At Tai Chi Acupuncture & Wellness Center our goal is to create healthier and happier people by providing quality care and alternative healing therapies to those in need. While there will always be a place for Western Medicine, we take a different approach to health and wellness.
Our programs, classes and treatments focus on bringing balance to mind, body, and spirit. Our bodies are amazing vehicles, and we are just beginning to understand their full capacities. Our intention is to teach others that the path to a happy and healthy life lies within each and every one of us.
Our primary goal is to enable you to live the life of your dreams.
What Differentiates Our Center
We realize that you have many choices today when it comes to your heath, and we feel it’s important for you to know what makes us different.
While we offer many different treatment options (see our list of services) to help you through existing conditions or problems, our ultimate goal is to provide you with the tools to take control of your own life.
We share with you ancient techniques that do not require dangerous surgeries and or toxic medications in order to find relief.
Many times prescription medications just mask pain, and do not deal with the root cause of issues or illnesses. Our goal is to enhance the natural healing system of our own bodies to deal with the source of pain and disease.
We do this through proven alternative therapies, classes and seminars given by some of the area’s leading professionals in various fields, and through the ancient martial art of Tai Chi.
Our knowledgeable staff is truly world class, and we will constantly strive to provide our clients with ongoing support to heal themselves and transform their lives.
Meet the Practitioners
Kuan Chung Chen (Licensed acupuncturist)
Kuan Chung Chen (Median) is a Master of natural energy healing. While practicing under his father in Taiwan, he has helped many people with both their physical and mental problems through the natural energy practices of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. His approach to healing has always been one of “helping people to help themselves”. His methods of Tai Chi Qi Gong Guiding Treatment and Acupuncture usually help rid people of their pain or illness pretty quickly; however, once patients are feeling better, he encourages them to practice Tai Chi and Qi Gong in order to prevent illness in the future. He believes that there is no better healing mechanism than our own bodies, and that it is very important for us to take more control of our own health.
Median Chen started his Tai Chi and Qi Gong practice at the age of five under the instruction of his father (Grand Tai Chi Master CK Chen) in Taiwan. Since then, Median has amassed over 25 years of experience in Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Qi guided healing practice, and has more than 10 years of experience in teaching Tai Chi and Qi Gong. He was named the international champion of both individual 37 Tai Chi Form and Tai Chi Push Hand (Detail please see Median Chen’s Tai Chi Awards & Honors here).
In Taiwan, Median assisted his father and Taiwanese residents at the Ru Yu Tai Chi School. In his time at the school he was able to help hundreds of people with all kinds of health problems. He has followed his father in promoting a “Do not occupy a hospital bed movement”, giving the bed to the people who really need it, for more than a decade.
Median got his Master’s degree in Physical Education, Health, and Leisure in Taiwan in 2008. After that he made his voyage to the United States in 2008 to continue pursuing a Ph. D. degree in Sport Management. While he was working on his Ph. D., Median also graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture, NESA, (the oldest school of acupuncture and oriental medicine in the US), earning a Master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) and also a Mass board of Medicine certification as a licensed acupuncturist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition to his unique family healing techniques, Median also incorporates the Tung style of acupuncture.
Moreover, Median Chen has trained extensively, under (Master Lin Xian Zhang) in specialized Chinese Feng Shui and the Four Pillars of Destiny technique. For years he helped people in Taiwan improve their homes' energy, or (Qi) circulation, in order to create a better environment for a family to live.
C.K. Chen (Senior Adviser)
Grand Master C.K. Chen is the founder of the Ru-Yu Tai Chi School in Taiwan. It operates today as the largest private Tai Chi School in Taiwan. Master Chen’s style of Tai Chi, has proven to be highly effective, and has and earned himself and his school numerous accolades and world reknowned status. C.K. Chen's unique style is based on the infusion of the Art of Dao into his Cheng Man Ching style Tai Chi Chuan practice (37 Movement Tai Chi Form). His style emphasizes relaxation, grounding of energy, and a more united body movement. It is said to be more complete than many competing styles. It stresses the unification of all energy …the energy (Qi) from "the heavens" and "the earth". By developing and passing on his style, through tried, tested and simple practices, Master C.K. Chen has helped, and continues to help thousands of people with many modern and chronic diseases throughout Taiwan. His system of Tai Chi instruction has been able to alleviate and cure symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, stress, fatigue, asthma, infertility, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, weak immune systems, and liver disease, to name just a few. Grand Master Chen also initiated a "Do not occupy a hospital bed" movement in Taiwan. His system advocates having a health body, in order to live a fuller, and more enjoyable life. Today, the Ru-Yu Tai Chi School is still leading the way in the world of Tai Chi and life improvement instruction.
