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The Art Of Saying Goodbye

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” -Dr. Seuss

Ok, I’ll admit it. I stink at goodbyes. Not just the big goodbyes but often the day to day, everyday down on the … Continued

The Repackaging of Acupuncture

For centuries, the impetus behind discovery has been both necessity and competition. Making it to a destination is always deemed best when one gets there first. Controversy brews from questionable calls, tied points, and poorly kept records. We, as humans, … Continued

The “Winter” Time of the Menstrual Cycle

In case you haven’t noticed, Energy Matters publishes our newsletters seasonally. That’s because in Chinese Medicine, living in harmony with the seasons is an important part of cultivating health. Another key tenet is that what’s in the macrocosm (the universe) … Continued

Your Joy Brings Light into the World

With everything going on in our world over the past year or so, sometimes feeling like impending apocalypse or armageddon – I find that many people have been struggling with increased fear, helplessness, anger, and numbness.

A mentor spoke with … Continued

Food Confusion

How did eating get so complicated? “Do I eat raw, vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, paleo, Atkins, ketogenic? Organic vs commercial? Farmers market or supermarket? What about gluten, dairy, soy, corn? What about GMOs? What is the best diet for me? What … Continued

The Well of Grief

We are deep into Autumn – the season associate with the Lungs system. In Chinese Medicine, Lungs are responsible for warding off “pernicious evils” (viruses, bacteria, pollens etc), they control the health of the skin, and are associated with the … Continued

Meditation in Action

I often say that mindfulness practice is needed in these difficult times: that it’s not only about inner peace, but peace in the world as well. I know that can sound kind of abstract, but an incident recently illustrated for … Continued

Treat Your Body Like a Car

You take your car in for regular oil changes and tune ups. What about your body – do you take yourself in for regular tune ups? It’s kind of ironic that most of us do a better job of making … Continued

No Guilt

Guilt is not useful when it comes to self-care practices. Since I frequently talk with patients and qigong students about various things they can do to feel better, I get to hear a lot of “confessions” from people feeling guilty … Continued

Why Meditation is Crucial in Meeting this Moment

Meditation is not about separating ourselves
from the suffering around us.
It is about increasing our capacity to be able to meet suffering.

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Time to Recalibrate

Next week is the Autumnal Equinox, which means we are headed into longer nights, shorter days. From a Chinese Medicine point of view, this means that for the next six months, Yin energy dominates. Within the 24 hour clock, Yin … Continued

Autumn Brim

The harvest season is not only a time to stock for the winter, it is also an excellent time to shore up your energy reserves.

We pull our energy from different sources: food, water, sleep (of course), but also solitude, … Continued

What Do You Believe?

On a recent road trip with my kids I had lots of driving time to unwind, contemplate, feel the wind in my hair and let a lot of overly-structured life go. It’s here that I find the most creativity and … Continued

Reflections on Healthy Skin for the Autumn Season

Autumn is associated with the Metal element. The metal element is about healthy boundaries, thus the organs corresponding to this element – the Lung and Large Intestine – are all about taking in what is beneficial, and releasing what is … Continued

Practicing Radical Acceptance

I often say “you never know what will come up in retreat” – which means, no matter what comes up, retreat gives us the space to work very intentionally with it. If we sit with “how do I practice with …...

Attack of the Squash People!

It is that time of year – home gardens and farmers markets are replete with summer squash. Anyone who has grown zucchini knows the experience of finding da humongous squash hiding under giant leaves that seems to have quadrupled in … Continued

Structuring Unstructured Time

When I was a kid, summer meant, by definition, lots and lots of unstructured time. Mornings were lazy, days unfolded in unexpected and unplanned ways. Time stretched on seemingly forever.

In contrast, I have found being “grown up” means lots … Continued

Choosing the “Red Pill”

I recently returned from a one-week meditation retreat for practitioners of color at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. I try to attend at least one meditation retreat annually – it’s such an important reset for me, as a practitioner living “in … Continued

Walking My Talk

I believe that part of creating health is knowing what you stand far, and living accordingly. So I love it when my own mis-alignments get pointed out. Well, OK – I don’t love the feeling of the discovery, but I … Continued

Fight Imaginary Tigers with Imagination

Let’s face it – life is stressful. Hopefully not all the time, every day, but all of us go through times of stress, both “garden variety” every-day stressors and Big Deal stressors.

