Heart & Hands has been the single most affirming health care experience I’ve had.
I came to Heart & Hands in a moment of extreme burnout. As an art and community worker deep in the hustle, I felt strapped in terms of accessing resources to invest in my health. Anxiety and fatigue were an overwhelming reality and I couldn’t afford most therapeutic services.
A friend suggested that I drop into community acupuncture (thinking, rightfully, that I would enjoy the act of napping with others.) My first session was transformative, and I left feeling supported and energized. The treatment that I received at Heart & Hands was able to ground my path to taking better care of myself and my communities.
Heart & Hands has supported me in managing pain, grief, anxiety, transitioning into life after a surgery, and more. I’ve accessed community acupuncture, naturopathy, and herbal medicine.
I no longer live in Lekwungen Territories and I wish my new city had a space like Heart & Hands. I not only miss the affirming services, but also the joy of seeing friends, community members, and accomplices accessing care – particularly folks who might not otherwise be able to afford acupuncture, fat folks, and people of colour.
Heart & Hands’ commitment to making these services accessible and central to solidarity and movement-building work is invaluable. Heart & Hands shows us what meaningful, conscientious, health and community care can look like.