More than thirty years ago I was introduced to the worlds of Tai Chi, Qigong, and Chinese medicine. Little did I know that from these beginnings would evolve a way of life.
The Path Unfolds
In the 1970s, acupuncture had an “underground” feel. In the U.S. Acupuncture was not yet recognized as an alternative health treatment and, in fact, in those days there was little available outside of traditional Western medicine. When in 1973 I suffered a debilitating back injury, a friend recommended that I see an acupuncturist in a last-ditch effort to find relief. In desperation I decided to try it and to my amazement, my back pain was 90% alleviated within three treatments. My acupuncturist told me to study Tai Chi. “It will change your life,” he said. How true those words were and still are.
My Source of Strength
I could not have known then that the many lessons I learned from studying Tai Chi and Qigong would sustain me through everything from Ovarian and Breast Cancer to a broken heart.
My martial arts and meditation practices have nourished me, helping me cope physically, emotionally and spiritually through adversity. Today I am blessed with wellness and vitality and continue to thrive.
My Roots in Tai Chi and Qigong
I started my study of Tai Chi in 1973 with Yang Style and Sil Lum Gong Fu. In 1979 I met my teacher Larry Johnson whom I continue to study with until this day. Under his watchful eye I have studied Wu Style Tai Chi, Hua Shan Daoist Qigong, 18 Buddha Hands Qigong and Choy Lee Fut Gong Fu hand and weapons forms. Larry’s willingness to share his wisdom and infectious inspirational energy with me is invaluable. I am very grateful for his dedication to his teaching and training.
The Lessons of Chinese Medicine
As my study of martial arts deepened, my desire to understand Chinese medicine grew. I wanted to know more about the theories of Yin and Yang, the Eight Principles and the Five Elements. I graduated from the San Francisco College of Acupuncture in 1985 and became a Licensed Acupuncturist in California in 1986. Throughout the 1970’s and 80’s I applied myself to learning various methods of bodywork therapies, including acupressure and several forms of massage. These days I do not use needles but love to work with people using Acupressure and a synthesis of somatic practices. The profound knowledge that I have gained from studying Chinese Medicine infuses all my practices.