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Why Cloud Gate?

by Gretchen Belenchia

We’ve gotten quite a few questions about the origin and meaning of our name. For the Chinese Medicine practitioners out there, we know it as Yun Men, or Lung 2, an acupuncture point along the Lung meridian.

But besides being a lovely name of an acupuncture point that makes one look sort of upwards when you say it, it does have a lot of symbolism for us.

According to Elizabeth Murray’s book, Cultivating Sacred Space: Gardening for the Soul, the Gate “signifies transcendence, departure from one world to the next – wild to cultivated; public to private. An invitation to go deeper, into an inner sanctum – a symbolic death of the familiar to rebirth of a more intimate inner knowledge of the self.”

So besides being an acupuncture point, Cloud Gate is also symbolic of the transition from the relationship you have now with your body and health into one of deeper understanding.

As many can attest, the more bodywork treatments that one receives, including acupuncture, massage, and other types of therapies, the more in touch one becomes with one’s body.

This deeper understanding can also be obtained through other methods, such as meditation, qi gong, and tai chi. Part of our mission at Cloud Gate is to help our patients get out of their heads and back into their bodies.

This signifies another transition that is important when it comes to being present while listening to and honoring our bodies.

Cloud Gate is about transition. About a journey - to pass through the gate, decide to be more active in your healing process, and address your health concerns. And we’ll be here to help you in any way we can along your journey to better health.