In terms of your health, one of the … Continued

What’s the Point?

There’s a question I’ve heard more times than I can count. What’s the point of learning something new when I might not be great at it? What’s the point of writing anything down if no one will read it? What’s … Continued

Practicing with “the state of the world”

I was connecting with a good friend a few weeks ago about how slightly tuned out we’d both recently been regarding the current political state of affairs: kind of like averting one’s eyes when witnessing a car crash. We were … Continued

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The repetition made it really easy to build on the learning week to week, and to pick up easily if you miss some weeks. It was rewarding and very accessible.… Continued

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A fun and calm way to destress. I like the no guilt policy for missing class. It means I can come and have it be fun and when it would be more stressful to add another thing to the day, … Continued

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I learned that what seems intricate and complex can be practiced with pleasure, that energy is powerful and can be moved, that awareness of movement can extend to all parts of life. I appreciated the welcoming, helpful, & non-judgemental atmosphere … Continued

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I learned to stay present & mindful in day to day life, and that even the smallest movements are so energetic/powerful. I appreciated the welcoming feeling of the practice and the friendly helpful staff. Everyone should try it!… Continued

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I enjoyed the relaxed, easy going style of the teacher, the incremental learning with no pressure, the beautiful space.… Continued

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It helps me manage my shoulder pain & anxiety.… Continued

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I appreciated the cleanliness and organization of Energy Matters’ facility! The expertise of teachers and staff, and the gentleness with which they make corrections. The coordination of classes – both the content and the ability to do make-up classes.… Continued

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Try it! Qigong is a great way to relax your body even when you are in pain. I always felt better after class. It takes time to master the exercise routine/techniques, so it helps to just take it easy going … Continued

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I appreciated Maureen’s clear verbal instructions, images, patience. It’s very relaxing though strenuous…good for the body and mind.… Continued

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It’s really helping my life in so many ways. It makes me much more resilient to difficulties.… Continued

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Peggy’s depth of knowledge and sharing poignant, meaningful details provided context and background; and ultimately made things easier to remember.… Continued

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Major thumbs up. For the process of learning and the explicit result.… Continued

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I felt really safe and genuinely included- I liked that the class really centered adaptive movement instead of just “including” it. I learned that I can access a movement class even with my high levels of fatigue!… Continued

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It’s transforming – slows you down. Makes you appreciate the body and qi more.… Continued

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It was a deeply nourishing experience integrating mind and body. I learned an enormous amount in the 8 weeks.… Continued

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I’m learning about moving my body in new ways. Also paying attention to energy flowing in and out of my body.… Continued

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It was gentle and challenging, and even if specific movements were difficult, I always felt better after class.… Continued

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Hi Kirstin,
Thank you so much for being such an inspiring person to learn from – I have truly had a revelation about how much I was NOT getting from my food through the 21-day program, and I think that … Continued

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Please take this class! Maureen is so encouraging and balances realistic expectations with positivity. I learned so much about my tendency to move certain ways, more about my limits and how to modify for my own needs.… Continued

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I appreciated the slow pace of the class, and Maureen’s humour.… Continued

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Sue’s careful instruction help us use the correct form for each move. Her verbal descriptions as we move are great!… Continued

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Ok, so let’s get the numbers out of the way: 21 days, 12 pounds, 2 inches.

I was not grossly overweight at the beginning of the cleanse, but definitely had some weight to lose and some love handles that could … Continued

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Great loving beginning practice, very encouraging and helpful place to start and grow.… Continued

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(From a participant at the end of his second cleanse)
Our post cleanse routine had remained very close to our ‘final days’ so this time around was a breeze.

