Acupuncture Services

(Including Facial Rejuvenation and TMJ Pain)

All Acupuncture services are covered under your extended health benefits.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion of “thread-like” needles along energy pathways in the body. Treatments are relaxing, effective, and painless thanks to modern technology. The ancient practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine is now the fastest growing alternative modality in North America. All needles are of the highest quality, sterilized, individually wrapped, and disposed of in a sharps container after use. Treatments are complimented by relaxation aromatherapy, spa music, and tuning forks for further relaxation. During the initial consultation, the course of treatment will be determined depending on your concerns.

Acupuncture is extremely effective for pain and stress management, digestive concerns, as well as any neurology, gynecology, respiratory and circulatory symptoms as well as skin conditions, scar therapy and Men’s health concerns.

Other techniques and services that may be included in your treatment:

Cupping (used for detox treatments and pain management)

Electric Stimulation (used for weight loss acupuncture and pain management)

Vibrational Tuning fork therapy


Motor/Trigger point therapy (used for facial rejuvenation and pain management)

Pricing – for more information on prices click here

Advanced Constitutional Facial Rejuvenation™

A natural alternative to Botox. The insertion of thread-like needles creates a “micro-trauma” which allows red and white blood cells, along with collagen and elastin to form. This treatment dates back to the Tsang Dynasty (960-1279 AD), where it was used on the Emperor’s concubines as an anti-aging technique. It was noted in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture, 1996, that 90 percent of the 300 cases treated with facial acupuncture had remarkable results with the first treatment. The report said there were fewer wrinkles, greater elasticity, and tone of facial muscles. Advantages include having a penetrating and powerful effect. It can add energy to the body, thereby increasing the yang and the circulation of qi and blood.


  • improves muscle tone and dermal contraction
  • helps to eliminate fine lines of the face and has a diminishing effect on larger wrinkles
  • helps to reduce bags and sagging tendencies
  • helps to eliminate edema and puffiness – by improving metabolism
  • decreases the tendency towards sagging jowls, tightens the neck, reduces double  chins, and lifts drooping eyelids
  • improves acne (caused by hormonal imbalances) and tightens the pores
  • increases local blood and lymph circulation and improves facial color
  • reduces stress, helps menopause and PMS, and improves overall health and wellbeing
  • slows hair loss and hair graying
  • helps depression, anxiety and aids self-esteem
  • reduces symptoms of a toothache, TMJ, Trigeminal Neuralgia, and Bell’s Palsy
  • helps sinus congestion and headaches and benefits the eyes, ears, thyroid, and brain

Included in your treatment

  • overall health assessment (initial)
  • addressing your concerns and expectations
  • body and facial acupuncture specified for your needs
  • non-needle modalities including magnets to reinforce the effectiveness of the session
  • grounding and facial massage with vibrational tuning forks (see below)
  • jade rolling (to bring yin upwards to the face)

Contra- Indications

  • laser treatments/resurfacing must wait 21 days before treatment
  • pregnancy
  • problems with bleeding (hemophiliacs, Warfarin treatment)
  • serious health conditions such as Cancer, AIDS, seizures, acute hepatitis, and coronary disease

The Facial Rejuvenation treatment is a holistic process that does not begin from the neck up but instead works with the whole body. It is optimal to start in your 20s or 30s with treatment as the skin still has a significant amount of collagen and elastin, and the cells are well hydrated. A course of treatment will be determined after your health assessment.

What is TMJ and jaw pain?

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. If you experience clenching, grinding, popping, clicking of the jaw, pain when you chew, frequent headaches or neck pain, you may have TMJ.

How does Acupuncture help?

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Acupuncture can target the root cause of the condition by balancing the mind and body and helping to reset the neuromuscular tension in the jaw. Acupuncture not only relaxes the targeted muscles in the jaw, it decreases the overall stress level in the body.

A recent British study of 70 cases of dental patients receiving acupuncture for TMJ indicated that 85% of patients benefited with an average reduction in pain intensity of 75%. A 2008 study reported high long-term patient satisfaction and improvement of symptoms 18 to 20 years following acupuncture.

We have had a 95% success rate in treating TMJ patients. Within 3-5 sessions, the majority of patients experience significant relief. Dentists throughout the lower mainland send their patients with these complaints to AcuCare, knowing that they will be well looked after and that they will get the relief they seek.

“I’ve had severe TMJ pain for the past 8 years. I visited chiropractors, RMTs, and orthodontists, but nothing seemed to work. After only two visits to Julie, I felt immediate relief! My painful headaches, neck aches, and jaw stiffness were gone. I finally have my life back!”

Booking – for more information on booking an appointment, please call or email us at pHresh Spa + Wellness Club

Julie Shillabeer | Acupuncturist R.Ac

Julie Shillabeer | Acupuncturist R.Ac

After years of migraines and back pain due to a car accident, Julie tried acupuncture and her life was changed. She had tried many forms of pain relief before. However, the chronic pain throughout her body was unable to be resolved by any other method than acupuncture. This profound and lasting change inspired Julie to dedicate her studies to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

The only Gold-standard Masters Trained Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Specialist in Canada, Julie graduated with Honors from the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program in 2005.

Always a high achiever, Julie completed her 7-year training in 4.5 years. Following her clinical practice in China, Julie trained with the prestigious Steiner Academy in London and worked with Royal Carribean Cruise Lines, becoming one of their top five Acupuncturists internationally. Due to the high volume and variety of clients in this environment, Julie’s 11 years of experience rival 15 or more years for other practitioners. Julie also has 7 years assisting teaching with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield – the leading Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture expert in the world. Julie is the only teacher in Canada certified to teach other practitioners this exclusive modality.

Whether you are a seasoned acupuncture patient or keen to experience it for the first time, you are placing your health and your beauty in the best hands with Julie.

For more information on all these services, please visit Julie’s website.