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949.305.1703
619.341.4341
Anna N. Dolopo, L.Ac.
Committed to providing the most effective & relaxing acupuncture experience in ALL of Southern California!
Our office is located at:
24953 Paseo de Valencia, Ste. 22A
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
We also offer mobile treatments throughout Los Angeles,
Orange County &
San Diego!
Qi Gong
available to all patients for free
Next class:  Thursday, 2/26 2:30
Special Rate at Laguna Hills Clinic Tuesday, March 3 & Thursday, March 5 

First time acupuncture patients: $150
This includes the initial consultation, treatment and a 60-minute massage.
All continuing patients: $90 includes a 30-minute massage..
Please contact me at 949.305.1703 to schedule your appointment.  Thanks!
My daughter is 4 years old.  Today was the FIRST time that she sat herself at breakfast and told me, “Mommy, I’m going to say a prayer first.”  She went on to say a very long prayer of gratitude.  I was amazed and I stopped washing dishes in order to hear her prayer.  I usually sit at breakfast with her, but today was an exception.  Even though I did not eat our first meal with her today, she started off doing what we normally do: say Grace for all of the beauty that we are blessed with.  She went down  her long list: her daddy, mommy, doggies, all of the people in our family, birdies, house, cars, and her new sweater and shoes that she received yesterday.  She prayed for what seemed like a long time.  Of course, tears swelled in my eyes because I realized that after 4.5 years of prayer with my daughter, she is wise enough to know what is most valuable in life: gratitude for everything that she is blessed with.
Dr. Joe Vitale stated in his book THE KEY that in order to get from here to “there” where we want to be, we have to give thanks to God for what we have now.  Last night when my daughter received her sweater, the next thing out of her mouth was, “But I didn’t get my shoes.”  My husband and I put her in check immediately.  We informed her how thankful she must be for every little thing she has.  She is a size bigger in shoes now.  Before last night, she had received 3 shoes in the past couple of months.  We informed her that we didn’t need to buy her new shoes.  She got the point immediately and showed gratitude for her new soft sweater from Nordstroms (for only $14 on sale).  Since it seemed like she got the point so well, we decided to get her the new shoes, so that she can feel extra special when we hang out.
I thought today, could this be how the universe works?  We’re in this awful economy and some of us are just really hurting.  Some of us can just seek how bleak life is.  There are those of us who lost our homes, cars, jobs and other material possessions.  One of my closest friends lost $400k in the value of his home in Chula Vista.  The difference that I see in my friends is that some of my friends are just down and out, while some other people who have lost the same (or greater) are still being positive and thankful.
Today I recollected on everthing that I am thankful for and I would like to share them with you.  There are so many, but I’ll narrow them down to 10 (NOT in any particular order):
  1. All of my patients that seek therapy from me
  2. The washer and dryer that I have that wash my clothes and clinic laundry every day (my washer was broken for 4 days)
  3. My ability to love and accept love from friends and family
  4. My generous husband who shares everything with me
  5. A beautiful, loving and talented daughter who is willing to learn and never ceases to amaze my husband and me
  6. Our great health
  7. My memory
  8. My sight
  9. My hearing
  10. My parents who are still alive

What are you grateful for?  Please join us this Thursday at 2:30 at Cox Sports Park.  I’ll be meeting a few of my students and we’ll be inhaling and exhaling to the beat of Mother Nature.  My niece’s friend had her ventilator withdrawn yesterday.  She was in her 20s.  She died from severe meningitis due to not going to the doctor immediately when she felt ill.  She suffered from cardiac arrest and went into a coma.

When I say that I am thankful for my health, you better believe that I thank God for my health.  What is longevity?  My definition: living today in the best way possible.

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Qi Gong For Revitalizing and Restoring QiQi, pronounced “chee” and alternatively spelled “Chi” and less often “Ki,” is the fundamental basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Qi in TCM is the most basic force or energy of the universe, of the body, and of life itself. Qi flows through the body much like blood and other fluids, to and from the vital Zang organs. In TCM, all ailments are caused by blocked, depressed, or inadequate Qi flow. All TCM modalities are designed to enhance or improve Qi, but perhaps none so profoundly or effectively as the ancient art of Qi Gong. 

Literally translated “Qi” means “vital force” or “vital energy.” “Gong” refers to a skill that is gained through years of practice. So, Qi Gong literally means to gain mastery over your vital energy. And this is why Qi Gong is such an effective form of healing in TCM and other methods in the emerging practice of Energy Medicine.

Much like Tai Chi, Qi Gong is an exercise regimen, a kind of moving mediation that stimulates and regulates the flow of Qi. Qi Gong can be internal – performed by oneself, or external – exercises administered to the patient by a Qi Gong master. The movements of Qi Gong are designed to emulate the rhythms of nature, especially the flow of water, or trees swaying in the breeze. In doing so, according to TCM, areas of Qi stagnation become unblocked, and key energy pathways are stimulated. For centuries, Western medicine has denied the Mind-Body connection and scoffed at practices such as Qi Gong and Yoga that purport to heal by bringing on changes in emotional or psychological states. However, there is mounting scientific evidence that the mind body connection is very real, and whether you accept the concept of “qi” or not – practices such as Qi Gong are undeniably effective in reducing stress. And stress is a very real component of many ailments.

Many studies using brain mapping and MRI’s have shown that practices such as Qi Gong and meditation trigger what is known as the “relaxation response”. The relaxation response is the opposite of the “fight or flight response.” The concept has been the basis for Qi Gong for thousands of years but the phrase was first coined by researcher Herbert Bensen, M.D. during his studies of practitioners of Transcendental Meditation (TM). The relaxation response is best described as a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress. According to Dr. Bensen, “Repeated activation of the relaxation response can reverse sustained problems in the body and mend the internal wear and tear brought on by stress.” Once achieved, the Relaxation Response:

  • Causes metabolism to slow
  • Causes the heart to beat slower and your muscles to relax
  • Causes your breathing to become slower
  • Lowers your blood pressure

EEGs taken while people where practicing Qi Gong indicated that the cerebral cortex enters a state of calm unknown in most people even during sleep. Qi Gong turns off the “fight or flight” mode of the nervous system, and switches on the parasympathetic branch, or the nervous system’s healing mode. Furthermore, studies show that Qi Gong activates and stimulates neurons and the production of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and norepinephrine, which can result in significant memory improvement, learning, and enhancement of the physiological functions controlled by the brain – or as TCM would put it – enhance and restore your Qi.

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