I’ve been so impressed with impact and change that can come … Continued

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Maureen broke down the movements comprehensively. She demonstrated so gracefully. It was a pleasure to watch. It is a good class to join for community and a means to keep moving as one ages.… Continued

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Sue is a very enthusiastic instructor. She made it fun. Sue started and ended class on time with a 5-min. break. Her promptness is much appreciated,. Sue is sharp and always noticed certain movements that we have difficulties in following … Continued

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I learned to be mindful and more gentle towards myself and emotions and to use the meditation time to accept external and internal facts. Absolutely everybody needs this! Thank you for all the recordings and online resources.… Continued

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Thank you so much for seeing me – that experience was just so great. I found you so grounding and really appreciated all of your healing expertise. I’m always amazed at the power of acupuncture, and the direct experience of … Continued

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I learned to center myself, to pay attention to my body, to try to keep my mind here. Qigong fuels healing and is good for the body. I appreciated Maureen’s very clear instructions, and the peaceful atmosphere.… Continued

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Healing! I came in ill, hurting, and very scared, and I feel much, much, much better 8 weeks later. I don’t learn easily by watching, and it helped a lot to have Kirstin’s very clear verbal instruction too. For the … Continued

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My husband and I are doing GREAT! I am so happy he decided to join me on this cleanse! He’s never done anything like this before and I see some really great changes in how he thinks about food and … Continued

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Qigong helps my flexibility and makes me feel good. I enjoyed Gail’s warmth, lovely presence and positive attitude.… Continued

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I appreciated Sue’s detailed instruction, good humor, and the non-judgmental atmosphere.… Continued

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It’s wonderful- take it! I appreciated the clear understanding and teaching, the lovely guided meditations.… Continued

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I definitely felt more relaxed & grounded after the AFR session. My face was more relaxed and more importantly, it was if I was “beginning to look like myself again” – which was good to feel. Also I’ve only had … Continued

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As a result of receiving regular acupuncture I am physically and emotionally healthier: calmer mood, allergies gone, fewer sinus infections, fewer headaches, back and knee problems kept to a minimum so I can continue an active life.… Continued

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I use acupuncture to remain healthy on all accounts. I first started going for my dance soreness and stresses and then later for help getting pregnant. My spirit is the first to be healed, then my emotional well-being, and finally … Continued

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Acupuncture is the best way to gather and reconnect my physical, mental and emotional being. With regular care, my body has come to respond immediately and has re-patterned itself to use the treatments as a healing process..… Continued

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Wow, I just finished the series of facial rejuvenation sessions at Energy Matters. I was prompted to do this after seeing my friends undergo really painful procedures to help them look younger. Not only were the sessions pain free, I … Continued

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I have learned about the power of energy to heal and create a sense of well-being. I find myself focusing on positive energy and consequently generate positive energy.

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When I began Dayan Qigong in September of 2008, I had such bad aches in my joints- especially my hands and legs-that I was seeing my acupuncturist every week. Now, almost 10 months later, I hardly see him at all. … Continued

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I like Maureen’s calm voice and presence. The class is wonderful! … Continued

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By awakening to the body’s inherent sense of balance, I have sharpened my mental focus and have learned new skills to help quiet the mind.

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It’s great for all ages and abilities. I appreciated the slow, steady, no-pressure pace. … Continued

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Yeah I bet you hear this all the time, but the cleanse was really effective on so many levels. I didn’t have dramatic changes in temperament / well-being but I think if I had done a simple elimination diet of … Continued

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I am LOVING the cleanse.  I feel great… there were a few days when I was a bit lethargic and low energy, but recently, I have a lot of energy.  We just got back from a 4 mile hike in … Continued

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I love Jerri’s calm presence, patience and humor. Great space. … Continued

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Hello Kirstin and Angela,

Just a note to say thank you so much for this great program. I went all 21 days – and of course, I’m sure you’ve heard this before – it has changed my life. Thank … Continued

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I learned so much! Patience, and a feeling that I can do this for myself anytime, almost anywhere. I appreciated Maureen’s clear instruction, pacing, patience humor and presence, and the beauty of the form. … Continued

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I would definitely recommend the facial rejuvenation treatments to anyone that is wanting to roll back the clock on your body and mind.… Continued

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I started seeing Kirstin Lindquist for acupuncture treatments some years ago when she worked in a lovely alternative resource center in Emeryville in walking distance from where I live. From the beginning, I have experienced her to be a ‘no … Continued

