Through one-on-one and group work, I leverage ancient perspectives to help you maximize your potential for health, growth, and joy.The tools--Qigong exercises, energy work, meditation, and strategies for managing emotions and stress--are efficient and powerful shortcuts that can help us fully
and happily embody the best of who we can be.
If you are reading this, I trust that you are looking for a deeper shift in your life. If so, I cannot wait to see what growth we can spark together.
A former modern dancer with STREB Extreme Action, Christine McQuade has studied Wu Ming Qigong and traditional Chinese healing arts with Grandmaster Nan Lu, OMD, and the Tao of Healing for nineteen years. Through hundreds of hours of training with the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation in New York City, Christine is certified as a Dragon’s Way Qigong and Qigong for Women’s Health instructor, and is a certified practitioner of two healing modalities: Qigong Meridian Therapy and Medical Qigong.
Christine helps individuals and groups discover sensible and practical ways to integrate mind, body, and spirit into exercise, health, and healing. Since 2003, she has taught in the Hudson Valley, New York City, and more recently Sillicon Valley, including at the Spirituality Mind Body Summer Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University, LGS Recreation, Suffern Free Library, the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, Melt Massage, Midland Park Continuing Education, Shakti Yoga & Living Arts, Trilok Fusion Center for the Arts, the Brearley School, the Riverdale Country School, Mother Cabrini High School, the Union Theological Seminary, and the American Taoist Healing center.
In addition to her teaching and healing work, Christine is a User-Experience Designer and Product Director. She is co-author of five editions of Seeing & Writing (Bedford/St. Martins).
A mother of three, Christine recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area.
I stumbled on Qigong by accident.
In 2000, I had just “retired” from the avant-garde modern-dance company STREB, with which I'd been touring and performing with for five years, and jumped into a new job at a Manhattan media company. I went from hours of intense physical training each day to hours of sitting in front of a computer. I knew I needed a some kind of physical practice in my life to help me stay healthy . . . and sane.
My colleague at the time (who would later become my husband) asked me if I wanted to join him at a Wuming Qigong class. I'd never heard of the practice, but it sounded like exactly what I was looking for: a movement practice for the mind and spirit as much as the body.
I had no expectations when I headed to Chinatown that Tuesday night—but by the end of the class I was changed forever. It was as though I'd gone from seeing my body in black and white to seeing it in color. I had trained in so many movement disciplines (Alexander technique, Pilates, Hatha yoga), yet for the first time I felt as though I'd discovered a new part of me—my own energy.
Since then, I’ve strived to spend every moment studying, experiencing, and truly living this ancient artform. The principles of Wuming Qigong and traditional Chinese medicine touch every aspect of my life—both professionally and personally, as a parent and spouse.
I believe the discovery of Qi is one of the great gifts to humanity. Qigong—the art of cultivating Qi—requires no special equipment, can practiced anywhere, and is accessible to all. We all have energy. It's our right and responsibility to nurture it wisely.