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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christina Bontempo (Licensed massage therapist)
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 Sousa (Licensed massage therapist)
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 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.
Richard Caouette (Licensed massage therapist and energy healer)
Richard is a passionate natural healer who is devoted to serving others, to embody and live their lives, as their highest version of self. He does this with a variety of massage and energy work techniques in which he utilizes to bring profound healing experiences, Richard draws upon the power of his higher self (Szario Satais) to channel energy from the heavens(Sirius) into the energy systems of his clients. Through Incorporating visualization and breathing exercises he has grown his consciousness to a heightened sense of oneness with all that is, the law of one. He is often sharing his astral projection experiences and his discovery that the key to heaven is within our hearts. With a deep connection to the ascended master Quan Yin he connects to his divine feminine aspects of self, to harmonize with his masculine energy, giving a balanced perspective of life. Pulling in universal energy through his crown, and grounding his feet into the earth he balances both yin and yang to bring an intuitive approach to treatment.
Above all Richard is a servant to others and it brings him great joy to make a difference. To help his fellow human beings feel the best they can is his mission. He is trained in deep tissue, swedish, myofascial, range of motion, sports, hot stone, reiki, relaxation, and trigger point massage. He draws from a large bag of techniques to get the releases his clients experience. With a sense of compassion he taps into his heart center to determine what would best suit his client on their path. If you have muscular pain in your neck, back, arms, shoulders, legs, hands, or feet Richard will do all he can to provide you with the relief you deserve.
Randi-Lee (Yoga and Events 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!
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
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.
I discovered yoga eight years ago as a way to supplement my exercise routine. I'd love to say it was love at first down dog, but it wasn't. I kept practicing and pushing my edge. It was not until I signed up for a "challenge" at a studio that I absolutely fell in love! Practicing every day has truly changed my approach to yoga. I actually crave my time on the mat every day. I feel out of sorts when I don't make my daily practice. I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training program with Mary Ellen Goodsir at Yoga Moves in Stoneham, MA in 2017. I am currently halfway through a 300 hr training with Josh Summers in Yin Yoga. Yin has taught me patience and the importance of working the connective tissue. It is such a great compliment to a more yang style of yoga. I love sharing my passion for the asana with my students and hope that they develop the same awesome love affair that I have for yoga. I'm not your typical yoga teacher! I bring a balance of power, patience and just plain having fun to each class. You will leave my classes with a sense of pride and accomplishment and most importantly with a huge smile on your face.
E-RYT 200, RCYT
I began my yoga journey eleven years ago at The Yoga Loft. For several
years, I continued to explore different types of yoga, and as my strength
and flexibility began to increase, I also began to notice the calming effects
yoga had on my life.
As an Early Childhood professional, I wanted to bring the same benefits to
the population I love working with. I completed a 95-hour children’s yoga
teacher training, left my job of over twenty years and embarked on a new
career. I bring yoga to children in area preschools.
The next step in my journey was completion of a 200-hour teacher training
program with Jen Ryan at The Yoga Loft. My journey continues as I
continue to learn, grow and evolve. I am a Reiki practitioner (Levels 1 & 2).
I have studied with Jennifer Reis, completing a training in Divine Sleep
Yoga Nidra. I have trained with Amy Rollfs in Restorative Yoga. Currently
I am enrolled in a 300-hour training through the Summers School of Yin
As I notice limitations of my body, I am adhering to the yoga principle of
Ahimsa—do no harm—and I seek out a kinder, gentler yoga. I want to
make yoga accessible to everyone. Yoga and my yoga community, my
sangha, helped me through one of the most difficult periods of my life. I am
eternally grateful to have embarked on this journey all those years ago
Sue first began practicing yoga to supplement her running and cycling workout program.
After several years of daily practice, She recognized the transformative effect her yoga practice had on her life, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Previously struggling with anxiety and depression, Sue found that her mood and outlook had shifted to one of joy, compassion and gratitude. This transformation inspired Sue to become a yoga teacher, and in 2017 she completed her 200 hr YTT with Anthony Tomasi.
Sue provides a safe and fun environment for students to find a deep sense of self-awareness in mind and body through breath and movement, anatomical alignment and muscular engagement. As a Chromatic teacher she encourages her students to embrace their personal journey, both on and off their mat, with love, patience, acceptance and gratitude.
Most recently Sue, has begun her 300 hr YTT under the guidance of Chromatic Yoga founder, Matt Giordano. She has completed Chromatic Teacher Level 1&2.
