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Ancient Eastern healing methods complement Western practices

Eastern techniques such as yoga and tai chi have benefits available to everyone

By Jim Hart
staff writer

Ancient healers say to maintain health and wellness, a person needs to take regular breaths of oxygen filled air and keep all of the body’s energy flowing.

This is the basis of holistic healthcare, which includes many of the Eastern forms of health maintenance such as those emanating from China, Japan and India.

Tai chi and qigong
Bonnie Newman of Sandy combines Eastern and Western approaches to health and wellness. Newman teaches t’ai chi ch’uan and qigong (chee-gong), both of Chinese origin, which she says help keep chi (energy) flowing, at the Sandy Community Center.

All the approaches Newman teaches are safe for everyone, offering reduced anxiety as well as improved posture, balance, flexibility, digestion and respiration.

Chinese healers, Newman says, prescribe various forms of qigong that match each patient’s condition. Each qigong is specific for a particular health condition such as circulation, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis or balancing yin and yang. Newman has classes throughout the winter and spring. For information, call 503-622-4041.

Yoga and meditation
There are a number of forms of yoga, an ancient art at least 5,000 years old, says certified yoga instructor Therese Fleischman of Sandy’s Celtic Spirit Yoga.

Yoga in all its forms looks inward for calm — rewarding the body with relaxation, energy and flexibility. “Yoga creates harmony of body, mind and spirit,” Fleischman said, “to bring the body into balance. It does that by linking breath with movements (postures).” This ancient Indian art focuses on breathing just like Chinese healing uses breath to remove blockages of chi.

Yoga helps a person find a quiet place inside, she said. It increases strength and balance, adds flexibility and reduces blood pressure. Fleischman also teaches meditation, which she says is a healing art accessible to all.

Meditation helps bring balance into people’s lives, she said, as they seek the divine inside themselves. Fleischman teaches yoga at her studio, 38736 Pioneer Blvd. For information, call 503-819-0253.

Healing touch
This form of healing has been used for many centuries by the indigenous people of North America, according to Registered Nurse Laurel Larsen- Stokes of Sandy, who is certified in healing touch.

This method melds indigenous techniques and healing science, she said With healing touch, she uses the flow of energy to heal — using the hands to balance energy, speed healing and reduce inflammation. Scientific studies, she said, have proven that healing touch — in the hands of certified healers — works on a cellular level.

Larsen-Stokes teaches healing touch at the Sandy Community Center. For more information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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