After renting space at a variety of locations around Anchorage, in 1998 we began looking for one Center where all of our wonderful practitioners could come together as a community of healers. We opened and formed the Oriental Healing Arts Center in 2000, and soon after in 2003 opened what is now Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture & Massage Therapy. Our basic foundation is in the Taoist Healing Arts which includes Traditional (and Classic) Chinese Medicine. The school was formed as a way to integrate a foundation in massage therapy as one of the modalities used in Chinese Medicine, directly into the other Taoist Healing Arts which include: Herbal Therapy, Medical QiGong Therapy, Tai Chi and QiGong, and Feng Shui. While massage therapy was and is currently taught at several other local schools, no other school has the foundation in Taoist Healing Arts as both a philosophy and way of life.
Our mission is to bring individuals and their lives to wholeness by educating them about the centuries old spiritual path to healing of Tai Chi, QiGong, Qi/Energy Healing, Massage Therapy, and Chinese Herbs. In striving for health and wholeness we seek an open partnership with the health care community while maintaining our integrity by offering and practicing Tai Chi, QiGong, Meditation, Oriental Healing Herbs, Massage Therapy and Qi/Energy Healing.
“Healer” means the ability to guide another person to wholeness. Our clients and students are given the opportunity to go through many levels of self-cultivation and self-healing, thereby gaining the experience needed to work with others. We provide an atmosphere of grounding, inner-strength, and growth that is surrounded in the type of compassion required to connect with the human spirit. Through the practice and study of the Taoist Arts, we provide a significantly different level of knowledge, understanding, and approach to health and wholeness. Our practitioners all consider this our lifestyle that we absolutely love, not just a job we do.