Awakening the healing power of the body 

Our own body’s life force has a healing power that is stored in our organs, our cells, and in our minds. When our energy– qi – flows well, we enjoy good physical health and a sense of mental and emotional well being. When our energies are blocked or stagnant, we do not function well and may become depressed or sick. Health and happiness are the results of abundant, flowing, harmonious qi.

External Qi Healing, also known as Qigong Healing, is a technique that awakens the healing power of our own bodies to bring our body, mind and spirit to balance and harmony. By working on certain energy channels of the body, both physically and on the energetic level, External Qi Healing helps to quiet the mind and to remove and release blocked energies and emotions, to bring the qi back to a healthy, balanced and harmonious state. This relieves the physical, mental and spiritual level of pain, tension and stress to bring about a sense of well being and oneness.  

The client need not believe in qi or External Qi Healing for it to work. It works on skeptics and on animals!

How much does it cost?

A sliding-scale fee program is offered. See the Fees page for more details.

What does it do?

External Qi Healing is highly effective in inducing the relaxation response, releasing muscular tension and strengthening the immune system.

External Qi Healing is not a “cure” for any specific disease or illness; it instead awakens our own healing power to allow us to enjoy our lives more truly and fully.  

You do not have to be sick to benefit from a session. Many people choose to receive regular treatments as preventive measures to maintain wellness and promote relaxation. A typical session leaves one feeling relaxed yet full of energy, happy and grateful.

External Qi Healing is excellent therapy for a range of problems, physical, emotional and spiritual.

Qigong is a complete system of health care that recognizes the root causes of symptoms or disease, and treats the individual as a whole, so all people can benefit from a treatment.

How may it help me?

External Qi Healing is an effective complementary treatment for:

Cardiovascular disease
Chronic fatigue
Joint pain
Sleep disorder
Stomach pain

Practiced as an adjunct to Western Medicine and other modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine, External Qi Healing may successfully treat people with conditions that Western medicine finds resistant or ambiguous.

Clients experience positive results in the realms of:

Energy levels
Mood regulation
Emotional distress (anxiety, sadness, grief, fear, anger) 

A healing treatment supports your professional medical or psychological treatments, and should not be used in place of such treatments.

What is a healing session like?

Preparing for a session

Wear loose, comfortable clothing (no blue jeans). Prior to the session you will be asked to remove all jewelry, shoes and socks. The meridians on the head are also opened, so please have dry hair. It is best if you do not eat anything within one hour of the session. Sessions can range from 60 to 90 minutes, depending on what is being treated and the methods being used. This includes an initial intake, discussing the client’s current body/mind conditions, and some “waking up” time after the session. 

During a session

Qigong Healing sessions are highly individualized, catering to the individual needs of the client. The session is done with you lying comfortably on a massage table (and can also be done sitting in a chair). You are fully clothed. Ellen will first assess your energy (qi) using non-contact methods and, if needed and acceptable to you, methods that require minimal touch to the body (back of spine or fingers and toes).

external qi healing treatment techniques address the organs and the body meridians

external qi healing treatment techniques address the organs and the body meridians

Ellen then treats you with the appropriate treatment methods. There are two main categories of techniques, with most sessions utilizing both treatment techniques. The first treatment technique works on a purely energetic level and does not involve any physical contact between you and Ellen. Ellen holds her hands a few inches above the body and assesses the health and balance of qi. Specific therapeutic passes are used to increase energy, disperse stagnation, or reduce pain. The entire session can be done on a purely energetic level. The second treatment technique involves hands-on techniques, similar to massage therapy, to open the energy channels of the head and body. This massage technique utilizes Tai Chi press, and is designed to open any blockages in the client’s qi flow. All meridians and the internal organs are addressed in each of these treatment techniques. 

During the treatment, people can sometimes perceive the qi flow within their own body, often as waves of heat or cold or other sensations. Clients experience the Tai Chi press massage as very pleasant and relaxing, and often fall asleep during the session.  

Going home

Please plan to be in a quiet, relaxed environment following the session. If you can, sit or lie down quietly in nature for a period of time. This will allow your body’s healing energies to integrate and be sustained.  Avoid technology and any stimulating food, beverages or alcohol. Drink green tea. Please note that the healing will continue over a few days after the session in which the energies of mind and body continue to be balanced.

