medical interventions themselves. Working as a Paramedic Michelle saw, and began to question, how it is that people differ in disease and the aging process and why the same drug benefited one person, but not the other. Her lifelong learning journey had her begin to look for these answers in the time-tested practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture, thus kicking off another quest for knowledge at MacEwan University’s Acupuncture Program.
Diploma – Acupuncture, Macewan University
Diploma – Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic), Augustana University
Certificate – Massage Therapy Grant MacEwan College
RAc, College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)
RMT, National Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC)
Dr. Yoko Masuda is a master practitioner – skilled in the rare craft of Japanese style acupuncture – where she incorporates and tailors gentle needling, moxibustion (specific deep heat), therme (heat massage) and cupping into her treatment plans. These skills, as well as her reputation for delivering tangible results, make her a sought-after provider, especially in the areas of pain management, sports injuries, orthopaedic injuries and emotional health. Yoko firmly believes that the mind and the body are intertwined in healing and she continually advocates for a healthy lifestyle alongside of the care she provides.
Yoko received her acupuncture degree in Japan and, after working at several clinics in Tokyo, she accepted a staff acupuncturist position with the world renowned Cirque du Soleil touring show. For nearly twenty years, she went on to travel the far reaches of the globe, working on several other productions, and earning the respect of an international group of artists, staff and athletes before eventually selecting Edmonton for her permanent clinical practice. As a former high school physical education teacher, and also as an alumnus of the Japanese national rhythmic gymnastics team (where she competed internationally on numerous occasions), she has amassed an impressive background in sports therapy and physical education, uniquely positioning her to address all manner of orthopedic and performance related concerns.
Outside of work, Yoko enjoys travelling, the outdoors, and spending time with her husband and two elementary-aged daughters.
Diploma of Acupuncture, Hanada College, Tokyo, Japan
RAc, College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)
In a world that is constantly moving, in which we continually push ourselves to achieve more, do more, and be more, Dr. Moynihan believes that a gentler approach with ourselves and our bodies will achieve an overall greater well-being, and that all else flows from there. Acupuncture is the modality she uses to help people explore and heal deeper issues within their bodies, opening up their capacity to truly thrive.
After working in the health and fitness industry as a Personal Fitness Trainer for many years, Dr. Moynihan bore witness to the many patterns of roadblocks that clients can face in their quest for wellness. Working closely with her clients’ bodies for years she observed the undeniable and powerful energy the body has. This insight, coupled with her innate desire to help others attain a deeper level of physical, emotional, and mental healing, led her to become a certified Reiki Practitioner, Crystal Healer and Doctor of Acupuncture.
Dr. Moynihan is widely known for her therapeutic touch, gentleness and compassionate approach. Her main treatment goal is to create an environment where all her clients feel comfortable, and have an understanding of what is occurring within their body and why. Accomplished in the art of traditional Chinese medicine, she is able to assist with a myriad of ailments and disease states such as pain management, digestion, insomnia, and anxiety. Dr. Moynihan has completed additional highly specialized, Cosmetic and Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture training from leading Oriental Medicine practitioners, and has also attained Subconscious Imprinting certification. Subconscious Imprinting Technique is one of the most effective ways to discover and remove subconscious beliefs, decisions and patterns that are negatively influencing your health, relationships, and the way you show up in your life.
Diploma of Acupuncture (Dipl.Ac) Reeves College
RAc, College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)
Addictions, Administration, Anxiety, Chronic Fatigue, Cycle Health and PMS, Digestive Health, Nutritional Coaching, Pregnancy, Stress
It’s easy to get lost in an ocean of advice concerning food. “Do this but don’t do that!”. When it comes to your health, each body is unique and requires a unique approach.
Alicia is a Certified Nutritional Consultant who used both Eastern and Western philosophy and science to create a balanced approach to health. Deciding what to eat shouldn’t be a source of stress, with the help of a Nutritional Consultant you can choose the right foods that will balance your unique constitution, and don’t worry, we don’t ever leave the flavour out of it!
Alicia’s journey to health started after years of being sick with illnesses that the doctors couldn’t help her with. She struggled with PCOS, adrenal fatigue, extreme deficiencies, brain fog, poor memory, anxiety, digestive issues, depression and was told by medical doctors that these issues were normal.
She decided to take matters into her own hands and after years of experimenting with diet, herbs, and supplements, she diminished all of her symptoms and finally felt amazing in her body.
