Jen Bowers TCMP, R.Ac.
For more than ten years I have practiced and taught Traditional Chinese Medicine in Toronto, Ontario. This practice is Trauma Informed and all bodies positive. I work on a sliding scale to make this practice accessible to as many people as possible. TCM is a wonderful healing modality that encompasses the mind, body and spirit of a person to bring them to a place of ease and health.
I have a BA from Trent University in Gender Studies and a BSc from Dalhousie University in Biology with a focus in Parasitology. I graduated from the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto with the title TCMP and R.Ac (Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Registered Acupuncturist).
I have spent more than ten years supervising at the student clinic at Toronto People With AIDS Foundation and am passionate about allyship with LGB2TQQ+ and racialized communities.
I am currently professor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Institute of Traditional Medicine and have been teaching there for the past 10 years. I am also a clinical supervisor at Humber Collage's TCMP advanced diploma program specializing in anti-oppressive intersectional trauma informed care.
How should I prepare for my first treatment?
For your first appointment, please fill out the online intake form and the COVID 19 form as well as consent to treatment. Your first visit will be approximately an hour and a half. It will include a detailed medical history as well as your personal history. All information is completely confidential. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and footwear that is easily removed. You will not have to disrobe if you choose not to. Whatever you are comfortable with is entirely up to you. If you are easily bored or sound sensitive, a podcast, book or music may make you feel more comfortable.
What should I expect from my first session?
Some people feel the effects of a treatment right away. They may feel loose, relaxed or sleepy. Some feel energized and focused. Some people don't notice a difference until later on. Everyone's experience is valid. Some people cry, some laugh, some sing. Some drool. I consider all these results a success!
What else should I do?
Come with an open mind, and leave room for a sense of hope. TCM can help many conditions, both physical and mental. I don't want you to be my client forever, I want you to get better and move forward with your life and your intentions. Be gentle with yourself, try not to rush, and don't plan to do much with the rest of your day, if you can. Enjoy the sensation of feeling calm and relaxed.
Do you help treat terminal or chronic illness?
Absolutely. TCM is a wonderfully effective modality for people with chronic conditions or in palliative care. I work with people at all stages of their lives and in my experience acupuncture and herbs can help greatly with supporting you in life transitions. I have worked for years with people living with HIV and other chronic conditions.
What is Trauma Informed Care?
Trauma Informed Care means that your practitioner is highly attuned to your level of comfort during treatment and intake. I work with many clients with Trauma and Complex Trauma. The clinic and treatment are designed to help you feel centred and in control of your experience.
Do you treat children?
I sure do! TCM has been effectively, safely and naturally treating children for at least two thousand years. We don't believe that children are just miniature adults, and there are specific treatments developed for infants, children and teenagers. A mixture of gentle massage, gua sha, herbs, and minimal acupuncture points or acupressure can do wonders in just one session. Conditions treated include ADD and ADHD, behaviour issues, autism spectrum disorders, asthma, anxiety, Tourette's Syndrome, allergies and many more. It's also a fabulous way to treat common colds and flus.
Do you treat PTSD?
Yes indeed. In fact, most of my clients have experienced some form of trauma in their lives. TCM is a gentle way to help reintegrate people's psyches and bodies in a way that feels safe and client centred.
Do you work with people having problems with fertility?
Oh baby, do I. Over the course of my practice I have helped hundreds of babies come into this world. From pregnancy preparation, helping people prepare for IUIs or IVFs, to doing acupuncture at an IVF or IUI (in the clinic, not in the room while it's happening). I have also helped hundreds of folks, cis and trans gendered have babies - from labor preparation to turning breech births and labor inductions. I love it all.
How do Fertility and Trauma work overlap?
Ask anyone desperate to have a child - if you haven't experienced trauma before your Fertility Journey, you are bound to along the way. Invasive medical procedures, horrible clinic waiting rooms, insensitive staff, the overwhelming grief and sense of failure when you get a negative pregnancy test, these all set the stage for trauma responses.
“The natural healing force in each one of us is the greatest force in getting well”