From Hawai’i to Queens: My Reiki Journey Towards Healing

In 2005, I started my Reiki journey in Hawai’i.  At the time, I was going through massive shifts in my life that left me heartbroken and shattered, so I went to see a kahuna there (a kahuna is a wise woman/shaman in Hawai’ian culture.)  She told me that I was very powerful, and that I […]

September 20, 2012 Reiki | 6 Comments

Book Review: “Stress Solutions For Pregnant Moms” by Susan Andrews, PhD

I recently learned about the book Stress Solutions for Pregnant Moms: How Breaking Free from Stress Can Boost Your Baby’s Potential, by Susan Andrews, PhD.  It is hot off the presses (as of May of this year), and is chock full of helpful guidelines for pregnant moms to help assess your daily stress levels, checklists […]

Alcantara Acupuncture Creates Partnership With Gilt City New York

Just a quick note to share my excitement that Gilt City New York, the “local lifestyle site from the Gilt Groupe that offers memorable adventures and exclusive offers, all at insider prices”, announced Alcantara Acupuncture as a featured venue today! Starting Monday, June 18, and lasting for the week (up until this Friday), I am […]

Accessible Acupuncture And Reiki on May 14th at Audre Lorde Project!

When: Monday, May 14, 2012 – 6:00pm – 8:30pm Where: Audre Lorde Project 147 W. 24th St., 3rd Floor New York, NY 10011 I’ll be there providing my acupuncture/reiki combo to folks on this day.  Come on by!  The space is always such a source of rejuvenation for  LGBTSTGNC people of color who take part in the treatments, and considering […]

Spring has sprung our plants back into life. Are you tending to your inner garden? "Krokuswiese - Botanischer Garten Leipzig" by Maja Dumat, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Liberate Yourself This Spring! The Body Will Follow.

Spring is a time of new beginnings.  Yadda, yadda, yadda! Truth is, we are always in constant renewal.  We enjoyed the New Year on January 1st, Chinese New Year, and now we welcome Spring (which I last year celebrated by waxing poetic about the Liver and Gallbladder), which also has its own associations with renewal […]

"Chinatown NYC Lunar New Year" (cropped) by Patrick Kwan, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Enter The Dragon! Chinese Lunar New Year 2012 Is Underway

Happy Chinese New Year!  Year of the Black Water Dragon. Granted, it started on Monday, January 23rd, the first day of the first Chinese lunar month.  But, luckily for us, we have until February 4th to celebrate (since it’s the last day of the Chinese New Year festival, and the first day of the Chinese […]

Halved acorn squash, with ghee and nutmeg, fresh out of my oven! Warms the cockles.

My Heart Is Aglow With Needles, Reiki, And Acorn Squash

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I posted my first blog post, ever, for Alcantara Acupuncture!  But, it has.  And I’ve been enjoying every bit of writing it!  I’ve learned a lot about blogging, my acupuncture/reiki practice, wellness, human behavior, writing, and myself.  I hope you’ve found it entertaining, informative, and, sometimes, […]

Time to give yourself some love! "190/365" by martinak15, , used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Holidays Are A Time To Give… To Yourself!

Thanks to those who came out to Audre Lorde Project’s 2nd ever Wellness Day, which was this past Saturday, November 12, 2011.  It was a success, and I had the pleasure to meet other practitioners offering acupuncture, reiki, energy healing, and health guidance (from a registered nurse, in fact!)  Julia was the other acupuncturist, and […]

"2012 Komen Austin Race for the Cure" by Komen Austen, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Combat Breast Cancer Holistically And NJ Update!

The month of October marks: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 24th:  Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Day According to, “About 1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.”  It is important to understand the struggles women have with breast cancer, and to keep […]

"Omar Freilla" by Frank Hebbert, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

I Am Teaming Up With Audre Lorde Project’s 3rd Space Healing!

First off, thanks to those who came out to the Sunday’s BMW Guggenheim Lab’s “Free Community Health Care Day” on Sunday.  It was incredible!   It was held in an airy space at the corner of Houston and 2nd, where East Village meets Lower East Side.  Complete with wide and open brick alley feel, long flowing curtains, metal […]

September 30, 2011 Acupuncture, New York City, Reiki | No Comments