Joe Curcio, L. Ac., SEP, MTOM, BScMET
I am a licensed acupuncturist, Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner and herbalist who integrates the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese medicine with the latest developments in neuro-physiology to help people feel better.
Over more than seventeen years of practicing holistic healing, I have learned that, when provided with the proper conditions, the body knows how to heal itself. Accordingly, my primary focus is to create the optimal environment for healing, personalized to the individual. I do this in two ways:
– by promoting a harmonious flow of life-energy in the body with acupuncture, herbs and supplements, as well as other modalities that regulate the nervous system, including Somatic Experiencing®, and
– by sharing resources with clients to integrate into their daily life to foster greater wellness, vitality and self-actualization.
My profession is a spiritual practice. Everyday, I am blessed and humbled to have the opportunity to be of service to my community. I earnestly strive to guide every client to discover her/his magnificence by helping uncover and remove the obstacles that prevent her/him from thriving. In the same way that we realize who we are by seeing who we are not, we come fully alive by clearing away the places within and around us that are not life affirming. I hope to have the privilege to support you along your way.
I am a nationally board-certified and California state licensed acupuncturist, Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, and herbalist, in private practice since 2002. I received my training in at the second ranked Oriental Medicine school in the nation, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, California, graduating with highest honors. This 4000 hour program of study included instruction in acupuncture, herbal medicine, and modern bio-medicine. In addition to completing a two year clinical internship at the college clinic, I was chosen to participate in an externship at both the L.A. Free Clinic with a focus on fibromyalgia as well as the Daniel Freeman Hospital, treating withdrawal from chemical dependency.
I have treated a wide variety of conditions over the course of my career, too numerous to detail here. Some of the concerns I most frequently address are: women’s health and fertility, pain management and resolution, neurological disorders, autoimmune conditions, mood disorders including anxiety and depression, PTSD, and digestive disorders.
I have completed a three year training program in Somatic Experiencing®, and serve as an assistant to the faculty in training new practitioners. I am a certified yoga instructor and taught yoga throughout my acupuncture training and into my first few years of clinical practice. I have also served as a professor at both Emperor’s College and Yo San University. Mindfulness has been an important thread weaving through my life for over 25 years, and I have logged thousands of hours on the meditation cushion. I am particularly interested and actively engaged in exploring the intersection between nervous system regulation and meditation.
I grew up outside Chicago, the youngest of five kids. Managing to graduate at the top of my high school class, I somehow convinced myself it would be a good idea to enroll in the college of engineering at the University of Illinois. Although I did well academically, graduating with high honors, my primary interest in those days was playing guitar and being in a band.
After college, I packed my Marshall half stack amp, metallurgical engineering diploma and whatever else would fit into my car and set out for Hollywood with starry-eyed aspirations of getting a record deal. It didn’t take long before I realized that this wasn’t going to happen, and I found myself falling back on my undergrad degree and working as an engineer in the aerospace industry.
Although I performed well at my job, I suffered immense internal conflict over the knowledge that I was developing technology for the military. I didn’t want to be a cog in the war machine and I knew I needed to make a change, but didn’t know which way to go. These struggles, coupled with the usual corporate stressors, resulted in my developing cluster headaches, one of the most painful conditions known to humankind.
During college, I had a friend who claimed to have the ability to cure ailments with “energy” that traveled through her hands and into the sufferer’s body. Her claims would routinely be met by me with a sarcastic, “Uh-huh.” After all, I was training to be an engineer, and every good scientist knows that all that new-age stuff is nonsense, right? Then, one fateful day, my friend was visiting L.A. and offered to give me a massage. Shortly after the massage began, I suddenly felt a distinct tingling electrical sensation radiating up through my spine and out the crown of my head. Before I had a chance to speak, she asked, “Do you feel that?”
I responded with a bewildered, “Yes!”
“That’s the healing energy that comes through my hands that I told you about,” she casually conveyed. I was fascinated.
“This new-age stuff is real!”, I thought. I read everything I could find on the topic. I received Reiki attunements. I began practicing and receiving hands on healing treatment. However, while the treatment helped my overall well-being, the headaches continued, forcing me to seek other alternatives.
Around the same time, a friend at my yoga studio who was studying acupuncture recommended I setup an appointment with an intern at the Emperor’s college acupuncture clinic. That piece of advice inexorably changed my life path. I received my first acupuncture treatment the next week, and enrolled in the program soon thereafter.
After completing my training, I founded L.A. Wellness in 2002 and began my private practice. I went on to receive training in Craniosacral shortly thereafter. Although receiving personal acupuncture and craniosacral sessions made profound changes in my health, well-being, and spiritual unfolding, it wasn’t until I began my exploration of Somatic Experiencing® that I resolved the headaches that had plagued me for decades.
I am the grateful father to my amazing daughter, Kaya, and love hiking, biking and camping, reading, practicing yoga, and, of course, playing music!
- Master’s Degree: Traditional Oriental Medicine. Emperor’s College, Santa Monica, CA
- Bachelor of Science: Metallurgical Engineering. University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS
- National Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM)
- AC 8689 California Licensed Acupuncturist
- Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner and assistant
- Certified Yoga Instructor
- Certificate in Craniosacral Unwinding Technique
- Daniel Freeman Hospital – Marina Del Rey, CA. Transitional Rehabilitation Center (Drug Detoxification)
- Los Angeles Free Clinic – Los Angeles, CA
Professor of Medical Physics:
- Yo San University – Marina Del Rey, CA
- Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine – Santa Monica, CA
- Somatic Experiencing® Training Institute – Boulder, CO