An Interview with Rian Scott, Acupuncturist
Q: How did you get into your current career; what made you decide to peruse this career?
A: I was raised on a farm while I was very young and I grew up being immersed in the natural world. I grew up with my hands literally in the Earth. I think my perceptions of nature and human beings interconnectedness began early on. When I started to mature, I became interested in eastern philosophy, spirituality, and traditional forms of healthcare. It wasn’t until my studies at University that I was exposed to a unique style of Japanese traditional medicine known as Tao Shiatsu. My experiences with this healing modality shifted my consciousness and allowed me to delve deeper into Traditional Eastern Medicine. This is when I really began studying different forms of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine.
During my post-secondary education I had been actively pursuing allopathic medical school in both Canada and abroad, but after gaining more insight in to how it addressed peoples’ health concerns – I knew that I wanted to embody a form of medicine that was more wholistic and nurturing. I sought out Traditional East Asian Medicine because I knew that I wanted to help people and that to a large extent human beings joy is found in helping others; to do this through the medium of healthcare is a gift that I don’t take for granted.
Q: Do you have a special focus/specialization in your practice? Is there a reason why you have this focus in your practice?
A: I consider myself a general medicine practitioner. I have experience treating musculoskeletal issues, digestive concerns, skin conditions, trauma and mental-emotional health. I do have a particular interest in working with trauma from a wholistic sense – in that our life experiences and how we process them have a direct correlation on our health. Whether we are conscious of it or not – physical, mental, emotional, sexual trauma all impacts who we are and how we live in the world. It can shape and transform us from illness to wellbeing or vice versa.
Q: What is your #1 health tip?
A: SELF-CARE. Learning how to distinguish within yourself what you need more of and what you should be avoiding. When we practice self-care we honour ourselves in the highest form. Self-Care looks different for everyone. For some it may be treating oneself to a spa day for others its practicing martial arts regularly. Self-care is how we commit to loving ourselves and creating the space to honour ourselves and our health.
Q: What is your favourite thing about your practice?
A: I have a couple of favourite things about my practice that I love. The first is genuinely connecting with people from all walks of life. I learn so much from the people that I see in private practice. I believe everyone has something to teach and share if one is open to receiving it. Another aspect I love is feeling peoples’ pulses. When you connect to a person’s pulse you literally feel their heart. From the pulse you are able to discern where a person is imbalanced and what steps to take to help bring them into a state of harmony.
Q: What do you like to do for fun (any hobbies, activities etc.)? Why do you enjoy these things?
A: I really enjoy any movement based activities. I try and keep a steady Qigong practice and play Afro-Cuban drums. I try to get out into nature as often as possible and really enjoy spending time with my family. For me fun is exposing my young daughter to new activities she has yet to experience. Reclaiming that sense of wonder with the world is a powerful feeling. It keeps us fresh and sharp.
Q: What do you value most in your life? Why?
A: My Health. One’s health is their innate wealth.
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
A: It would have to be somewhere Tropical. It’s in my Ancestral DNA to live in a warmer climate with two seasons as opposed to four distinct seasons. I feel the quality and pace of life is more in alignment with my own authenticity.