I was a dancer throughout college, but when I went to law school in 1982 I put that aside and continued to dance simply for the love and joy of it. In 1996 I was captivated by a demonstration of tai chi. With similarities to dance, it was grace, discipline and meditation all rolled into one, and, as I would soon learn, so much more. At that point in my life I was running my own law firm, so all of the elements that make up tai chi – strength, stamina, flexibility (in body and mind), self-awareness, tranquility and harmony with nature – were welcomed in my life. I joined a martial arts school that offered tai chi and qigong and began a dedicated practice, also training in External (Kong Su Do, Udo, and Chin Na) styles of martial arts, eventually achieving the level of 3rd degree black belt. 

Ellen PeterSen OF Nourishing Life Qigong

Ellen PeterSen OF Nourishing Life Qigong

In 2005 I left the practice of law and focused on studying qigong as a system of healing, for myself and others. My goal is to inspire individuals to gain the skills to take control over their own health by teaching techniques and an attitude of mind that creates a healthy body, mind and spirit. Through intensive training, I learned to perceive qi and to use it to treat individuals, to bring balance to the energy system of the body and to start the body’s own healing processes. In my healing practice, I create a space to guide and support healing through listening and heart-centered communication. My belief is that true healing comes from a deep love, compassion and awareness that we are all connected. 

There will always be a place for Western Medicine in health care, and I seek to support the care of your existing physician, therapist, or acupuncturist while practicing alternative and complementary healing therapies to provide health and wellness, making you happier and healthier.

Qualifications: Tai Chi and Qigong

I am deeply grateful to and inspired by all of my Tai Chi and Qigong Masters in their dedication and deep understanding and wisdom of tai chi and qigong, and for sharing it with me.

My training includes intensive programs in Qigong and External Qi Healing as a student in the Qigong Certification Training Program of Qigong GrandMaster Ken Cohen (Gao Han). Ken Cohen is a world-renowned health educator, China scholar, and Qigong GrandMaster with more than 45 years of experience. He is the founder of the Qigong Research and Practice Center in the Indian Peaks Wilderness region of the Colorado Rockies, and is the author of the internationally acclaimed book "The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing" (Ballantine). I have trained as a student in Qigong Healing and qigong practices with Qigong Master Robert Peng. Robert Peng is a world-renowned Qigong Master, healer, and author of The Master Key: Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom book/cd/dvd series. As a boy and young man in China, Qigong Master Robert Peng apprenticed under the legendary Buddhist monk Xiao Yao, who trained him in the martial and healing arts. I have also practiced tai chi and qigong training with Tai Chi Master Kuan Chung Chen. Kuan Chen started his tai chi and qigong practice at the age of five under the instruction of his father (Grand Tai Chi Master CK Chen) in Taiwan. Kuan Chen has amassed over 25 years of experience in tai chi, qigong, and qi guided healing practice. He was named the international champion of both individual 37 Tai Chi Form and Tai Chi Push Hand.

Qualifications: Vibrational Sound Therapy

Ellen Petersen of Nourishing Life Qigong is a member of the National Qigong Association and Qigong Institute and a Certified Vibrational Sound Therapy Practitioner with the Vibrational Sound Association

So where does Vibrational Sound Therapy (VST) come into play? Fascinated with singing bowls and sound theory, I found the opportunity to play and study the bowls and their use in a therapeutic practice. I was awed to see the deep relaxation and the profound effects on the body and mind that could be achieved using bowls on and around the body in a therapeutic manner.  That led me to become a Certified Vibrational Sound Therapy Practitioner through the Vibrational Sound Association and to offer VST in my practice. Relaxation during a VST session brings on the same kind of brain states as qigong, tai chi, meditation and yoga.  All good qi! 

Professional Affiliations

  • Professional member of the National Qigong Association and a member of the Qigong Institute.

  • Certified Vibrational Sound Therapy Practitioner with the Vibrational Sound Association.