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A Convo with Dr. Love
Dr. George Love is on a self-proclaimed crusade to help local residents improve their health literacy through Chinese medicine, hip-hop and laughter.Dr. Love offers Community group Acupuncture sessions from 6 – 7 p.m. (by appointment only), on Tuesdays and Thursdays and “Hip Hop Meets Qi-Gong” classes from 7 – 8 p.m., also on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Both offerings will be held at the Cottage adjacent to the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum.
Here’s a few snippets from a convo with Dr. Love:
Spady: What is health literacy exactly?
Dr. Love: I sought out the Spady Museum in order to reach more people of color, who I believe can benefit from increasing their health literacy – or knowledge of how their bodies function to prevent chronic and degenerative disease.
Spady: What makes you uniquely qualified to teach health literacy?
Dr. Love: I’m a practicing exercise physiology trainer, herbalist, massage therapist and dance fitness instructor, in addition to being the first African-American acupuncturist in Florida. I’ve helped clients across the country improve their health and well-being for more than 44 years.
Spady: What is “Hip Hop Meets Qi-Gong”?
Dr. Love: Participants learn the Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing and movement, but paired with hip-hop music and rhythms, which makes it upbeat and fun. Once you’ve learned all the moves and we turn off the music, you’ve learned Qi-Gong (pronounced “chee-gong”). Without the music, you do the moves in silence, and it becomes meditative.
Spady: What is Community Acupuncture?
Dr. Love: My sessions welcome clients to learn more about this traditional Chinese medicine in a group setting with me answering specific questions about health. Acupuncture is a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force – also known as chi or Qi – believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in the body. By inserting pins, electric stim, cupping or using magnets along these meridians, Chinese medicine practitioners believe that energy flow will re-balance.
For those who have an issue with needles, I use magnets. Once we’re in session, I have a captive audience that is more receptive about other ways – beyond acupuncture – to improve their health, be it better nutrition, exercise or stress management skills. I ask them about heart disease, stroke and obesity and how emotions, such as fear, anger, grief and worry, are affecting their health. This is when improving health literacy takes place.
Learn more about Dr. Love at http://lovechinesemedicine.com/index.html, https://www.youtube.com/user/mysticmaster49/featured and https://www.facebook.com/PinPointHealing/