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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.

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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.

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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

When It Rains….It’s Damp!

With the rainy Bay Area winter and allergy season upon us I’ve been talking to a lot of patients lately about the idea of Dampness. Although Dampness has some pretty obvious physical manifestations like a runny nose or a phlegmy … Continued

What do you stand for?

You try to eat right, get enough sleep, exercise and manage your stress – all in the pursuit of better health. But have you thought about how your core values affect your health?

I believe that each of us has … Continued

Happy Lunar New Year! FIRE ROOSTER

Goodbye Monkey, Hello Rooster!

Just as the Solar New Year on Jan 1st is a about reflection, so is the Lunar New Year, which arrived last Saturday. What shifts do you want to make in this year? How do you … Continued

Intuitive Roots

During my first yoga teacher training program, I was gifted a talented mentor who was generous with both her knowledge and her time. One pearl of wisdom I took from her then and continue to carry with me now is, … Continued

Accidental Night Hike

A couple of weeks ago, I accidently went on a night hike. Somehow by the time my partner and I loaded our three dogs in the car and headed out to one of our favorite hikes in Redwood Park, it … 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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