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.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.
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!
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 (Doctor of Acupuncture & Integrative Health)
Kuan Chen is a Master of natural energy healing and an evidence-based integrative health practitioner. 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, Qi Gong, and Mediation 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.
Kuan 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, has amassed over 30 years of experience in Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Qi guided healing practice, and has more than 25 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, Kuan 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.
Kuan 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., Kuan 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.
Kuan earned his Doctoral degree in Doctor of Acupuncture and Integrative Health (DAIH) from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science (MCPHS) in May 2019.
In addition to his unique family healing techniques, Kuan also incorporates the Tung style of acupuncture.
Moreover, Kuan 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 Ki (Chi, Qi) Gong master, born in Taiwan in 1940, has pursued a life long study of Psychology, Tai Chi Chuan (1), Tao, Zen, Calligraphy, and Kiology. Upon his arrival in the United States in 1964, Dr. Lee began an advanced study in Psychology and received a doctoral degree in 1969, in the area of Biopsychology. 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 1997.
His early research projects included Behavior Genetics, Psycho-endocrinology, Biofeedback, and Psychophysiological Self-Regulation. In 1982, Dr. Lee established “Tao and Zen Research Center” to promote scientific research of these two great philosophical traditions from Ki perspective. He was invited to participate in energy (Ki) 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, “Ki, Culture and Traditional Chinese Medicine”. In 1999, he developed a new field of study, “Kiology” and “Energy Self” (2, 3, 4), and established a new school of calligraphy—Ki Calligraphy (application of Ki in calligraphic artwork) with Mr. Charles Huang (5). In the same year, he published a chapter, “Qigong”, in a book, “Complementary and Alternative Medicine” with Ting Lei, Ph.D.. In 2001, he published a chapter, “Archery and Calligraphy: A Ki Interpretation”, in “Proceedings of International Conference on Society, Ethnicity and Cultural Performance”.
In 2017, he conducted a “Ki Meditation Practices for Self-Care and Healing Workshop” at Ocean Medical Center of Hackensack Meridian Health. In 2017 and 2018, he had co-presented “Energy Meditation for Professional Self-Care” with Dr. Richard and Bonney Schaub at “Integrative Healthcare Symposium” (IHS). He is currently a consultant of Huntington Meditation and Imagery Center and has been on the faculty of the Center, since 2016. He is also one of the senior advisors of Tai Chi Acupuncture & Wellness Center in Boston.
From 1991 to 2008, he served as President of Golden Eagle Institute. He also served as President of Taiwan Photography Association of Greater New York from 2005 to 2014, and 2017-2018. Currently, he is the President of Golden Eagle Institute and continues to promote “Kiology”, “Energy Meditation Practices (EMP)”, and “Energy Management”.
1. Studied Tai Chi Chuan with Master C. K. Chern at Rur Yur Tai Chi Training Center in Taiwan from 1979-1981.
2. Lee, Ching-Tse. Kiology, 2000a (in Chinese). ( https://chingtselee.wordpress.com/2015/12/08/氣之爲學-kiology/).
3. Lee, Ching-Tse. The Psychology of the Energy Self, 2000b (in Chinese). (https://chingtselee.wordpress.com/2015/11/).
4. Schaub, R. and Schaub, B. Continuing Assagioli’s East-West Synthesis: Psychosynthesis and Kiology. Psychosynthesis Quarterly, March, pp. 22-25, 2016. (https://aap-psychosynthesis.org/resources/Pictures/AAP%20News/Psychosynthesis%20Quarterly/Psychosynthesis-Quarterly-March-2016.pdf).
5. Lee, Ching-Tse and Huang, Charles. Taiwan Ki Calligraphy, 2006 (in Chinese).
Lalou Begue (Licensed acupuncturist and herbalist)
I became interested in natural healing techniques a long time ago. Considering the potential side effects of medicines commonly prescribed, I thought it worthwhile to study alternative methods of healing. Initially, I trained in Shiatsu and Massage Therapy, I graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1984. My post-graduate studies involved extensive training in Chinese Herbal Medicine.
In 1993, I was fortunate enough to receive further training in Beijing and witnessed Herbal Doctors prescribe remedies in several hospitals there.
