Dr. Cindy Mason,
Ph.D., is certified by the State of
She has been a research scientist at U.C. Berkeley and a fellow at the Stanford School of Medicine. While at U.C. Berkeley, Dr. Mason was studying ways to model mental state. During this time, she suffered health problems and found little in the way of conventional medicine that seemed to help. She began to study the relationship of mental state, brain chemistry and bodily health , and incorporated ideas of emotions and belief into her work on mental state.
She became certified in acupressure, specializing in a form of Japanese acupressure known as physiophilosophy that directly correlates attitudes of mental and emotional state with physical health. In addition to her teaching and research, she see patients at local hospitals in the San Francisco area and has created a strong teaching program for Self Care in her community in the San Francisco Bay Area, including tai chi and chi kung for the chair and Japanese Self Care. Her courses focus on the needs of the elderly and how to survive without access to medical care.
She has published
most recently on Global Medical Technology and will be a panelist in
She has received
awards for her work, including a Nationa Research Council
Associateship (many Nobel prize winners received this early in their careers) Stanford University School of Medicine, Outstanding Young Woman in
Using methods from Japan that center on
attitudes and emotions, Dr. Mason and a team of practioners saved
insurers significant financial expense and shaved weeks of recovery
time from expected hospital stays in stem cell transplant patients with
aggressive cancers at Stanford Hospital. Results of this work
were reported in a late
abstract for the 2003 PsychoNeuroimmunology
Society. The picture below
was taken at Stanford
University Hospital and shows Dr. Mason with stem cell patient “Patty”
(picture is included with patient permission).
Dr. Mason believes using high-tech medicine along side ancient healing arts is part of a
growing trend toward innovative solutions to the health crisis.
Dr. Mason teaches
Self Care courses that help empower individuals to help themselves.
In her Tai Chi
Chair course, developed with Instructor Kathleen Davis from the
Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, California, students integrate Self
Care acupressure (based on the same Japanese methods used with
patients) into a Tai Chi/Chi Gong exercise set that can be done from a
seated position. The pictures below
shows Dr. Mason demonstrating the Self Care material during a lecture at