At Tai Chi Acupuncture & Wellness Center our goal is to create healthier and happier people by providing quality care and alternative healing therapies to those in need. While there will always be a place for Western Medicine, we take a different approach to health and wellness.
Our programs, classes and treatments focus on bringing balance to mind, body, and spirit. Our bodies are amazing vehicles, and we are just beginning to understand their full capacities. Our intention is to teach others that the path to a happy and healthy life lies within each and every one of us.
Our primary goal is to enable you to live the life of your dreams.
What Differentiates Our Center
We realize that you have many choices today when it comes to your heath, and we feel it’s important for you to know what makes us different.
While we offer many different treatment options (see our list of services) to help you through existing conditions or problems, our ultimate goal is to provide you with the tools to take control of your own life.
We share with you ancient techniques that do not require dangerous surgeries and or toxic medications in order to find relief.
Many times prescription medications just mask pain, and do not deal with the root cause of issues or illnesses. Our goal is to enhance the natural healing system of our own bodies to deal with the source of pain and disease.
We do this through proven alternative therapies, classes and seminars given by some of the area’s leading professionals in various fields, and through the ancient martial art of Tai Chi.
Our knowledgeable staff is truly world class, and we will constantly strive to provide our clients with ongoing support to heal themselves and transform their lives.
Meet the Practitioners
Kuan Chung Chen (Licensed acupuncturist)
Kuan Chung Chen (Median) is a Master of natural energy healing. While practicing under his father in Taiwan, he has helped many people with both their physical and mental problems through the natural energy practices of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. His approach to healing has always been one of “helping people to help themselves”. His methods of Tai Chi Qi Gong Guiding Treatment and Acupuncture usually help rid people of their pain or illness pretty quickly; however, once patients are feeling better, he encourages them to practice Tai Chi and Qi Gong in order to prevent illness in the future. He believes that there is no better healing mechanism than our own bodies, and that it is very important for us to take more control of our own health.
Median Chen started his Tai Chi and Qi Gong practice at the age of five under the instruction of his father (Grand Tai Chi Master CK Chen) in Taiwan. Since then, Median has amassed over 25 years of experience in Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Qi guided healing practice, and has more than 10 years of experience in teaching Tai Chi and Qi Gong. He was named the international champion of both individual 37 Tai Chi Form and Tai Chi Push Hand (Detail please see Median Chen’s Tai Chi Awards & Honors here).
In Taiwan, Median assisted his father and Taiwanese residents at the Ru Yu Tai Chi School. In his time at the school he was able to help hundreds of people with all kinds of health problems. He has followed his father in promoting a “Do not occupy a hospital bed movement”, giving the bed to the people who really need it, for more than a decade.
Median got his Master’s degree in Physical Education, Health, and Leisure in Taiwan in 2008. After that he made his voyage to the United States in 2008 to continue pursuing a Ph. D. degree in Sport Management. While he was working on his Ph. D., Median also graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture, NESA, (the oldest school of acupuncture and oriental medicine in the US), earning a Master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) and also a Mass board of Medicine certification as a licensed acupuncturist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition to his unique family healing techniques, Median also incorporates the Tung style of acupuncture.
Moreover, Median Chen has trained extensively, under (Master Lin Xian Zhang) in specialized Chinese Feng Shui and the Four Pillars of Destiny technique. For years he helped people in Taiwan improve their homes' energy, or (Qi) circulation, in order to create a better environment for a family to live.
C.K. Chen (Senior Adviser)
Grand Master C.K. Chen is the founder of the Ru-Yu Tai Chi School in Taiwan. It operates today as the largest private Tai Chi School in Taiwan. Master Chen’s style of Tai Chi, has proven to be highly effective, and has and earned himself and his school numerous accolades and world reknowned status. C.K. Chen's unique style is based on the infusion of the Art of Dao into his Cheng Man Ching style Tai Chi Chuan practice (37 Movement Tai Chi Form). His style emphasizes relaxation, grounding of energy, and a more united body movement. It is said to be more complete than many competing styles. It stresses the unification of all energy …the energy (Qi) from "the heavens" and "the earth". By developing and passing on his style, through tried, tested and simple practices, Master C.K. Chen has helped, and continues to help thousands of people with many modern and chronic diseases throughout Taiwan. His system of Tai Chi instruction has been able to alleviate and cure symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, stress, fatigue, asthma, infertility, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, weak immune systems, and liver disease, to name just a few. Grand Master Chen also initiated a "Do not occupy a hospital bed" movement in Taiwan. His system advocates having a health body, in order to live a fuller, and more enjoyable life. Today, the Ru-Yu Tai Chi School is still leading the way in the world of Tai Chi and life improvement instruction.
