A career in helping others has always been a natural fit, and I first became interested in 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 overreliance 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 hypnosis, 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 natural talent for massage. After earning my professional massage certificate, and while pursuing my Master's degree in Chinese medicine, I met my meditation teacher - a significant day in both my professional and personal life. I have been studying meditation with the same teacher now since 2003, traveled to India on five occasions for retreats, and attended many other meditation workshops.

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 recipe of their life for overall health of their 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.

Be well.

Fernando J. Escobar CMT, L.Ac.

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