A: I have been practicing acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) since 2009. I studied at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, and after many years working in very high volume community acupuncture settings, am excited to delve into deeper relationship with my clients in a one-on-one setting.
Q: What made you choose to pursue your profession?
A: I became an acupuncturist because I had some amazing experiences with TCM in my early 20s, which led me to have a deeper understanding of my physical and emotional self. I am drawn to helping people and once I experienced what herbs and acupuncture can do to maintain and promote wellness I really wanted to learn more to be able to share those tools with others.
Q: What keeps you engaged in your profession?
A: I love the flexibility and adaptability of this medicine, that it really works by tapping into the innate intelligence of our bodies. I enjoy helping unravel and peel back some of the mysterious layers of symptoms to get back to a proper vantage point where we can see a path forward. I am able to witness time and again what this medicine can do to assist the body in healing, to ease the pain and stress of illness, to find balance and well being, and to bring hope and tools for improvement toward health and wellness.
Q: What kind of clients do you like working with most?
A: I love meeting and working with all kinds of people, especially if they are open to improving their health. One of the great joys of my practice is getting to meet a wide variety of people. I have had the privilege of working with and spending time in community with people of all ages from youth to elders, people of color, gender conforming and non conforming, cis- and transgender people, LGBTQIA community, first timers to acupuncture and seasoned long timers.
Q: What health patterns do you like to work with most?
A: I really love helping people maintain and enhance their health especially in the things that come up in our day to day lives - managing stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, colds, flus, allergies, migraines, acute and chronic pain. I am also happy to help mitigate side effects of medications that may be necessary, but are causing discomfort like chemo and HRT for example. I really enjoy working with clients to boost their fertility including giving acupuncture support pre- and post-IVF. I’m always up for a challenge of treating quirky medically inconclusive things that often bring people to finally try acupuncture after having tried other routes.
Q: What are you currently working on in your professional life?
A: Professionally and personally I have been working on re-establishing a daily Qi gong practice as well as other forms of daily meditation. I have also been interested in and taking classes on Master Tung’s acupuncture, which is a classical acupuncture system that predates TCM, using it’s own distal and unique points for pain as well as internal medicine. It was originally passed down exclusively within that family’s lineage until the 1960’s when Master Tung began accepting students. It’s a different system of acupuncture than is taught in schools.
Q: How do you celebrate living in your body?
A: I love hiking in the woods, swimming in beautiful places, and chasing my toddler around. He doubles as my personal trainer. I am learning new favorite spots in MN to add to the strong collection of California and East Coast hikes and swimming holes. I’m always trying to improve on my love of the colder months by finding reasons to stay outside.
Jules Dirsa is a licensed acupuncturist with many years of experience in both individual and community acupuncture. He is dedicated to the healing process of each of his clients, and meets with each client where they are at in an open-hearted and non-judgmental way. He utilizes gentle, effective treatments which pull from the tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, herbs, cupping) in order to help each client unlock the healing potential within themselves. Jules has a special interest in healing clients with concerns related to fertility, acute and chronic pain, mental and emotional health regulation, and support during times of transition (such as gender transition, transition out of addictions, grief, aging and other major life changes). Jules strongly believes you can feel healthy at any age, any size, any phase of life.