Marilia - Acupuncturist

Marilia Blackburn

Acupuncturist MSc in Nutrition

My name is Marilia Blackburn.

I am passionate about my work and particularly I love studying and working with all aspects of healing in all levels, physical, emotional and spiritual.

Since young age I have been interested in studying science but also ancient philosophies and spirituality. I was born in Brazil and I graduated at Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP S. Carlos) in Brazil as Bachelor and Master in Chemistry (Physical Chemistry). In parallel, by 1985 my search of spiritual values and understanding of life and self-knowledge had taken a major role in my life. This search led me to my first contact with Acupuncture and other aspects of the Chinese tradition, and other findings.

These findings brought about an important transformation in my life. I left behind a career in Chemistry and an ongoing PhD to dedicate myself to the study and practice of Acupuncture. I started an in-depth study and qualified as Acupuncturist with the Associaçao Brasileira de Acupuntura (ABA) – Brazilian Acupuncture Society.

In 1991 I initiated my career practising Acupuncture and Acupressure, a devoted and successful work that has developed over the years as I learnt other therapies like Reiki, Therapeutic Energy Kinesiology, Flower Essences, Korean Hand Therapy, and other studies.

In 1993, I entered an initiation school, Sociedade Brasileira de Eubiose (SBE), to study ancient traditions and theosophy. These studies were followed by the study of Astrology at Gaia Escola de Astrologia  in São Paulo. During this period of my life I have found very important and life-changing knowledge and understanding of Life. But my life was about to go through another change. In 2001 I followed my heart, got married and I moved from Brazil to live in England, the place that now I call home and where I am carrying on with my life journey.

In April 2019, as my love for science and learning took me to another course, I then have concluded an MSc in Nutrition & Health at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The wonders of life keep happening and in 2020, during a pandemic I was introduced to a special method of Qigong for the first time, Zhineng Qigong taught by John Millar from Energy Play, and I was hooked. I had found a technique that belonging to Chinese traditions has the capacity of consolidating my whole work as an Acupuncturist and, of course I started my training to be a Zhineng Qigong teacher.

I would be naive thinking that my search of spiritual and self-knowledge had come to an end yet, but I really do not think that it is possible to reach this intent in one life only, but I am sure that with all the accumulated study, I can offer my knowledge, work and dedicated practice to serve those who are also trying to answer that ancient call… “Know thyself”, and conclude with "Heal thyself" as a consequence.
Marilia practising for teaching Zhineng Qigong classes

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