Winter 2007 Newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Acupuncture Works! And Bodymind Acupuncture
  • What’s new in 2007 for Moon and Lotus
  • Rural clinic opening Feb. 5th
  • Now billing insurance directly
  • Classes:
    Three Treasures Weekly Qigong in Eugene
    Inner Nature Women’s Gathering
  • Universe Within Universe Article

 

 


 

ACUPUNCTURE WORKS!

Acupuncture is one of the oldest methods of health care practiced in the world. It is also one of the safest, and addresses the whole person: body, mind, emotions and spirit. Acupuncture can effectively treat many health concerns. A few of these are: muscle pain, headaches, joint problems, PMS and other women’s health care needs, sciatica, high blood pressure, asthma, anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia, digestive problems, immune support and acute care for colds, flu, sinus and allergy problems.
Acupuncture facilitates relaxation and stress management, and creates a feeling of inner ease.

Bodymind acupuncture: Emotional and psychological issues are often primary factors in our health concerns. These factors influence not only how we experience illness, but also our capacity for getting well. Knowing how to work with the psyche as well as the body is a specialty within the practice of Oriental medicine. Kamala is uniquely qualified to offer this kind of therapy.

In a bodymind acupuncture session we explore your immediate physical, mental and emotional experience to reveal underlying processes that are influencing your health. When these become conscious the next step for healing presents itself. Bodymind acupuncture can help you connect with the inner resources needed to move through challenging life transitions, relationship and family issues, work stress and physical illness.

 

 


 

 

WHAT’S NEW IN 2007 FOR MOON AND LOTUS

This year Kamala is opening the 700 square foot yurt on her property near Lorane for workshop space, and a new rural community acupuncture center. The yurt is situated in a quiet, and beautifully forested location. It is an open and airy round structure that is pleasant to be in, and feels very connected to the surrounding natural environment. The Moon and Lotus yurt is a great space for movement, meditation, socializing and fun. It is scheduled to open in February, and is located 5 miles north of Lorane on Jackson-Marlow Rd.
Please look below for activities that will be held here.

 

 


 

 

NEW RURAL COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE CENTER

Beginning February 5, 2007, in addition to Kamala’s practice in Eugene, she will be offering a new community centered, low-cost clinic at the Moon and Lotus yurt. It is modeled after modern clinics where patients are treated in a small group setting. You can relax in a recliner or on a massage table separated by screens. Several people are seen per hour which lowers the cost. Treatments are personalized and each person’s privacy is respected.

Clinic hours will be on Mondays from 4 to 6 pm. After an initial, private appointment and health assessment, which is $55, follow-up treatments are $35, with a sliding scale available. Payment is by cash or check at the time of service.

For people who live in Eugene, the 30 minute drive to this location is beautiful, and gives you the feeling of transitioning from busyness to quiet spaciousness. If you would like make an appointment call the Eugene office at 345-2220 and ask about the community clinic.
If you have friends or acquaintances in Lorane, Crow, Veneta, Elmira or Creswell please let them know about it. I always offer 50% off your next treatment when you refer a new client. This applies to my Eugene practice and to this new community clinic near Lorane.

For more information go to the Community Clinic section of this website.

 

 


 

 

BILLING INSURANCE DIRECTLY

As a convenience to our clients, we are now billing directly for the following insurance companies for people who have acupuncture coverage included in their plan:

Blue Cross, HMA, ODS, OEA, AETNA, ASHN affiliates like Health Net, and any insurance company that covers injuries related motor vehicle accidents or worker’s compensation claims.

This means that at the time of your visit you will pay a co-pay, which may be set by your insurance company, or is the amount that they do not cover. For example, if your insurance covers 70% your co-pay would be 30%.

For motor vehicle accidents and worker’s comp claims insurance pays 100%.

For people who have other insurance that covers acupuncture, we ask you to pay at time of service and we will give you a form to send to your company for reimbursement. We give a discount to everyone who pays for their treatment at time of service.

 

 


 

 

CLASSES:

 

THREE TREASURES WEEKLY QIGONG IN EUGENE

These classes are open to everyone.
6:15 pm to 7:30 pm at Kamala’s office at 1844 Lincoln St.
$24 for series of three or $10/class for drop-in

Qigong (life energy practice) helps strengthen your body, open your heart and brighten your spirit. With movement, breath and focused awareness we create a deep heart-mind connection with the field of life force energy in and around us.

These classes will focus on strengthening and opening our lower, middle and upper body respectively. From a qigong perspective, the subtle energy centers in these areas produce and store our “three treasures.” Cultivating and refining our three treasures is a way to stay healthy, feel young and grow emotionally and spiritually. They include:

  • Essence (jing) ( stored in the lower pelvis, influences reproduction, body development and hormone balance)
  • Energy (qi) ( produced in the middle body from breath and food influences vitality and the immune system)
  • Awareness (shen) (stored in the spiritual heart and the upper body and includes our mental capacity and spiritual awareness).