I have been the director of the Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic in Beverly, MA, since 1984. I recently became an Acupuncturist on Staff at the Complementary Care Center at the Health Alliance Hospital in Fitchburg, MA. At this location, I treat patients at the cancer center for side effects of cancer treatments and various symptoms associated with cancer. In 2011, I became an instructor for “AcuPracticeSeminars”, a 200 hour-long certification course for Chiropractors and Physicians seeking training in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Dr. PJ Huang (Licensed acupuncturist and herbalist)
Dr. PJ, Pai-Jung Huang, M.A.O.M., M.S., C.M.D., M.D. (Taiwan)
Acupuncturist and Herbalist of TCM (Massachusetts)
General Surgeon (Taiwan)
Back in 2001, I had joined Brigham and Women Hospital as a breast disease and imaging research fellow and learned a great opportunity to study and do research at the New England School of Acupuncture. After that, I started to treat my patients combined western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine successfully until 2006.
Then been invited as a surgeon professor and breast oncologist at Taipei Medical University for more than one and half decades through 2007-2021, we established a meticulous integrative medicine institute named “New England Integrative Clinic- Taipei” by providing western medicine combined acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal medicine. This becomes a diligent care model for modern medicine through health maintenance, pain management, and reducing the side effect during the oncologic journey.
This time is my great honor to join the practice of Tai Chi Acupuncture Wellness Center to contribute integrative medicine into the New England era again.
․ 1984-1991 Medical Doctor, Taipei Medical University ( M.D. )
․ 1996-1998 Chinese Medicine Doctor, China Medical University, Taiwan ( C.M.D.)
․ 1998-2000 M.S. Graduate Institute of medical informatics, Taipei Medical University ( M.S. Medical Informatics)
․ 2003-2006 New England School of Acupuncture ( M.A.O.M )
Professional Licenses to practice:
․ Board Certified General Surgeon and Chinese Medicine Doctor in Taiwan and China
․ Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist from 2005 to Present; combined Homeopathy practicing with TCM
․ Superintendent of New England Integrative Clinic - Taipei, www.neclinic.com
․ Senior Surgeon Consultant, En Ju Kung Hospital, Taiwan
․ Senior Surgeon Consultant, Taitung Hospital, Department of Health, Taiwan
․ Senior Surgeon Consultant, En-Ze Medical Center, Tai-Zou City, Zie-Ciang University, China
․ 1991-1996 Resident training, General Surgeon, Macay memorial Medical Center, Taipei
․ 1997-2000 Attending general surgeon, Surgical Department, Macay memorial hospital, Taiwan
․ 2001-2006 Fellowship at Brigham Women Hospital, Longwood Medical Area, Massachusetts and study for MAOM at NESA ( 2003-2006 Massachusetts) Acupuncturist and TCM Herbalist at Yellow Empire Acupuncture Clinic ( Private Practice )
․ 2007 to 2021 Clinical Assailant Professor in integrated Medicine and specialty in Women health-related in prevention and treatment of breast diseases.
Eugenia Lai (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.
A graduate of Malden Hospital School of Nursing class of 1986 is where Christine began her healthcare journey. She was an orthopedic staff nurse and case manager at Saint John’s (Saints Hospital), Lowell, MA. As a nursing director at Lowell General Hospital, she and her team established one of the first community surgical weight loss programs in the Merrimack Valley. While raising three children she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emmanuel College. She recognized during the thirty-plus years of caring for patients that often their treatment plans were incomplete. She feels that her Masters in Acupuncture from New England School of Acupuncture, MCPHS now allows her to provide thorough treatment plans and care to individuals.
Angela Lin (Licensed acupuncturist and herbalist)
I-Ju Lin (Angela) is a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, certified by US National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology.
Angela holds her bachelor on Food and Nutrition in Taiwan, and diploma on Food Science in the UK. Angela also earned another Master degree in Brain Science: she used fMRI to study the relationship between pain and brain activation. After she graduated, she had a chance to present her master research at a conference in Germany. While attending this conference, she observed there were many acupuncture programs in America and Europe. Thus, she was motivated to start learning acupuncture in Taiwan for 2 years. Angela, meanwhile, was a project manager of medical clinical research at Taiwan’s government research institution. She was responsible for many different kinds of clinical research – in areas such as diabetes, mental disorders, and genetic diseases.
Angela has experience treating different symptoms, especially pain management, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression, irregular menstruation. She also performs acupressure, moxibustion, cupping, and prescribes herbs to improve the treatment’s effectiveness. Angela continues to improve her acupuncture skills to help her patients and provide them relief.
