Charmaine Oakley, LAC, LMT, graduated from Dartmouth College, cum laude, in 1995. She began practicing meditation and bodywork in 1996. She has been a licensed massage therapist in New York for over ten years, graduating from and assistant-teaching at the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy. She received her Masters of Science with honors from Tri-State College of Acupuncture and interned with Tom Bisio, an internationally renowned Chinese medicine and martial arts practitioner, teacher and author. His NYC clinic specializes in treating sports and trauma injuries with Chinese orthopedic medicine. Charmaine's medical qigong training began in 2000 with Master Yuwen Ru, a Tai Chi master and healer treating complicated illness. Her diverse medical experiences include volunteer work in Mother Theresa's children's shelter in Calcutta and with cancer and HIV + patients in New York and San Francisco, as well as her own process of healing from serious illness.
Charmaine provides a wide range of therapies drawn from Eastern medical traditions - including acupuncture, bodywork (tui na), gua sha, cupping, and qigong, as well as craniosacral therapy, meditation instruction and patient education - to treat patients with diverse symptoms ranging from musculoskeletal pain and trauma to internal disorders, anxiety, depression, and stress-related conditions. Eastern therapies heal in part through reconnecting a patient with all aspects of his/herself and making space for that experience. Body structure and function are harmonized to increase ease and comfort: weak or deficient areas become stronger, constricted or overactive areas relax, and patients often discover corresponding feelings of possibility and shifts in understanding. Charmaine encourages questions and the development of a patient's own awareness of his/her individual path to feeling resilient and well.