If you want to know more about the C.K. Chen or Ru Yu Tai Chi School in Taiwan, you can check our Ru Yu Tai Chi Page for more info.
Ching Tse Lee (Senior Adviser)
Dr. Ching-Tse Lee, a Chi (Qi) Gong master, born in Taiwan in 1940, has pursued a life long study of Psychology, Tai Chi Chuan, Tao, Zen and Calligraphy. Upon his arrival in the United States in 1964, Dr. Lee began an advanced study in Psychology and received a doctoral degree in 1969. He served as Professor of Psychology from 1971 to 2008 at Graduate Center and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and served as Chairperson of the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College from 1988 to 1996.
In 1982, Dr. Lee established "Tao and Zen Research Center" to promote scientific research of these two great philosophical traditions from Chi perspective. He was invited to participate in energy (Chi) and healing research projects at the Menninger Foundation and Harvard Medical School in 1988. From 1998 to 2001, he was a visiting scholar at Academia Sinica of Taiwan and conducted a research project, "Chi, Culture and Traditional Chinese Medicine". In 1999, he established a new school of calligraphy---Chi Calligraphy (application of Chi in calligraphic artwork). In the same year, he published a chapter, "Qigong", in a book, "Complementary and Alternative Medicine". In 2001, he published a chapter, "Archery and Calligraphy: A Chi Interpretation", in "Proceedings of International Conference on Society, Ethnicity and Cultural Performance". From 1991 to 2008, he served as President of Golden Eagle Institute and from 2005 to 2012, he served as President of Taiwan Photography Association of Greater New York. Currently, he is the President of Golden Eagle Institute and continues to promote "Chi Gong", "Chi Management" and "Chi Calligraphy".
Mingxia Lu (Michelle) (Ph.D., Licensed acupuncturist and herbalist)
• Medical Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (in China)
• Eleven years of intensive training in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine
• Twenty-three years of clinical experience, including eight years of experience in the First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Accredited as National Clinical Center of Acupuncture in China. The principal filming location of the documentary “9000 Needles”.)
• Six years of teaching experience at the New England School of Acupuncture, USA
Dr. Lu received intensive training in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in China. She earned her Bachelor and Master's degrees at Shandong University of TCM, and her Doctor's degree from Tianjin University of TCM. She began to use acupuncture and Chinese herbs to treat her patients' various health problems in 1994. She spent eight years practicing at Tianjin University of TCM’s first teaching hospital, the National Clinical Center of Acupuncture. It is widely known as one of the top TCM hospitals in China. Mingxia was conferred the doctorate degree in TCM in 2001 and the professional title of Associate Chief Physician in TCM in 2003. She has practiced in the US since 2007 after being Board Certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed by the Board of Registration in Medicine, in Massachusetts. Mingxia joined the New England School of Acupuncture in 2012 and has been a popular teacher there for more than six years. While teaching at the school, she also practiced at a private clinic in Arlington, MA. Mingxia specializes in women's health problems, digestive issues, stress, anxiety, insomnia, neurological disorders, pain management as well as many other things.
Eugenia Lai (MAOM, Licensed acupuncturist and herbalist)
Eugenia Lai, MAOM, L.Ac., is a medical board certified and MA licensed practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She grew up in Taiwan, where Traditional Chinese Medicine has been part of cultural life style. She learned at her young age how to use simple acupressure and massage techniques to prevent colds and variety of illness. After traveling around various corners of the Asian and North American and exploring areas of medicine, she discovered the profound benefits of acupuncture and herbal medicine. Dedicating herself to the study and practice of this powerful medicine. Eugenia has settled down in Danvers Massachusetts to open Acuremedy -Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Health Clinic.
