“When you’re receiving healing work- whether it’s massage, chiropractic or even from an MD or nurse- you can feel a big difference when they’re coming from a heart-led place. This is relayed through the way they touch you physically, but also how you feel walking into their clinic or studio, and through your entire healing experience.”
Ever since I was a little girl, my mom will always seek for alternative medicine to heal the family. I’ve always felt that in ancient practices and sacred plants we can find physical and emotional healing. We have become so detached from our bodies and emotions that seems completely impossible for us to find the illness within ourselves and the cause of it. Once we become more conscious of ourselves and everything that we generate from bad habits and bad communication with our environment we can expect to find the healing we need.
Jennifer Hoger is a healthcare practitioner, she specializes in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. I’ve been one of her patients for months to treat hormones and back pain, and ever since my first session I could see amazing improvement. It might take us a long time to truly understand the importance of loving our bodies and treat it like the most precious gem we have, once we do, healing it’s possible and palpable. Please keep scrolling down to read Jennifer’s words, ideas, passions, and ideologies. Learn more about her wonderful practice and the magical aspect of treating yourself with this beautiful ancient practice that can change your life.
- Who are you and what do you do?
- Where did you grow up and how does that shape what you do today?
I grew up all over the country (and in Germany), as an “army brat,” but I was in Northern California in a small cowboy/hippie city called Chico the longest. Being in a small town with a sense of community informed my work in a big way. I really value the connections I have with my patients, and love to see people and families grow and evolve. And of course, the cowboy/hippie vibes of Austin felt like home to me, so that’s part of the reason I started my practice here!
- Name something you love, and why?
Just one thing?! This is a hard one. What I’m loving most these days is being able to spend quality one-on-one time with the people I love most, who also love and value me equally.
- What are basic and important aspect people should know about acupuncture?
Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is a holistic medicine that treats the body/mind/spirit as a whole. In TCM we focus on the root cause of an issue, not just the symptoms that are occurring. Acupuncturists use different tools, like acupuncture needles, to access the qi- or life energy- of the body and help bring your body back to it’s balanced, healthy state.
And of course, there’s the popular question: Does it hurt? That answer: For the most part, no. There are some needles you can feel more than others, but a licensed acupuncturist will be able to administer the super-fine needles in a way that you sometimes can’t feel at all!
- How did you find your passion?
I have many passions in life, but I’ve determined that the underlying thread for me is connection. Both the patient/practitioner connection, but more importantly, helping people to connect to a higher consciousness, and become the best version of themselves. As an actor, with excellent writing, you can help the audience connect in such a profound way. This also happens when you receive healing work like acupuncture
What is your ideology as a therapist?
To always come from a place of love and compassion. When you’re receiving healing work- whether it’s massage, chiropractic or even from an MD or nurse- you can feel a big difference when they’re coming from a heart-led place. This is relayed through the way they touch you physically, but also how you feel walking into their clinic or studio, and through your entire healing experience.
- How do you overcome your fears?
I try not to let my fears become obstacles. I find If you can really examine where fear comes from, the source, it tends to have less power over you. Also, knowing that there’s no certainty in life, other than uncertainty, also gives you a kind of freedom from your fears. You really can’t predict what will happen in life, so take the leap!
- In what way have you grown by practicing acupuncture?
It’s made me a more compassionate person. I love that I get to have magical and intimate interactions with lovely humans from all walks of life, and help them feel better! From a farmer, to a professional athlete, to a lawyer, to a mother of 5, people of all ages and walks of life have put trust in me to help them. It’s very special. I feel honored to be a part of their lives.
- Who inspires you today?
I feel fortunate to have some very inspiring girlfriends who make me feel lazy! Ha! They push me to want to do and be more, work harder and make my mark. I think the “rising tide lifts all ships” metaphor can apply to friendships. Surrounding yourself with loving, ambitious people who inspire you will help you be better, lift you.
- Professionally, what’s your goal?
I really want to keep offering the accessible sliding scale payment model for acupuncture. I’d also like to expand and bring on more practitioners eventually and have more healing offerings. My goal is to reach more people and improve my ways to help them. The healing space (environment), is vital, and I will eventually be making some changes/upgrades there as well. I’d love to hold community events in my own space and be able to give back more.
- How is owning a business as a woman?
It’s great! You know we are the best at multitasking and task managing, so I think women make fantastic business owners! Our most significant obstacles are self-limiting beliefs- from society, or from our upbringings- so if you can examine and overcome these, then there’s no stopping us!
- What is the best piece of advice you will give to someone who wants to try alternative medicine?
Well, I don’t see traditional Chinese medicine as “alternative medicine,” because frankly it’s been around longer than Western medicine!! But I would say open your mind to the idea that medicine can be more than a quick fix. Covering up the symptoms does not address the underlying issues, and will often come with side-effects. So being a patient with patience- know that sometimes it is a process, but the results will be longer lasting.
- Can you explain more about aroma acupoint?
Yes! I’ve loved aromatherapy for as long as I can remember, so I got certified in acu-point aromatherapy a couple years ago. This is essentially looking at aromatherapy through the lens of Chinese medicine and applying oils on acupuncture points that correspond with what you’re treating.
A friend approached me with the idea of co-creating a line of essential oil blends that are convenient and portable, that can be applied to acu-points. Our line is called Essential Qi. We’ve had excellent results with these oils on our own clients and have gotten amazing feedback from consumers.
We are a bit different from other essential oil companies because we worked closely with a clinical aromatherapist to formulate the blends according to Chinese medicine diagnosis. We package them with guides informing the buyer where to apply the oils on specific acu-points, dependent on what the oils are treating!
- Do you think people are becoming more conscious about alternative medicine?
Yes, I think that other forms of medicine and self-care are becoming more mainstream. It’s pretty incredible that places like Target are now carrying so many natural, organic beauty products, and Free People has products like charcoal toothpaste. I remember when I was a teenager it was still “hippie” to eat tofu and do yoga. So I’d say yes, absolutely, there is a growing consciousness about the importance of other forms of medicine and self-care besides Western medicine.
- How can we start having a better communication with our body?
Be a good listener. Listen to your body. A lot of times people come to see me for acupuncture as a last resort, and when they’ve already been suffering for months or years of their lives! Love yourself enough to seek help before things get really bad.
Additionally, think about how things make you feel before you indulge in them. Be present with your body. Maybe you think you want fast-food or a cigarette, but how does that make you feel after you eat it or smoke it? How do those habits affect your life in the long term?
The more healthy choices you make, the more in touch you become with your body. Ultimately, you must communicate to your body that you love it! The best way to do that is to develop healthy habits.