Alicia decided to go to school for Holistic Nutrition and Herbalism so that she could make it her life’s work to help others heal the same way she did. She has ever since been successfully helping others use food and herbs as medicine!
Shannon has a background in Psychology, is certified in Holistic Nutrition, has completed her level III Reiki training, and is on her way to becoming a Registered Massage Therapist as well. She uses this combination to form a multi-disciplinary approach to help her clients achieve holistic health, with an emphasis on mental health.
Mental Health is becoming increasingly important to prioritize as stress levels and mental health concerns continue to rise. Having struggled with her own mental health in the past, she has experienced this firsthand and continues to explore and learn new ways to practice self-care. This has led to a passion for helping people in supporting their mental health, ADHD, nervous system, gut, and hormone regulation.
Shannon believes that pain and other bodily symptoms, whether it be physical or mental, has a root cause and she uses this as a guide when treating her clients. With that in mind, she found a passion in nutrition and fell in love with Reiki. She believes that it is a powerful healing practice that is beneficial to everyone, always.
Shannon’s ultimate goal is to draw from her personal experience as well as her education to offer support and make a positive impact in the wellbeing of others. By cutting through the noise of what works and what doesn’t, she is able to provide her clients with effective tools and resources to help them help themselves more efficiently, whether that be through Reiki, Nutrition, or a combination of both.
In her nutrition practice, Shannon’s plans are tailored to each client as an individual. She understands that a cookie-cutter approach to nutrition is not realistic or effective for many people, especially those with mental health concerns.
Shannon’s priority is providing a safe space for you so that you can fully relax and let go. This means your time with her will be free of judgment, and full of kindness and support. Shannon genuinely looks forward to meeting you, and to learning from each other in her sessions with you.
Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy, Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Pain, Digestive Health, Emotional Health, Movement and Energy, Neurological Health, PTSD, Qigong Somatic Movement, Respiratory Health, Somatic Movement Education, Stress, Women's Health
Manuelacreates a safe space for her clients to rest and restore. She supports the body through gentle Craniosacral touch to release held tensions and constrictions and to re-orient towards health. Bringing the system naturally back into balance and vitality.
Manuela has the gift to support her clients to come into a deeper relationship with their bodies and the Intelligence embedded in it. Her gentle approach to movement and healing touch invites relaxation, sensitivity, and energy flow. The modalities she works with; Qigong and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, deeply acknowledge our physical, mental, and emotional interconnections.
Manuela grew up in Germany where she received advanced training in Somatic Movement Therapy, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Dance, and Qigong. She taught rhythm and developmental movement classes, including workshops for early childhood educators, as well as Qigong and Somatic Movement Education for adults. Manuela knows the body from the inside out and is inspired by the healing effect of the methods she teaches. Her practice evolved over the years, blending movement skills with therapeutic techniques. These learnings have led to a more integrated, holistic approach where sensitive hands are used to discover and release nerve, tissue, and orthopedic movement restrictions and support healing from within.
Somatic Movement Therapist (SMT), Moving On Center, Oakland, USA
Royston is a registered massage therapist with a two-year advanced clinical massage therapy diploma from MaKami College. This program is the highest comprehensive massage therapy program of its kind in the province of Alberta, providing 3,000 hours of classroom and practical work experience.
Over a decade Royston has practiced various forms of meditations as well as energetic and vibrational modalities. These modalities include Jin Shin Jyutsu, Acupoint Therapy, Qi Gong, Reconnective Healing and a modality similar to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy which he coined “Bio-Dynamic Energetic Therapy”. Royston specializes in chronic pain management through the balancing of the body’s energy fields and various energy systems.
These modalities help:
People who are sensitive to touch therapies and needling, reduce anxiety, stress and depression, relieve acute and chronic pain, increase the body’s energy and body awareness, and promote better circulation and improve mental focus.
Royston is also a certified NMT (Neuromuscular Therapist) and holds level III certificates in both Usui Reiki and Reconnective Healing. With both knowledge and experience, Royston uses energy and vibrational therapies to invoke the body’s natural ability to heal, bringing back balance to your mind, body, and soul.
RMT, Registered Massage Therapist Diploma, Makami College
NMT, Neuromuscular Therapist Certificate, International Academy of Neuromuscular Therapies
Traditional Japanese Reiki (Third Degree) Certificate – Usui System of Natural Healing
RMT, Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association (CMMOTA)