If you want to know more about the C.K. Chen or Ru Yu Tai Chi School in Taiwan, you can check our Ru Yu Tai Chi Page for more info.
Ching Tse Lee (Senior Adviser)
Dr. Ching-Tse Lee, a Chi (Qi) Gong master, born in Taiwan in 1940, has pursued a life long study of Psychology, Tai Chi Chuan, Tao, Zen and Calligraphy. Upon his arrival in the United States in 1964, Dr. Lee began an advanced study in Psychology and received a doctoral degree in 1969. He served as Professor of Psychology from 1971 to 2008 at Graduate Center and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and served as Chairperson of the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College from 1988 to 1996.
In 1982, Dr. Lee established "Tao and Zen Research Center" to promote scientific research of these two great philosophical traditions from Chi perspective. He was invited to participate in energy (Chi) and healing research projects at the Menninger Foundation and Harvard Medical School in 1988. From 1998 to 2001, he was a visiting scholar at Academia Sinica of Taiwan and conducted a research project, "Chi, Culture and Traditional Chinese Medicine". In 1999, he established a new school of calligraphy---Chi Calligraphy (application of Chi in calligraphic artwork). In the same year, he published a chapter, "Qigong", in a book, "Complementary and Alternative Medicine". In 2001, he published a chapter, "Archery and Calligraphy: A Chi Interpretation", in "Proceedings of International Conference on Society, Ethnicity and Cultural Performance". From 1991 to 2008, he served as President of Golden Eagle Institute and from 2005 to 2012, he served as President of Taiwan Photography Association of Greater New York. Currently, he is the President of Golden Eagle Institute and continues to promote "Chi Gong", "Chi Management" and "Chi Calligraphy".
Mingxia Lu (Michelle) (Ph.D., Licensed acupuncturist and herbalist)
• Medical Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (in China)
• Eleven years of intensive training in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine
• Twenty-three years of clinical experience, including eight years of experience in the First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Accredited as National Clinical Center of Acupuncture in China. The principal filming location of the documentary “9000 Needles”.)
• Six years of teaching experience at the New England School of Acupuncture, USA
Dr. Lu received intensive training in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in China. She earned her Bachelor and Master's degrees at Shandong University of TCM, and her Doctor's degree from Tianjin University of TCM. She began to use acupuncture and Chinese herbs to treat her patients' various health problems in 1994. She spent eight years practicing at Tianjin University of TCM’s first teaching hospital, the National Clinical Center of Acupuncture. It is widely known as one of the top TCM hospitals in China. Mingxia was conferred the doctorate degree in TCM in 2001 and the professional title of Associate Chief Physician in TCM in 2003. She has practiced in the US since 2007 after being Board Certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed by the Board of Registration in Medicine, in Massachusetts. Mingxia joined the New England School of Acupuncture in 2012 and has been a popular teacher there for more than six years. While teaching at the school, she also practiced at a private clinic in Arlington, MA. Mingxia specializes in women's health problems, digestive issues, stress, anxiety, insomnia, neurological disorders, pain management as well as many other things.
Eugenia Lai (MAOM, Licensed acupuncturist and herbalist)
Eugenia Lai, MAOM, L.Ac., is a medical board certified and MA licensed practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She grew up in Taiwan, where Traditional Chinese Medicine has been part of cultural life style. She learned at her young age how to use simple acupressure and massage techniques to prevent colds and variety of illness. After traveling around various corners of the Asian and North American and exploring areas of medicine, she discovered the profound benefits of acupuncture and herbal medicine. Dedicating herself to the study and practice of this powerful medicine. Eugenia has settled down in Danvers Massachusetts to open Acuremedy -Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Health Clinic.
