Heart & Hands Health Collective (founded in 2010) is a community-focused social enterprise and holistic health clinic in Victoria, BC, Canada. We provide Community Acupuncture sessions in a supportive group setting at sliding scale rates ($20-40).
The intent is to increase accessibility and exposure of acupuncture to more members of our community. We are part of a growing network of practitioners dedicated to this unique treatment model and we consider Community Acupuncture a tool for positive social change.
Heart & Hands as a collective is also home to Western Herbology, chair massage, Pranayama & Buddhist meditation groups and Dancing for WellBeing. We are host to regular community events such as our annual Winter Clothing Drive for AIDS Vancouver Island and seasonal gemstone sales courtesy of Stone Haven Gems. We provide accessible, traditional self-care education through our Take Home TCM workshop series. Our space is also a hub for grassroots, community-based health and wellness referrals and available for Sunday community rentals.
For many of our community members, Heart & Hands is a safe space, a sanctuary, a refuge. We help to alleviate the countless physical, emotional and spiritual pains of the 60-120 clients that come through our doors each week. We are honoured to create meaningful connection between cultural traditions and being in service to the community.
Being treated in a group is a profound social experience. To be in the quiet presence of others during a treatment reminds us that we are not alone. Reducing isolation can strengthen a person’s resistance to disease. Being affordable allows us to include as many individuals in our community as possible and to encourage them to use holistic therapies such as acupuncture as a preventative, long-term health and life-style practice.
Welcome to Heart & Hands, we look forward to meeting you 🙂
Guest Author Bio
Christina Chan, M.Sc., R.Ac. is a Community Acupuncturist, educator, kung fu freedom fighter and mover-shaker. She has practiced her craft in a variety of settings including at the Vancouver Daytox, the Fernwood Community Centre, AIDS Vancouver Island and Camosun College.
Active in the community, she is passionate about using acupuncture as a tool for positive social change by providing outreach, increasing accessibility and bringing the practice back to its traditional roots. She continues to explore her own personal experiences as a community organizer, a woman of colour and as a business owner of an unorthodox social enterprise in Victoria BC.
Visit Christina’s Blog / Website:www.heartandhandscommunity.ca