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Originally, I started going to Energy Matters to help me with night sweats, hot flashes and a real lack of energy. A friend had suggested acupuncture and Energy Matters. It didn’t take long after my first few acupuncture treatments with … Continued

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It was lovely to be treated to such a super session. I felt noticeably different after my appointment with you. Walking hurt less, I felt rested and the muscles in my shoulders and neck felt a huge pressure release. I’m … Continued

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After over 20 years of searching for a reliable solution for sinus headaches, I decided to try acupuncture. I saw an allergist and general practitioners and tried prescription and over-the-counter medication, as well as home remedies with no consistent … Continued

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Before I began working with Prajna, I was experiencing severe premenstrual symptoms including developing painful lumps in my breasts, headaches, and severe neck and back pain. I was also bleeding every 3 weeks and having severe menstrual cramps that … Continued

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Prajna Choudhury is a wise, compassionate, and heart centered acupuncturist. From her opening questions, to the treatment itself, I felt taken care of and seen as a whole person. I went to her recently for shoulder pain; I left … Continued

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I went to see Prajna recently when I was going through a really anxious time.  She is very helpful, knowledgeable and compassionate.  After each treatment, I was so much calmer and at the same time stronger to deal with the … Continued

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Prajna’s touch is great – I hate getting acupuncture, but she is gentle and painless – and very patient with my nervousness! I’ve had great results from her treatments, for anxiety, sciatic pain and headaches. And I love her … Continued

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Prajna really helped me through a difficult period in my life when I was suffering from a kidney ailment. The prescription drugs I had been taking had really ravaged my body. I began treatments with Prajna and her healing skills … Continued

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The day after my last treatment, at least 3 people told me how radiant I look. Made me think that I should have a treatment every day!

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Prajna creates a calm, grounded environment for her practice–and the result is some good, strong medicine! I’m so grateful for the relief I’ve received from chronic shoulder and back aches from her treatments (I highly recommend the cupping in addition … Continued

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Thank you, Prajna, for the wonderful service and support that you have provided to me over more than a year. I decided to explore Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture and then Facelift acupuncture. I have seen significant improvement in the … Continued

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When I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in some time, I noticed her taking a long look at my face. Later that day, I received an email: “You look so beautiful. I hope you don’t mind my asking, … Continued

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After New Years, I came down with a terrible flu. I had aches and pains everywhere. I was miserable. I visited this amazing acupuncturist/herbalist, Prajna. She was extremely competent, sensitive, in tune with my body/spirit and key to … Continued

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My best friend’s 16-year-old birthday party. A camping trip in the Sierras. A girls’ night out on the town. I can’t recount all the events I’ve missed in my life due to difficult periods. Since the age of 16, debilitating … Continued

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Over the course of just three acupuncture treatments, I was able to recover much of my ability to fall asleep and rest deeply through the night. Before I came to Prajna, I was having persistent insomnia. Because I was … Continued

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Prajna – what can I say?! Once again you and your needles and calm voice of reason have rescued me from PMS hell. Soothing my irritated body and calming my anxious mind – I felt like a different person when … Continued

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You’ve been a great acupuncturist to me, and the pain associated with my period has decreased dramatically. I’m deeply grateful and appreciative of the work you have done and do in the world.

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“I felt so held and healed by your treatments. Thank you. AND you have won my award for the most pain-free, gentle needling technique ever! (And I am very sensitive to pain.) If you have been avoiding acupuncture because you … Continued

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“I was skeptical and suspicious of alternative medicine at first. I have chronic complaints- eczema, insomnia and high blood pressure – and was treated by Prajna for these conditions. I sleep better, my eczema is under control and my BP … Continued

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I’ve been seeing Kirsten for PMS acupuncture treatments and after just a couple of treatments began to feel much more even, less cramps and less moodiness.

Most recently I was coming off a long long course of  steroids and was … Continued

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Energy Matters is becoming a very important part of my life, as I attend qi gong classes there and make use of high-level acupuncture care to improve my relationship with my body (and all of nature).  Kristin has helped me Continued

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I love this place.  I came in because of  problems with acne.  After trying everything and I mean everything…. I thought about trying acupuncture!   I can honestly say…I have seen an improvement on my face!

