December Events


Dear Dr. Mao:

Eat, Be Naughty & Stop Feeling Bad About It

Monday, December 3, 2018 5 - 6 p.m. PST

The holidays can be festive and fun, but this season can also be the most challenging time of the year for individuals trying to maintain a healthy regimen. Media bombards us with advice on how to not be tempted with overeating. But let's be realistic. The holidays center around sharing food with friends and family. Yes, we want for you to gravitate towards eating healthy foods during celebrations, however, not if it's going to make you feel miserable instead of enjoying your time with loved ones. One or two days of poor eating are not going to make you put on weight and feeling guilty can backfire on your psyche and trigger more cravings. Let's chat about strategies that allow you to mindfully indulge in foods you love eating, rather than food that makes you feel like you've had a diet meltdown. Plus, we have six ways to get you back on track when you do veer off course.


Monday, December 3, 2018

5:00 pm Pacific Time


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Why Women Just Need to Relax During the Holidays

Thursday, December 6, 2018

5:15 - 6:15 pm PST

Facebook Live Event

The holidays offer up so much to love - fresh baked cookies, festive parties, nutcracker meets north pole home decor and of course beautifully wrapped presents. But, who's most likely creating this winter wonderland? A woman, that's who. And who has the highest stress levels during the holidays - you guessed it again, a woman! The stress levels of women often spike during this period. They feel the pressure of creating holiday magic for their loved ones as well as the unconscious expectations of living up to the childhood memories that they perceived. Add to that, goals such as career, pregnancy and financial success to avoid feeling judged. It's no wonder that bad habits peak like comfort eating and binge shopping. This year let's try something different. Instead of chasing that holiday cookie with an extra glass of mulled cider, think about taking a chill pill. Dr. Dao is going to teach you why over-indulging/self-deprivation always backfire and stress relief tips to keep you jolly throughout the season.

Join Dr. Dao on our Tao of Wellness Facebook page for his new monthly interactive live series. This Q&A is your chance to personally connect with him and ask your own questions about women's health, fertility and well-being.


Thursday, December 6, 2018

5:15 pm Pacific Time


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Tao of Life Tele-Study Group:

The Power of the Feminine by Huan-Ching Ni & Mao Shing Ni

Master Ni, Hua-Ching Ni, the 37th-generation practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as Taoist Healing Arts, has written many well-known books on spirituality. Led by Dr. Dao, our monthly tele-study group is open to everyone. There is a wide range of experience in this group from newcomers to long-term participants. Together, we will explore Master Ni’s writings. Participants take turns to select a passage from his books so that as a group, we can delve into the meanings of his writings and how we can apply this knowledge into our daily lives.

December Topic:

The Power of the Feminine by Hua-Ching Ni and Mao Shing Ni

Selection #1: pg 108 - 109

Selection #2: pg 118 - 122

Selection #3: pg 137 - 138

Selection #4: pg 145 - 149

This month’s selection comes from Courtney Cole. “If I cannot make mothering my own family a priority, how will I be prepared to bring blossomed Mothering energy out to an overstimulated, external world that so desperately needs well developed mothers? How does a woman, focused on developing her feminine and mothering energies, maintain autonomy in order to avoid being dependent on a man, in a culture that does not value mothers?” If you do not own, The Power of the Feminine, it may be purchased on the Wellness Living Store/Taostar website at:

Using Feminine Energy to Heal the World’s Spiritual Problems describes how the wise vision of the feminine approach is the true foundation of human civilization and spiritual growth. When positive feminine virtue is usurped in favor of masculine strength, violence and aggressive competition result, leading the world to destruction. This book touches on how and why this imbalance occurs, and deeply encourages women to apply their feminine virtue to balance masculine strength and guide the world to safety and peace.

Dr. Daoshing Ni, Dr. Dao, is a 38th generation doctor of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, holds two doctorates in Oriental Medicine and was awarded the American Fertility Association’s Dr. Joyce Vargyas Visionary Award. Dr. Dao has appeared on the Today Show, provided numerous news/magazine interviews, and is a best-selling author.


Thursday, December 13, 2018

5:30 PM Pacific Time


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The Healing Hour

with Soeon Park, L.Ac. & Frances Lam, L.Ac.

December Topic: Which Healthy Eating Plan Fits Your Goals

Monday, December 17, 2018 | 5 pm - 6 pm PST

FREE Facebook Live Event

Keto, Paleo, Mediterranean, Whole 30 - finding the best diet for your body and lifestyle can be an obstacle course that doesn’t work you out the way that you anticipated. To make your search easier, this month we are pulling together 10 of the most current healthy eating plans. We will chat about which ways each program provides nutritious food options, what ways you can avoid unhealthy toxins and then break down how each plan is geared to support balancing your hormones and energy levels. Most importantly we will teach tips to ensure that you stick to the diet that fits into your personal goals. The point is to have not just a longer life but also a healthier and happier one, whether you are trying to lose weight or not.

Soeon Park L.Ac., Soeon (pronounced “so-on”) is a California Board Licensed Acupuncturist and certified in TCM Nutrition, Self-Healing Qi Gong, and TCM Dermatology. She has expanded her clinical skills to include pain management, digestive issues, insomnia, reproductive and mental health. Her ultimate goal is to provide the best treatments possible together with encouraging a balanced and happy lifestyle.

Frances Lam, L.Ac., has been practicing since 2009 and holds a Master's of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Certified in TCM nutrition, she also holds certification as an orthopedic exercise and fitness nutrition specialist. She is currently teaching the Chi Gong Meditation class at Providence St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Ca. for cancer support.

Watch this series live on our Tao of Wellness Facebook page.


