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Meet Mieko Romo of “Hands-on-Healing” in Encinitas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mieko Romo.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Mieko. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I was in my early twenties around 2001 and at the time in my life where I was about to graduate with my Bachelors of Science in Communicative Disorders (Speech Pathology/Audiology). There was a lot of training for and doing Triathlon which I absolutely loved them.

I was very active in sports and was very much into yoga and even surfing at the time. I ended up getting a stress fracture in my lower left leg bone which prevented me from doing any of my running and other sports as well. It was such a passion for me to be into sports, and for me not to be able to was heartbreaking. Sports had been such a stress reliever and even a way to help with depression I had experienced growing up.

I was on my feet quite a bit doing a retail job and interning for my undergrad work, and the discomfort was increasing with my injury as I feel anyone could imagine just having an injury with consistent pain. My husband at the time told me about his uncle being an acupuncturist and how it worked great for pain. So I visited the nearby acupuncture school and received treatments and was totally hooked!

It not only relieved the pain and discomfort of the injury. I felt a total and complete bliss and relaxation from the treatments. It helped me with the stress on so many levels and also my depression that I was experiencing! Soon after graduating with my bachelors, I immediately enrolled in the graduate program for a Masters in Oriental Medicine so I could practice acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

I received my massage practitioner license in 2004 and was working in resorts and spas starting then. I received my graduate degree in 2007 and have been a board-certified acupuncturist since 2008, and have been practicing my passion and love for helping people ever since! I’ve also done and still practice a number of modalities that have enhanced my practice since then. Some of those practices are massage and cupping therapy on a physical level.

Since I’ve been in practice for ten + years now, I’ve discovered that every patient not only needed healing on a physical level. Most every patient needed healing on a mind, body, spirit level as well. I realized I also needed some balancing in those areas as well for myself. Due to this and the healing, it created for me I delved into the world of mental, emotional, and spiritual development.

I’m also a certified Hypnotherapist, Master Practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming, practitioner of Mental/Emotional Release, and Huna Energy therapist as well. I love helping each patients needs in mind, body, and spirit!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road has had its ups and downs, and I’m grateful for the lessons, learnings, and strengths I’ve gained along the way. It’s definitely shaped me into the person I am today. I attended a Tony Robbins seminar a few years back, and I’ll never forget what he said- “Life is not happening to you, it’s happening for you.”

My Father had passed away suddenly in 2006 while I was finishing up acupuncture school and he was such an amazing role model in my life. He taught me about perseverance, strength, and love to help others. Having that experience of taking care of my father while he was ill and feeling the aftermath of his passing showed me the true preciousness of life and woke me up to the world of spiritual, mental, emotional healing.

I truly believe that healing on all levels is available to all of us in whatever way we need it. Then in 2013, I separated and eventually ended a 10-year-marriage. Very candidly I will say that we tried for several years to have children and did not succeed. However, knowing what I learned out of that timing, I truly created a passion in my work to help others looking to become more fertile and the healthiest they can be to create that dream for them.

Yes, the experiences were challenges, and I learned a great deal from them. Those experiences shaped me into the person I am today and helped me find the world of personal development like no other time in my life. I was and currently still am able to this day find the pure joy it gives me to help each patient every day feel great emotionally and physically to whatever capacity I can.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
The majority of my patients are fertility cases, in chronic/acute pain, and stress relief in a vast majority of patients as well. I see a variety of different issues people come in for, and the majority of my patients are mainly the specific ones just mentioned. I do health coaching with many of my patients and most often the fertility patients that are going through some part of that process in their journey.

Some are just starting out wanting to be healthier and have not encountered any issues in trying to get pregnant. For example, one of the couples that I’ve been helping are both coming in and are only a few months into “trying” have heard that acupuncture can help their chances. Also, I have other couples that have been trying for months and maybe even years, and I am their “last resort” as they’ve heard acupuncture can increase their chances to conceive.

In the world of acupuncture, many patients are seeking acupuncture alongside their IVF treatments (In-vitro-Fertilization treatments). Some have heard that it can increase the percentage of their chances a greater amount if they use acupuncture alongside IVF which I see with my existing and past patients. The greater population of patients I see for fertility are in the 35-45 age group range. For example one of my fertility patients is 45 and having her very first child after a successful IVF transfer coupled with acupuncture!

With different ailments that I see daily that vary from person to person I use a mixture of any of these modalities that will cater to each person’s needs: Acupuncture, Cupping, Tens-unit, acupressure, and aromatherapy. I can treat the body with those modalities for sure. If the mind and spirit need help when I go into other modalities. What I mean by this is if there is anything mental/emotional going on such as stress or depression then I’ll use other means to help this other layer of healing.

As we can say in the world of Chinese Medicine (or in other healing modalities) that physical ailments of the body can be caused by the emotional/spiritual part of us. For example, someone with a great deal of stress at work can experience neck pain. When a person is experiencing physical symptoms from different emotional stresses, then I use different processes such as Mental-Emotional Release to help release underlying Anger, sadness, fear, guilt, or limiting beliefs.

For example, someone with stress from worrying could be having digestive issues. Or I could use Hawaiian forgiveness processes such as Ho’oponono. I cater to each person’s needs in mind, body, and spirit. I’m also a licensed Hypnotherapist as well. After 14 years in the alternative health care business, I’m most proud seeing how far my business has come in terms of the relationships I’ve built with patients and how far they have come on their health journey.

I feel a sense of pride when I know I’m making a difference for them whether they’re telling me, “You’ve helped me, and my spouse have our first child,” or when you see how much healthier they are on many levels-physical or emotional. What sets my business apart truly I believe is the fact that I can treat on many levels- Mind, body, and spirit. I started out doing massage when I began my journey and then went through grad school studying oriental medicine.

I found that when I would go and receive treatments or when I was an intern doing treatments that we would treat on a very physical level and not a deeper emotional/spiritual level. I switched over to doing Classical-Five-Element Acupuncture which I still love doing to this day as it treats people on this deeper level. I also went into doing one on one work with patients doing processes such as mental-emotional release and with Ho’oponopono (a Hawaiian forgiveness process as mentioned before).

I truly learned that you can treat the body and if you don’t treat the mind then you are leaving a very important part out of the equation in a persons healing journey. That part was a very important one for me, and I believe that’s why I felt it was an important part of healing for others.

What were you like growing up?
I was actually a very quiet child and very emotionally sensitive. I was very aware of others when they had emotional issues going on or if they were in pain. If they were needing help, I felt this “pull” and wanted to help them in some way. I was very loving and nurturing towards others. I became more extroverted and social as I grew.

I gravitated towards being around people and loved getting to know them. Being outside riding my bike and taking time in nature and as well was such an exhilarating experience for me. As I grew into my teen years, I loved hiking and connecting in nature still. Interestingly I always felt the pull to spiritual practices. I grew up in something called Nichiren Buddhism and fell away from this practice till I was 18. I came back to the practice about three years ago.

Since I was 18, I had delved into many different spiritual and religious practices- different types of meditation, tarot card readings, Deeksha (from India), theta healing, sound healings, Hawaiian spirituality and more. I consider myself at this time in my life to feel great with my Buddhist practice, Hawaiian spirituality and have a belief in God as well. I’m definitely “multi-spiritual” as I like to call this.

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Manette Gonzales – mgonzphotography.com – IG: manettegonz

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