Caleb Masuda L.Ac. Dipl. O.M. graduated from Five Branches University with a Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine. By attending both the San Jose and Santa Cruz campus, he was immersed in an environment offering additional alternate modalities and teachings from multiple approaches and perspectives. In Santa Cruz County, he worked as an intern for the Mental Health Client Action Network (MHCAN) where he treated many in the community who otherwise would not have seen a physician.
His treatments have provided relief for a variety of disorders ranging from chronic pain, mood disorders, and gastrointestinal complaints. Caleb’s specialties of interest stem from disorders suffered by family, friends and his own throughout his education and clinical experience. He uses acupuncture modalities based on traditional Chinese medicine while including more recent modern approaches that find their way to acupuncture’s field of research as a medical technique and healing art.
Caleb’s interest in the healing arts began at the age of six when he was enrolled in martial arts. He was trained in Taekwondo for six years from U.S.A. Martial Arts in San Jose California. Caleb continued training under his uncle where he learned Kenpo, Kung Fu, and Muay Thai. His interest in “Qi” derived from his background in martial arts. Through training, he learned to concentrate and focus energy for self-defense, but also for health. The concepts he learned have still served him well today. The past decade may seem to have changed so much, but our body’s function has not; to keep us balanced. Caleb’s healing techniques have their foundations in utilizing one’s own Qi to restore the body to a proper state. We all have it… it just might have gotten stuck somewhere.
Acupuncture is an art dedicated to understanding how Qi heals the body, and how it can do harm when its function is impaired. Such as a dam full of sticks and debris, the flow may cease; in humans, this causes pain and other disorders. Pressure on the body or needles are used to remove the blockage so that the natural flow may return; hence removing the obstruction. Caleb’s interest in Qi brought him to acupuncture and its modalities, and he continues to use the skills he has accumulated over the years. In a sense, Acupuncturists are “Qi Doctors” because their modalities aim towards the body’s own Qi energy to heal itself the way the body had intended. Caleb is passionate about the healing arts of ancient, holistic, and modern medicine. Watching a patient improve is his motivation in continuing his practice with healing the body and mind.
Arezu Monika (soon to be Masuda) is a Reiki practitioner attuned to second-degree Traditional Japanese Usui Reiki Ryoho. She studied Reiki at Santa Cruz Reiki Works under Joyce Leonard while Caleb was wrapping up his coursework at FBU.
From a young age, Arezu wanted to promote positive change in the world. After realizing her childhood aspirations of being a pediatrician or president of the United States was a bit too ambitious for someone with a squeamish stomach and social anxiety, she found herself deeply connecting with her earth-fire element in her teenage years. Of course, teenagers are known for going through phases and even when focusing her attention elsewhere, nature kept calling for her. In college, she devoted much of her time to English and environmental studies. This is why the to-go cups at Masuda Acupuncture are and will continue to be biodegradable and compostable.
Opening Masuda Acupuncture and serving those who need physical and spiritual healing was once Arezu’s dream but now very real and something to be grateful for every day. In addition to managing the clinic, Arezu works her growing apothecary skills blending teas, essential oils, and soon fermented foods catered to the needs of our patients.
Minnie can be found in the office most days waiting to greet you at the door. Minnie is a rescue Arezu found in foster care in 2012. She is half Shiba Inu, her other half is a cocker spaniel and miniature poodle mix. Her specialties including sitting, laying down, and giving you her paw. She does not bite and may run away to hide if there are children or anything that resembles a weapon nearby.
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