Taos Whole Health offers classes, community acupuncture and workshops

July 31, 2017 (TAOS, NM) -- Taos Whole Health, a new integrative care clinic offering Eastern & Western Primary Care, has announced ongoing exercise classes, Community Acupuncture and wellness workshops. 

Every Tuesday Taos Whole Health offers Qi Gong at 7:45-8:45a.m. and Healing Exercise at 6:30-7:30p.m.

Qi Gong is a moving meditation practice for self healing, embodied awareness and stress reduction. “This is a great class for cultivating inner strength and resilience and restoring balance throughout the body,” said instructor Beth Searcey, LMT.

The evening class, instructed by Dr. Celeste Griego, ND, MS, LMT, aims to reduce stress and pain and improve body awareness, circulation and healing throughout with gentle challenges, stretches and movement.

All classes are limited in size and first come, first served. Qi Gong is by donation and the Therapeutic Class is $15.

On Mondays, patients can make an appointment for Community Acupuncture with Dr. Hannah Becker from 9a.m. - 2p.m. This group therapy is popular for the access it provides to frequent and affordable acupuncture treatments in a group setting. Dr. Becker offers treatments on a sliding scale from $30-$50.

On August 5, from 1 - 5p.m., Taos Whole Health will host a “Language of Healing” workshop with Christine Sherwood, LMT, DHM.

“The words we choose in our daily lives are powerful. Taking a conscious look at the words we choose, especially during an illness by both the patient and the doctor, can have profound effects on the psychological well being of a patient,” said Sherwood.

Sherwood began her career in the healing arts as a massage therapist in 1991. She later earned a doctorate in Homeopathy, and regularly continues her education within the disciplines of Ayurveda, yoga and meditation. After a late-stage cancer diagnosis, Christine retreated for seven years to heal. Along the way, she discovered the vast difference between being “cured” and being “healed," which she considers “is to find peace, acceptance, and a meaningful purpose in life.”Sherwood has published two books on healing: Help Me Remember Who I Am (poetry) and Fire & Ash: The Alchemy of Cancer (prose). Along with teaching, Sherwood facilitates the weekly cancer support group in Taos, as well as retreats for women who have/had cancer at Ghost Ranch.

Sherwood will host subsequent workshops on a variety of topics once a month from September through December on topics including, “The Empowered Patient,” “Pain Management,” and “Writing to Heal”.

On September 9 - 10, from 10a.m. - 12p.m., Taos Whole Health will host a two day healing workshop: “Blending Psychology, Meditation & Spiritual Healing” with Dr. Neala Peake.

Dr. Peake recently moved to Taos. She’s a teacher, author, psychological empath, and healer. She earned her Ph.D. in psychology, and after many years in private practice as a psychotherapist, spent six years traveling with her spiritual teacher who trained her in understanding energies—feeling where a person is blocked and what emotional issues need to be addressed to bring about healing.The heart of Dr. Peake’s workshop uses a blend of psychology, meditation and spiritual practice to explore and heal unconscious and core wounds, liberating joy and creativity.

For three consecutive days—September 29 from 5p.m. - 8p.m., September 30, 9a.m. - 1p.m., and October 1, 9a.m. - 1p.m.—Dr. Lilly-Marie Blecher, Co-Medical Director of Taos Whole Health, will host a “Foundations of Chinese Medicine,” workshop at the clinic.

Dr. Blecher has studied and practiced Chinese Medicine for twenty years, and has taught courses in Chinese Medicine for the last 12 years. Her courses at The Graduate Institute in Connecticut were designed to provide practical tools as well as philosophical understanding of Chinese Medicine for doctors and nurses enrolled in a Master’s program in holistic health and healing. 

The Foundations of Chinese Medicine workshop offers health care practitioners, patients, and students a unique understanding of the fundamental principles that guide clinical approaches in Chinese Medicine. “This course is for anyone and everyone who wishes to experience, learn, practice or refer to the ancient and profoundly developed art and science of Chinese Medicine,” said Dr. Blecher.

All classes, Community Acupuncture and workshops will be held at Taos Whole Health clinic. Dr. Peake’s workshop costs $120, Christine Sherwood’s workshops cost $50 per session,  and Dr. Blecher’s workshop is $150. Visit taoswholehealth.org to register for workshops or Community Acupuncture, or for more information on services and ongoing classes.

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