Eugenia received her Master's Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) from the New England School of Acupuncture in Watertown, MA. This comprehensive four-year program encompassed Western and Eastern Medical studies. Her extensive training is comprised of both Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture as well as Chinese Herbal Medicine. After graduation she completed post-graduate studies in how to enhance fertility with acupuncture, she continued her advanced training in a very effective form of acupuncture style under the tutor ledge of Sensei Kiiko Matsumoto. She also continues her advanced acupuncture/herbal trainings with various Chinese TCM practitioners including famed Dr. Yan-Ling Dong in Taipei and BJ Wang in Allston, Massachusetts. She has dedicated her work in specializing pain management and women issues. After graduation from NESA, Eugenia continued her Graduate Herbal Internship at Pathways under the tutor ledge of Dr. Tao Xie for four years. She continues her herbal education when she visits Taiwanese TCM masters twice a year.
Focusing on fertility and weight loss issues in recent years, Eugenia has developed extensive fertility and weight loss programs in her practice. Eugenia also focuses much of her study and practice in the field of women's health. Her expertise includes the treatment of fertility, women issues, pregnancy related concerns, menopause, PMS, menstrual disorders, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and a variety of other women's health issues. She also helps her patients with Facial Rejuvenation.
Over the years Eugenia has gained extensive experience treating chronic and acute pain conditions including low back pain, joint pain, sciatic pain, TMJ, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Her scope of experience includes treating gastrointestinal and neurological issues.
Eugenia's dedicated practice of bodywork originates from her childhood years of massaging her grandparents back when she was in grade schools. After graduating from acupuncture school, she practiced her tuina and deep tissue massage in massage spas in the Greater Boston area. Eugenia offers the valuable skill of incorporating these various techniques into her acupuncture treatments. Eugenia embraces an integrative approach to wellness and works to assist each patient toward optimum health and well-being. By combining acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage and lifestyle education, she tailors her treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each individual.
Before starting Acuremedy Acupuncture in Danvers, MA, Eugenia practiced acupuncture in a number of settings in the Boston area including Winchester Hospital, Shattuck Hospital, the Lynn Senior Center and Dimock Hospital. Her clinical expertise includes treating chronic and acute pain, mental/emotional disorders, women's health issues (PMS, painful periods, menopause) gastro-intestinal disorders (constipation, IBS, GERD), Parkinson's, MS, TMJ, skin problems, as well as many other conditions.
Eugenia blends a variety of modalities into each treatment with a focus on obtaining results. A treatment may include Chinese and/or Japanese acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, TDP heat therapy, Tui Na (Asian body work) and lifestyle and dietary recommendations. She is happy to help with a wide variety of health concerns that affect the whole family. Eugenia's style of practice emphasizes a gentle, integrative approach to healing.
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.
Kathy Trainor (RN IBCLC CCE)
Kathy received her RN BSN from Salem University. She is an internationally board certified lactation consultant and certified childbirth educator. Kathy has worked at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston in women's health over the last 30 years. She has helped countless numbers of women and their families welcome their newborns into the world. She is also a pioneer in educating nurses and doctors to bring skin-to-skin care to the bedside for vaginal deliveries. She developed the clear drape technique, along with her colleague, Dr. Bill Camann, to allow mothers to see the birth of their baby during a C-section delivery. Kathy lives with her husband and is the mother of three children and one grandchild. She is fondly referred to by her colleagues as “The Milk Lady”!
Kathy Trainor is joining our team as lactation consultant and childbirth educator!! She will lead the Free Breastfeeding support group for Mothers and infants in our wellness center every week. This group is intended to assist with the basic difficulties of breastfeeding and provide a social network. Private consults can be made by appointment.
Cathy has been a therapeutic healer, dancer and movement specialist for over 15 years. She received a double Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and Dance Expressive Therapy from Lesley University in 1996. She is independently licensed as a Clinical Psychotherapist. She practices Holistic Psychotherapy which incorporates the sacred healing modalities of meditation, mindfulness, breath work and crystal and gemstone grounding techniques. Cathy incorporates Aromatherapy and Ayurveda practices into her healing work. In addition Cathy is a certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapist. As a Jungian based psychotherapist strong in object relations Cathy specializes in Trauma and Woman’s issues; primarily woman and teens. As well as group therapy and group process. She brings forth the ancient wisdom of spiritual energy of the Chakra system and assists clients with tapping into their sacred healing space. Cathy believes there is a magical process that occurs in healing ones sacred space. True authenticity and soul transformation can occur.