Eugenia received her Master's Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) from the New England School of Acupuncture in Watertown, MA. This comprehensive four-year program encompassed Western and Eastern Medical studies. Her extensive training is comprised of both Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture as well as Chinese Herbal Medicine. After graduation she completed post-graduate studies in how to enhance fertility with acupuncture, she continued her advanced training in a very effective form of acupuncture style under the tutor ledge of Sensei Kiiko Matsumoto. She also continues her advanced acupuncture/herbal trainings with various Chinese TCM practitioners including famed Dr. Yan-Ling Dong in Taipei and BJ Wang in Allston, Massachusetts. She has dedicated her work in specializing pain management and women issues. After graduation from NESA, Eugenia continued her Graduate Herbal Internship at Pathways under the tutor ledge of Dr. Tao Xie for four years. She continues her herbal education when she visits Taiwanese TCM masters twice a year.
Focusing on fertility and weight loss issues in recent years, Eugenia has developed extensive fertility and weight loss programs in her practice. Eugenia also focuses much of her study and practice in the field of women's health. Her expertise includes the treatment of fertility, women issues, pregnancy related concerns, menopause, PMS, menstrual disorders, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and a variety of other women's health issues. She also helps her patients with Facial Rejuvenation.
Over the years Eugenia has gained extensive experience treating chronic and acute pain conditions including low back pain, joint pain, sciatic pain, TMJ, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Her scope of experience includes treating gastrointestinal and neurological issues.
Eugenia's dedicated practice of bodywork originates from her childhood years of massaging her grandparents back when she was in grade schools. After graduating from acupuncture school, she practiced her tuina and deep tissue massage in massage spas in the Greater Boston area. Eugenia offers the valuable skill of incorporating these various techniques into her acupuncture treatments. Eugenia embraces an integrative approach to wellness and works to assist each patient toward optimum health and well-being. By combining acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage and lifestyle education, she tailors her treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each individual.
Before starting Acuremedy Acupuncture in Danvers, MA, Eugenia practiced acupuncture in a number of settings in the Boston area including Winchester Hospital, Shattuck Hospital, the Lynn Senior Center and Dimock Hospital. Her clinical expertise includes treating chronic and acute pain, mental/emotional disorders, women's health issues (PMS, painful periods, menopause) gastro-intestinal disorders (constipation, IBS, GERD), Parkinson's, MS, TMJ, skin problems, as well as many other conditions.
Eugenia blends a variety of modalities into each treatment with a focus on obtaining results. A treatment may include Chinese and/or Japanese acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, TDP heat therapy, Tui Na (Asian body work) and lifestyle and dietary recommendations. She is happy to help with a wide variety of health concerns that affect the whole family. Eugenia's style of practice emphasizes a gentle, integrative approach to healing.
I come from a background of working in human services, and massage therapy. I first became interested in Acupuncture after struggling for several years with a painful and exhausting chronic illness. Mainstream Western Medicine gave only partial relief, and Acupuncture proved to be the missing link in regaining my health. I was so impressed that I wanted to learn more about it, and I subsequently embarked upon a new career, supporting others to achieve greater health and wellness.
I am a Licensed Acupuncturist certified by the US National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). I obtained my training from the New England School of Acupuncture, graduating in 2010. In addition to an MA degree in Acupuncture, I have additional training in Orthopedic Acupuncture techniques, and I have completed Craniosacral training levels 1 and 2 at the Upledger Institute. Prior to becoming an Acupuncturist, I was a licensed massage therapist, trained in both Eastern and Western massage and myofascial release techniques. Where appropriate, I often combine these approaches with Acupuncture to increase the effectiveness of a treatment. In addition to my Acupuncture training, I also have an MA in Pain Research, Education, and Policy from the Tufts Medical School PHPD. I feel that this academic training has enhanced my ability to work with healthcare professionals across different modalities and approaches, as well as helping me to better understand the unique difficulties and challenges that patients with chronic pain are facing.
I have experience working with clients of all ages, including infants, children, teens, and seniors. I have treated a wide variety of conditions including headache, insomnia, stress, depression, musculoskeletal pain, arthritis, skin conditions, fibromyalgia, addictions, weight loss, PTSD, neurological conditions, back pain and injuries, TMJ, tinnitus, and digestive problems. Treatments may include a variety of approaches including massage, cupping, moxibustion, craniosacral work, Acupressure, magnets, and non-insertive Acupuncture techniques. If you are afraid of needles do not worry, I can work with you to find an effective method of treatment that you are comfortable with. My aim is to help every client to become more empowered about their health, and to achieve their best health possible!