To continue to promote the client’s healing, Ellen may recommend Qigong movements or meditations to the client to address specific concerns.  Repeated practice, even twenty minutes per day, can greatly increase the health of the client. 

Will I need more than one session?

If it is a general Wellness Treatment (one where the client has no underlying condition) then one treatment may be sufficient, although many clients who have no underlying condition often want multiple sessions as they feel their energy balanced and relaxed. If there is an underlying condition, some clients experience significant improvement after the first treatment. Most clients notice definite changes by the fourth or fifth treatment. Acute problems are more likely to respond quickly. Long-term, chronic conditions will require a longer course of treatment. 

Can I receive healing from a distant location?

Because qi works on a purely energetic level, the distance between the practitioner and the client is not a limiting factor, as energy is not restricted by space or time. In fact, certain people respond better to distance treatments than to in-person sessions. 

With distance treatments, an appointment is scheduled in the same manner as an in-person treatment. The client should be in a quiet, comfortable environment for the entire session, as it will be necessary for the client to lie down or sit comfortably in a chair. The client should not be disturbed during the session, and all technology should be off and out of the way. 

Throughout the entire treatment, Ellen focuses her energy on the client, working much as though the client were physically present but using special techniques, employed exclusively for distance healing, that do not require being physically with the client or physical touch of the client. These treatments are very effective.


After one session I woke up able to breathe

“In the weeks before I saw Ellen, my lifelong distress from allergies, nasal congestion and itchy eyes had taken a turn for the worst. In addition, my breathing was shallow and hives had begun to break out. I was experiencing lack of energy and overall discomfort.  After one session with Ellen I woke up able to breathe, used only one tissue (a miracle), the hives diminished and that night I easily stayed up working past 9 PM! As the days progressed, only minor symptoms returned. This is very exciting. I have not found another practitioner who could provide me this kind of relief. Bravo Ellen! I look forward to continue working with you to further balance and optimize my systems.”  

— Cathy Marie Michael

A level of tranquility and relaxation I have never experienced

“I have never experienced such a level of tranquility and relaxation as I did during my session at Nourishing Life Qigong. From the moment I walked into the serene space I felt my mood improve and my body de-stress. An important component is the completely unhurried vibe; at no time did I feel that there was anything more important to Ellen, my practitioner, than ME and what I needed in this time and space. I highly recommend Nourishing Life Qigong. Ellen Petersen is a highly skilled and focused healing practitioner.”

Alexandra Cruse

Ellen has aided my healing from chronic shoulder pain and back issues

“Ellen incorporates her spiritual, physical, and intellectual gifts to offer a full, well balanced, yet individual treatment that honors her client. As a Massage Therapist who believes in the healing power of touch and energy, I have firsthand reaped the benefits of Ellen's work. Ellen has aided my healing from chronic shoulder pain, acute back issues, and emotional well being during times of stress. I fully endorse Ellen as a Qigong healer.”  

— Jeanne Vural

Nourishing Life Qigong Offers External Qi HealinG, which  is highly effective in inducing the relaxation response, releasing muscular tension and strengthening the immune system. It is aneffective complementary treatment for Allergies Arthritis Asthma Cancer Cardiovascular disease Chronic fatigue Depression Fibromyalgia Headaches Joint pain Sleep disorder Stomach pain
Relief from chronic neck pain...lightness and clarity in my vision 

“Ellen is an amazingly intuitive, grounded and compassionate practitioner. I would refer someone to her in a heartbeat. My session was incredibly relaxing and I felt a relief from a chronic neck pain as well as a sense of lightness and clarity in my vision. I have been a structural bodyworker for almost 30 years and I think Ellen is well worth a session.”  

— Alex Alexander


I feel relaxed and energized . . . colors are brighter and sights and sounds clearer

"Ellen's External Qi Healing has been a wonderful addition to my life. As a self-employed man with a business that is demanding intellectually, emotionally and physically, I seem to have accumulated and stored considerable stress in my body.
Over a series of sessions Ellen has helped me to release that stress, making my body feel more flexible, reducing my reactivity and slowing me down enough so that I am now able to begin to explore a daily relaxation and deep breathing meditation practice. After a session with Ellen I feel relaxed and energized.  Colors are brighter and sights and sounds are clearer.  Ellen’s work is a gift. I feel lighter, more patient and I am more productive."

- Michael Weiss