• Eating Disorders with Women and Teens Certificate Harvard Continuing Ed Program
• Mindfulness, Meditation, for Stress Management and Anxiety
• Currently enrolled in Kripalu School of advanced studies in Ayurveda Medicine
Anibeliz Marquez (Massage therapist)
As a graduate of Lincoln Technical Institute Anibeliz earned her degree in massage therapy. She strongly believes in her ability to heal others with her hands. As a massage therapist her goal is to make sure all her clients leave happy and healthy. She chose this career because she has always been a care giver, always willing to give a helping hand to those in need. She has been practicing massage therapy for two years and has learned how to accommodate to her clients needs. Whether it be a Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage, trigger point, reflexology or aroma therapy she is able to give her clients what they need. As a daughter to a cancer survivor she hopes to further her education in oncology massage and provide her services to other cancer survivors.
Joseph Carringer is a professional didgeridoo musician and sound therapist with 20 years of didgeridoo playing experience. His work as a didgeridoo musician and sound therapist has taken him everywhere from the jungles of Peru, the beaches of Jamaica and to the big sky country of Montana. In his sound therapy practice he uses concert class didgeridoos combining Traditional Chinese Medicine organ and meridian theory with Ayurvedic Chakra philosophies to create a unique and powerful therapeutic sound healing experience.
Joseph presents and performs both nationally and internationally on mind/body connection and the effects of didgeridoo sound therapy for the purposes of clearing energetic and emotional stagnation within the energetic body to wellness and healthy lifestyle seekers, as well as to medical and holistic professionals. His sound therapy practice has been accepted by multiple major hospitals as an integrative wellness provider including; Maine Medical Center (Portland, ME), Wentworth Douglas Hospital (Dover, NH) and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center / UPMC (Pittsburgh PA). Currently, Joseph is collaborating with Dr. Michelle Thompson from UPMC offering an integrative wellness talk and meditation titled, "Meditate, Not Medicate”.
At the beginning of Joseph’s sound therapy career he collaborated with various forms of holistic health modalities such as; acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, integrative gynecologist an holistic nurses receiving what amounted to a well rounded holistic health apprenticeship and education. It is Joseph's goal to help people realign their bodies' natural rhythms on a cellular level through didgeridoo sound therapy. He believes that through this work, people can achieve a greater sense of natural health and open doors for a higher sense of creativity and consciousness. He feels a deep natural connection with the healing of our planet and ourselves.
In 2004 Joseph was invited to be a founding board member of the New England Holistic Health Association / NEHHA. NEHHA was created to be an educational 501c3 with a focus on holistic health education and issues. Joseph sat on the board for 10 years and also served multiple terms as the organization's president.
Joseph has also consulted on additional 501c3's Helping People Helping Pets and currently sits on the board of the Electronic Music Alliance and the Neuro Sativa Institute.
Brian is a teacher and healer. He brings the mind, body, heart and soul back into balance through overtone chanting, singing bowls, tuning forks, and drumming. He has the unique ability to hear oto-acoustic emissions, the natural frequencies emitted by the body. His spiritual name “Anahata Nada” means “unstruck sound” and echoes his ability to hear the sounds of the cosmos. Anahata also means heart and speaks to Brian’s passion to help others hear the sound of their heart to guide them on their journey.
Brian has been an English Dharma Instructor for the Chogye Order of Korean Zen Buddhism since he was fourteen. He has lived in a monastery in Bodh Gaya, India where Buddha attained enlightenment and studied throat chanting in Dharamsala at the Gyuto Monastery. He has also studied with Fabien Maman, the founder of vibrational therapy and singing bowl guru Sarah Turner. He uses voice analysis software from the BioAcoustic Institute to detect and correct physical and chemical imbalances in the body. Most of all, Brian enjoys learning and teaching the rainbow body practice which aligns us perfectly on our paths.
Laura Hackel (Guest Speaker)
My art and healing practice takes many forms including crystal bowl healing sessions, healing through ceramic vessels that have been individually hand crafted and charged with healing intentions, and connecting you with Nature’s own powerful healers, crystals.
