Get to know Rachel Jensen, nationally board certified with a masters in Chinese medicine using acupuncture, breathwork, ancestral connection to support whole-person healing.
Tell us about your business. What do you do?
I am a licensed Acupuncturist, Breathwork Facilitator and Reiki Practitioner. Most folks coming my way are looking to tend to their anxiety, depression, physical and emotional discomfort, trauma and mend (and grow!) their spiritual and physical connection.
What drew you to this work?
Simple answer? My personal experience with a diagnosis of anxiety and depression in my teenage years. Slightly longer answer: My own journey with being super fucking confused about this lifetime and what it meant to live in my body. I started to realize I was disconnected from my mind and body and became curious about mending that relationship.
What do you love about your job?
I see folks open up, peel back layers, lay their armor down and start to feel safe for the first time, perhaps, in their whole life. I watch them unravel and then watch them heal themselves. It’s super amazing stuff.
What results can people see when they work with you? What’s possible?
Ooooh. This is a big question. I’d say mending a relationship to themselves and then their relationship with others. Folks often feel more grounded and less thrown around with what life brings them after we have worked together for a bit. They can also start to see a clearer version of themselves-the truth comes out, so to speak! It’s all about going slow, learning to love yourself and letting parts of you shine, that have been suppressed. And when I say this I mean learning to love yourself and accept yourself, regardless of the reaction of those around you. They may love the “new” you, or be threatened by it. Either way, continuing to deeply love yourself and mend that relationship is key…because then, you can start to truly love those around you (and the planet, for that matter).
What do you wish more people understood about what you do?
Lol. I’m mostly known as being an acupuncturist. And I do lots of other stuff! This work takes time. It’s about moving slow, not pushing yourself to the edge and working with your energy…and there are endless ways to move energy in the body-needles (acupuncture) is one way, breathwork, guided meditation, reiki, talking, crying, moving, shaking are simply other options (so is drinking alcohol! Although we won’t do that in a session, necessarily 🙂
What’s fascinating you right now?
Currently I’m fascinated with all the ways I’m noticing the yin and yang cycle in the macros especially as it pertains to politics (hello 2020). This yin/yang cycle is all about fluidity, connection and unending change. But the most interesting to me right now, is when yin becomes so abundant…bam! It turns into yang. You see this with the darkest time of night (mostly yin), turning into daytime (yang starts to build). You know that saying “its just darkest before the dawn”? That’s what I’m talking about here. Night (yin) turns into day (yang).
With politics, you see folks so far on one side (or so they think), lets call them the pink people and the green people. The farther over to the pink side the pink people become, all of the sudden they start to have the same feeling about life that the green people do… AND they don’t realize it. It gets so tangled it is almost impossible to see the connection.
It’s crazy how it happens. Yin turns into yang. Pink turns into green. Fundamentally, we are all connected and all want the same thing-survival. And that’s a slightly different topic!
What does self care look like to you right now?
Cleaning up my diet to real foods and my protein drinks, eliminating coffee (for now), lessening my alcohol intake (for now), going to bed early, waking up early, and allowing for flexibility and to change my mind.
What do you love about living and working in the Twin Cities?
Jeeez. There’s so much here I take for granted. The sheer amount of creative individuals, small businesses and diversity. Like, I can hermit one day, and then the next, decide I’m a socialite and go see a bunch of cool art and drink coffee at swanky coffee shops and go to concerts and meet new, interesting folks. I also love that I grew up here-I love serving the communities I grew up in.
Favorite local restaurants?
Hot Pot 7 has THE BEST Pho. Lisu’s Thai is also fabulous.
Other favorite local businesses in the Twin Cities?
The Future, for witchy shit
The Anchor Coffee Shop
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