Meet the Practitioner
Welcome to Qi Hai Acupuncture and Massage in Kapolei. My name is Mei Yan Lau and I am excited to share my story of acupuncture and massage therapy with you.
My journey began in 2004 after a car accident. I was the front seat passenger of a vehicle which took an on ramp too fast on wet road and we hit the rail. I saw myself flying towards the steering wheel but yanked back just as quickly by my seat belt. The seat belt absolutely did its job and we walked away without a scratch. I slept one peaceful night but awoken by progressive shooting pain in my neck , shoulders and back. My doctor informed me it was whiplash and prescribed some pain killers and sent me on my way.
With painful days and sleepless nights, pain killers numbed my body and fogged my head but did not heal me. It was only after the discovery of massage therapy that I was able to live my life again.
My first massage therapy was of a softer touch. She released a lot of my anxiety and put me to sleep every time I was on her table. However, I felt the same amount of pain when I left. And as the stars aligned in my life, I met my better half and he introduced me to his father, a licensed massage therapist in Makaha, Hawaii, Lanny Moore. His style is Sports and Deep Tissue and I felt great just after the initial visit. By my second visit, I was sleeping through the night without being in the fetal position. By the fourth visit, I was pain free.
From that moment on, I decided on the path of helping others who are going through what I went through. I started the next available class at Hawaii Massage Academy and became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2006.
For the next few years, I provided out call massages in Makaha to office workers with desk job pains, very similar pain patterns as what I experienced- Neck, Shoulders and Back. My idea was massage should be easily accessible to everyone and not be viewed as a luxury. From there, I envisioned something bigger than just out calls and I remembered the time when my grandma would see an acupuncturist for her arthritis pain in her foot. There is so much more learning in helping others and massage therapy became my gateway to the world of holistic medicine.
In January 2009, I moved to Denver, Colorado to pursue the next step of my career, Traditional Chinese Medicine, encompassing acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Tui Na, Chinese massage. After 3 years at Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I graduated in December 2011 with a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
I was also awarded Diplomate of Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and I have obtained a clean needle certification from the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
The 3 years away from my Hawaii home has taught me many lessons in my life and how I want to be an acupuncturist. I am a local girl at heart. I like comfort and ease and do my best to convey that essence to my patients. I don't believe needles should be painful to be effective. But I do strongly believe mutual respect and good intentions can go further than any one needle.
Health is the foremost important aspect of life. We need to take care of ourselves and each other in order to live happily. With no health, we cannot enjoy the blessing of each day. As Lao Zi, a Chinese philosopher, once said, " A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." And so I hope our new journey together, one step at a time, will bring joy to you as it does to me.
Mei with her rescue Black Lab Scooby at a hike in Colorado.