I especially love the initial discovery part of the healing process where I can help people to uncover the unconscious beliefs that are running their lives in a way that is not consistent with what they desire and help them to heal allowing them to shift to a more powerful, fulfilling way of life.
I have been working individually and in groups for many years and I always feel a sense of honor that people come to me and share their journeys with me and others so that we can all benefit.
I love my work. I love the relationship that I have developed with the Crystal Bowls where I know I can count on them to bring the exact right vibrations to bear for each individual in the room, whether it's 2 or 44 people. I love the point when I am playing where I suddenly "get" what the message it, why we all made it on that particular day. I have learned to trust that whoever is meant to show up will show up, and I have seen first hand the shift in energy from when I first enter a room to when the last note of the bowl sings out. When people take me up on my offer to smudge them, I am continually amazed that the messages for them are always the ones they need to hear in that moment and I am so thrilled when someone casually says, yep, that's what I was working on.
And then when I am in the studio, I can feel the pull of what the clay wants to be. It might be a gentle suggestion or it might be a knowing so loud that it fills my head, but each piece feels alive and organic and full of pure vibration. From the centering (or not as the case might be) to the final glazing with a prayer offered up to the glazing gods, it is a satisfying process to be able to create a vessel that is not only functional or beautiful, but also full of high vibration.
Recently, I added Crystals, Nature Powerful Healers to my collection of offerings. Selecting them was a bit daunting when I thought about it, but really it was just my mind getting in the way, the reality was, I knew which ones were right and was able to get some real beauties to offer. I also love looking up the definitions in the crystal bible and playing with all the possibilities. When travel and my daughter is still at home, she is well surrounded with crystal beings to protect and watch over her while I'm gone. The crystals have given me great comfort too, as my two older boys have moved out of the house. I have a crystal that represents each of them in a circle with crystals for the three of us left at home. When one is facing a challenge, I might add a special crystal into the group for confidence, or releasing negativity or healing physical pain. But it gives me such joy to KNOW that while we may be physically apart, we are strongly energetically linked.
It's all in your vibration. Take care of yours today for a joy filled tomorrow.
"If you get better, the world gets better" - is the motto Angela proposes!
Angela is a certiﬁed QiGong Instructor and became a member of the Tai Chi and Qi Gong Healing Institute in 2010. Since 2002, Angela has been studying and practicing QiGong with different QiGong masters, during her year long teacher/healing training in Arizona, she learned QiGong massage and energy work.
Angela is board certiﬁed in humanistic alternative psychology through the American Institute of Holistic Health and Wellness in 2007 and certiﬁed in The Art of Natural Breathing - which she incorporates in all her modalities as she believes breath is the key for healing. She is passionate about helping people and easing the suffering of those going through tough times. She has also taught Power Brain Yoga for children and worked at a school for teens with traumatic life experiences and addictions.
Angela is passionate about making people happier, creating an environment in which people are able to relax into being themselves. Angela Sokolova has her private practice of holistic health coaching and healing in Reading, MA.
Emily Clement (Life Coach)
I've always been a soul-searching, joy seeker. For most of my life I've heard, “Emily, you are so lucky. Good things happen to you all the time.” Though I have been blessed beyond measure, it’s not luck. It’s intention. There are people, situations, and opportunities I've attracted into my life because I named them and then set my intention. The same approach will work for you. You can have, do, be, give and create anything you desire. True story! That said, my most transformative moments are found in life's disappointments. I'm confident there is no such thing as failure; it is all feedback. Though disappointment, loss and frustration stings and includes a range of uncomfortable feelings, there is always something to learn about yourself and the world around you. Life doesn’t happen to us- it happens through us.
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.
BIO COMING SOON!
Jaclynn was born zen — It has always been in her nature to find balance. Whether it be through zen practice or absolute wildness. Her journey begins everyday with cultivating awareness, learning how to embrace each precious moment. She will guide you towards your own inner awakening, finding the light within. She likes to create an authentic class allowing space for all to freely express. You will get to know her goofy, wise, nurturing self! Her goal is for you to feel at home in your mind, body and spirit. Jaclynn studied under Jen Ryan at The Yoga Loft in Wilmington, receiving her 200-hour RYT. She continues to learn various styles of yoga and healing modalities, cultivating them in her classes.