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I originally walked into Energy Matters to get some acupuncture for my aching back in March of 2013. Angela was my care provider and I couldn’t be more impressed with her knowledge, gentle, nurturing approach and most importantly, the immediate Continued

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Kari is wonderful! She has a wealth of knowledge and experience. I’ve been going to Kari for a number of months and what I appreciate the most is how she listens and works with you to develop the best plan Continued

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I can’t recommend Prajna more highly.  This was my first experience with acupuncture and she made me feel comfortable, supported and so well cared for.  Prajna is knowledgeable and wise, clear-eyed and warm, with a true gift for healing. You Continued

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I highly recommend Prajna (pronounced Proga) for facial and general acupuncture. She is grounded, kind and so deeply knowledgeable about Chinese medicine. She asks great questions and finds helpful patterns in the answers.

Her acupuncture “facelift” series is an enlivening … Continued

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Energy Matters is a beautiful space for receiving acupuncture. My husband and I went there to treat insomnia and we worked with an amazing healer named Prajna and are now sleeping soundly through the night. We so appreciated her warm, Continued

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I have been getting acupuncture for more than 20 years and have in the last year been seeing Angela Coon at Energy Matters. I take my needle-phobic son too and he loves working with her.

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I have been to going to Energy Matters for over a year, and have the highest possible rating for both of the people I work with: Prajna and Kari.  

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I highly recommend Kari for sport or accident related injuries. Or any other pain management.  She is smart, friendly and  highly knowledgeable of the body and how it functions. I have been seeing her on a weekly, if not, bi Continued

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I was experiencing this weird fatigue that gone on for a month and no one could tell me what was going on.  This thing was getting on my nerves, so I sought out Prajna at Energy Matter for help. She Continued

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I love this place.  I came in because of  problems with acne.  After trying everything and I mean everything…. I thought about trying acupuncture!   I can honestly say…I have seen an improvement on my face! The staff there is so Continued

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Qigong has been my daily practice since I started classes last Fall and makes a positive difference in my life. I love everything about the class, especially Maureen’s careful instruction. … Continued

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Gail is an excellent teacher and motivator, and this class provided me with the tools I need to begin practicing again – I am slowly making a commitment to daily practice. … Continued

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Gail is encouraging and positive and makes this very fulfilling. She is a fabulous instructor. I couldn’t be happier. This is exactly the type of class that I’ve been searching for! … Continued

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I appreciated the kind, accepting atmosphere the instructor created for the class and the information shared, exercises, homework and insights gained through all of it. I learned to more present, and to bring myself back to the moment and Continued

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This class is great! The teacher is kind and knowledgable; the movements are presented in a clear and detailed way. It is the perfect start to my Saturday! The warmups have been great in my daily life and the form … Continued

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You need to take qigong! I learned how to slow down, how to balance better. Energy Matters has meant the world to me. … Continued

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I love everything about taking qigong – the beautiful place, lovely instructor, meditative practice. I’ll be continuing in order to learn more and deepen the practice. Thank you!! … Continued

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FANTASTIC class. … Continued

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I love qigong! It’s an important part of my self-care routine. I feel more centered, flexible and energized.… Continued

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Qigong will make you feel better, mind-body-spirit. … Continued

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I liked the structure of the classes, the careful instruction and immediate feelings of well being. … Continued

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Qigong is fun, centering – anyone can do it. I am surprised at how good I feel afterward! … Continued

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I find qigong is very beneficial and worth trying. I am very much enjoying the class. … Continued

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I really enjoy taking qigong. I gained a deeper understanding of the form, and appreciated the instructor patience. … Continued

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If you make the investment of daily practice and this class, your life will change profoundly. … Continued

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Qigong is a graceful, subtle, and beautiful experience in cultivating balance, energy and awareness of my body while learning about this fascinating, ancient tradition. I appreciated the knowledge of the instructors! I was originally in Kirstin’s class, but did a … Continued

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Qigong is easy and feels great. Good form of gentle exercise. I liked the step by step instruction and clear teaching. … Continued

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