Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Freiman.
Lauren, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
While studying Marketing and International Business at NYU, I struggled with chronic sinusitis and respiratory infections. I was always very healthy, ate well, exercised, slept 8 hours a night, so this was pretty strange for an 18-22-year-old. I did extensive lab tests, MRIs of my sinuses and the doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with me. Why did I keep getting sick? They didn’t have any answers for me.
One day I wandered into a Barnes & Nobles Bookstore in Chelsea and on the sale rack, I picked up a book called Intro to Chinese Medicine. I don’t remember the author. I sat down and flipped through the book for an hour. I looked at diagrams of meridians and learned for the first time about qi (energy). I was totally fascinated and walked out a book in hand.
One year later after graduating, I made my way back home to LA because I was still dealing with chronic health issues. My parents suggested I try acupuncture. I was a bit apprehensive. Would it hurt? Would it even work? I decided it was worth a try and went to the clinic at Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (where I would later attend). I felt different immediately after my first treatment- noticeably increased energy, clearer mind, and felt more integrated. I began taking herbs and practicing qigong as recommended, and every treatment, I felt better and better.
By the end of my 5-6 sessions, my immune symptoms were gone, my digestion had improved and I felt a much greater sense of well being. I was so moved by my experience that I decided to study acupuncture. My intention was to help others that might have the same experience as I did- symptoms or other health issues they couldn’t find answers to, that was getting in the way of them experiencing life to the fullest.
I graduated with honors from Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2007 and have been practicing ever since! My practice is very holistic- I also prescribe herbs, supplements, make dietary recommendations, and will often teach my patients meditation, therapeutic exercises, or stress management tools. These have been an integral part of my own health and wellbeing, and I find patients get faster, longer lasting results this way.
My most recent addition has been teaching yoga. I’ve been an avid yoga practitioner since I was 14, and 3 years ago I decided to take myself to the next level and become a Forrest Yoga Teacher. I offer private classes in my office/studio and teach at students homes as well. I specialize in working with injuries, pain, teaching deep breathing techniques (for stress) and helping students to connect more deeply with themselves.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There’s certainly been ups and downs as with any business. It took a few years to build up a strong reputation and to get to know the community in Malibu. I’ve published many articles in the Malibu Times Magazine and on my website. Now my new patients come to me mostly from word of mouth.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Malibu Acupuncture and Herbs – what should we know?
My practice is very holistic- in addition to acupuncture, I also prescribe herbs, supplements, make dietary recommendations, and will often teach my patients meditation, therapeutic exercises, or stress management tools.
These have been an integral part of my own health and wellbeing, and I find patients get faster, longer lasting results this way. I specialize in chronic health issues, pain, anxiety, depression, stress, and women’s health. These are areas I’m most interested in, have studied extensively and had the best success at treating.
What sets me apart is that I truly care about my patients. I spend the time to get to them as an individual, learn about their lifestyle, and their health and wellness goals. We work as a team to come up with a whole life treatment plan (not just a quick fix) that includes all the modalities mentioned above. I hold a safe space for them to heal and transform.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My ability to listen deeply. I listen to my patients and students on all levels, not just the words that come out of their mouths. Listening heightens my intuition, and I use my intuition strongly in my practice/teaching.
- New Patient Consultation & Acupuncture Treatment- $195
- Existing Patient Acupuncture Treatment – $110
- Private Yoga Session- $150
- Address: 23410 Civic Center Way Suite E1
- Website: malibuacupuncture.com
- Phone: 3104568811
- Email: email@example.com
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