Yu-Wei She (Licensed acupuncturist and herbalist)
Yu-Wei She (Michelle) is a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology) certified by US National Certification Commission of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Currently, Michelle holds her active license of acupuncture (Lic. Ac.).
Michelle was a licensed Occupational therapist(OT) in Taiwan, where she provided occupational therapy services for a 50-bed, specialized chronic-care hospital, Taipei Guandu Hospital, assessed patients' rehabilitative needs, jointly developed patient care plans and treatment goals, and conducted occupational-prescribed OT programs for medically complex patients including those who have had strokes, spinal cord injuries, hand injuries (fracture, soft tissue such as Tennis Elbows, to nerve neuropathies such as Cubital Tunnel Syndrome/ Carpal Tunnel Syndrome).
Her additional experience in biomedical sciences greatly helps her practice in evidence-based Oriental Medicine.
Michelle has treated a variety of conditions including Fibromyalgia, Back and Neck pain, Sciatica pain, Headache, Infertility, Fatigue, Insomnia, Anxiety and Depression, utilizing Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. Michelle is also highly skilled in performing Acupressure, Moxibustion, and Cupping.
Her goal is to help her patients cultivate a holistic understanding of the influences of body, mind, spirit, and environment by providing whole health treatments.
Alison Barton (Licensed acupuncturist and herbalist)
Alison is a nationally-certified acupuncturist who is licensed by the Board of Medicine in Massachusetts. Trained in Oriental Medicine (Chinese, Japanese and Orthopedic acupuncture styles, herbal medicine and complementary modalities) at one of the nation’s leading institutions – The New England School of Acupuncture at MCPHS in Newton MA, the oldest accredited college of Chinese medicine in the United States. The comprehensive 4-year program comprised more than 3500 hours of instruction in acupuncture and herbal medicine as well as western biomedical studies. Clinical internship included Element Care of Lynn, an extension of Massachusetts. P.A.C.E. Program, at Malden Family Health Care in association with Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and at New England School of Acupuncture’s community-based clinic.
Alison's diverse background in acupressure, acupuncture, shiatsu, herbal medicine and nutrition provides a wide range of healing techniques for a customized approach for each individual.
Kathy Trainor (RN IBCLC CCE)
Kathy received her RN BSN from Salem University. She is an internationally board certified lactation consultant and certified childbirth educator. Kathy has worked at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston in women's health over the last 30 years. She has helped countless numbers of women and their families welcome their newborns into the world. She is also a pioneer in educating nurses and doctors to bring skin-to-skin care to the bedside for vaginal deliveries. She developed the clear drape technique, along with her colleague, Dr. Bill Camann, to allow mothers to see the birth of their baby during a C-section delivery. Kathy lives with her husband and is the mother of three children and one grandchild. She is fondly referred to by her colleagues as “The Milk Lady”!
Kathy Trainor is joining our team as lactation consultant and childbirth educator!! She will lead the Free Breastfeeding support group for Mothers and infants in our wellness center every week. This group is intended to assist with the basic difficulties of breastfeeding and provide a social network. Private consults can be made by appointment.
Cathy has been a therapeutic healer, dancer and movement specialist for over 15 years. She received a double Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and Dance Expressive Therapy from Lesley University in 1996. She is independently licensed as a Clinical Psychotherapist. She practices Holistic Psychotherapy which incorporates the sacred healing modalities of meditation, mindfulness, breath work and crystal and gemstone grounding techniques. Cathy incorporates Aromatherapy and Ayurveda practices into her healing work. In addition Cathy is a certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapist. As a Jungian based psychotherapist strong in object relations Cathy specializes in Trauma and Woman’s issues; primarily woman and teens. As well as group therapy and group process. She brings forth the ancient wisdom of spiritual energy of the Chakra system and assists clients with tapping into their sacred healing space. Cathy believes there is a magical process that occurs in healing ones sacred space. True authenticity and soul transformation can occur.
