Jillian Wone has a unique style — her treatments allow a safe space for healing to unfold. She brings wisdom and experience from a 15-year career as an RMT and blends that with Cranial Sacral Therapy, and Balance Method Acupuncture. Her passion for healing and TCM is contagious. She holds space for those that need it. As a hard-working mama of two beautiful children, she also understands how important it is to balance life with happiness, health and mental clarity.
What is your morning ritual?
Snuggle with my wee ones, shower, coffee (always coffee) and the healthiest food at home we can manage.
What song gets you going for the day?
This is interesting; in the morning I prefer anything Edith Piaf and Nina Simone. In the evening? I can do the dishes about 5x faster if I’m listening to Deep Purple or TRex.
What was the moment that led to your decision to become an acupuncturist?
After five years of practicing as an RMT, I felt I wanted more tools in my treatment toolbox. I read “Web Without a Weaver” by Ted Kaptchuk and fell in love with this medicine. I deeply resonated with a focus on treating the whole person and not just their symptoms.
What is the Balance Method you practice?
Balance Method uses points primarily on the arms and legs to rebalance symptomatic areas and conditions elsewhere in the body. I’ve found it so effective that it’s my primary method now.
Earlier in my training, my husband returned from work with a sore shoulder (he’s an RMT). I found three corresponding points on his ankle to treat and the pain immediately went away and he could move his arm above his head again. He is now of the belief that I am a wizard!
I love the efficiency in which you can address deeper underlying issues such as digestion or blood pressure problems at the same time as adjusting one to three points to work on a knee sprain that happened yesterday.“
What is your philosophy on health?
That our bodies have beautiful and innate wisdom to always be balanced — and that they are self-healing. They just need the right tools.
What is your favourite dinner you like to make for your family?
Miso marinated sablefish. It’s really just mixing a paste of miso and mirin and marinating the sablefish overnight. Broil it skin side up for six minutes and then until done, skin side down. We serve it with rice and a salad dressed with just salt and toasted sesame oil. I find this to be the most universally palatable fish (read: kids WILL eat it happily! So yum.)
Who comes to see you the most for acupuncture?
I see a lot of women who are looking for help in making their periods pain-free. I also see migraine sufferers, people with chronic digestive complaints, and stubborn pain. And parents of small children — parents really need self-care, too (especially this year!) I’m also noticing that people are starting to be really affected by the cumulative stress of 2020; it’s commonly manifesting with indigestion, anxiety, and insomnia.
What types of health issues do you especially enjoy treating?
Helping regulate periods and support with gynecological conditions because there is a general lack of awareness about how these are actually problems do not need to be tolerated. Supporting and regulating digestion is empowering and can really change lives.
Share a random fact about yourself.
When I need calm, I remember a hammam in Istanbul with the call to prayer echoing through the dome — I looove to travel.
What is your favourite healthy food that you make for yourself? Or comfort food.
My favourite when I don’t have to contend with small childrens’ preferences is a twist on The Forest Floor Flatbread Pizza from the My New Roots Cookbook. I do a socca flatbread (garbanzo bean flour) with a lemony kale pesto topped with caramelized onions, and mandolined portobello mushrooms and yams, broiled. Topped with all the olive oil.
What is your favourite indulgence?
My husband has been making amaretto sours lately with a local amaretto — heavenly.
What do you do to relieve stress?
Yoga online. I use alo moves and my favourite teachers are Megan Currie and Briohny Smyth. I’ve had a pretty consistent practice for a few years now (I did yoga teacher training last year) and love the online format to work on specific skills; I’m currently working towards a confident handstand.
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