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Lee Holden, L.Ac.  

Lee Holden is one of the founding directors of the Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine and Chi Center and focuses on treating the whole person through movement, acupuncture, and bodywork..

Holden’s Pacific Healing Arts created Qi Gong for Beginners, along with seven sister titles, to introduce the powerful practice of qi gong to a national audience through Public Television.  Companion titles address specific healing needs:  Qi Gong for Upper Back and Neck Pain, Qi Gong for Low Back Pain, Qi Gong for Weight Loss, Qi Gong for Seniors, and Qi Gong for Stress.  Lee also released his first book, 7 Minutes of Magic: Recharge your Body Each Day with Qi Gong, which has been featured on numerous TV shows and articles.

An accomplished athlete with a childhood fascination for martial arts, Holden discovered the practice of qi gong in conjunction with efforts to achieve peak sports performance.  Lee attributes his successes as an award-winning varsity high school athlete in track, football, and soccer to the practice of qi gong.  As a varsity soccer player at University of California Berkeley, Lee injured his back and was told he would never play soccer again.  Turning to qi gong, Holden was back on the soccer field within a month.  Lee continues to participate actively in a variety of recreational sports, including rock climbing, mountain biking, and beach volleyball.

Holden brings to his practice passion, depth of knowledge, and diversity of experience, including international study and teaching.

Holden is also the chief editor for Master Mantak Chia (the world’s foremost qi gong expert) working on numerous media and book projects such as Tao Yin: Exercises for Health, Revitalization, Longevity, Six Healing Sounds, Inner Smile, and Cosmic Fusion. Holden has facilitated the workshops “Seduction of Spirit” and “Mind/Body Medicine” with Deepak Chopra in San Diego, California, and he was the wellness director, stress-management consultant, and acupuncturist for Rob Schneider and Adam Sandler on the motion pictures The Animal and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.


Holden also works as a stress management consultant to many corporations in Silicon Valley, including Apple, 3COM, and Cisco. A “Doctor of Chinese Medicine,” Holden is a graduate of Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, widely considered the leading acupuncture college in the U.S.

Lee and his wife Lisa have twin girls, Lainey and Maile and recently had a new baby girl named Kyla Jade!

Weekly Classes

Qi Gong Flow: Mon/Wed/Fri 5:30-6:45 p.m.





"SCCC is the real deal!  They are very serious about quality - the quality of their practioners and services, their new and modern facilities, and the personal touch.  It is all the little details - for example, the email reminders for appointments, or the readily available visiting cards for all their practioners, or that everyone knows my name - that is the first hint that this is not by chance, but rather by design.  SCIMCC is an authentic and first-class manifestation of its owners' healing vision!"
"I've been waiting for this. Finally there's a place to take all my favorite classes!"
- Laurie
"Lee's Qi Gong sparked my desire for all kinds of exercise and fitness. I now feel like I have the energy to enjoy my body."

- Marie