My life’s expression is to become my most authentic self so that I may be a celebration of life and bring more joy into the world.
Christine Simmons studied Art and Psychology at Seton Hill College in the early 70’s. She became a Metalsmith and Sculptor and worked with Nexus Gallery of Fine Arts in Shadyside. Christine expanded her interests when the Gallery added a Cafe, based on whole foods. Being the first and only whole foods restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA., it attracted those interested in health. Through a developing community of like minded individuals, Christine found much to study about Nutrition and Natural Medicine practices, including Macrobiotics. By 1978 she was studying Tai Ch’i (chee) and Qi (chee) Gong, which led to the study of Eastern philosophy, Polarity Therapy, Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine and a certificate in Acupuncture by 1982. In 1985 Christine completed a B.A. in Biology, with Honors, from St. Vincent College and a Master of Acupuncture from the TAI Sophia Institute in Maryland with the class of 1986. TAI has grown into the Maryland University of Integrated Health, as Acupuncture has become more incorporated into Western Medicine.
Christine incorporates many modalities in her practice, as well as multiple systems of Acupuncture, although the Core of the work is Classical Five Element Acupuncture (CCM). Both Classical and Traditional Chinese Medicine are elegant systems that cover many aspects of health care. They are an integral part of Biological Medicine, the most integrative medicine in Euro-American Health, connecting ancient and modern practices. Christine completed a two year certification course in Biological Medicine, with The Paracelsus Clinic, Switzerland through the PBMN network and has studied with the Klinghardt Academy of Neurobiology. This Functional Medicine approach has informed Christine’s practice along with ART - Autonomic Response Testing, coreSomatics - a psychophysical therapy, various forms of Acupressure, Cupping, Tui Na and Thai massage. She is a Chinese and Western Herbalist and is Nationally Board Certified by the NCCA and Licensed by the PA Board of Medicine to practice Acupuncture.
Christine sees clients in a guide-explorer-experience at The Wellspring Valley, her Victorian Country Home and Botanical Sanctuary, where many of the herbs and flowers she uses in her practice are grown. Living on a farm surrounded by nature has honed her knowledge about the archetypal elements and the cycles of nature. From her experience of both Nature, and Energy Exercises like Qi Gong and Kundalini Yoga, that inform and increase her ability to feel and emit qi, she has developed a sound and movement therapy called S.M.I.L.E., which is an acronym for Simple Methods to Induce Loving Energy. These movements and sounds harness, stimulate and enhance vitality, harmonize the nervous and endocrine systems, reconnect all parts of the brain, re-member brain to body, spirt to will, and help transform emotions from their often limiting patterns into their most useful and loving actions and virtues.
She continues to study and gain experience through her professional and personal work and play.