Melanie Collings, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac is a 2015 graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) in Newton, MA. She is a Board-certified Diplomat of Acupuncture accredited through the NCCAOM. With specialties in both addiction and autoimmune disorders, she strives to bring relief, relaxation, and a better quality of life to all patients she sees. She is also well versed in chronic pain of all types, there is not much she can’t treat. Melanie spent most of her years in Massachusetts with a short stay in scenic Vermont and Rhode Island graduating top of her class from both the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the Community College of Vermont. When asked about what led her to the field of Oriental medicine;
“It’s always been a part of my life; I just began to realize its power & beauty as I grew older…”
She fell in love with Chinese Medicine while pursuing her undergraduate studies in Psychology and upon graduation wanted to continue her education to obtain her Masters in Acupuncture. Her love for nature, the healing arts and helping others in need led her to New England School of Acupuncture where she was able to work alongside brilliant practitioners and learn firsthand what it meant to alleviate pain and restore health. Studying abroad in Shenyang, China as well as Tokyo, Japan intensified her love for the Asian culture.
“Being a practitioner of both Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture, I see and appreciate both the beauty and efficacy of each style. I often believe less is more and so much can be accomplished without ever inserting a needle into the body. Healing begins when you come into a healing space with an open mind, an open heart, and a willingness to allow the therapeutic relationship to blossom into a trusting healthcare partnership.”
For over 15 years, Melanie has been fascinated with energy work, regularly practicing and certified in Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Cultivating energy with yoga, meditation & Reiki, she thoughtfully brings this holistic focused energetic work to her practice. Gentleness, accuracy & compassion make up every interaction she has with her patients. Making a difference in their lives is the most rewarding aspect of working so closely with the community.
Jessica McLaughlin (Licensed massage therapist)
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.
Natalie Clerjuste (Licensed massage therapist)
My name is Natalie, and I am excited to be a member of the Tai Chi Acupuncture and Wellness team! I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2009 and I love helping people as much as possible with their stress, pain and tension. I believe the body is meant to move so you may hear me recommending stretching in between massages as after care.
I hope I can be helpful to those in need.
Randi-Lee (Office Manager)
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!
Kelly Allston (Yoga Program Manager)
I was first drawn to yoga as a gentle way to ease in activity after the birth of my second child in 2009. I quickly became interested in pushing myself deeper in my practice and began to notice the changes in my body but, also in my mind. Yoga was truly connecting my mind, body, and spirit. Being a stay at
home mom with two children under two I craved the quiet I felt in my spirit after a class. I fell into a very dedicated home practice. Yoga was something I couldn’t keep to myself I needed to share it and also help people build this amazing connection in their lives as well. I have been honored to teach my students in many styles of yoga including Vinyasa, Power, Fast paced Flow and Restorative. I am a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and am also a Reiki Level two Practitioner. Being in the Health and Wellness field I am constantly learning and growing, always interested in adding new practices and modalities to the classes and workshops that I offer. I am a Native to North Reading Ma. where I currently live with my husband and three children. I am a natural creative and I love fairies and magic. If you see me in the Center say hi, I love meeting new people!!
The way of experience begins with the breath, such as the breath you are breathing now. -The Radiance Sutras
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.
Nicole started practicing yoga with Kelly Allston 5 years ago while searching for ways to alleviate stress. It wasn't long after her first class that she found her calling and wanted to bring her new found love for yoga to others. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training 3 years ago and has been teaching ever since. She is Reiki II certified, has experience in Thai massage, and often incorporates energy work in her classes. Nicole also works as a full time project manager, running clinical trials for biotech companies. She has two children who say that "mommy is a lot calmer" after discovering yoga. On the mat, she enjoys teaching everything from strong flows with weights to restorative classes with bolsters and blankets. If she's not on her mat, you will probably find her in a kayak, with a fishing rod in her hand, rescuing animals and bringing them home or on a motorcycle.
I started practicing yoga about 15 years ago and have always appreciated yoga’s holistic combination of calmness, strength, and self-reflection. My passion for sharing yoga with my own kids inspired me to teach yoga practices to other children which they can easily incorporate in their daily lives – no matter their age. I find that being a kids’ yoga instructor has really enhanced my motherhood experience, and I hope to pass along that joy to other parents to share with their children.
My goal is to inspire your little ones to move and learn with fun, engaging poses, breathing activities, gratitude practice, and mindful games and crafts. Through physical postures, children improve balance, flexibility and greater body awareness. Through partner postures and group activities, children build social skills, a sense of community and respect for self and others. Through movement, music and crafts, children enhance their creativity and self-expression. Through breathwork and guided visualization children learn about the mind-body connection, calm the nervous system and relax.
