This Episode Features Jillian Rifkind
Guest Location: Seattle
Jillian is an acupuncturist, herbalist, and manual therapist who received her Master’s degree from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM) in 2013. Prior to her East Asian Medical studies, she began cultivating her skill and compassion as a mental health worker, providing support for adults staying at a twenty-four hour crisis house in California. Witnessing the program’s need for psychiatric medications in order to stabilize clients, Jillian hoped to expand the tools available to her through Chinese medicine. She volunteered working for the healthy lunches program at Standing Against Global Exploitation (SAGE Project) in San Francisco and discovered the power of detoxification acupuncture, which uses ear points to harmonize the organs, stimulates endorphins to relieve pain, and nourish the system.
Jillian specializes in nutritional therapy using traditional foods and supplements, healing musculoskeletal pain through cranial sacral, myofascial release and neural manipulation, and facilitating balance within her patients. She has continued her education with the Barral Institute to study Visceral manipulation or gentle mobilization of fascia in the organs. By becoming aware of subtle pulls of the body, the practitioner can find the channels and points that will release blockages and restore flow. She also studied Ashiatsu massage using the feet as a broader tool to release fascia and improve circulation. Jillian believes that the body has a way of informing us of exactly what it needs, and learns something new with every patient.
Jillian enjoys living in Port Townsend in all of its natural beauty. She spends her free time hiking in the Olympics, training with Olympic Mountain Rescue, and volunteering with ski patrol on Hurricane Ridge.
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