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Exploring Life & Business with Sabrina Taj-Taj of Taj-Taj Acupuncture

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sabrina Taj-Taj.

Hi Sabrina, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Wellllllll, the start of my story is having been birthed by an amazing woman. She’s the one that gave me all the tools I needed in life, namely the attitude that I CAN, oh and for purposes of this interview, it’s thanks to her that I choose Chinese Medicine. I’m not sure if the fact that my first job at 15 was to take care of an elderly woman (I went to her house after school, cooked her dinner, changed her Depends, and got her ready for bed) and I saw the need for humanity or when I was diagnosed with HPV at 24. Let’s go with the HPV story. So my doctor wasn’t very nice. I got biopsy and biopsy (which are really painful and for whatever reason, doctors don’t feel the need to numb the area). It was after one of these episodes that my mother witnessed and she, well basically, said: “Heck NO!” And started looking for alternative methods to heal me. We did what all good Latinos do: went to a curandera, then checked out another alternative doctor and finally landed with a Microbiotic Consultant.

Part of my recovery was to get weekly massages. One of my therapists, Fernando (HOT) told me about Emperor’s College and Acupuncture. I made an appointment, had an amazing treatment, and the following week I signed up to be an Acupuncturist. My feeling were if it hadn’t been for my mother, I would have blindly kept on getting treatments by Western doctors, who didn’t care about me or have the opportunity to give back and help heal people. Give people another option before getting surgeries or other invasive treatments. And I have never looked back. I added a Massaging License to my education whilst I was doing my Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine (needed money and a flexible schedule). The rest is history. Through the years, I have added more to my repertoire of “tools”. My passion is fascia, or the breaking down of scar tissue with my hands and Ashley Black’s fascia blasters (I add acupuncture to all my treatments to help heal the body and lessen any detox that occurs with the fascia work), as well as aging gracefully with cosmetic acupuncture and MicroNeedling.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I was working as a massage therapist prior to finishing my Master’s in TCM, so I feel like I was one of the lucky ones that had another source of income, which enabled me, once I passed the state board exams, to grow my acupuncture practice without having the strain of needing a certain amount of patients to be able to pay my bills.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I am an Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, Fascia Enthusiast and an Anti-Aging Needle Pusher (Just say no to Botox!) I specialize in fascia work. It’s my passion. Breaking down scar tissue that allows someone to be pain-free and go back to doing what they love makes me immensely happy. I believe I am the only one, or one of the few, that has incorporated Ashley Black’s fascia tools into my practice and mixed it with acupuncture to minimize detox that happens and maximize the healing of ones’ tissue and the balancing of their body. I also serve this up with my special blend of jokes and sarcasm, allowing people to feel completely comfortable with me, even though I am torturing them and taking their money. See what I mean? Can you now see why my tagline is: “Cracking jokes on your journey to a pain-free life.” I am bold, loud, funny and very knowledgeable. I am not a pink and gray spa like acupuncturist, I heal through touch, sass and of course years and years of studying. I used to share a space with another acupuncturist who the lower her voice got the higher mine got. What’s the point to this story? Well, my space is for all who don’t take themselves seriously but who seriously want to heal. Laugh is one of the best medicines right?!

Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
Ummmmm, why is this one so hard? I have had a pretty special childhood. I moved to France at the age of ten illegally, and my mother would have me cross a border every three months to keep my Visa valid. (This was before the European Union.) I think the memory that I love the most is watching my mom chase down a border guard and asking them to stamp my passport. The guard gave her a look and said: “Madam, we have open borders in Europe”. My other favorite is when we went to Rome. I was on vacation from school for La Toussaint. So off we go to Rome. Completely last minute. Driving. No reservations were ever made in advance. I don’t believe we even checked the oil in the car. We get to Rome and there are ZERO hotels available. My mother is asking the Tourist Info lady why. And the lady looks at my mom like she has horns coming out of her head. She replies: “It’s All Saints week.” We never thought to translate La Toussaint, which means All Saints Week. Oops! The woman finally was able to find us a hotel room, 5 stars! So the next few days, I was waking up right next to the Saint Peter’s Basilica!

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