Our children have incredible talents and capabilities and I am confident that through my yoga classes, you and your children can find new ways to explore and appreciate their abilities and bring moments of calm to their busy worlds.
Katie is a restorative yoga instructor. She received her 200-hour certification through her training from Holy Yoga in Arizona. Katie’s classes are kindly guided using directives that promote safe movements, and she encourages her students that they are their best teacher. By day, Katie is a full-time marketing professional working for a local education software company. After busy days at the office, she seeks out stress relief and physical well-being through a shared yoga practice. Katie embraces yoga to stay rooted spiritually and maintain heart, body and mind alignment. She believes there is great power in discipline and that creating healthy life habits is the key to success. She loves to travel, make fresh juice and spend quality time with family and friends.
I first entered the Tai Chi Acupuncture and Wellness Center in 2013. The goal was to find a light, non-impact type of exercise that would reduce stress. I was curious about Tai Chi and was interested in trying it. After meeting with Master Kuan Chung Chen and discussing Tai Chi, I began taking my first basic classes. I quickly realized that the classes were exactly what I had been looking for. Balance, focus, stress relief and self awareness are some of the benefits that I have realized from Tai Chi.
I have continued practicing and studying Tai Chi under the instruction of Master Kuan Chung Chen for the past eight years. Over the years, completing multiple basic, intermediate and advanced sessions as well as continuous life practice.
Tai Chi has since become an important part of my life. Practicing the form and the basic principles provides a relaxing, self focused escape from daily life stressors. Tai Chi has played a significant role in increasing my physical and mental health, balance and all around well being.
I was introduced to yoga over ten years ago, and the meaning of my yoga practice has vastly transformed through the phases of my life.
I graduated my 200 hour yoga teacher training in March 2021 and I am honored to support and connect with others witnessing their own yoga journey.
My teaching style aims to welcome all bodies in a safe space through trauma informed practices and mindfulness.
Together we honor the limbs of yoga, and recognize how our yoga flows well beyond the mat.
Crystal is a Certified Yogaspirit ® Instructor and Polarity Therapist. She began her yoga practice in 2012 Her gentle, slow flow teaching style promotes self awareness as she guides you through a series of asana poses meant to awaken your inner strength and wisdom. Meeting you where you are at with compassion, holding space for you and empowering you to free your mind, body and spirit. Giving you the clarity needed to live a heart centered life on and off the mat
HI, I'm Noelle! I live in North Reading with my family, work in Boston developing athletic apparel, and find complete joy and peace in the chaos when I am guiding or practicing yoga. I began my practice over 20 years ago as a way to "stretch" after running. After enduring years of wear and tear from pounding many miles of pavement I finally allowed myself to slow down and feel the benefits of the breathwork in yoga. I received my 200 hour YTT certification through One Powered Yoga guided by Julie Wetherbee in 2018, followed with a Reiki II certification from Karen Cullen. I love this journey!
I still run, quite a bit, but a balanced yoga practice where I truly listen to my body has helped to keep me injury free for over 10 years.
The classes I lead are a vinyasa style flow, where each pose or movement is meant to guide you into the next. There are "power" points meant to increase heart rate and sweat, coupled with deep "restorative" poses and moments for quiet meditation. I teach an all levels class, and can offer modifications to make poses more accessible or challenging depending on your needs that day.
My playlist changes frequently, and is known to have a wide array of genres, meant to be a subtle soundtrack for your experience.
Michelle had been practicing yoga for seven years and after seeing how helpful it was in her life she decided to take a training and help other people by teaching Yoga. She loves to create a calm and welcoming environment to all students. She works as a local realtor and in her spare time, Michelle loves to spend it with her dog and being a student in Yoga classes.
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.
Joseph Carringer is an internationally known didgeridoo musician and sound therapist. In his sound therapy practice he uses concert class didgeridoos, combining Traditional Chinese Medicine meridian and organ theory with Ayurvedic Chakra philosophies creating a unique and powerful therapeutic sound healing experience.
Joseph presents and performs both nationally and internationally on 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. www.DidgeTherapy.com
"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.
We are proud to offer the following wellness treatments at our Danvers, Medford and North Reading Centers: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Holistic Psychotherapy, Nutrition Counseling, Massage and Reiki.
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