When we married in 1989, we were fully committed to living a lifestyle that brings healing to humanity and peace to the world. In those early years, we used descriptive business names – Reiki Acupressure Massage, Health Etc. – to bring our message to the community. Over time, our understanding of wholeness expanded and we discovered a new name that better reflected our perspective – Sugi.
The Meaning of Sugi
At that time, we were both initiated as Reiki Masters. While designing a Reiki certificate for our students, we traveled to San Francisco’s Chinatown to buy a kanji stamp with our last name. The artisan translated the kanji for Erez, which is cedar tree in Hebrew, as “holiness, eternity and peace”. In Japanese, Erez translates to Sugi.
At Sugi Health, our passion and commitment is to assist you in developing a lifestyle that serves your continual renewal and well being.
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Amy Erez creates a personalized program of practical tools that nurture and support the fulfillment of balanced wellness in everyday life. Amy’s inspiration to explore healing came through her own health challenges during childhood. She became determined to find an approach to living that would provide wellness in all parts of life.
Sessions with Amy are a combination of hands-on healing, self-awareness counseling, and recommendations for creating a healthy lifestyle. By fully utilizing the mentoring guidance you receive during these sessions, you will gain clarity, profound peacefulness and a return to optimal health. Amy’s program is equally accessible to teens and adults.
The emphasis of Amy’s work is in helping people to understand the body’s messages, connect those messages with the emotional/spiritual experience, and find solutions that support forward movement in resolving life’s challenges.
Passion about organic gardening and avid hiking has given Amy a practical understanding of the seasonal cycles. Integrating the concept of living in sync with nature, and her extensive training in whole person health care, provides Amy’s clients with an in-depth experience of healthy living throughout the year.
Amy holds a B.A. in Psychology/Oriental Studies, received her certificate in Acupressure and Shiatsu in 1984, and was initiated as a Reiki Master in 1991. Her many skills include: Flower Essence Therapy, Game of Gifts Talent Coach, SugiTouch Movement Specialist, Tai Chi Gong teacher, Sugi Yoga teacher, and Family Constellations facilitator.
Amy’s first book, More Than Just Veggies: Healthful, Conscious Eating in the 21st Century, was published in 1999. Amy and Ofer founded Diablo Valley School, a Sudbury-model school for ages 5 –19, in Concord, CA in January, 1997.
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Ofer Erez has dedicated his life to learning about and teaching health, fitness and movement in the wisest, safest, most natural, and most useful ways possible. He believes that anyone, regardless of age can become more fit and healthy if they learn to replace effort with skill.
Ofer approaches the human body as one system, comprised of many sub-systems – all of which must be in good balance with each other to attain the best possible health. The integration of his studies in movement and healing with a practical understanding of anatomy, physiology and the relationships between the body’s systems, enables Ofer to create effective health plans.
ClearPath Energetics™ is a unique process that was developed by Ofer in the 1990’s. His ability to perceive energetic blockages within the system allowed him to discover a way to access the pattern of energy causing the block. In 2002, Ofer founded his own movement specialties: Sugi Yoga™, SugiTouch™ and Sugi Fitness™. These four variations on Ofer’s brilliant approach to wellness exhibit the many ways that his approach improves quality of life.
Ofer’s inspiration came from many years of experience in a variety of healing modalities, yoga, and martial arts. The work of Moshe Feldenkrais, Wilhelm Reich, William Glasser and other great thinkers strongly influenced his understanding of health and movement.
Ofer is a certified massage therapist, Reiki Master and Feldenkrais® practitioner.