There have been huge and exciting changes that I am looking forward to sharing with you. This is not a newsletter or spam, this is a notice for change in private practice that will directly affect your care and your personal information in the near future.
In May of this year, I started to experience odd sensations in my body that were difficult to find answers to. By July, after visiting my doctor, I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma (commonly known as skin cancer). This came as a huge shock to my system; how could I have spent all this time as a healer and not know what was happening within my own body? How could I not have prevented this? As you can imagine, I spiraled into a den of questions, fear, and depression.
I took two weeks off from practicing in order to set my head on straight and see what my options were. The results from the specialist were extremely promising, as I was graced to not have it spread into my lymph or blood stream. What separated me from uncertainty and freedom was a single surgery to remove a portion of my body.
Why am I disclosing all of this? I made an oath to myself 3 years ago to lead by example and by my experience. That if my experience can help others, I will share it.
My surgery was August 25 and it was 100% successful and freed my body from a state of cancer. The problem, that brings us together in this email, is that it left my mind, body, and spirit fractured. Shortly after the surgery and the state of shock my body was left in, I knew very quickly that I was to be sent on a journey of healing that did not involve Edmonton, nor did it involve Alberta. If you can see this trend in my email, it also no longer involved me as your healing practitioner. I chose to leave practice and to leave Alberta and move to the Sunshine Coast for my recovery and new chapter of life.
This broke my heart, as no matter what was happening in my life, my treatment space working with clients was the one place that allowed me to be “at home”. My life as a practitioner and healer became part of my identity. To let this go has been (and will continue to be) a journey for me.
Here’s where it gets exciting for you.
When I was first diagnosed, I was left in an emotional tailspin and really unsure who I could talk to. For whatever reason, I didn’t want anyone to know. Spending so much of my life being closed off to sharing how I personally felt (especially when I was in the thick of it), I found myself sitting across from Josée Collins.
Her neutral, welcoming, and fun presence allowed me to crack wide open moments after she asked me, “How can I help you today?”. I was always a backseat patient – guiding practitioners how to help my body, never fully allowing all the help and receiving it. Josée was the person I had been seeking for over a year and a half.
I knew 3 years ago that one day I would be passing my practice onto someone else. However, I am such a perfectionist with high standards as to how my clients are to be cared for, I didn’t think there would be someone who would fit this calling…yet when Josée held me energetically in the palm of her hand, used her incredible intuition, and allowed me to be 100% everything I needed to be – crying, silent, angry, relaxed, laughing, all in 90min…I knew it was her that would be the safe container needed to come in and continue to guide you on the next chapters of your journey.
So here we are at our crossing point. My duties as your practitioner extend to me letting you know that your physical chart (where all your treatment information is) will be passed onto Josée Collins. If you wish to decline this, you can, and it will remain in my care for 7 years since the last time you had treatment, and then it will be destroyed.
My recommendation is to allow this transfer to Josée, as you will be able to contact her with ease as she resides and practices in Edmonton. Please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org within 7 days of this email if you wish to decline the transfer of your file.
It has been a pleasure, a journey, and a heartfelt honor to be chosen as your guide and as your healer.
Now let me introduce you to Josee Collins and how to book with her!
Traditional Chinese Medicine found me while searching for a natural remedy to anxiety. Reluctantly, I attended a yoga and acupuncture workshop at a local studio after a friend had raved about acupuncture’s relaxing effects.
Immediately following the treatment, I felt an immense sense of balance, peace and ease. Finally, acupuncture had provided me the space for deep relaxation of my body, mind and spirit. So much so, that I immediately knew this was my calling. In addition to acupuncture, I also dove into Subconscious Imprinting. This modality has given me the ability to dive deep into the subconscious in order to find self-limiting belief systems, stagnant emotions, repressed memories, etc… which create disharmony everywhere; the mind, the body, behaviour, habits, work, etc. Acupuncture and Subconscious Imprinting Technique together have given me the tools to treat and support the whole being.
I was always seeking more…and this led to me developing an extremely strong intuition. Growing up, I always felt like an outsider. Whether it be in my family, or my community- I was different than the rest. Having a deep connection with an unnamed force just didn’t fit the bill in a French-Catholic surrounding, where appearances bore more weight than reality. I found myself going inward in search for truth.
As my loved ones became consumed by addictions in an attempt to self-soothe, I dedicated myself to breaking generational patterns and serving my community holistically.
I love spending my spare time reading, figure skating, various creative outlets and most of all meditation. The practice of slowing down, connecting with my breath and surrendering to the moment has impacted my life so profoundly. It’s provided me with an incredibly deep sense of connection to myself, my practice, and others.
With having said all of this, I know what it feels like to not belong. I get what it’s like to wonder if pain (emotional or physical) will ever go away. Those moments can be devastating, and by going inward is where you can find the truth of who you are. I’m excited to continue helping you along your journey by shooting straight with Acupuncture-SIT combination treatments.
For those of you who have seen Vanessa in person in the last 24 months, please book follow up appointments (no initial bookings necessary).
Here’s where to find me! I’m located in the same location Vanessa left off!
by Reveal Wellness at #202D 7718-104st Edmonton.
You can book online with me here (for Acupuncture, S.I.T, and virtual S.I.T):
You can also follow me on Instagram @joseecollins