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Sarika Q Connor, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®

 

I was first introduced to Traditional Chinese Medicine at a young age.  It was not uncommon to take a trip to the acupuncturist or herbalist if someone got sick or injured in the family. I grew to understand the value of the medicine later as an adult. After a car accident in college left me with multiple injuries and lots of deep scar tissue, I found the biggest relief through regular acupuncture treatments and yoga. My passion for health and wellness deepened as I went on to teach yoga for 8 years. Along the way, I was introduced to Somatic Movement Therapy in the Body-Mind Centering (BMC) technique, through my friend and teacher, Chloë Chung. "Body-Mind Centering, developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, it is an experiential study based on the embodiment and application of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles, utilizing movement, touch, voice and mind." The practices healed me in so many ways and inspired me to explore and broaden my understanding in health and healing, and to reconnect with my ancestral roots, leading me to pursue my Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

Soma Acupuncture and Wellness was created as a way to incorporate my passion for somatic movement therapy and experiences, with my love of Traditional Chinese Medicine. My goal is to help you experience the joy of healthy mind, body and spirit.

Sarika Q Connor, L.Ac, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)® is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in the state of California, as well as nationally board certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. As the 38th generation of lineage based healers, Sarika graduated from Yo San University where she earned her Masters of Science Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, with focuses in Orthopedics and Women's Health. She completed externships at Yo San's Women's Health Clinic and at Being Alive, a nonprofit organization that provides Acupuncture services to the HIV and LGBTQ community.

Sarika specializes in Sports Medicine and Women's Health and Reproductive Medicine, including, pain management, arthritis, sciatica, stress, anxiety, reproductive/in-vitro support, hormonal imbalances, neuropathy, addiction support, and menopausal symptoms.

 

In her treatments, she combines Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture with Master Nagano's Japanese style acupuncture, Master Tung's style acupuncture, Dr Tan's Balance Method, and the Korean Four Needle Technique as needed. Somatic Movement Therapy  or Myfascial Release Therapy may also be incorporated to create a deeply grounding and nurturing treatment, for long-lasting, healing results.

Sarika is currently  enrolled in the Post-Graduate Sports Medicine Acupuncture (C.SMA) Certification Program and is a Doctoral Candidate at Yo San University's DAOM Program.

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