"Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, and Your Health and Wellness"
A Zoom Conversation with Practitioners Elaine Wolf Komarow ’86 and Ruth Anne Keister ’86
What do you know about acupuncture and massage therapy? What are their applications and limitations, and what roles can they play as part of your “toolbox” to address pain, health concerns, and overall wellbeing? Two Obies with years of experience in these fields will address your comments and questions so that you can make informed decisions on how these modalities might be helpful.
Elaine Wolf Komarow ’86. Elaine’s focus on cultural Anthropology at Oberlin helped her understand that how we think of health and wellbeing has as much to do with culture as lab tests. She has been a Licensed Acupuncturist in private practice in Northern Virginia since 1995. Her involvement with the Acupuncture Society of Virginia, of which she is currently President, began even earlier. Of her work she comments: “I love what I do. I’ve seen people get relief after years of pain, people conceive after years of infertility, clients find new strength in the face of chronic illness, and peace when life is difficult.”
Ruth Anne Keister ’86. Ruth Anne’s Biology major at Oberlin piqued her interest in study of the human body, which continued in depth at massage school. She has been a licensed massage therapist in DC and MD since 1999, and also teaches the Alexander Technique and Shaw Swimming -- helping people deeply rest and move with ease. Ruth Anne is a student of mindfulness meditation and yoga, and is an avid cyclist, swimmer, hiker, skier, and ice skater.