Qi, Meditation & Acupuncture

In Chinese medicine, the practitioner’s qi development is important to the acupuncture practice. In acupuncture, we are working with your body’s qi, or energy, which flows in a channel or vessel system. Qi is electric in nature: the metal needles conduct electricity. The practitioner’s qi flows through the needle to the patient. So when acupuncturists do practices such as tai qi, qi gong (qi work) yoga (a type of qi gong) and meditation, they are developing their qi. The practitioners’ qi (along with their knowledge and experience) has a direct relationship to the strength and effectiveness of the acupuncture treatment.

I began a regular yoga and meditation practice in the early 1990’s that continues to this day, though over the years the style has changed. In recent years my spiritual practice has become more highly developed, and is now my primary priority. I practice for several hours every morning in the Karma Kagyu tradition, and go on retreat several times a year to a monastery in Woodstock, NY. Patients do feel the fruition of my qi cultivation and meditation practice during their acupuncture treatments.prwhbl2-

I bring my love and compassion to the treatment room.  My clinical practice is a precious opportunity for me to benefit to others by relieving their suffering and pain, thereby engaging in right livelihood so that I may create the space, time and quietude for serious study, contemplation and mediation practice.

On a personal note. . . I walk the walk!

In addition to yoga and meditation, I enjoy hiking with my dogs, organic, vegetarian cooking and living a holistic, environmentally responsible lifestyle. I am an avid NY Times reader, and a classic film buff.

Personal Qualities – Honesty – Integrity – Compassion

Many patients are surprised and interested to learn that Chinese medicine is a second career for me. I majored in design at UCLA, and went on to pursue a career in wardrobe and costuming in NY and Los Angeles. I worked in many locales; including Broadway shows (Guys and Dolls, Phantom of the Opera) Radio City Music Hall, the Metropolitan Opera and Law and Order. It may be pointless to say that I’m pretty good with a needle (and thread!)

I lived in NYC for a decade, and developed a discriminating palate in the foodie town. I come from a family of cooks, and have perfected some yummy vegan recipes. (Tip: occasionally I will post a favorite on my blog.) Recently I took a cooking class and learned to make artisan vegan cheeses, using cashews! (They are pretty good). I was a strict vegan for fifteen years, and now am an ovo-vegetarian (eggs, no dairy) since 2008. My main reason for veganism is compassion for the animals who suffer greatly, in addition to the health and environmental benefits of a plant based diet. I subscribe to a whole foods diet, and only occasionally included canned or prepared foods. (Patients have examined my shopping cart at Whole Foods and give me the thumbs up:)

hiking photo enhanced harpswell island 14septI am a long-time environmentalist. I recycle and reuse everything (excepting medical waste and acupuncture needles, which are immediately disposed of in bio hazard containers). I eat organic food, clean with plant-based cleaners, paint with chemical free paints, eliminate toxins from my living environment and basically do whatever I can to lead a green lifestyle.

I have two young dogs, who I love dearly (Bodhi, a whippet mix & Georgia rescue, and Sattva, the Cutest puggle!). We like to hike and take long sunset walks on the Scarborough beaches, and walks in the woods on snowy afternoons. I often find myself quoting Robert Frost (The woods are lovely, dark and deep. . .)