Lisa B. O'Shea
Certified Qigong Master, Therapist, and Instructor
Founder of the Qi Gong Institute of Rochester
I grew up with a very western attitude about science and medicine. My father was a surgeon in a Boston suburb and both his parents were physicians as well. My grandmother was a pediatrician and my grandfather was a family doctor. I was very drawn to the fields of science and math and went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1986. I worked for a couple of large companies as an engineer, Kimberly Clark and then Mobil Chemical.
I felt a need for change beginning to grow. I received certification in Reiki and Hypnotherapy in 1988 and decided to branch out and get a teaching degree. I began the New York State teachers certification program at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY in 1992. Meanwhile, to reduce my stress level I began taking a local Tai Chi/Qigong class. Six months later my asthma had completely disappeared. This got my attention. My western medical mindset had really kept me from considering alternative therapies for asthma. Although I had done the Reiki and Hypnosis work, I had never found a way to integrate them into my busy lifestyle. Going to a weekly Tai Chi class made all the difference.
I began to study Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine in earnest after that. In 1995 I became a Certified Qigong Healer through the Chinese Healing Arts Center with Master T.K. Shih. By the time I finished my student teaching and got my NY State teachers certificate in Chemistry and Physics I had a modest private practice going as well as a few Qigong and Tai Chi classes. Before getting a high school teaching job I thought I would give my new business a chance. I never looked back. My only connection to the world of science and engineering now is reading Scientific American and doing home repairs.
In 1997 I became a student of Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming (YMAA) in Boston and began learning his school's system. I received instructor certification through his school in 2003 and on Nov. 5, 2012 received full certification as Qigong Master. Dr. Yang continues to influence my work and inspire me to lofty goals. I will forever be in his debt for the generosity and accessibility of his teaching.
In 1998 I created the Qi Gong Institute of Rochester, through which I offer a variety of classes in Qigong, Tai Chi, Qi Healing, Meditation, and Nutrition as well as certification in Qigong Therapy.
I have continued progressing in the field of Qigong, creating two original Qigong forms: Rising Lotus Medical Qigong in 2001 and Healthy Balance Qigong in 2012. The Rising Lotus form incorporates fluid spinal movements with visualization and breathing to clear out blockages and improve wellness. It's easy to learn and creates a wonderful flow within the body. Healthy Balance Qigong is the culmination of 18 years of teaching experience and powerfully clears out blockages and brings profound healing to the body. This form combines movement, visualization, meridians, acupuncture points, and Qi Healing techniques to facilitate healing physically, mentally, and emotionally.
There have been some other significant teachers on my journey. In 2002 I began studying with Master Hong Liu in Los Angeles, CA, learning some very powerful meditations and healers techniques. In 2007 I received Instructor Certification for Shiba Luohan Gong with Dr. Jay Dunbar at his Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School in Chapel Hill, NC. This is a wonderfully dynamic style of Qigong incorporating muscle strengthening as well as yoga-like stretching. Also, studying his San Shou (Tai Chi Fighting Set), has greatly influenced my Tai Chi instruction.
To help reach out to other types of body workers, in 2009 I received Approved Provider status (#451188-09) from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) and am now authorized to offer continuing education hours for my weekend seminars.
Qigong and Tai Chi have been a life changing process for me. I had a teacher once tell me, "If you like everything in your life the way it is, don't do Qigong or Tai Chi because it changes everything." I would have to agree.
Lisa's bio from the Qigong for Healing DVD published by YMAA Publishing (YMAA.com)
Certified Qigong Therapist
Lori Scime has been studying and practicing Qigong since 2008. Her curiosity into how Qigong healing works led her to pursue certification in Qigong therapy. She received her initial certification through Lisa B. O'Shea and the Qi Gong Institute in 2011, and received her permanent certification in 2013.
Lori studied elementary education at Bradley University in Peoria, IL, and received her Master's Degree from SUNY Brockport. Lori taught in Chicago and for the Rush- Henrietta school district before leaving the profession to concentrate on raising her family. She is active in her church as a Stephen Minister, helping individuals who are going through crises. Lori also has a private practice in Qigong Therapy and is available for Qi Healing sessions.
Lori is offering Tai Chi classes on Tuesday evenings: Rochester Tai Chi Classes
Janet C. Shipman, LMT
Pain is like a check engine light on a car... it is there for a reason and should not be ignored! A great massage can help your body release tension and other sources of pain so your body can run like a top.
I am a 2014 graduate of Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, a gifted artist, choral singer and mother of 3 grown children. My healing gift is an intuitive, nurturing touch. My goal is to provide each of my clients a peaceful oasis of caring, individual service to help the body restore its vitality and resilience to the stresses of everyday life.
I look forward to providing you with an outstanding therapeutic massage experience!
Carol Kerner is a certified Hanna Somatic Education (HSE) practitioner, a graduate of the Novato Institute certification program in Novato, CA. She is also a certified Essentrics exercise instructor and is teaching classes in both of these modalities at the Qi Gong Institute of Rochester. She is a passionate advocate of both practices. She has been teaching and working with individual Somatics clients since 2007 and has been teaching Essentrics classes since 2015. These practices really compliment each other—Essentrics for dynamic and effective strengthening and toning and Somatics for learning how to release chronic contraction patterns that lead to dysfunctional movement and pain. Carol also sings in several choral groups in Rochester, is an artist, and a professional technical writer.
Carol is offering the following classes at the Qi Gong Institute of Rochester:
• Essentrics—Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9—10 a.m. Fee is $10/class. Drop-ins are welcome for this class. Come whenever you can!
• Hanna Somatics—Thursdays at 6 pm. Fee is $10/class. This is an ongoing class and requires attendance on a regular basis. To find out more about whether this class might be a good fit for you, contact Carol at (585) 369-7611.
Hanna Somatic EducationTM is a system of neuromuscular education (mind-body training) that helps people to enjoy freedom from pain and more comfortable movement. Many people who suffer from headaches, shoulder and hip pain, lower back pain, and sciatica are actually experiencing the effects of Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA). SMA occurs when you learn to hold yourself tightly in reaction to pain, injury, or emotional stress—causing your brain to forget how to sense or experience your muscles. Your muscles aren’t working properly because strong reflex messages from the brain cause them to involuntarily overcontract, eventually becoming sore and weak. Hanna Somatic Education referses the effects of SMA and restores flexibility through pain-free movements that increase the brain’s motor output and override reflex patters. Movements are gentle and comfortable, and they help restore natural movement patterns of the body.