Mindful Movement at Blue Ridge Juvenile Detention

Pictured above: Sisters Julia von Briesen and Lydia von Briesen who teach Mindful Movement together at Blue Ridge Juvenile Detention. Common Ground’s Mindful Movement program at Blue Ridge Juvenile Detention (BRJD) facility in Charlottesville has served more than 50 youth since it began 18 months ago. The hour long weekly class teaches mindfulness skills and […]

“Is Acupunture Painful?” …and other Acupuncture Questions Answered

by Sam Pierceall One of the first questions people usually have about acupuncture is, “Does acupuncture hurt?” Having studied acupuncture for several years now, I have heard this and many other inquiries regarding the medicine. Before I began my formal schooling, I’d had very little exposure to acupuncture, and looking back I can see why it seems so […]

Q&A with Acupuncturist Robert Hoffman

Robert Hoffman has extensive experience as an acupuncturist, having practiced both acupuncture and herbal medicine for 19 years in Florida. He has traveled throughout the world studying and learning universal truths to support and create healing from within. Common Ground Healing Arts is thrilled to have Robert on board, and enjoyed hearing his answers to […]

Yoga at The Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women

by Patty Gray I have been involved in teaching yoga classes at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women since 2010, serving as the coordinator for the program for the past 3 years.  Almost every week, I hear from class participants about how much they appreciate the opportunity to practice yoga and how much yoga has helped […]

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

Relief from chronic pain is one of the top reasons clients seek acupuncture at Common Ground. About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain ranging from mildly distracting to excruciating. Whether your pain comes in waves or is continuous, is sometimes inconvenient or is often totally incapacitating – acupuncture is worth trying for relief. From Harvard’s Health Blog: Chronic […]

“Does Acupuncture Hurt?” …and other Acupuncture Questions Answered

by Sam Pierceall One of the first questions people usually have about acupuncture is, “Does acupuncture hurt?” Having studied acupuncture for several years now, I have heard this and many other inquiries regarding the medicine. Before I began my formal schooling, I’d had very little exposure to acupuncture, and looking back I can see why it seems so […]

Balance and Acupuncuture

by Sam Pierceall Ever heard someone try to play a guitar that’s out of tune? No matter what chord the musician plays, it simply sounds off. The harmony that exists in precisely tuned instruments comes from the balance within each string; too loose and the string will not resonate, too tight and it will snap. […]

Acupuncture for Allergy Relief

As we start to close in on ragweed season in central Virginia, it’s almost time to reach for the netipot and buy some kleenex in bulk. If you find yourself sneezing, and sniffling your way through the end of August, consider trying acupuncture as a way to manage your symptons. In this study from 2014 it was […]

5 Mindfulness Tips for the Office that We Actually Use

The internet has no shortage on suggestions for how to bring some mindfulness into your workday (if you’re looking for suggestions we like these, these, and these), but we’ve decided to share 5 tactics that we actually use here at Common Ground to keep ourselves focused and at ease throughout the day. 1. Let your text message […]

Acupuncture for Stress Relief

Our modern lifestyle is not known for its easygoing, relaxing pace – far from it. We are constantly on the go, between home, work, school, kids, errands, shopping, cooking, cleaning, and other various chores throughout the week. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and we may forget to keep self-care in our minds. That is, until […]