Yoshiko Kage L.Ac.

A Provider for Sutter Center for Integrative Holistic Health http://www.checksutterfirst.org/integrativehealth/ourservices/acupuncture.html

Core Services and Offerings: Education:

Ms. Yoshiko Kage has been licensed within California since 2001 as a Board Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist. She is also licensed in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology by NCCAM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). Practicing in the greater Sacramento Valley for over 10 years, Ms. Kage has been focusing her healing arts on patients who seek relief from a wide range of ailments. As Acupuncture is effective for a multitude of areas and systems, she takes great satisfaction from helping her patients to feel better from a point of total well being.

Formal Education and Training:

Having obtained her Baccalaureate from Waseda University, known as one of the top universities in Japan and a Master of Art degree in Linguistics from the University of Kansas, she went on to obtain specialized training in Acupuncture, Moxibustion, and Physiotherapy at the Japanese School of Acupuncture in Tokyo. She also pursued a full training certification in Shiatsu massage. Ms. Kage initially treated her acupuncture patients in Tokyo for 12 years before permanently relocating to California. In addition, Ms. Kage also completed a teacher's training program in a specialized dance therapy and is now pursuing a credential as an Expressive Arts Therapist.

Painless Acupuncture & How Her Interest Grew:

Ms. Kage became interested in Non-invasive Traditional Japanese Acupuncture after a car accident caused a severe injury to her shoulder. Assessed by an Orthopedic specialist, it became clear that only surgery could bring some relief to the pain brought on by the damage and trauma that had been inflicted on her shoulder. However, Ms. Kage was not ready to discontinue her career in Acupuncture, which she might have had to do if she had gone through with the surgery. It was at this time that Ms. Kage met Anryn Iwashina, more widely known as Dr. Bear, from Japan. Dr. Bear is a great Master of traditional Japanese acupuncture, which utilizes non-invasive gold and silver needle techniques instead of piercing the skin during treatment. Quite innovative to Ms. Kage's mind, if it worked, it would allow her to continue practicing Acupuncture and helping her patients in this capacity.

As it turns out, Ms. Kage completed a course of treatments that successfully healed her shoulder. It was after this first-hand experience in the effectiveness of the non-invasive acupuncture techniques used to heal her injury that she went to study alongside Dr. Bear in both Japan and on the road in Arizona on the Navajo Reservation where they treated a great breadth of maladies in their patients. With passion and joy, she has been translating Dr. Bear's teaching material from Japanese into English and has been interpreting Dr. Bear's annual seminars for the past 10 years in Santa Cruz and Berkeley, California.

Expressive Arts:

From an early age, Ms. Kage was interested in the correlation between emotional states and how the body moves. When she discovered Sei Tai, an inner art of healing based on the mastery of readjustment techniques applied on a person, Ms. Kage developed a strong awareness of the energy sensation and how it is expressed in the body. This interest blossomed over time and led her to join the Movement-Based Expressive Arts and Therapy program at the Tamalpa Institute in Marin County that is recognized for its ground breaking training programs.

Ms. Kage completed the teacher's training program in 2009 and began serving several communities with this additional healing modality. She strongly believes that this particular art therapy has a strong healing power for physical, emotional, and mental aspects of peoples' everyday lives. Her deep-seated dream is to integrate this healing modality with Acupuncture to further serve with greater impact those patients who want to experience change for the better in their total well being.