Sarah began practicing yoga a decade ago after being diagnosed with scoliosis as a teenager. Sarah’s yoga journey began as part of her scoliosis treatment plan. Yoga was a tool used to help her strengthen the muscles protecting the spine and increase overall mobility. She began practicing Baptiste Yoga which brought strength and power to her practice. After injuring her back in 2014 at mile 18 of a marathon, Sarah sought out a more restorative, anatomy focused yoga practice. She allowed her Baptiste classes to slowly fade to the back burner, replacing heated vinyasa classes with slower flows and an increasingly restorative practice. In 2016 Sarah received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification from Jamaica Plain Centre Yoga. Through her 200 hour training, Sarah furthered her understanding of the importance of prioritizing alignment and anatomy connections throughout the body. Sarah believes that yoga is a practice that encompasses both the mind and the physical body. Sarah’s Flow & Restore class focuses on accurate alignment, while building a foundation of strength and mobility that will ultimately protect the body from injuries. Her class will also provide tools to steady the mind through practice.
Marisa's pilates journey began 16 years ago. After achieving her dream of working in publishing she quickly learned that sitting all day was making her back very unhappy! After just a month of pilates sessions her back issues went away and she began to have a new dream: helping others feel as good as she did! She began teaching Classical Pilates in 2003 and has worked in studios throughout Greater Boston, Southern New Hampshire and Greater Toronto. She is fully certified in all levels of mat, tower, reformer, cadillac, chair, barrels, foot corrector, spine corrector, balls, bands, magic circle and the foam roller. In addition to her comprehensive certifications, Marisa has completed many workshops ranging from anatomy to functional movement. After receiving a special certification from the Pink Ribbon Program's “Pilates for Post-Surgical Breast Cancer Patients”, Marisa created a created a pro-bono rehab program for survivors. Marisa uses Pilates to help open tight hips and backs and avoid/reverse osteopenia and osteoporosis. Many clients with osteoporosis have come back from their bone-density test finding out they actually regained some of their height. Marisa also specializes in neurological conditions (helping to create neurological pathways to regain movement), pregnancy, improving balance, meniscus issues, osteoporosis/osteopenia, and joint weakness. In addition, she assists in special conditioning for pre-/post-surgery. Marisa has helped people avoid surgery during the pre-surgical pilates conditioning phase. She has worked with dancers from the Boston Ballet and teens looking to increase core strength and stamina in sports, poor posture or back issues). Marisa studied with: Bob Leikens, Susan Moran, Kathy Van Patten, Amy Taylor Alpers and Rachel Taylor Segal (both trained under Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates' protege).
Marisa graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition with honors where she received a diploma in Holistic Nutrition. As a student she had a case study published for educational material. She now runs her own business as a holistic nutrition consultant called Eating to Feel Good. Marisa specializes in digestive health with a focus on special dietary needs including eating for IBS, ADHD, Type 2 Diabetes, balancing thyroid and other hormones, sports nutrition, celiac, food allergies and sensitivities.
In 1998 Marisa graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing and with a minor in Psychology. She has worked at various publications including The Boston Business Journal, Fidelity Investments Publishing and interned at New Age and Natural Health magazines.
Shannon Generazzo (Liv Satya Kaur) is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher who has been practicing Kundalini for nearly a decade. At the start of her spiritual journey in 2010, Shannon had a profound experience while chanting the ancient mantra “Ra Ma Da Sa” during a women’s meditation circle. She quickly fell in love with chanting and meditating to ancient healing mantras and music, which eventually led her to her first Kundalini yoga workshop with the Snatam Kaur (a well-known mantra singer/Kundalini yoga teacher) in 2012.
Prior to finding Kundalini yoga, Shannon had battled with depression and anxiety for many years. Each Kundalini yoga class she attended helped her to cleanse her of all physical, mental and emotional blocks and patterns. The more she practiced, the more she was able to open and access her higher self and knowledge. This practice has opened many doors and opportunities for Shannon over the years, and she fully credits her mental strength, emotional clarity, physical health and sense of well-being to her regular practice of Kundalini yoga.