Monday, December 17, 2018

5:00 PM Pacific Time


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January Events


Intensive Cleansing Detox Retreat

Sign-up to participate in our upcoming retreat — JANUARY 19 & 20, 2019. Space is limited.


Our body is automatically programmed to cleanse itself daily. However, with our fastpaced modern lifestyle and exposure to an increasing number of harmful and toxic substances, our body’s natural cleansing ability has become overworked and compromised.

Many signs and symptoms attributed to stress are now being linked to early signs of exposure to harmful substances such as PCBs, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, growth hormones, and mercury in food and liquids as well as dioxins and formaldehyde in the air.

These substances most notably affect the healthy functioning of the liver and immune system. Common symptoms of dysfunction in these systems include:

  • Fatigue, anxiety and depression

  • Allergies and frequent infections

  • Unexplained weight gain and difficulty losing or gaining weight

  • Joint pain and muscle weakness

  • Difficulty focusing and memory loss

  • Indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, gas and/or abdominal bloating

  • Skin rashes, skin eruptions and/or acne

  • Recurrent yeast/fungal infections

  • Rapid aging

Harmful and toxic substances from our chemically-laden food and polluted environment have also become implicated as a leading cause of many serious illnesses such as:

  • Cancer

  • Degenerative diseases

  • Infertility, birth defects and genetic changes

To counter this growing situation, the doctors at Tao of Wellness have developed a Cleansing and Detoxification Program that is unique and highly useful in ridding the body of many harmful and toxic substances.

In designing the detox program, the doctors have drawn upon the centuries-old Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles to solve a modern problem. The detox program combines selected TCM techniques that work together synergistically such as: acupuncture, cupping, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, far-infrared sauna, tuina bodywork and chi gong.


The Cleansing and Detoxification Program is scheduled as a two-day retreat at the Tao of Wellness. The procedures used are designed to stimulate the release of harmful substances stored in the tissues and liver. Once the toxins are released into the circulatory system, it is important to remove them as soon as possible. This is why the chosen treatment modalities are so important.


Acupuncture stimulates neurological, immunological, and endocrine responses beneficial to tissue cleansing and cell rejuvena-tion. It also stimulates the release of endorphins that reduce the pain and discomfort some-times experienced when detoxifying and withdrawing from addictive substances such as alcohol, caffeine, drugs, nicotine and sugar.


The proprietary herbal formulations focus on drawing the toxins directly out of the body through increased sweating, urination, and bowel movements. Some of the herbs directly support the filtering function of the liver and assist it in cleansing and promoting cell repair and cell regeneration.


Dietary therapy plays a distinct and essential role in the detox program. The prescribed meal plan includes selected foods that cleanse the liver and intestinal tract and provide key nutrients such as all the vitamins and minerals necessary for optimal health.


The heat and deeper vibratory action of the sauna’s far-infrared energy also promotes the release of toxins through increased circulation and through sweating.

The far-infrared sauna differs from the conventional sauna in its ability to penetrate deeply beneath the superficial layers of the skin. Studies show that the infrared light waves help to rid the body of toxins that are stored beyond the superficial layers of the skin. The excreted toxins include: cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, toxic heavy metals (such as mercury and aluminum), sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid. The unusually high concentra-tion of heavy metals and other fat-soluble toxins is not found in the sweat from normal exercise or a regular sauna.


Toxins often accumulate in the connective tissues creating blockages and impeding blood and fluid circulation. The strong suction action of the cupping stimulates blood and lymphatic fluid to flow near the skin’s surface and to key areas of the body for easy and direct release of toxins.


The Cleansing and Detoxification Retreat is helpful for those wishing to change their habits and adopt a healthier lifestyle. It is very effective for people who feel constantly fatigued and for people who are trying to stop smoking, wean off drugs, lose weight, slow aging, prepare for pregnancy or reduce inflammatory conditions.

Many participants have reported significant improvement in their symptoms and conditions after attending a two-day detoxification retreat.

All quotations are testimonials from participants in a Tao of Wellness Cleansing and Detoxification Retreat.


Saturday — 9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday — 8:00 am to 5:00 pm


  • Acupuncture—special detox protocol

  • Cupping and dry brushing

  • Lymphatic tuina bodywork

  • Far-infrared sauna

  • Vegetable juice blend

  • Special cleansing vegetable broth

  • Catered organic breakfast and lunch

  • Take home dinners for Saturday and Sunday

  • Detox herbs and nutritional supplements

  • Lectures on diet, nutrition and environmental health

  • Tai chi, chi gong and movement classes


Weekend package: $750 new patients, $650 Tao of Wellness patients. Sign up early; total number of participants limited.


If you are unable to attend, please contact the Office Manager at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the Retreat to avoid a cancellation fee.


Tao of Wellness in Santa Monica, California


310.917.2200, ext. 223



Past Events

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Cancer Survivors Day at Providence Saint John’s Health Center
Celebrating Life
National Cancer Survivors Day was a celebration of living, learning and growing, with yoga, Qigong, therapeutic art, massage, meditation, healthy cooking and more!
Sunday, June 3, 2018

Mullin Plaza at Providence Saint John's Health Center
2121 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404



Chi Cultivation Classes


Harmony Tai Chi
Taught by Dr. Mao Shing Ni
At Tao of Wellness Santa Monica.
Tuesday evenings, 5:30—6:30PM
Cost: $60 per month, or drop-in single class $18, space permitting.
Sign up early to secure your space at 310.917.2200, or



Chi Gong Meditation for Cancer Support
Taught by Frances Lam, L.Ac.
At St. John’s Health Center
2121 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA

Monday evenings, 6:30—7:30PM
Parking will be validated. 
RSVP to Ana Rocha:; 310.829.8621