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Why Not Speaking Your Truth Can Be Hazardous To Your Health (The Throat Chakra)

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Speaking your truth is related to the Throat Chakra, or Fifth Chakra, in Reiki. When there are imbalances in the Throat Chakra, it can result in neck and throat issues, such as, but not limited to: […]

Yours truly performing a Reiki treatment.

What To Expect During A Reiki Treatment

When I set out to learn Reiki in 2005 (check out my post, “From Hawaii to Queens: My Reiki Journey Towards Healing”), I was doing so purely to heal my heart, and because I was guided to by a Hawai’ian kahuna/shaman, who informed me that this was my next step in life. Little did I […]

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On Embracing Your Dark Night

“Embrace the pain”, she said.  Many years ago, I had an Acupuncturist who told me these exact words. At the time, I was suffering the aftermath of betrayal, deep sorrow, fear, rage, upheaval, questioning everything that I knew, and was experiencing true panic attacks with that impending feeling of doom, which wouldn’t let up, and […]

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How To Stand In Your Power Even When It’s Being Challenged

Happy Full Moon in Scorpio! It’s been another intense Full Moon, indeed, and this one delves into shedding light into all aspects of intimacy in our lives, and letting go of what no longer works for us. We’ve had some hard lessons, lately, with the backing of Saturn’s emphasis on strength and taking accountability for […]

How To Stop The Glorification Of Busy

Recently, I shared Project Happiness’ image on my Facebook page that read, “Stop the glorification of busy”. The caption read, “NOTHING….is becoming rare and precious. Everything is hype, noise, desire, desperation, speed and greed. We in the modern world are good at ‘doing,’ but anemic at ‘being.’ Entertainment, busy-ness, texting while walking or even driving…’Efficiency’ […]

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5 Ways Your Words Impact What You Manifest

Firstly, I’d like to welcome all of my subscribers, who have officially been transferred from my previous blog to my new one. Sadly, all of the accumulated Likes over the years cannot be transferred (talk about the strong “letting go” energies of the Grand Cross), so feel free to re-Like any articles you have enjoyed […]

A new season, a new look at Alcantara Acupuncture & Healing Arts!

Welcome To The Official Launching Of The New Website!

Earlier this week, on Wednesday evening, I launched the brand spanking, revamped Alcantara Acupuncture & Healing Arts website! I thought it fitting that it was the day after the blood red Total Lunar Eclipse, when the transformational energies are in action. After a few years at my previous website, I’ve finally upgraded it to one […]

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The Art Of Therapeutic Touch: How We Have Lost Human Connection, And Why It’s So Important Now

Yesterday, I took a class (which was three of six in a monthly seminar series) on how to use essential oils for therapeutic use in my private practice. (In case you’re asking, yes, I’m already starting to incorporate all that I’ve learned into my Acupuncture and Reiki treatments!) This involved a practicum where we used […]

Top 10 Ways Acupuncture And Reiki Can Benefit Your Wholistic Health In 2014

I hope your holidays thus far has been heart-warming and full of much-needed rejuvenation! For those of you have been feeling challenged and triggered by the holidays, I send you love that the heartbreak will soon pass (it always does), and that you will discover glimmers of strength, hope, and support during this time. As […]

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5 Ways To Ground Yourself From Holiday Stress

The holidays brings up so much for us. I’ve noticed that all of the things we’ve gone through this year, from loved ones choosing to leave this earthly plane, to earthly disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, to massive inner upheavals surfacing to be addressed, has left many of us feeling vulnerable during a time when […]