- Licensed Acupuncturist (10 years)
- Certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture
- Master of Oriental Medicine (10 years)
- Licensed Massage Therapist (18 years)
- Meditation practitioner (18 years)
A career in helping others has always been a natural fit, but I formalized my direction toward alternative medicine during my final year at Loyola University Chicago as a pre-med student. I was drawn to the practice of healing, and not just the treatment of symptoms that many of today’s allopathic medical practices perform. Rather than pursue a direction that tended to have an over reliance on prescription drugs and several (although not all) unnecessary surgeries, I believed a deeper healing existed than with just pills and routine procedures. It was then that I decided to put a hold on attending medical school, and instead I moved to Los Angeles in search and for research –into other forms of healing.
Examining many systems, such as Shamanic healing and Ayurvedic Medicine, I gained a respect for certain aspects of each one. However, when I investigated and experienced Chinese Medicine firsthand, I was amazed at the depth of knowledge of the body, mind and spirit that was involved. I was confident that my future path of medicine would no doubt be related.
As a way to study a traditional use of healing by hand, I began to train in massage at the Institute for Psycho Structural Balancing in Los Angeles in 2000. In the process, I discovered that I had quite a innate talent for massage, and created The Sacred Hands™ in 2002 to share healing services with others. At this point I wanted to gain more healing knowledge so I went to Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, CA and gained a Master degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2008. Most recently I have been certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture through AcuSport Education in San Diego, CA. This training is specialized toward sport, orthopedic and work-related injuries. I also gained additional understanding and acupuncture techniques specific to athletic and repetitive ailments.
Since 2000, meditation has been key in helping to bring a balance both professionally and personally. In addition to traveling to India on nine occasions for retreats, and attending many workshops, I have been sought for consultation and 1-on-1 sessions for those interested adding meditation to their schedule, including heads of state. In my experience, meditation is the source of all healing because a healing occurs when you sit down and put your physical and mental activities on pause on a regular basis. I highly encourage everyone to add meditation into the flow of their life for overall health of body, mind, and spirit – as well as a massage at least once a month. I look forward to being a part of your goal of pursuing better health in your daily life whether it’s through acupuncture, massage, meditation – or a combination thereof.
“My weekly massages from Fernando over the last several years have changed my health dramatically in a positive way. His extreme sensitivity and sacred healing hands are unmatched! I hope he will be in my life forever!!”
“Once I had a massage from Fernando, I never went back to anyone else. His skills, intuition, and energy are always a perfect match for my needs at the time. He always seems to know instinctively exactly what my body and soul are feeling and I always leave our sessions feeling peaceful, happy, and refreshed. I run a multimillion dollar company and would not be able to manage the stress so well without my weekly dose of Sacred Hands!”
“Much more than a Massage. That’s how I have been describing Fernando for a decade. In addition to being schooled in massage and acupuncture, Fernando is an athlete and has been practicing yoga and meditation for many years. The result is total body therapy. Enhanced by a completely conscious touch, he incorporates stretching without interrupting the massage process and never needs to be told where your body is deficient, making for a completely customized experience. There is truly no better treat for one’s body than time with Fernando.”
“Fernando is uncommonly honest, thoughtful, caring and reliable. ‘Sacred Hands’ are truly accurate words for this ‘gentle’ man’s life work. His spiritual balance and consistency creates a uniquely safe and healing environment. In the five years I have received regular weekly therapy from Fernando, he has never once failed to inspire and heal. Since massage requires the highest degree of trust between the masseuse and their patient … he is truly in a league by himself.”