A Stories Project: Humans of Heart & Hands

Read below for the many Heart & Hands stories our practitioners, clients & volunteers have shared so far :)

We love community. And we love stories. Humans of Heart & Hands is a collection of practitioner, volunteer & client accounts of how Heart & Hands Health Collective has made a positive impact in their lives.

Your stories are a living document of how community acupuncture can change the world, shifting societal views about self-care, the use of traditional modalities for prevention as well as supporting our organization and it’s hardworking practitioners.

Have we impacted your life in a positive way?
Do you feel inspired to share your Heart & Hands story?

Unmasking Brewster

My name is Brewster Scott I am a First Generation Grenadian Canadian on my Father’s side and a 3rd generation Irish/Scottish/Pennsylvania Dutch Canadian mix on my Mother’s. One of the reasons my parents decided to name me “Brewster” was so that when …
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Unmasking Christina

Pandemic practicing is not without it’s trials, tribulations and quirks. There is no manual for what we should be doing. The foundation of our community practice is relational and a huge component of the work we do involves human connection. …
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Here’s to the next chapter…

Originally from “A reflection on 8 years” posted Oct. 5, 2018, by Christina Chan, R.Ac. As we close our 5-week crowdfunding campaign, we reflect on HOW MUCH Heart & Hands has GROWN in the last 10 years, the role it plays …
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Xela selfie lying in bed with a B&W kitty

To say the least, H&H is a place of refuge for me.

H&H is a place that offers medicine in the form of caring, intuitive healers who are accepting, responsive, and compassionate. For me, it is a powerful alternative to the regular avenues for healing; such places never offered me comfort, safety, …
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Marcella and Denny holding gratitude tiles

Help us build a gratitude wall!

H&H community! WE NEED YOUR VOICE!! We are in the midst of some some VERY BIG PLANS and in the meantime, we’d like you all to help us build a gratitude wall. This wall will be part of an upcoming crowdfunding …
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Christina in a pink onsie, on a plaid couch, holding an orange kitten

A little about Christina

Christina is active in the community, she is passionate about using acupuncture as a tool for positive social change through providing outreach, increasing accessibility and bringing the practice back to its traditional roots. She continues to explore her own personal experiences …
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A little about Jenica

Jenica Geisler completed her diploma in Doctorate studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences (ACOS) in Nelson, BC, in 2012.  She began practicing as a Community Acupuncturist shortly after, which motivated her to use her skillset for …
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Marko is wearing a baseball cap, playing guitar at sunset

Hey Christina, I’ve been starting a daily poetry practice. Yesterday I wrote one called ‘Heart & Hands’. And I just want to say thank you for the help you’ve provided to my emotional and physical health over the years. Here’s the poem:

Pockets of air Bubbling up Under my skin Building up walls Blocking energy Burning, bubbling Their weight Is heavy Infectious Carcinogenic masses I can’t reach Them Alone Please Are your needles handy? And are you feeling Precise? Precise enough To …
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A little about Susan.

Susan came across acupuncture in her efforts to heal a sore back and a broken heart. She soon became a big fan and found that the hours spent with those little pins in not only helped her immediate concerns, but …
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Arie is hugging her German Shepherd.

I finally found the space for healing I needed…

Heart & Hands Health Collective has helped me in such a profound way. I have struggled with mental health issues for many years, and finally took a friend’s advice to get acupuncture when I was truly at the end of my …
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A little about Veronica.

Veronica’s first experience with acupuncture was right here at Heart & Hands. After becoming a regular client in 2012, she became a volunteer at the front desk to become more immersed in the clinic community. After years of being mystified …
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T.N. is smiling and sitting in front of our computer

A bright & cheerful presence

T.N. is always an enthusiastic, curious and cheerful presence behind our front desk as he meets and greets acu-nappers coming and going from the clinic room. T.N. is currently studying acupuncture in Toronto ON.
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Judith is on the right, Jeremy is on the left. They are standing in front of the mural on the H&H driveway.

A family affair

Judith and Jeremy are father and daughter acu-nappers, one of our many pairs of family members who nap together and hold one another accountable to receiving self-care.
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Kathleen is on the right, Susan is on the left. They are making fish-faces.

