GIVE YOURSELF THE SPACE TO HEAL
Relax and breathe
Hello and welcome to Guiding Heart Acupuncture.
In a world with so much filling our lives, it takes an amount of determination to prioritize your own health and well being. As a member of your health care team my goal is to facilitate your optimum wellness with compassion. This can take many forms including assessment and treatment of any health/pain conditions, recommending lifestyle changes, prescribing herbal formulas and/or referring you to other providers who will best support you in your health journey.
I practice Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) incorporating acupuncture, gua sha, moxa, cupping, body work, and herbal medicine. I practice with an awareness of and reverence for biomedicine, as I believe both Eastern and Western medicine are pertinent to your holistic health care.
I invite persons of every background, ethnicity and orientation. All are welcome here.
I look forward to meeting you!
"When you touch one thing with deep awareness,
you touch everything."
- Lao Tzu
My name is Christina Hart, I am the owner of Guiding Heart Acupuncture.
Born in Los Angeles (CA), raised on Bainbridge Island (WA), and now residing in Oregon City (OR), I have lived my whole life on the west coast.
I received dual Bachelor degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz in both Feminist Studies and Community Studies, with an emphasis in Public Health. My thesis followed a six-month internship with an organization conducting health outreach and HIV testing amongst underserved communities in Oakland, CA. While passionate about public health, I graduated in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, so landed in the familiar arms of the service industry.
I worked for a rapidly expanding coffee company for six years in the Bay Area, first as a barista, then store manager, then store development manager, and finally as a facilities maintenance coordinator. Over the years, acupuncture was my stress relief through 80-hour work weeks. It eventually dawned on me that acupuncture was a perfect pathway for my passions, a culmination of public health and one-on-one relationship.
I decided to move to Portland, where I attended the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), receiving a Master's in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in 2020. I have been practicing full-time for the last three years in Camas, WA and now I'm eager to serve the Oregon City community.
When I am not at work, I'll be cultivating my yard and garden at home and spending time with my two dogs.
Acupuncture is the use of sterile, single use, stainless steel needles to stimulate acupuncture points on the body according to traditional meridians. Acupuncture treatment may include body work, gua sha, cupping, moxa and/or herbal medicine prescriptions.
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
Chinese herbal medicine can take several forms - pill, granule (powder) or bulk (raw herbs) and can be useful for a great number of conditions. Herbal prescription can be incorporated into acupuncture treatment, as needed.
GUA SHA & CUPPING
Gua sha and cupping are both methods to increase circulation and break up fascial adhesions. Acupuncture treatment may include both/either.
Body work (i.e. massage) incorporates elements of Shiatsu and Tuina (a traditional Japanese and Chinese form of massage). Acupuncture treatment may include both/either.
Guiding Heart Acupuncture is currently taking:
United Health Care, UMR
We will take your insurance information when you call to set up your first appointment. Or following prompts for online booking will signal you to add your insurance information. We will call your insurance company prior to your first visit to verify your benefits.