Mattie is a 200hr-RYT trained at CorePower Yoga in Boston, MA and a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She is a full-time working mom of two, fitness enthusiast, clean beauty advocate, yoga fanatic and lover of all things health and wellness. Her love for health, fitness and wellness started when she was a collegiate ski racer traveling internationally for competition. She used yoga as a way to stay centered, focused and move her body in different ways. Yoga taught her how to use breathe to stay present and that exercise can be more than just an intense workout in the gym.
In 2015 she enrolled in Teacher Training to deepen her practice. She quickly feel in love with teaching and sharing the practice with others. Her style of teaching is fast paced and direct. She mixes her athletic background and her interest in breathe to create sequences centered around flowing to build heat and strengthen your mental and physical state. Mattie's vinyasa-based classes incorporate a range of music from chill hits and country to pop and classic rock. Her classes are high energy while focusing on proper body alignment and being present. Mattie's passion and goal is to bring health and happiness to those around her through her coaching and teaching.
Marco Aurelio Vinci
Marco is an Experienced 200 Hour Yoga Instructor and Usui Reiki Master from the North Shore.
His journey through yoga began on the Winter Solstice of 2012. This monumental first class
challenged Marco with a physical practice that opened his eyes to the pursuit of advanced
asana postures. Even more importantly, this first class was followed with a savasana that left
Marco in a state of surreality. Never had this body been to a state of relaxation that felt
grounded, nurtured, and safe.
After a 6 month hiatus between his first and second class followed by 2 years of scattered drop
ins, seeking the next step in practice, Marco made the commitment to an unlimited membership.
During the summer of 2015 Marco’s life was shaken up after a house fire burned up and
destroyed most of his personal belongings. Instead of seeing this as a loss, there was a not so
hidden message through the ash and smoke. A message to begin anew with a different change
in pace. “Release your grasp on the things out of your control.” Less than a month after the fire,
Marco was led to discover reiki healing and immediately felt a calling to learn this powerful
healing modality. Within a year Marco received his first reiki attunement under the divine
guidance of Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Jacalynn Willett.
Since completing his first 200 hour teacher training in May 2017 Marco has taught over 1200
hours of yoga. He cannot wait to meet you for some fun in the depths of consciousness on a
breath by breath basis.
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.
Amy is a 200hr-RYT trained at Barefoot Yoga Shala in Middleton MA and a certified Reiki II Practitioner.
She wandered into yoga about 10 years ago while trying to find something for herself in the chaos of staying home to raise three children. She found yoga classes to be a safe, blissfully quiet place to start rediscovering herself physically and mentally. Ten years later, those children are off starting their own lives and she has built a successful corporate career yet she remains rooted in yoga and all that the practice can bring to everyone no matter where they are in their lives. She invites everyone start where every they are and join her in using breath, body, mind and spirit to find their internal compass. Her classes are filled with love and laughter and often include gentle assists, healing touch and essential oils.
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.
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.
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.
Ron Crocco is a highly skilled healing practitioner who has spent decades studying a variety of modalities including Tong Ren, Reiki, the Melchizedek Method as well as energy balancing facilitation. Ron is well-versed in Eastern Mystical Teachings embracing the magic and transformative powers of the Mystery Schools.
He is also a firm believer in the practice of meditation where he assists you in using the powers of your own imagination. Through the use of his powerful visualization techniques he offers you the opportunity to achieve a very profound state of relaxation. Ron is also a strong advocate for the use of a variety of energy healing techniques that have assisted many people in restoring their own natural ability to heal and improve their sense of wellbeing.
Pam Godbois is a full spectrum health and wellness expert, and an anatomy nerd. Pam is a licensed Social Worker (LICSW), Mentor and a 500hr Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT). Pam teaches and practices in the Chromatic philosophy which utilizes the elements as a foundation for transformation.
Pam found she really enjoyed sharing her love of yoga with her students. Her passion for connection and guiding others to get in touch with their own experiences, both in the body and mind, has been the driving force behind her learning and teaching.
Pam, on her quest to gain more knowledge and information to share, has studied with Matt Giordano, Lynne Beiger, Ame Wren, David Regelin, David Vendetti, Josh Summers, Bec Conant, and countless others. Pam completed her 300 hr training with Matt Giordano and is part of the Chromatic Yoga family.
Her goal in teaching is to allow you to gain a better understanding of your body and mind through the use of the elements, reflection, and exploration. Transformation is the goal, and acceptance is the current practice. Pam's classes are empowering and supportive.