Office Info - Pura Vida Acupuncture and Yoga in Portland, Maine

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My office is located at 222 Saint John Street, the old railroad building, next to Margaritas Restaurant, at the south end of the Saint John Street Plaza. I am in Suite #11G (ground floor), which is just down the hallway from the elevators at the back entrance. There is ample parking on the back side of the building, and entering from the back entrance is the easiest way to find my office. If you do come in through the front entrance you will be on the 1st floor and will need to take the elevator or stairs to the ground floor. Also, if you have an appointment on Saturday or Sunday, you will have to use the back entrance because the front entrance is locked on the weekends. In conclusion, PARK IN BACK and USE THE BACK ENTRANCE :)

There is a waiting area between the door from the hallway and my office space. You don't need to knock, if the door is unlocked feel free to come in and wait quietly (the walls are quite thin!). PLEASE PUT YOUR PHONE ON SILENT while you are waiting, and turn it off before your treatment begins. If you need to use the restroom, there is a key hanging in the waiting area. The restrooms located on the upper floors do not require a key, and are located just off the elevators. 

I accept cash or check only. There is NOT an ATM in the building, so please plan accordingly. 

Front side of 222 Saint John Street

Office Info - Pura Vida Acupuncture and Yoga in Portland, Maine


Back Side of 222 Saint John StreetKristen Boze offers Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Yoga in Portland, Maine

"Music puts wings on the human spirit."                      - Frank Sinatra

I have been in love with music for as long as I can remember.  It brings me great joy, that through and acupuncture and yoga; I am able to utilize my love of music as a way to connect with my patients and students. 

Music is incredible in it's ability to awaken the senses, inspire the soul and quiet the mind.  It's a common opinion that music is distracting in a yoga practice, and while I  appreciate and understand the value of silence; I also find music to be incredibly therapeutic.  The problem I find, is that silence, in a yoga practice, can be incredibly loud.  In the vast space that silence creates, our minds wander wildly, leaving very few moments to be spent in the present.  Music holds your attention, which allows for a cerebral experience of the present moment; one that has the ability to affect real and lasting change.  It is this kind of experience that ultimately leads to healing of physical, mental and emotional dis-ease. The immense capacity of our minds is a blessing and a curse.  They hold so much about the past and the future, distracting us away from the moment that truly matters.

Our senses connect us to the outside world, and when combined with a practice of mindfulness, they provide a bridge between our mind and physical body. Understanding how the stimuli of the world around us affects shifts in the energy within us, is a powerful way to learn about ourselves. That kind of understanding is the only way to truly be able to take control of your health ... your life.

Music, unique in it's ability to create a cathartic release, can bring about a shift in emotional energy unlike any yoga class or acupuncture needle.  The ability to let go, to emote, to be vulnerable, to release the emotions you have been holding onto; is essential to the ability to heal physically. Both acupuncture and a yoga work to unblock stuck energy. Music can encourage the physical purging of the energy that is released. Holding onto emotional pain will  keep you sick, and releasing it assists in your ability to heal. It all comes back to energy.  Where it is stuck, we need to move it, and what doesn't serve you, needs to be released. We are energy, music is energy.  I believe that music is medicine.

© 2017 Kristen Boze,