• Eating Disorders with Women and Teens Certificate Harvard Continuing Ed Program
• Mindfulness, Meditation, for Stress Management and Anxiety
• Currently enrolled in Kripalu School of advanced studies in Ayurveda Medicine
Christina is a well-rounded massage therapist with 5,000 massage hours under her belt. She is trained in Swedish massage from Lincoln Technical Institute in Somerville, MA. Since starting massage in 2013, Christina has specialized her practice to include: Deep Tissue, Sports Therapy, Trigger Point, Integrated Reflexology, integrated cupping, Aromatherapy, Hot Stone, Hot Himalayan Salt Stone, Prenatal, Oncology and many more.
Christina believes in the healing power of touch. She will listen to what you are seeking to get out of the session and will work with you to achieve those goals. She uses multiple techniques in each session to help your muscles release the tension and stress of everyday life.
Christina works in all pressure levels and loves to customize each session to each person. Her main goal is to treat each person that she comes in contact with respect and love and give them the best experience that she can.
Kassandra graduated from Cortiva Institute - Boston, in May 2014. Since then she has enhanced her skill set to incorporate movement and stretching into her sessions, facilitating healing and well-being as opposed to targeting specific areas of concern.
She specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Cupping, Himalayan Salt Stone, Aromatherapy, Stress Management, and Prenatal massages. Kassandra works with the body in a three-dimensional way, focusing on every action a muscle performs to heal injuries and chronic pain. She works with every client individually to make a treatment plan, whether that be deep tissue or a relaxing massage to let yourself unwind.
Jessica received her Massage Therapist License in 2005 after attending the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge and practiced part-time while working in the finance industry (14 years experience). After her second son was born, she took a break from all work for a few years to be home with her kids and has been back since January 2018 as a massage therapist and group fitness instructor (AFAA certified). Her massage modalities include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Himalayan Salt Stone, Hot Stone, Aromatherapy and Prenatal.
Jessica loves taking the time to understand her clients' pain points, address each individual's needs by customizing each session specifically to that person and making sure they leave feeling better. Also being a group fitness instructor, she works with her clients to recommend stretches and self-care that can be practiced at home to help with muscle tension in between sessions. She is always striving to learn more about the human body and all modalities of massage.
My art and healing practice takes many forms including crystal bowl healing sessions, healing through ceramic vessels that have been individually hand crafted and charged with healing intentions, and connecting you with Nature’s own powerful healers, crystals.
I especially love the initial discovery part of the healing process where I can help people to uncover the unconscious beliefs that are running their lives in a way that is not consistent with what they desire and help them to heal allowing them to shift to a more powerful, fulfilling way of life.
I have been working individually and in groups for many years and I always feel a sense of honor that people come to me and share their journeys with me and others so that we can all benefit.
I love my work. I love the relationship that I have developed with the Crystal Bowls where I know I can count on them to bring the exact right vibrations to bear for each individual in the room, whether it's 2 or 44 people. I love the point when I am playing where I suddenly "get" what the message it, why we all made it on that particular day. I have learned to trust that whoever is meant to show up will show up, and I have seen first hand the shift in energy from when I first enter a room to when the last note of the bowl sings out. When people take me up on my offer to smudge them, I am continually amazed that the messages for them are always the ones they need to hear in that moment and I am so thrilled when someone casually says, yep, that's what I was working on.
And then when I am in the studio, I can feel the pull of what the clay wants to be. It might be a gentle suggestion or it might be a knowing so loud that it fills my head, but each piece feels alive and organic and full of pure vibration. From the centering (or not as the case might be) to the final glazing with a prayer offered up to the glazing gods, it is a satisfying process to be able to create a vessel that is not only functional or beautiful, but also full of high vibration.
Recently, I added Crystals, Nature Powerful Healers to my collection of offerings. Selecting them was a bit daunting when I thought about it, but really it was just my mind getting in the way, the reality was, I knew which ones were right and was able to get some real beauties to offer. I also love looking up the definitions in the crystal bible and playing with all the possibilities. When travel and my daughter is still at home, she is well surrounded with crystal beings to protect and watch over her while I'm gone. The crystals have given me great comfort too, as my two older boys have moved out of the house. I have a crystal that represents each of them in a circle with crystals for the three of us left at home. When one is facing a challenge, I might add a special crystal into the group for confidence, or releasing negativity or healing physical pain. But it gives me such joy to KNOW that while we may be physically apart, we are strongly energetically linked.
