Cheri Haines, ABT          The Essence of Qi  

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About Cheri


After receiving her B.S. from the University of WI Madison in Child & Family Studies, Cheri began her exploration into energy/bodywork over 25 years ago with her cat, Tilly. Her work first began using crystals and following the intuitive process. She was led to an understanding of energy through Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® (for more info. see  Cheri’s first instructor was acupuncturist, Justin Pomeroy. Her studies and teacher training continued under the direct supervision of Jin Shin Do® Founder, Iona Marsaa Teeguarden. Cheri continues to value and receive guidance from the Jin Shin Do® Founder becoming WI’s first Registered  Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® Practitioner and Authorized Jin Shin Do® Senior Instructor, teaching the entire 250 hour curriculum (see Since then, Cheri has received all the significant certifications in her field; nationally certified Asian Bodywork Therapist(ABT) through  NCCAOM® (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine),  Certified Instructor and Certified Practitioner through American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA® -CI, CP), Approved Provider through National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) and is a Licensed Bodywork Therapist (LBT) in WI (#3026-146).

Cheri also has experience with nutritional supplements, herbs and homeopathy through her years of employment at Quintessence in Madison, WI.

Out of her continued studies with Daoist Priest, Jeffrey Yuen and other exceptional teachers, Cheri created her own Eastern Bodywork Style and Curriculum called The Essence of Qi : Jing AcuTouch, for TIBIA Inc. The inspiration for these classes were to bring a true integration of Eastern principles into your massage and energywork practices. Those are the classes you see listed on this website. Cheri continues to learn from her teachers, colleagues, animals, students and clients .

She has extensive experience teaching at various schools, hospitals and centers in and around Madison, Wisconsin since 1999 and has been in private practice for over 20 years.

Cheri is described as, “a profound calming presence, point master, accepting the unknown with skillful compassion. Her extended love & knowledge guided us to light & balance.”