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A Stories Project: Humans of Heart & Hands

Read the Heart & Hands stories from our practitioners, clients & volunteers who 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 JO

My name is Jade or known around H&H as “JO”. I am a white, able bodied, small to mid-fat cis-woman who is a 3rd generation settler born andraised in Winnipeg. The Traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Denepeoples…

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We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of our beautiful son

Thursday May 30th at 1:46pm, we received news of another babe born with the assistance of Community Acupuncture!!! Congrats to momma and her growing family and to another efficient and successful brith! Dear Friends & Family Everywhere, We’re thrilled to announce the…

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A little about JO….

Jade or JO (she/they) came to studying acupuncture and TCM with an interest in providing accessible care and working in outreach. They believe acupuncture and TCM can be a powerful tool to build resiliency, restore a sense of connection and…

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An essential factor in my well-being

An essential factor in my well-being. I originally started coming to Heart & Hands a few years ago for acupuncture treatments to help with tension migraines, which I had suffered from my whole life. With regular treatments, those migraines have…

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I always feel well taken care of.

I have been going to Heart & Hands for the past year, and always look forward to my sessions in the relaxing environment provided. Christina and Sarah are both very perceptive and I always feel well taken care of. I’ve…

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A little more about Christina…

Hello community! I hope this finds you relatively well. What a wild time to be alive! 2024 will be a year of integrating the accumulated learning, refining and practicing that took place over previous year. Having completed the Balance System…

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A little more about Sarah…

Hello everyone! I hope you are all keeping warm and getting lots of rest during this Yin time of the year. I have been spending lots of time resting, reading and learning fun new skills to keep me busy! I’m…

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A little more about Jade…

Hello all of you in 2024! I hope your holiday times were quiet and gentle (this is what I’m hearing most often from people in clinic). I mostly rested and enjoyed the company of loved ones, while reflecting on the…

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Happy 13th, Heart & Hands <3

“The ways we can make new, what was previously lost and I think that becomes one of the central questions and central work of many immigrants to in effect make their own history part of their contemporary work.” ~Stephen SatterfieldS1…

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Unmasking Jade

My name is Jaay (Jade) Kulhawy-Bartlett (she/her) I am a 14th generation settler to the lands of this continent, at the furthest extent of my genealogical history. My paternal grandmother’s line was primarily made up of 17th century colonizers of…

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A little about Jade

Jade (she/her) is a white, trans woman settler who came to holistic medicine after 7 years of work in activist communities. In them she honed collectivist values and observed a shared need to address our physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies…

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G’day, Heart & Hands and Christina!

We LOVE getting snail mail and in the past year, we’ve had a number of our clients send us postcards from faraway places including Haida Gwaii, the UK, Morocco, Mexico and Costa Rica. This postcard that arrived last week is…

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Unmasking JO

My name is Jade or known around H&H as “JO”. I am a white, able bodied, small to mid-fat cis-woman who is a 3rd generation settler born andraised in Winnipeg. The Traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Denepeoples and homeland of the Metis Nation. I have roots in…

We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of our beautiful son

Thursday May 30th at 1:46pm, we received news of another babe born with the assistance of Community Acupuncture!!! Congrats to momma and her growing family and to another efficient and successful brith! Dear Friends & Family Everywhere, We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of our beautiful son.  C.M.P. was born at home…

A little about JO….

Jade or JO (she/they) came to studying acupuncture and TCM with an interest in providing accessible care and working in outreach. They believe acupuncture and TCM can be a powerful tool to build resiliency, restore a sense of connection and safety within the body and can help support and manage…

An essential factor in my well-being

An essential factor in my well-being. I originally started coming to Heart & Hands a few years ago for acupuncture treatments to help with tension migraines, which I had suffered from my whole life. With regular treatments, those migraines have become basically non-existent. I also participate in sports (powerlifting and…

I always feel well taken care of.

I have been going to Heart & Hands for the past year, and always look forward to my sessions in the relaxing environment provided. Christina and Sarah are both very perceptive and I always feel well taken care of. I’ve noticed a great improvement in my mental health and stress…

A little more about Christina…

Hello community! I hope this finds you relatively well. What a wild time to be alive! 2024 will be a year of integrating the accumulated learning, refining and practicing that took place over previous year. Having completed the Balance System Acupuncture certification in November 2023 with the esteemed Dr Sonia…

A little more about Sarah…

Hello everyone! I hope you are all keeping warm and getting lots of rest during this Yin time of the year. I have been spending lots of time resting, reading and learning fun new skills to keep me busy! I’m looking forward to seeing your faces in the chairs again…

A little more about Jade…

Hello all of you in 2024! I hope your holiday times were quiet and gentle (this is what I’m hearing most often from people in clinic). I mostly rested and enjoyed the company of loved ones, while reflecting on the last year what I’d like for the next. This year…

Happy 13th, Heart & Hands <3

“The ways we can make new, what was previously lost and I think that becomes one of the central questions and central work of many immigrants to in effect make their own history part of their contemporary work.” ~Stephen SatterfieldS1 E13 Point of Origin Podcast Heart & Hands Health Collective…

H&H turns 13: enter our Humans of Heart & Hands Drive!

