Hannah Fries, L.ac.
A sensitive soul with a healer’s heart, I was born with a deep desire to serve the greater good. I completed my undergraduate education at UCLA, where I delighted in studying Cultural Anthropology, with an emphasis in Psychological and Environmental Anthropology. I then received my Master's in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s College in Santa Monica. My path to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was a winding, illuminating, and unconventional one, fueled by insatiable curiosity, compassion, imagination, hope, and a desire to act as a healing force in the world.
Before landing at Emperor’s, I spent time living and working in Brooklyn, NY, Big Sur, CA and Santa Barbara, CA exploring the worlds of Permaculture, sustainable horticulture, meditation, yoga, psychospiritual inquiry, authentic relating, and more. My fascination with the inherent healing potential of plants and nature (humans included), paired with a deep desire to have something tangible and transformational to offer others, alongside an unquenchable thirst for multicultural insights and new lenses through which to view the world, led me to pursue a career in Chinese Medicine.
From a young age, I was exposed to and affected by the struggle of illness within my family. As I witnessed my beloved father suffer for years as a patient in the clutch of the dominant medical paradigm, I felt overwhelmed by a voice within that believed in another way. I was distraught by the limits of the “healthcare” system around me, sensing that something potent was missing in the typical patient-doctor relationship, and that the very foundation of the establishment was unstable. Later, in my own personal healing journey, when the status quo proved ineffective, I was drawn to many different forms of medicine and healing. In the face of uncertainty, frustration, grief, anxiety, and pain, I found solace, strength, joy, and healing in nature spiritual practices such as yoga, meditation and breathwork, intentional embodiment practices, authentic relating with loved ones, and “alternative” forms of medicine, such as acupuncture/herbal medicine, intuitive and holistic nutrition, various bodywork modalities, Ayurveda, and Integrative Body Psychotherapy.
Today, I am excited to offer what I have learned (and continue to learn with each new day) to my patients, and hope that my own experiences, as well as the wealth of knowledge and wisdom I have obtained through my study and practice of TCM and beyond, can help others in their quest for happiness, authenticity, and well-being.
In addition to practicing all things Chinese Medicine, I completed an in-depth 3-year training (which was truly more of a intensive journey of self-discovery and deep healing work) to become a certified Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP) Allied Professional, and I’m passionate about integrating the worlds of TCM and IBP in my work with patients and within my community.
FRIESPIRIT HEALING ARTS
A play on words using my last name, Fries (pronounced “Freeze”), Friespirit’s mission is to facilitate the awakening and empowering of your radiant inimitable spirit that longs to be seen and heard. It is my intention to embark with each client on an archeological dig — so to speak — one that reestablishes and reconnects you to your core state of being.
My Core Beliefs:
The body is a repository of divine wisdom, information, and experience. When you listen to the whispers of the body, your spirit doesn’t have to yell. I’m here to help you tune-in to the quiet wisdom within.
You already possess all that you need to be healthy, joyful, and vibrantly alive. Let’s free you from the obstacles that interfere with your innate healing capacity.
By investigating the root cause of imbalance, you gain access to the answers that reside within, and are able to let go of that which no longer serves you. Dissolve that which is holding you back from embodying your full potential, and reveal your path to inner freedom.
I operate on a model of trust and optimism, integrity, humor and, above all, compassion.