It's all in your vibration. Take care of yours today for a joy filled tomorrow.
"If you get better, the world gets better" - is the motto Angela proposes!
Angela is a certiﬁed QiGong Instructor and became a member of the Tai Chi and Qi Gong Healing Institute in 2010. Since 2002, Angela has been studying and practicing QiGong with different QiGong masters, during her year long teacher/healing training in Arizona, she learned QiGong massage and energy work.
Angela is board certiﬁed in humanistic alternative psychology through the American Institute of Holistic Health and Wellness in 2007 and certiﬁed in The Art of Natural Breathing - which she incorporates in all her modalities as she believes breath is the key for healing. She is passionate about helping people and easing the suffering of those going through tough times. She has also taught Power Brain Yoga for children and worked at a school for teens with traumatic life experiences and addictions.
Angela is passionate about making people happier, creating an environment in which people are able to relax into being themselves. Angela Sokolova has her private practice of holistic health coaching and healing in Reading, MA.
Stephanie Ibrahim Quercia
Stephanie began her yoga journey in 1990 after being injured years prior in a motor vehicle accident in which she sustained many injuries. Stephanie discovered a yoga class for people that suffered with chronic pain. She fell in love with yoga as it strengthened her emotionally and physically, finding that it really calmed the mind.
After many years taking that class, she was able to try other styles and modalities of yoga, including Iyengar along with Restorative Yoga.
With the desire to deepen her practice and knowledge of yoga, Stephanie enrolled in the YTT and completed a 200 hr YTT at the Yoga Loft in Wilmington in June 2014. She also completed mindfulness meditation training- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
As a licensed clinical social worker, Stephanie has always enjoyed helping and encouraging others and she felt that teaching yoga is another opportunity to do that.
Stephanie's humor adds lightheartedness to her yoga classes, which are Vinyasa-based utilizing breath work, concentration and proper body alignment.
Kelly loves Yoga. She works daily to live her Yoga as well. After the birth of her second child, she began a very dedicated home practice. As time passed she started to notice the benefits in her body but also, a newly carved space in her mind. Yoga has helped her to find that spiritual connection to something larger than herself as well as to other people. That is the passion behind Kelly's classes.
She enjoys teaching different class styles and as a natural creative she loves to explore fun sequences that let your body feel good while allowing your mind to find space and connect in a truly meditative experience. Being a Reiki Healer Kelly infuses each class with a different energetic experience. Tuning into the current energetic vibrations on that particular day, week or month.
Kelly is married to her best friend Ricky, they live in North Reading with their three kids Lucy, Casey, and Emmy. All five of them try to enjoy each day. All the moments and to follow their hearts while the big world goes bustling by.
Marisa's pilates journey began 16 years ago. After achieving her dream of working in publishing she quickly learned that sitting all day was making her back very unhappy! After just a month of pilates sessions her back issues went away and she began to have a new dream: helping others feel as good as she did! She began teaching Classical Pilates in 2003 and has worked in studios throughout Greater Boston, Southern New Hampshire and Greater Toronto. She is fully certified in all levels of mat, tower, reformer, cadillac, chair, barrels, foot corrector, spine corrector, balls, bands, magic circle and the foam roller. In addition to her comprehensive certifications, Marisa has completed many workshops ranging from anatomy to functional movement. After receiving a special certification from the Pink Ribbon Program's “Pilates for Post-Surgical Breast Cancer Patients”, Marisa created a created a pro-bono rehab program for survivors. Marisa uses Pilates to help open tight hips and backs and avoid/reverse osteopenia and osteoporosis. Many clients with osteoporosis have come back from their bone-density test finding out they actually regained some of their height. Marisa also specializes in neurological conditions (helping to create neurological pathways to regain movement), pregnancy, improving balance, meniscus issues, osteoporosis/osteopenia, and joint weakness. In addition, she assists in special conditioning for pre-/post-surgery. Marisa has helped people avoid surgery during the pre-surgical pilates conditioning phase. She has worked with dancers from the Boston Ballet and teens looking to increase core strength and stamina in sports, poor posture or back issues). Marisa studied with: Bob Leikens, Susan Moran, Kathy Van Patten, Amy Taylor Alpers and Rachel Taylor Segal (both trained under Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates' protege).
