Uma received a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and is a state-licensed Acupuncturist. She is nationally certified in acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
With more than 15 years in the healing arts field, Uma brings a well-rounded approach to the table. Licensed as a massage therapist in 1998, she deepened her practice through teaching Eastern and Western modalities for 11 years. A quest to understand the intricacies of the human body led her to a Qigong intensive and ultimately to a degree in Oriental Medicine. Her cumulative knowledge of physical and energetic systems enables her to take a holistic approach in working with clients. Her specialty of blending several modalities with acupuncture creates an effective, long-lasting approach. She also continues to study and work closely with other health care professionals exploring new treatment possibilities, and mentors and teaches continuing health care education classes.
Uma’s childhood in a healing arts community, the Yoga Society of New York, provided a solid foundation for a life-long study of the healing arts. After graduating with a B.A. in Sociology, Women’s Studies and Dance from the University of New York, she moved to Portland to join an environmental branch of the Domestic Peace Corps.
When she is not treating people at Yoga Pearl, she enjoys dancing, cooking, singing, practicing yoga, reading, music & hiking.
Chinese Herbal Remedies Herbs, the original form of medicine, are now being rediscovered for their invaluable benefits. The sophisticated science of Chinese Herbology has proven itself over thousands of years for a multitude of health conditions. Traditionally, Chinese Medicine has utilized acupuncture together with herbs for a more complete system of medicine as these modalities are known to mutually benefit each other. The focus of herbs is to support the body’s self-healing ability. Herbs nourish us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. For your convenience, we have available many traditional Chinese herbal formulas in our herbal pharmacy. We carry both teapill and tincture versions of patented formulas from Kan Herbal Co. and Plum Flower Brand.
Acupressure: An ancient healing art developed in Asia over 4,000 years ago in which pressure is applied to activate points that correspond to acupuncture meridians.
Cupping: Involves a localized suction produced by a glass or plastic cup. Assists in loosening connective tissue and fascia.
Myofascial Release Massage: Techniques stretch fascial sheaths, break adhesions and create more flexibility and pliability of muscles.
Reiki: A subtle energy work technique, which allows the body to go into deep relaxation. It involves placing hands on specific areas of the body or hovering above the body.
Tui-Na: Pronounced “twee-nah” is a Chinese style of massage involving soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques which assist in creating more pliability of tendons, bones, joints and muscles.
Yin Yoga: Gently stretches the connective tissues, targeting the pelvis, hips and lower spine through a very accessible practice.
1000 Hands Buddha Qigong: Qigong is an ancient Chinese healing art. This particular type of qigong is a self-healing method developed over several generations by the Liu Family. It involves simple hand movements and visualizations, creating a deep sense of inner calmness.
Painting by Alexandra Becker-Black: www.alexandrabeckerblack.com