Lovely & wacky

K.G. is one of the lovely and wacky faces you will see behind our front desk. She is devoted acu-napper and also a talented actor and playwright!
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C.R. and Christina sitting behind the front desk.

Last day!

C.R. one of our brilliant front desk volunteers on her LAST DAY behind the desk on our Tuesday 10am – 2pm shift!
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Vera has pink hair and she is standing next to Christina in the doorway of Heart & Hands.

Birds of a feather

Vera is a fierce and fearless street nurse working with the clients of Portland Hotel Society. She is a big supporter of Heart & Hands and she is also know to take some pretty fierce and intense acu-naps…zzzz…
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Christina is on the left, Kim is on the right. Our posters are in the background.

Volunteer power!

K.B. is one of the 12 smiling faces of our amazing volunteer team that powers our front desk :)
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I went into labour after our last appointment together!

Hi Christina,I wanted to send a quick hi and thank you for doing what you do! You are fantastic.   As you may have guessed when I never showed up again, I went into labour after our last appointment together! B, our little boy is 5 weeks old today and I …

Unmasking Brewster

My name is Brewster Scott I am a First Generation Grenadian Canadian on my Father’s side and a 3rd generation Irish/Scottish/Pennsylvania Dutch Canadian mix on my Mother’s. One of the reasons my parents decided to name me “Brewster” was so that when my name was seen on a resume, I would track …

Heart & Hands became an additional source of connection for me

Going to acupuncture with Christina at Heart & Hands got me through to the end of my pregnancy. I started going for relief from pregnancy-related carpal tunnel, but it soon became clear to me that Christina was very knowledgeable about a lot of aspects of well-being for mothers to be. …

Unmasking Christina

Pandemic practicing is not without it’s trials, tribulations and quirks. There is no manual for what we should be doing. The foundation of our community practice is relational and a huge component of the work we do involves human connection. Now that we have enhanced measures in place to keep …

Here’s to the next chapter…

Originally from “A reflection on 8 years” posted Oct. 5, 2018, by Christina Chan, R.Ac. As we close our 5-week crowdfunding campaign, we reflect on HOW MUCH Heart & Hands has GROWN in the last 10 years, the role it plays in our community’s well-being, including our own, the importance of …
Midori, L and C.

Thanks for all your support over the last few months!

“Hey Christina,I just wanted to let you know Midori gave birth to our daughter, Camellia on Monday morning. She was a healthy 8lbs 5oz. Both her and Midori are doing very well. We left the hospital today and are now back at home.” “Thanks again for your help, Christina! You helped me …
Xela selfie lying in bed with a B&W kitty

To say the least, H&H is a place of refuge for me.

H&H is a place that offers medicine in the form of caring, intuitive healers who are accepting, responsive, and compassionate. For me, it is a powerful alternative to the regular avenues for healing; such places never offered me comfort, safety, or empowerment. To say the least, H&H is a place …
Anne's selfie, wearing a knitted green toque

I can’t think of a community organization more worthy of support.

I’ve been going to Heart and Hands for years, and it’s an incredible resource. Each practitioner is lovely, empathetic, and highly skilled – and whether I come in with a pulled muscle or mental exhaustion, I’ve always left feeling better in every way imaginable. Over time, regular visits have come …
Kevin and his dog

There’s is a certain kind of magic that comes from a room full of people all quietly gathered and surrendering to a caring professional that can not be found with the quick-fix approach of western medicine

I was first introduced to acupuncture with Christina about 5 years ago. As someone who has struggled with autoimmune illnesses, PTSD and a generalized anxiety disorder and medication resistant depression for the last 15+ years – I had really been struggling to find relief or peace of mind. I was …

Acupuncture has helped to relieve my physical and emotional aches.

Susan has been my miracle worker for approximately 5 years or more.  Her knowledge of acupuncture continues to amaze me. She has not only lifted me out of the pit of despair many times, but has also helped to relieve and/or eliminate my physical and emotional aches. Acupuncture is a …

Thank you for having me as part of your community :)

I volunteered at Heart & Hands and instantly became part of a great community. It was a brilliant experience to be able to help and be a part of Heart & Hands, so many people depend on the tremendous work of the acupunks. You get to meet so many lovely …
Marcella and Denny holding gratitude tiles

Help us build a gratitude wall!

