Art & acupuncture: A creative take on health
FRISCO – When Anita Alexandra picked up a paintbrush five years ago, she found an “Internal feng shui” – a calmness, satisfaction and a much-needed release she attributes to finding her calling.Now the Chinese medical practitioner is using her newly discovered creativity to set up shop in Frisco with a wellness practice focused on “art and acupuncture.” She said she’s engaging people’s senses through art displaying the five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water – to promote education about health and wellness.”I’m connecting art to health,” she said. “I’m taking Chinese medicine and I’m making it more soulful.”Alexandra is asking her clients to fill out an “element assessment” form to determine what type of art they’d benefit from – her paintings depict individual elements through color and content – and she sells pieces as meditation tools. She produces both custom art and sells pre-made pieces.”Colors and characteristics are a metaphor for personality and health,” she said, noting that the five elements are symbolic for the ways people move in the world. “Each personality and what they’re up to is different. Understanding differences (between elemental personalities) create better relationships. It’s one way to discover yourself and work through things.”Though art therapy is a good way to promote self-discovery, Alexandra also said she wants to empower people, not carry them.”I’m using the visual art form to inspire change and awareness in people,” she said, adding that it’s not the answer for everyone.Alexandra also created meditation cards to promote self-awareness. The deck of cards, featuring images and words related to the five elements of nature, are used to provoke thoughts, and they’re for sale through Elemental Art Solutions.
Acupuncture, the other aspect to Alexandra’s business, is used to relieve pain and other symptoms, strengthen the immune system and create unified health between all body functions. “Most patients are usually amazed at how comfortable they are during (an acupuncture) treatment,” she said.Alexandra has been involved in Chinese medicine for over two decades, and said she firmly believes in its healing properties. For more information about her multi-faceted healing practice, visit http://www.elementalartsolutions.com or call (970) 409-9586. Alexandra’s studion is located in Rainbow Court, 310 Main Street in Frisco.Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at email@example.com.
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