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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

Watermelon

I didn’t set out to do an annual 4th of July watermelon recipe, but this is the third year in a row, so I think it is official now. I just can’t think about 4th of July without thinking about … Continued

It happened again

Recently while washing the dishes, something shifted in the dish drainer and a favorite bowl fell onto the tile counter and broke. Arrggg! I loved that bowl! It was a gift from my inlaws and I think of them each … Continued

Inspiration

Daily life as an adult is a lot of “chores”: day to day tasks at work, at home, for our families, errands, appointments etc. That’s normal, and routines and repetitive tasks provide structure and predictability, which is good for our … Continued

Change Is Around The Curve

The spine typically has four distinct curves: two primary and two secondary. Our primary curves are our kyphotic curves, those that coil away from our organs and were developed in utero. The secondary curves are our lordotic curves, they are … Continued

What’s Your Long Game?

I’ve spent quite a bit of time in western medical offices this past year getting various types of tests and care that only allopathic medicine can provide. I needed to use multiple approaches – conventional and “alternative” – to properly … Continued

The Magic of Summer

I often find it ironic when parents insist on keeping up the appearance of Santa Claus for the reason of “keeping a sense of magic alive” in the kids. What happens to their sense of magic when they realize it … Continued

What are you practicing?

One of my mentors used to say to me, “you get good at what you practice.” We don’t get good at playing the piano by playing it once, it takes many hours of repetition and practice. And of course there … Continued

Warm Weather Cold Lentil Salad

I love lentils: delicious, versatile, nutritious and economical. Green, brown, red, yellow, black beluga, french – rarely a week goes by that I don’t make a big pot of lentil soup, or, in the summer, a lentil salad.

Did you … Continued

Shared Silence

A few months ago, my spouse and I broke free of our Netflix addiction and rediscovered the power of shared silence.

Maybe you know the seduction of Netflix. You come home after a long day and feel the need to … Continued

Wonder More, Google Less

Conversation before smart phones:
“I wonder what the population of Iceland is?” “Dunno. I don’t even know what the population of Oakland is. I’m pretty bad with those kind of numbers. Why are you wondering about the population of Iceland, … Continued

Practicing Living in a Body (in times of illness)

I dislocated my shoulder in February, an old recurring injury that popped up again. Recovering from the injury meant being unable to do certain things at work and home, and needing help for many tasks as my arm was immobilized. … Continued

Choosing Food in a Food Filled World

In today’s fast-paced, live-now, pay-later culture, the essence of “the meal” has been altered in a way that often emphasizes speed over content. Many of these choices present long term problems not only because our body cannot digest them but … Continued

Tips for Better ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ’s

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.

The way you feel while you’re … Continued

Natural Remedies for Anxiety

Anxiety is a common experience for many people in the modern world. While it’s approximated that 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, almost everyone experiences symptoms of anxiety at some point in their lives.

Some common physical symptoms of … Continued

Lethal Weapons

Every day I come to work, I park off-lot, which means I cross Piedmont Avenue at least twice a day. Lately I have been playing a “game” each time I stand in the crosswalk: “How many cars will pass by … Continued

Modern Solitude

Solitude is an increasing rare commodity; this is not good for your mind, body or soul. Being the only person at home doesn’t mean you are experiencing solitude. (And loneliness is not that same as solitude.)

Mindful solitude is about … Continued

A Still Spring in Perpetual Motion

I’ve written before about Chinese Medicine’s approach to emotions, how each organ system holds both virtue and vice, and how it is all connected to different seasons. Here I’m going to discuss the wonderful dichotomy of Spring and its partner … Continued

What Do You Love?

Happy Spring! Spring is a time of new growth – the budding of tender shoots. It is also a time of fertility – birds and bees coming alive. In the human realm, it is a time for planning and planting … Continued

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The treatments at Energy Matters have made a huge difference in the quality of my life! The acupuncture and moxibustion treatments have allowed me to continue daily activities that I would not otherwise be able to do such as computer … 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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For me acupuncture and Chinese herbs have addressed some chronic problems at their root, when Western medicine has only been able to treat the surface symptoms. I have also learned how to make dietary choices that enhance my overall health … 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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Qigong balances yin and yang: it’s simultaneously gentle and challenging, movement and stillness, concentration and letting go.… Continued

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I’m 62, overweight, with arthritis severe enough to have required knee replacements in my 50s. So I need low-impact ways of maintaining strength and flexibility. and Kirstin’s qigong class is just a great workout for me. I have less pain … Continued

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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 love this “new” eating… I’ve been soooo happy with Brussels sprouts, chard, sweet potatoes, yams, and especially different types of mushrooms!! The good news is that my glucose level dropped from 103 to 83.

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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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Today is a great day. Before I started the detoxification process, I didn’t really think about what I was putting into this body of mine. Since the cleanse I have lost 15 pounds, and not sure about the inches. It … 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 did it!!! I have completed my 21 days! I lost a total of 11.6 pounds and 2.5 inches on my waist. I feel great!

