Joleen Kraft, Spa Owner, Herbalist, & Reiki Practitioner
“It is important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.” -Hippocrates
Joleen offers consultations in medical herbalism and Reiki treatments. She welcomes patients with all kinds of health challenges and has a special interest in:
- gastrointestinal disorders (IBS, SIBO, etc.)
- autoimmune conditions (thyroid, RA, etc.)
- menopause and other hormonal imbalances for both men (prostate,
andropause, etc.) and women (pregnancy, PMS, irregular periods)
- acute conditions (colds, flus, recovery from illness)
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Joleen believes the beauty of herbal medicine is that the plants are so much more intelligent than we give them credit for. The plants were here long before us, and humans evolved alongside and in response to the plants. Because we’ve lost much of the information we used to know instinctively, a herbalist can bridge the gap between plants and people and provide a person with the right herbal medicine for their distinctive situation. Joleen crafts unique herbal medicines for each person’s unique situation; to achieve this, a thorough intake and history is an important part of the process. Any diagnostic testing from an MD or specialist is also considered. Once the patient’s story begins to emerge, appropriate herbal formulas will be developed and may take the form of tinctures, teas, creams, capsules, and so on.
Joleen has also begun practicing Reiki, and complements her energy work with using energetic doses of specific herbs during sessions to facilitate the flow of energy. Channeling energy into the body works to reestablish connections between the chakras or energetic areas of the body and encourage the body’s own natural healing and well-being.
Joleen’s educational history: After completing a BA, and then working and travelling abroad, Joleen completed an MA in English Literature at Concordia University in Montreal, and subsequently worked as a copy editor and tech writer. Life eventually brought her to Victoria, where she decided to attend Pacific Rim College to formally study herbalism. She has completed her training as a Medical Herbalist, and is now undertaking the study of acupuncture.
Together with her partner, Christopher Pinel, she is excited to be working with the team at VCA and feels grateful to be part of such a vibrant and gifted group of practitioners.