Marisa graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition with honors where she received a diploma in Holistic Nutrition. As a student she had a case study published for educational material. She now runs her own business as a holistic nutrition consultant called Eating to Feel Good. Marisa specializes in digestive health with a focus on special dietary needs including eating for IBS, ADHD, Type 2 Diabetes, balancing thyroid and other hormones, sports nutrition, celiac, food allergies and sensitivities.
In 1998 Marisa graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing and with a minor in Psychology. She has worked at various publications including The Boston Business Journal, Fidelity Investments Publishing and interned at New Age and Natural Health magazines.
Lori started her yoga journey several years ago with Bikrim then Baptiste Power yoga. She was immediately hooked by the hot, sweaty, physical practice. She was not immediately hooked by the spiritual aspects of yoga but once she allowed herself to be present and open, that part of the practice is what really took hold and kept her coming back. As she was going through some personal struggles in her life, yoga was always a place where she felt safe, empowered and found the solace she needed in stressful and painful situations. It was from this place that she decided to enroll in a 200 hour teacher training at Lexington Power Yoga. She wanted a way to give back and help people feel the same empowerment and sense of community that yoga has given her. She hopes to continue her training so that she can work with children and adults with disabilities. Linking breath with movement to create a moving meditation in her classes will allow you to challenge yourself at any level allowing yoga to meet you where you are today. You will leave feeling stronger and more balanced in body and mind.
Joseph Carringer is a professional didgeridoo musician and sound therapist with 20 years of didgeridoo playing experience. His work as a didgeridoo musician and sound therapist has taken him everywhere from the jungles of Peru, the beaches of Jamaica and to the big sky country of Montana. In his sound therapy practice he uses concert class didgeridoos combining Traditional Chinese Medicine organ and meridian theory with Ayurvedic Chakra philosophies to create a unique and powerful therapeutic sound healing experience.
Joseph presents and performs both nationally and internationally on mind/body connection and the effects of didgeridoo sound therapy for the purposes of clearing energetic and emotional stagnation within the energetic body to wellness and healthy lifestyle seekers, as well as to medical and holistic professionals. His sound therapy practice has been accepted by multiple major hospitals as an integrative wellness provider including; Maine Medical Center (Portland, ME), Wentworth Douglas Hospital (Dover, NH) and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center / UPMC (Pittsburgh PA). Currently, Joseph is collaborating with Dr. Michelle Thompson from UPMC offering an integrative wellness talk and meditation titled, "Meditate, Not Medicate”.
At the beginning of Joseph’s sound therapy career he collaborated with various forms of holistic health modalities such as; acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, integrative gynecologist an holistic nurses receiving what amounted to a well rounded holistic health apprenticeship and education. It is Joseph's goal to help people realign their bodies' natural rhythms on a cellular level through didgeridoo sound therapy. He believes that through this work, people can achieve a greater sense of natural health and open doors for a higher sense of creativity and consciousness. He feels a deep natural connection with the healing of our planet and ourselves.
In 2004 Joseph was invited to be a founding board member of the New England Holistic Health Association / NEHHA. NEHHA was created to be an educational 501c3 with a focus on holistic health education and issues. Joseph sat on the board for 10 years and also served multiple terms as the organization's president.
Joseph has also consulted on additional 501c3's Helping People Helping Pets and currently sits on the board of the Electronic Music Alliance and the Neuro Sativa Institute.
Everyone begins their practice of yoga for different reasons. At first, mine was simply out of curiosity but it became something much more than just a fleeting experience. I took my first yoga class at age 18 with my Aunt and a small group of others in the basement of a church. Something about the connection of breath, body and mind really allowed me to feel at peace and connect with myself. As the years went by, I felt more and more drawn to yoga and meditation. I felt this need to have it in my life. I remember saying on a number of occasions that I need yoga in my life. This feeling and attachment to the physical and spiritual practice allowed me to detach from things that did not serve me any longer: thoughts, emotions, reactions. On my 30th birthday, I attended my first 10-day Yoga Retreat at Kripalu studying under Shiva Rea for an immersion. During this experience, I had an emotional breakthrough and I realized how much I was holding back and how much I wanted to live more freely. Emotionally, spiritually.