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OMG- the bone soup is changing my life. AMAZING!!!!! I am forever hooked. Thanks for everything!!! I’m feeling great and having consistently healthy poops for the first time in nearly 2 years!

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Kirstin & Angela,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  You have inspired & taught me to eat healthier and in a new way. The gifts of my life and good fortune just keep coming from Energy Matters: … Continued

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Wow! Was I ever surprised when I stepped on the scale and discovered that I had lost 13 pounds in 21 days. The joint pain in my toes was gone and my waist measurement was 4 inches smaller. The … 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’m a diabetic and my blood sugars had been getting too high after a bout with cancer and radiation. In those 21 days my blood sugars dramatically reduced and I got my energy back. Thanks to the program, in the … 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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Hi Angela,

Thank you so much for your message. I had such a wonderful experience meeting you. I can’t tell you how good it feels to have someone actually listen and provide a diagnosis and a solution! Within a … Continued

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Angela is awesome – she’s warm, welcoming and makes you feel completely at ease. Highly recommend this place to anyone looking for an excellent acupuncture experience!… Continued

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Angela is the thyroid guru. Though she is hardly about just treating that organ and rather she employs a systems approach to wellness that is refreshing and fantastic. I saw her for complications following thyroid surgery and not only did … Continued

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I came to Angela after receiving a diagnosis of thyroid cancer and was not only in shock from the diagnosis but scared that my body was in no condition to prevail through the upcoming nine hour surgery they kept telling … Continued

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Kari is a miracle worker! Not only does she clearly have a mastery of acupuncture techniques and orthopedic bodywork, she also has an unfailing intuition about what to tackle about my physical ailments, and how. Not to mention her sense … Continued

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As someone who is quite active and generally pretty certain that she’s indestructable [sic], I was devastated when what at first seemed to be a few muscle twinges turned out to be a serious vertebral disc injury.  I was in … Continued

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I had a long standing difficulty with plantar facscitis [sic] that was beginning to impact my ability to participate in dance aerobics and walking. I anticipated a problem as I had a planned hiking trip to the Utah National Parks … Continued

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I really liked my treatment. I had a big pimple on the left side of my face, that you treated and it was pretty much gone the next morning. The swelling went down and the soreness was gone. My girlfriend … 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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Acupuncture is a miracle.  I was referred to Kirsten several years ago by a friend who told me, “I’ve never felt better than I have lying on a Kirsten’s table once a week.”  It is true!  My anxiety is better.  Continued

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Kirstin is an amazing teacher.  Three of my friends have worked with her now and I’m glad to be the fourth. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to experience the real deal!

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The treatments at Energy Matters have made a huge difference in the quality of my life! The acupuncture and moxibustion treatments have allowed me to continue daily activities that I would not otherwise be able to do such as computer Continued

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The treatment and experience has profoundly helped me.  First and foremost, my knee pain is almost gone!  I have a tiny ache which is nothing compared to what I had before.  Even looking at my knee, the swelling is substantially Continued

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Thank your for being part of my healing path.  You give me a sense of hope – which very few have done for me.     You’re dedication to what you do is an inspiration to me and I also feel like 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 dark circles 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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Puffiness in my face is way better than usual and even the texture of my skin seems better.

Really enjoying the products, too. Especially the eye serum. I can feel it tightening! Continued

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The treatment was deeply nourishing and relaxing, more so than almost any other acupuncture I’ve had. I felt more qi in my face, gums, head and neck. And I notice my face looks fuller and more firm, more youthful, in 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 find qigong physically and energetically beneficial. I like the pace and style of the instruction, the grace and challenge of the form, the calm energy I can access. … Continued

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Qigong is enjoyable, relaxing and provides focus. I appreciated the patience of our instructor and the complete description of our activities. … Continued

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Wonderful teaching – warm, inclusive and challenging. I am learning so much – beautiful form, inspiring group and teachers. … Continued

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Qigong is a good way of slowing down without being passive. I appreciated the dedication and enthusiasm of the teacher and assistant teacher. … Continued

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I love how calm I feel when I take Maureen’s class. I learned how to move with a little more ease and grace. When I first started the class, I was losing my hair (from alopecia and stress) but now … Continued

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The class nurtures and cultivates awareness, overall mindfulness to self and movement. I truly enjoyed the class and how qigong has interwoven into my daily life. Wonderful instruction by Maureen. I appreciate her comments on her personal experience and growth … Continued

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Qigong class is a calming source of strength and energy. I appreciated Maureen’s reassuring acceptance, attitude of calmness and positive encouragement, and her ability to identify areas of confusion. … Continued

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I appreciated Maureen’s kindness and sensitivity, the pace and the adaptability to different physical needs. … 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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I appreciate the time Maureen takes to explain the details and simultaneously keeping the instructions simple and clear and easy to remember – a delicate balance! I learned how to release chi when I feel stagnation and stress symptoms. … Continued

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I appreciated Maureen’s style – she’s AWESOME. I will recommend this class, you bet! … 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 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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I appreciated Sue’s detailed instruction, good humor, and the non-judgmental atmosphere.… 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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