I was introduced to massage at a young age but it wasn't until the age of 21 that I enrolled in a year long massage program. I graduated with over 1000 hrs of massage training and with Honors from Maric College (now Kaplan) acquiring a Holistic Health Practitioners Degree. A few years later, after working in the massage field, I knew there was more that I needed to learn. While researching possible schools to further my knowledge I came across Emperors College of Traditional Oriental Medicine.
I found my calling.
Three years into the four year program, I became severely ill and anything that
I ate would go right through me. I lost 30 pounds in a month. A Colonoscopy
and Small Intestine Barium Xray revealed major inflammation and
ulceration of my Digestive tract. I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, an Inflammatory Bowel Disease that can involve the entire digestive tract.
The doctors prescribed serious medication that stopped the leak (pun intended) and told me to stay away from vegetables and fruits (basically anything healthy). This didn't sit well with me. I understood why those foods would and could make my situation worse at that time but to forgo the life giving nutrients within said foods would surely lead to worsening of this condition. Indebted to all my doctors and western medicine for saving my life; I knew there was a better way to manage and treat my condition in the long run.
My time at Emperors allowed me to work with some of the greatest doctors alive today and some that have since passed on from this world. I was also able to work within the LA Community at the schools onsite community clinic and at UCLA, Arthur Ashe Medical Center. Four incredible years later I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emperors College in 2011 with my Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. In 2016 I finished the Doctoral Program at Emperors College. This program catapulted my understanding of the field of Chinese Medicine as well as western medical sciences. It also put me in contact with some more brilliant minds in the field.
Jocelyn Shinagawa is a California licensed acupuncturist with extensive training in a diverse range of medical environments. Jocelyn was originally introduced to acupuncture from a young age while training horses in
the San Diego countryside, and her passion for complementary medicine
has brought her to work in integrative settings such as the San Diego
Children’s Hospital, the San Diego Cancer Center, and UCSD outreach clinics.
In the clinic, Jocelyn’s strong scientific background is complemented by her warm, compassionate demeanor, and her dedication to patients offers a glimmer of hope in the complex world of modern healthcare.
While I was finishing my Bachelor’s Degree in Asian Studies at San Diego State University and figuring out what to do next, I discovered the Pacific College of Health and Science (formerly known as Pacific College of Oriental Medicine). At that point, I had a long standing interest in natural medicine, but I didn’t know much about acupuncture. I scheduled a treatment at the school’s onsite clinic but almost didn’t go through with it. In the moment, I was so nervous about the needles but the school interns talked me through the treatment. I only felt one needle the whole treatment and then went about the rest of my day as if nothing happened. That night, I got one of the best night’s sleep I’d ever had. I still remember it to this day. When you’re struggling with insomnia, a great night of sleep is such a relief. It was that one treatment that led me down the path of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
I enrolled at the Pacific College of Health and Science after being accepted into the four year Master’s of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine program. As a student, I completed clinical internships at offsite locations including Rady’s Children’s Hospital, San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care Center, AcuSport Health Center and the UCSD RIMAC for student athletes. During that time, I was also fortunate to travel to the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Sichuan province of China. It was such an invaluable experience to observe the medicine utilized in every day life.
After graduating, I started practice as a sole proprietor in San Diego, CA. From there, I went on to practice aboard cruise ships which provided the opportunity to see more of the world and meet some amazing people. I even found myself taking a short break from practicing acupuncture to see if the corporate world was meant for me. I soon realized my passion and purpose lay in helping others through acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine so I made my way back. In the combined 11 years I’ve been practicing, I’ve seen the medicine help many people in so many positive ways. I’m excited to continue my practice at Temecula Acupuncture and grateful to be a part of the team.
My Philosophy and Approach to the Therapy:
When you have pain, it is a signal that the body is warning you that something
is not right. That is, something is off balance. I carefully listen to what your mind and body tell me. I analyze your whole body structure, check ranges
of motion to see which muscle groups may be contributing to the cause or causes, and ask the history of your condition(s). I will treat the area with
the symptom(s) and also treat the potential pain-causing areas, to provide better results. Palpation and observation of your tissue at a whole-body
level is also very important. The human body has its own wisdom to heal
if there is a good balance to function harmoniously.
In our busy lifestyles, stress, scar tissue, repetitive motions, trauma, bad posture, and so on can be reasons of connective tissue restriction by hardening and adhesion. That will lead to pain, tightness, limited ranges of motion and other disorders in our bodies not be seen on an X-ray or MRI.
Sometimes, your traumatic experience or deeply stressed emotion can be.strongly connected to the pain and other problems.
That is why I specialize in Myofascial Release. This method takes a whole-body approach. It has been giving myself and my clients much better results for
pain relief. With MFR, I can feel their tissue softening better than when
just doing deep tissue massages. Once the softening occurs, that is the indication of fluidity getting back to tissue. That means more circulation, supply of nutrients, oxygen, better lymph flow, and an increase in movement
of waste and toxins which have been released in the system. When this result
is achieved, I can reach deeper layers without forcing the strong pressure
on the surface with other massage modalities.
When the tissue change happens in your body, it is like a ripple on the water, it will slowly spread. The body will show us the connection and other restrictions by changing the color or temperature, or simply put, you may feel the sensation or radiating feeling apart from where my hands are. We follow the "body wisdom" -- like putting puzzle pieces together one by one.
When the client is truly open-hearted and ready, some emotional release
can happen.I can work with specific modalities by your request or by integrating different modalities. My goal is always to meet your needs
and goals from the session.
Ayako is a Holistic Health Practitioner (Completed more than 1000 hours of school curriculum with different modalities including anatomy)
Participated in various Myofascial Release Seminars under direct
supervision of John F. Barnes, PT, LMT (JFBMFR)
She also has Completed Skill Enhancement Seminar at the Myofascial Release Treatment Center in Sedona, AZ (2011), participating in intensive treatment of various patients with John F. Barnes, PT, LMT and his advanced-staff therapists.
I believe our bodies have the ability to heal from within and that we
have everything we need to heal within ourselves. I am passionate
about helping my clients understand their bodies and take control
of their health. I believe we must be active participants in our healing
and truly be accountable for our own well being.
My goal is to empower you to take control of your health through an
integrative, holistic approach to pain relief. Myofascial Release is
the absolute gold standard of touch therapy, and I have experienced
profound, lasting healing both as a client and practitioner of myofascial
release. I have been practicing this powerful therapy for over a decade,
and I am confident I can help you heal from pain.
I enjoy working with complex cases and people from all age groups and walks of life. I am passionate about movement and nutrition as part of the full paradigm of health, and enjoy helping my clients achieve balance and serenity in their life. My greatest joy is helping others do the things they enjoy most, without pain!