As a child, I held onto a lot of anger and fear. This continued into my adolescence and young adulthood. I had extreme mood swings and anxiety that interrupted my daily life and sometimes hindered my ability to be an emotionally supportive Mom to my two daughters or supportive to my family and friends. At that retreat, I realized that I had the power to change. I began to practice yoga everyday and, a few months later, I continued my evolution and began a year long yoga teacher training.
In 2014, I received my 200 hr Shakti Flow Yoga teaching certification. Shakti asana practice draws primarily from the marriage of a trinity of contemporary flow revolutionaries: Shiva Rea, Jivamukti Yoga and Asa Dustin. Shakti is dynamic, creative, and nurturing power. Flow Yoga is the linking of breath, movement, and elevated intention. The Shakti flow awakens our inherent potential to expand into intuitive wisdom and embody it as compassionate Grace. Shakti Flow Yoga classes focus on the relationship between Stillness and Flow. Practitioners are encouraged to allow the flow of energy, stoked by the movement of the body, to inform the authenticity of the postures. Shakti flow lineage teachings are experienced through the union of meditation, asana, mantra and pranayama. This practice encourages the practitioner to align the pose from the inside out, from their own felt experience and intuitive knowing. This allows each individual to emulate the safest most effective posture possible.
Yoga has been my tool of transformation and self acceptance. It has allowed me to flow through life with more Fluidity and Grace. I am here to share this with you. Come join me on the mat!
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Yoga has brought Michelle a deeper appreciation for the beauty in the world. Her first experience with the practice was the discovery of the mind and body connection created through pranayama (breathwork). In 2008, her pregnancy breathed life to her asana practice with the intention to bond with her baby and attend to her body’s evolving needs. Yoga soon became a means of connection to all beings beyond the surface of her own skin. Her insatiable craving for yoga progressed from keenness of her body to awareness of her surroundings. She picked up on signs that became so obvious she could no longer shy away her passion for yoga and new found confidence in herself. Finally coming to accept her uniqueness, she realized she could integrate her gifts to serve the community as a teacher. That acknowledgement lead her to train at CorePower Yoga in 2018 where she received her 200 RYT.
She believes that there is a yoga for every student and the continued practice can guide them to their natural and balanced state of being. She found that practicing yoga not only developed a heightened awareness of the body but also of the internal dialogue that influenced false ideas of the self. Her classes work to counteract the habitual and default positions of the body and mind in order restore mobility and gain clarity. She creates a detoxifying experience through intentional movement, music, and the power of community. She hopes to help you reveal your true potential through her physically and focus demanding classes.
Teaching yoga has brought Michelle a sense of balance, grounding and awareness. She is grateful for her journey, the community, mentors and her greatest teacher, her son. Her karma is to spread the joy of yoga to each person it calls to.
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Joining our team
We are looking for specialized partners from all different kind of health-related fields to join our team in order to provide our clients the best services. We are currently looking for massage therapists, Yoga instructors, Chinese teachers, and other health instructors willing to teach classes in our center. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us. You are welcome to join our team!
A Glance at our Center
NORTH READING CENTER
We are proud to offer the following wellness treatments at our Medford and North Reading Centers: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Holistic Psychotherapy, Nutrition Counseling, Massage and Reiki.
In addition to the services listed above, our North Reading location provides a great space for Tai Chi, Yoga Classes, Meditation, Qi Gong, Reiki Circle and a variety of Wellness Workshops.
With Two accommodating locations, we’re able to service all of the North & South of Boston in addition to New Hampshire:
North Reading Center
7 Bow Street, Suite 1, North Reading, MA 01864
92 High Street, Suite DH4, Medford, MA 02155
Our service area includes: Andover, North Andover, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Beverly, Billerica, Boston, Boxford, Cambridge, Danvers, Everett, Haverhill, Lexington, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Malden, Melrose, Medford, Methuen, Middleton, Newton, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Salem, Saugus, Somerville, Stoneham, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Wakefield, Waltham, Wilmington, and Woburn.