Lori started her yoga journey several years ago with Bikrim then Baptiste Power yoga. She was immediately hooked by the hot, sweaty, physical practice. She was not immediately hooked by the spiritual aspects of yoga but once she allowed herself to be present and open, that part of the practice is what really took hold and kept her coming back. As she was going through some personal struggles in her life, yoga was always a place where she felt safe, empowered and found the solace she needed in stressful and painful situations. It was from this place that she decided to enroll in a 200 hour teacher training at Lexington Power Yoga. She wanted a way to give back and help people feel the same empowerment and sense of community that yoga has given her. She hopes to continue her training so that she can work with children and adults with disabilities. Linking breath with movement to create a moving meditation in her classes will allow you to challenge yourself at any level allowing yoga to meet you where you are today. You will leave feeling stronger and more balanced in body and mind.
Pauline Mulligan Ando
Pauline Mulligan Ando is a Reiki Master and practitioner in the traditional Usui System of Reiki Healing. She discovered reiki after being injured in her pursuit of teaching dance in Dublin, Ireland. Under the guidance of Reiki Master Nora O’Neill, Pauline began her own personal journey of physical and emotional healing.
She is passionate about lifelong learning, both in the classroom and in her personal life. She received her B.A. and M.A.T in English from Boston College. Certified in English and Special Education, Pauline has served as an educator for over twenty years. Working in both public and private settings at home and abroad, she was a high school teacher, Instructional Specialist, professional development facilitator, curriculum writer, educational consultant, and private tutor.
She is preparing for her teaching certification in yoga and brings a strong body awareness to her yoga practice with her own dance background. Her training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction deepens her own practice and aligns with her belief in a strong body, mind, spirit connection for one’s own healing.
Arleigh first discovered yoga as a way to supplement her 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, but it was not until I signed up for a yoga studio 'challenge' that I absolutely fell in love! Practicing every day has truly changed my approach to yoga. I crave my time on the mat every day."
Bio Coming soon
Deborah Buell (Certified Holistic Health Coach)
Deborah Buell is a nutrition and joyful living expert, writer and speaker. Her blog was
named a Top Health Coach Blog by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. She
helps women end their patterns of self-sabotage and embrace becoming the healthiest and happiest version of themselves.
Deborah’s mission is to empower women to silence the nutritional noise and trust their intuition and body wisdom to discover foods and lifestyle habits that work best for them.
As a Certified Holistic Health Coach since 2007, Deborah understands that food,
mindset, self care, worthiness, spirituality and connection cannot be addressed
individually but must be viewed as a whole for true transformation.
Kelly began practicing Yoga back in her early 20’s. Then in 2009 after the birth of her second child she began a very dedicated home practice. Since then her life has transformed in many ways with yoga being the catalyst for her growth and expansion. In 2015 she felt a calling to take her practice to the next level and followed her heart to Barefoot Yoga Shala’s Teacher Training Program from which she graduated in 2016.
Kelly encourages you to go within and connect during her classes. She mixes movement with breath and helps you to let yourself get lost in your practice before she guides you to completely release and let go. She is a Reiki 2 practitioner and intuitively uses crystals, Essential Oils and a variety of Oracle Cards to enhance her classes.
Joining our team
We are looking for specialized partners from all different kind of health-related fields to join our team in order to provide our clients the best services. We are currently looking for massage therapists, Yoga instructors, Chinese teachers, and other health instructors willing to teach classes in our center. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us. You are welcome to join our team!
A Glance at our Center
NORTH READING CENTER
We are proud to offer the following wellness treatments at our Medford and North Reading Centers: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Holistic Psychotherapy, Nutrition Counseling, Massage and Reiki.
In addition to the services listed above, our North Reading location provides a great space for Tai Chi, Yoga Classes, Meditation, Qi Gong, Reiki Circle and a variety of Wellness Workshops.
With Two accommodating locations, we’re able to service all of the North & South of Boston in addition to New Hampshire:
North Reading Center
7 Bow Street, Suite 1, North Reading, MA 01864
92 High Street, Suite DH4, Medford, MA 02155
Our service area includes: Andover, North Andover, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Beverly, Billerica, Boston, Boxford, Cambridge, Danvers, Everett, Haverhill, Lexington, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Malden, Melrose, Medford, Methuen, Middleton, Newton, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Salem, Saugus, Somerville, Stoneham, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Wakefield, Waltham, Wilmington, and Woburn.