I was introduced to Qigong practices in 1987 as part of my acupuncture training. In 2016, I committed to deepen my Qigong study and practice as a tool for nurturing my body/mind/spirit and with the intention of sharing the practices with my patients.
In August 2018 I opened Sunset Hill Qigong at the Sunset Hill Community Club. That pilot class became permanent with gradual additional class offerings.
In March 2020, COVID restrictions prevented me from teaching in-person and seeing my acupuncture patients at the office. So I offered my patients a free 30-minute ZOOM class at 8:00 AM on Monday mornings. Monday Morning Qigong continues to serve as a touchpoint for centering and rejuvenation at the beginning of the week for patients and families, friends and neighbors. All are welcome!
All Qigong classes and private lessons are now online through Zoom, with occasional Seattle green space offerings. As the situation changes our format may adjust. Yet it is clear to me that I will continue offer the online class option for student convenience, ease on environmental impact and in order to serve students outside the Seattle area.
I teach Qigong because it pulls together 3 primary strands of past experience:
- 40+ years of teaching health-promoting movement: from water exercise and aerobic dance classes to using movement suggestions for addressing specific health concerns in my acupuncture practice.
- 25+ years of tending to my patients by nurturing optimal health and addressing disease through acupuncture, herbal medicine, and health education.
- BA in education and music.
To sum it up . . .
Drawing out and nurturing students' resilience, strength and balance through movement practices whose foundations are based on the principles of East Asian Medicine feels like coming home.
For over 20 years I have been graced with wonderfully diverse and compelling patients, working in partnership to support resilient vitality and to address disease.
In September 2020 I retired acupuncture practice. I occasionally consult virtually offering lifestyle, pressure point, and movement suggestions based on Ease Asian medicine principles. Most typically I refer patients to in-person care if ongoing care is needed after 1-3 online sessions. I have a referral base of exceptional acupuncture colleagues in Seattle and scattered across the country.
The study and practice of Toyohari acupuncture has continues to vitalize and inform my work. Toyohari is a branch of Japanese Meridian Therapy. The extremely refined and gentle Toyohari techniques were originally practiced by blind practitioners in Japan. Today Toyohari is consciously and continuously evolving through empirical study by local Toyohari Branch Associations from around the globe and remains rooted in the foundations of classical Chinese medicine based on the ancient texts of the Nan Jing, Nei Jing, Su Wen and Ling Shu.
Beyond Qigong and Acupuncture
I live and work in Ballard. My husband, daughter and I enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing and sharing meals with Seattle friends, while remaining connected to our Montana roots.