H&H community! WE NEED YOUR VOICE!! We are in the midst of some some VERY BIG PLANS and in the meantime, we’d like you all to help us build a gratitude wall. This wall will be part of an upcoming crowdfunding video for our project, “Help us build H&H 2.0″….stay tuned… From …
Christina in a pink onsie, on a plaid couch, holding an orange kitten

A little about Christina

Christina is active in the community, she is passionate about using acupuncture as a tool for positive social change through 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 little about Jenica

Jenica Geisler completed her diploma in Doctorate studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences (ACOS) in Nelson, BC, in 2012.  She began practicing as a Community Acupuncturist shortly after, which motivated her to use her skillset for positive social change. Read below to get to know Jenica or …
Marko is wearing a baseball cap, playing guitar at sunset

Hey Christina, I’ve been starting a daily poetry practice. Yesterday I wrote one called ‘Heart & Hands’. And I just want to say thank you for the help you’ve provided to my emotional and physical health over the years. Here’s the poem:

Pockets of air Bubbling up Under my skin Building up walls Blocking energy Burning, bubbling Their weight Is heavy Infectious Carcinogenic masses I can’t reach Them Alone Please Are your needles handy? And are you feeling Precise? Precise enough To pierce Those pale pimples Pop them open That they release …

A little about Susan.

Susan came across acupuncture in her efforts to heal a sore back and a broken heart. She soon became a big fan and found that the hours spent with those little pins in not only helped her immediate concerns, but also made her entire life much better. She loves community acupuncture …
Arie is hugging her German Shepherd.

I finally found the space for healing I needed…

Heart & Hands Health Collective has helped me in such a profound way. I have struggled with mental health issues for many years, and finally took a friend’s advice to get acupuncture when I was truly at the end of my rope. I had tried every conventional therapy — and nearly …

A little about Veronica.

Veronica’s first experience with acupuncture was right here at Heart & Hands. After becoming a regular client in 2012, she became a volunteer at the front desk to become more immersed in the clinic community. After years of being mystified and impressed by the power of acupuncture, she enrolled in …
David in a boat with his 2 sons

A pioneer in caring for people from all walks of life…

Heart & Hands is not only a pillar of the downtown community and a pioneer in caring for people from all walks of life thanks to their affordable and inclusive model, they are also staffed by the most caring and highly competent individuals. As a member of the Victoria alternative/complimentary …
Heather and Christina

It is a pleasure to be a part of this amazing health collective

My experience doing dental hygiene treatment at H&H has been very rewarding. The clientele who come through here are actively seeking health and are willing to work with me to achieve their optimal oral health. My rental fees for using the space are a percentage of what I bring in …
T.N. is smiling and sitting in front of our computer

A bright & cheerful presence

T.N. is always an enthusiastic, curious and cheerful presence behind our front desk as he meets and greets acu-nappers coming and going from the clinic room. T.N. is currently studying acupuncture in Toronto ON.
Loretta and Wally sitting on the bench before their weekly acunaps

A weekly routine

This is W.H. & his beautiful mother L.M. about to head into their weekly acunap.
Judith is on the right, Jeremy is on the left. They are standing in front of the mural on the H&H driveway.

A family affair

Judith and Jeremy are father and daughter acu-nappers, one of our many pairs of family members who nap together and hold one another accountable to receiving self-care.
Kathleen is on the right, Susan is on the left. They are making fish-faces.

Lovely & wacky

K.G. is one of the lovely and wacky faces you will see behind our front desk. She is devoted acu-napper and also a talented actor and playwright!
C.R. and Christina sitting behind the front desk.

Last day!

C.R. one of our brilliant front desk volunteers on her LAST DAY behind the desk on our Tuesday 10am – 2pm shift!
Vera has pink hair and she is standing next to Christina in the doorway of Heart & Hands.

Birds of a feather

Vera is a fierce and fearless street nurse working with the clients of Portland Hotel Society. She is a big supporter of Heart & Hands and she is also know to take some pretty fierce and intense acu-naps…zzzz…
Christina is on the left, Kim is on the right. Our posters are in the background.

Volunteer power!

K.B. is one of the 12 smiling faces of our amazing volunteer team that powers our front desk :)
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