Anxiety & Depression
Grief & Loss
Support for Major Life Transitions
Pre-Natal & Postpartum Care
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Norma Navarro, Doctor of Oriental Medicine
While studying Oriental Medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College I began my formal training through the International Center for Traditional Childbirth, Insititute for Birth, Breath, and Death, and local midwives to be a doula and later a midwife assistant. Since first providing care at my sister’s side during the birth of her first son eighteen years ago, I have supported over a hundred women and families during this precious rite of passage. It is a joy to incorporate my knowledge and skills as an acupuncturist prenatally, during the labor, and postpartum. I especially love sharing Chinese Nutrition to young parents through a Nourishing Beginnings hands-on class through Breath of my Heart Birthcenter in Espanola, New Mexico. Lastly, it is an honor to hold sacred space for infant loss through circles at Tewa Women United.
During a time of great emotional confusion and physical pain, I had my first bodily encounter with Chinese thought and practice. Playing Tai Ji Chuan reunited me with my body and breath. After going through the first healing crisis of my life, I quickly became an avid practitioner: first studying Wu style with students of Bruce Francis in Brookline, Massachusetts, then Yang style with recent Chinese immigrants, and finally and most enduringly with a rogue Chen style master, Henry Wong, in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. In 2005 I had the honor of studying in Beijing, China with masters in his lineage in Ditan Park.
Through my practice of Qi Gong, Tai Ji Chuan, and push hands, Henry Wong imparted to me an understanding of substantial and unsubstantial or yin yang theory and the transformative, mutually created, interconnectedness of qi. I carried these seeds of experience within me as I retreated from the business of life to a simple farming life in Northern New Mexico. While growing both traditional food crops and medicinal plants, I received many healings from both cuarnandos, sobadoras, and acupuncturists. It was beautiful to witness the cultural connections between these traditional healing practices. From my mother and elders I grew up: knowing that cold, heat, and wind could enter the body and cause harm, using plant and mineral based remedies, and visiting sobadoras for massage and cupping to relieve menstrual cramps and digestive problems.
Through acupuncture I was able to release childhood trauma, in addition to whiplash from an auto accident, food poisoning, repetitive stress injuries, and shingles. The deeper I went into my own healing the more aligned my path to become an Oriental Medicine practitioner became. I am a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (New Mexico) and a Nationally Board Certified Diplomat in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), with special training in Scalp, Auricular, and Koran Hand acupuncture.