Health Options Institute

Empowering Students to Succeed for Over 34 Years


An Exploration of the Five Elements

(4 Hours)

​Next class coming in October!

In this class, we will learn about the arts of the ancient Chinese “Barefoot Doctors.” At the beginning of each season, these barefoot doctors would travel from village to village, for a seasonal tune-up. They examined the color, sound and emotion in the person. Pulses were checked, the glow of the life force observed, and they would look for the person’s health on their tongue, in their flesh, and the brightness of the spirit.


We will each learn to be the barefoot doctor, and each in turn be examined. Our individual ailments and gifts will be seen, observed, and discussed.


In traditional Chinese medicine, there are 5 seasons: Spring, Summer, Indian Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Each of these has an impact on our organs and our health. We will spend time examining the impact of each of these seasons on the body; mentally, emotionally, and physically. We will learn the best ways to embrace each season in our lives, how to prepare for the changing of seasons, and how to healthfully transition through the seasons of the year.


Come walk with me.


About Your Facilitator

Jean Collins, M.Ac.OM., Lic.Ac,  is a licensed acupuncturist who has practiced Five Element Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 33 years. She originally studied for her Master’s Degree in acupuncture at the Acupuncture Institute of Columbia, Maryland and Lemington, England, after first receiving Bachelor Degrees from Tufts University and Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and completing didactic studies at North Shore Community College School of Nursing. She has been doing ongoing studies for many years in pastoral counseling training at Moravian Seminary. She is additionally certified in Chinese Pharmacology. She has an exceptional amount of wisdom and insight which she wishes to pass on. She also helped to draft the first legislation to license acupuncture in New Hampshire, and then went on to serve for one year on the New Hampshire rules and regulations committee.



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