Heart & Hands, our little clinic who could turns 13 on October 6th, 2023. OMG, we’ve made it through ANOTHER YEAR!! This October, we are inviting you to share with us your Humans of Heart & Hands stories.Tell us about the impact we have made in your lives during this global…

Unmasking Jade

My name is Jaay (Jade) Kulhawy-Bartlett (she/her) I am a 14th generation settler to the lands of this continent, at the furthest extent of my genealogical history. My paternal grandmother’s line was primarily made up of 17th century colonizers of “New France” from France. My paternal grandfather’s line was a…

A little about Jade

Jade (she/her) is a white, trans woman settler who came to holistic medicine after 7 years of work in activist communities. In them she honed collectivist values and observed a shared need to address our physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies alongside liberation work for the social body. She is deeply…

I so appreciate access to quality care that Heart and Hands provides

After years of migraines, regular acu-naps really calmed them down ! Also, recovering from a recent major health issue, regular accupuncture and Christina’s magic touch really facilitated a great recovery! I so appreciate access to quality care that Heart and Hands provides… Namaste! A.S.

G’day, Heart & Hands and Christina!

We LOVE getting snail mail and in the past year, we’ve had a number of our clients send us postcards from faraway places including Haida Gwaii, the UK, Morocco, Mexico and Costa Rica. This postcard that arrived last week is likely the farthest away from Lekwungen Territories, all the way…

Thank you so much for your incredible support and expertise

Hi Christina! Wanted to let you know that our little one made an appearance! Amelia Luna Ayi Aba arrived Sept 27 evening. Thank you so much for your incredible support and expertise. I look forward to seeing you again soon and hope you’re doing really well.  Warmly,  L.S. 

H&H turns 12: a Humans of Heart & Hands Drive!

Heart & Hands, our little clinic who could turns 12 on October 6th, 2022. How time flies… Pandemic practicing is not without its trials, tribulations and quirks. There is no manual for what we should be doing.We continue to be driven by the persistent belief that acupuncture is a tool…

Unmasking Sarah

My name is Sarah Strohan (she/her).  I am 3rd generation Canadian settler. I have Ukrainian ancestry on my fathers side and Norwegian and Irish on my mothers. I was born on Treaty 6 and Metis Homeland (Saskatoon, SK) and lived there for the first 20 years of my life. When…

Safe travels to the land of Fire and Ice

Snail mail from a former H&H acu-napper K.O. who is as we speak is cycling across the country! The first postcard marks their passage through Alberta, the second, making their way through Saskatchewan. Last we spoke, they were entering Manitoba!! Their ultimate goal is to make it to the East Coast…

A little about Sarah

Sarah (she/her), is originally from Saskatoon, but has been living (mostly) on the west coast for the past 13 years. During this time she studied acupuncture and East Asian Medicine at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC. Sarah’s journey with acupuncture has helped her through her own personal struggles with…

Birthed!

We have been following K.F. throughout their fertility journey and once pregnant, also supported them through all the ebbs and flows of how the body changes as it is gestating a new life! We are delighted to add another babe to our annual spring-summer baby wave!

Thank you for all your help Christina!

Another mission accomplished with 2 acupuncture labour induction sessions over the weekend. Safe, drug-free, potent and traditional. I’m glad it did the trick A.Q., see you in a few weeks for some post-partum follow-up!

Unmasking David

Hey y’all, I’m David Gillese, (he/him). That surname is anglicized Irish gaelic and is confusingly pronounced gill-eece. I am a 2nd generation Irish-Canadian settler on my Dad’s side and with French-Canadian and some more Irish heritage on my mom’s side. I was born on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen…

Mom + kiddo acu-naps

A new Saturday afternoon tradition for S.G. and her 10 yr old kiddo. Always such a treat to see families receiving self-care together <3

Small acts of care…

We were gifted this wonderful, tender piece from a fellow Community Acupuncturist in Dakota Territory, also known as Minneapolis, MN. If you happen to be in that neck of the woods, do visit South Point Community Acupuncture for your pokes! The artwork is by the talented Molly Costello who asked any of the recipients…

Early labour might be in the near-ish future…

Another babe hopefully on the way, this one is a lil’ stubborn and is a wee bit behind schedule. Keeping this new expectant parent in our thoughts today for a healthy, efficient birth! Did you know? Heart & Hands offers safe, drug-free and affordable care throughout your pregnancy journey, whether you…

Unmasking Cydney

My name is Cydney Patricia Elizabeth Smith. I am Canadian born, Mother and Father both born in Canada, Maternal grandparents from Scotland and Paternal grandparents also born in Canada and before that, English and Irish.  I was named after a well behaved little girl in a restaurant that my parents…

Thanks for everything you do and did to support us and this pregnancy.

Hi Christina, Friday the 12th Saylix Wilder (“Wilder”) was born at 8:51pm weighing 8 lbs 05 oz. I was over 41 weeks so I did acupuncture with a different person (Matt, who is lovely) then we emailed with on Wednesday and then again at 1:30 on Friday trying an electronic stimulation…

A little about Cydney

Cydney Smith, R.Ac., studied Acupuncture and Moxabustion at Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine from 2015 to 2017. She recently moved to Vancouver Island in 2020 and is living in the Traditional Territories of the Costal Salish Peoples, specifically the Pauquachin First Nation and Tseycum First Nation. Her first experience in a community acupuncture setting was…

A little about David

David has been drawn to Community Acupuncture (CA) as first a lover of (acu)naps then subsequently a member of the H&H front desk volunteer team and now, soon to be acupunk! Accessibility is a core value within the CA model, but also for all of the health services he offers both in…

Family Day came early to H&H!

Family Day came early at H&H! Mom-daughter duo + grandma-grandson too!We are always delighted to see family members receiving self-care together and is one of the many perks of running a community practice :)

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…

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…