Area of Specialty: Physical, Mental and Emotional Components of Pain
Sheridan Horning, L.Ac. | Acupuncturist Portland
Sheridan’s specialty is treating the physical, mental, and emotional components of pain. When people are in pain, it’s impossible for them to be as brilliant as this world needs them to be. “That is simply not OK on my watch!” explains Sheridan.
In Sheridan’s 10+ years of practice, she’s noticed some things about pain. What she’s realized is when people are in pain and left untreated, many other conditions follow. Some of these include migraines, respiratory issues, insomnia, digestive disorders, gynecological concerns will follow.
Helping Clients Relieve Trauma and Stress in the Body
As a patient of Sheridan’s, she’ll help you feel grounded and comfortable in your body, regardless of the circumstance. Using intention to communicate with your body, she encourages the discharge of stored trauma and stress. This in turn, creates a very deep release to areas that other therapies simply cannot reach. Sheridan does this by using acupuncture, bodywork, herbal medicine, lifestyle and dietary advice along with qi gong healing.
“I find that there is nothing more rewarding than bringing peace and comfort to your life.”
Sheridan’s initial education in medicine began as a Licensed Massage Therapist, a license she still holds. After successfully helping many patients get out of pain using her hands, she realized she wanted more. She wanted to offer more than emotional and mental pain relief as well. This lead Sheridan to enroll in the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She graduated in 2008 with a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Bringing Traditional Chinese Medicine to Portland
At the end of her program at OCOM, Sheridan had the opportunity to study with world-renowned doctors at the Nanjing Traditional Chinese Medicine University in China. From 2005 to the present, she has studied with the principal teachers of the Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School, who are the grandchildren of the doctor to the Last Emperor of China and continue to carry an important piece of Chinese Medicine lineage. Sheridan was certified and has been teaching Ling Gui School qi gong since 2007, and was certified as a qi gong tuina (Chinese bodywork) practitioner in 2008.
Participating in education, both as a student and a teacher, is something Sheridan highly values. She currently serves on the faculty of East West College of the Healing Arts. Previously she served as a teacher’s assistant at OCOM from 2008-2010.
Born and raised in a small suburban town in Indiana, Sheridan moved to Salem, Oregon in 1996, to attend Willamette University. There she focused on East Asian Studies and Theatre. Attracted by Portland’s thriving art and music scene, she moved here in 1999. She has fun supporting local performer friends and getting involved in a show at least once a year herself.
Sheridan’s other hobbies include hiking, dancing to glitchy electronic music, riding her bike, and cooking vegetarian organic meals. She also loves hunting at thrift stores, and walking around Portland, sometimes even in the rain.