Thursdays, January 25, February 1 and 8th
Focus on lower body: Shaking, walking and free form qigong to strengthen the legs, increase balance, align the pelvis and spine. Walking practice activates the energy channels of the legs and abdomen, and influences the brain

Thursdays, February 22, March 1 and 8
Focus on middle body: Fire Dragon qigong to open chest and free the breath and the heart. This qigong form supports emotional balance and helps to reduce the harmful effects of stress

Thursdays, April 5, 12 and 19
Brighten the Celestial Lights qigong to increase mental clarity and harmonize the upper, middle and lower body. This form loosens the spine and influences the brain.

To Register call (541) 345-2220.


INNER NATURE WOMEN’S GATHERING

This monthly group meets to practice qigong, yoga, meditation and other inspiring activities in nature. Our goal is to foster wellness, expand awareness and transform blocks to creative self-expression in an atmosphere of support and community. The time is Saturday morning from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The fee is $15-30. Everyone is invited to bring their own lunch and eat together after 12:30.

The next three meeting dates will be focused on strengthening and opening our lower, middle and upper body respectively. From a qigong perspective, the subtle energy centers in these areas produce and store our “three treasures.” Cultivating and refining our three treasures is a way to stay healthy, feel young and grow emotionally and spiritually.

Please see the entry above about weekly qigong to see a description of these treasures. The weekly qigong held on Thursday evenings at Kamala’s Eugene office will be an extension of the Saturday group for those who want to continue their practice.

Saturday, January 13th - Walking qigong to increase strength and flexibility of the legs, pelvis and lower back. Walking practice activates the energy channels of the legs and abdomen, and influences the brain. We will learn easy yoga postures and self-care acupressure that maintain hormonal balance and health of the reproductive system.

Saturday, February 17th - Fire Dragon qigong to open the chest and solar plexus. This qigong form supports emotional balance and helps to reduce the harmful effects of stress. We’ll learn acupressure self-massage to free the diaphragm and chest, and to aid digestion. We will review the walking forms and yoga postures we learned in January.

Saturday, March 31st – Brighten the Celestial Lights Qigong (Tien Dao Shen Ming Gong) to sharpen awareness and harmonize the upper, middle and lower body. This form loosens the spine and influences the brain. We will practice free form qigong to unwind tension and feel the qi “move by itself.” We will emphasize sitting meditation and visualization to feel our oneness with life.

To Register call (541) 345-2220.

 

 


 

 

Universe Within Universe
By Kamala Quale

Today I woke up early and knew I had to go outside. I started to do some qi walking in the yard to calm my mind and let go of the restlessness I had felt all night. There was a thick cloud cover and some wind, but it was not cold. My movements were choppy at first, but I gradually started to feel more comfortable in my body and more focused in my mind.

I decided to walk through one of my favorite places that is a short distance from the house. It is a unique and delightful spot. The undercover from the trees creates an inviting darkness. There is a line of demarcation where you can feel the energy change from backyard to magical forest. Perhaps the allure comes from the shapes and sizes of the trees, the winding path, or the change in light as it shines through the cracks in the tree canopy.

Last week I left some food in this area as an offering to the animals and nature spirits of the place. I wanted to see if it was still there. I looked at the tree nooks that had held the goodies, but there was no trace in sight. Someone had a delicious treat.

The wind had blown down many of the branches overnight, and I started to drag them from the path into piles along the side of the trail. I felt happy and content to be absorbed in the energy of the moment. My mood changed very quickly, and I was grateful. I moved from thinking and brooding, to childlike smiling and exploring.

It feels comforting to be reminded that this place is always here, and it’s only me who forgets. When I say this place is always here, I think of it in two ways. One is the actual spot near my home where I can be in nature. The other is metaphorical: when I tune in to the moment and let it take me somewhere, it always does.

I continue walking along the road. It rained hard last night but right now there are only the drops that fall from the tree limbs. The wind is moving the clouds and reveals patches of sunlight and sometimes a lake of blue sky. The creeks are full and rushing. It feels like they run right through me. My ears like the sound of the moving water, and my nose enjoys the freshness in the air. My heart is full of the beauty and sacredness of life.

The universe of aliveness, sound and color, is happening at the same time that life goes on in every ordinary way. In this same moment people are working, shopping, loving and fighting. Each of us is in our own little world, and we are mostly unaware of the dynamic current that is simultaneously the context and source of our existence.

Today I had the opportunity to move out of my personal world and dance in the larger realm for a while. I invite you to do the same. It’s as close as the present moment.