Prevention is the Best Cure - Real Support in Real Time
In addition to Acupuncture and Qigong treatments and teaching Dragon’s Way Qigong®, I offer health and wellness support over the phone or computer. Learn new perspectives and practical techniques for supporting your health and well-being.
Heart's Ease Traditional Acupuncture
Natural Approaches to Healing
Partnership in Healing
We all need help in this life.
I am here to support you on your healing journey whether it be on the Body, Mind, or Spirit level.
I have helped people with a wide variety of concerns, among them:
chronic illness, sports injuries, allergies, anxiety, depression, migraine headaches
anger, grief, sadness, excessive worry, digestive issues, acute pain, chronic pain,
breathing difficulties, as well as physical and emotional trauma.
What many of my patients have in common is a willingness to participate
in their health and take responsibility for their well-being.
Whatever the modality of healing, patients benefit most when they are open-minded,
curious, brave, trusting, and committed to heal themselves.
What you will get from me is a dedicated partner in healing
who will listen deeply, meet you where you are,
and always support your highest and best.
Help Yourself at Home
Real Support in Real Time
Energy Healing at the Deepest Levels
Dragon’s Way Qigong®
Be Healthier. Be Stronger
Our Bodies are Wise
Our bodies continually tell us what needs tending. These messages are our body's wisdom communicating to us through symptoms. As you begin to wake up to the wisdom of your body, you have the opportunity to feel better sooner. As you build, balance, and harmonize your body's systems, your innate healing power will support you and your truest self will shine.
I offer a variety of ways to help you on your healing journey.
Feel Better and Live More Fully
At its most basic level, acupuncture helps your body's systems work better. We begin our work together by addressing your physical conditions so deeper healing can begin. Then, we go to the next level to help you identify your body's wisdom expressed through your symptoms. As you begin to feel better, I can help you understand this wisdom on an even deeper energetic level.
As you begin to understand the wisdom of your body, you can begin to make choices about your wellness and become your own "primary care practitioner."
Real Support in Real Time.
Feel Better and Improve your Health via Video Calls on your Phone or Computer
In this unprecedented time, we are being challenged to find new and creative ways to support our health.
I offer support over your phone or computer on a sliding fee scale.
Modern science shows that our health and immune systems are impacted by thoughts and emotions. You know from your own life when you think negative thoughts and your emotions takeover, you feel the impact in your body, as well as your mind. The good news is that you can learn to train your mind to help your health.
Similar to how we would do this face to face during an acupuncture session, we will connect in a "live" session over the phone or computer. I will listen to you to understand your challenges and needs.
We will have conversations during which we will choose ways to help your specific concerns.
I will share with you ways for you to help yourself. This might include new ways of understanding the world, the concept of "Health Consciousness," breathing exercises, life practices, Qigong energy exercises, quantum physics, and whatever else I think will help you.
My goal is to offer you the opportunity to help you help yourself at a fair price. I leave the fee up to you –
you can base it on the value you receive from the session – or you can pay what you are able.
Contact me to learn how we can do this together. My cell phone number is 410-336-5876. My email is .
Natural Healing Without Needles
Medical Qigong therapy, is a powerful form of energy healing which uses the principles of Chinese Medicine (and quantum physics) to restore balance and harmony to your body to help you feel better without the use of acupuncture needles.
Dragon’s Way Qigong®
Feel Better Naturally
Dragon’s Way Qigong® offers tremendous opportunities to regain health. All health issues including weight gain are signs from the body that it’s off balance. We know why and how to help you regain balance, restore quality health and move forward in life feeling great!
During Dragon’s Way sessions you will learn:
1. Wu Ming Qigong Movements- Ten select Wu Ming Qigong movements are the cornerstone of this program’s success. When practiced regularly they have the ability to “clean-up” the body and increase overall energy. These powerful qigong movements are easy to do, can be practiced by everyone, and require no special clothing or special breathing technique.
2. Healthy Eating Plan- Our recommended eating style supports the body’s need for energetic balance. The Dragon’s Way encourages a positive relationship with food and goes well beyond counting calories or portion control.
3. Map for Understanding the Body’s Messages- We teach you how to listen to your body so you can resolve imbalances and continue to enjoy good health far beyond a 6-week program. We use a Five Element perspective and explain why you might have cravings, surging emotions or various discomforts. Check-out the self-assessment quizzes and see if the Dragon’s Way program is right for you.
4. Herbal Supplements- Like foods, herbs also contain a unique blueprint or essence to support the body. Did you know that some of the teas you drink are considered herbs? Some people ask, “Do I have to take herbs?” and the answer is no. However, if you are struggling with many health issues including excess weight, we definitely recommend herbal support.
What They Are Saying
Jefferson is a practitioner that sees the whole picture, and the whole person...
Prior to working with him, I had been suffering from a bad knee and I had been diagnosed by an orthopedist who recommended surgery. After only one treatment, prior to which I had not told Jefferson of my knee problem, all pain and symptoms disappeared, and I now have full functionality with my knee.
My subsequent treatments with him have also been invaluable. And I whole heartedly recommend him to anyone.
Jefferson Breland is a walking welcome! Over the course of 35 years he has been a loving, supportive, inspirational force in my life. His sense of power and self are expressed gently with wisdom, humor and a wealth of lived experience. He has masterfully woven multiple career paths together to create a rich, deep practice in acupuncture and Dragon's Way Qigong. No matter where you are in life, Jefferson respects and believes in your ability to heal.
Gina Pierleoni, Artist, Educator and Creative Consultant
The words we speak become the house we live in. ~Hafiz~
I believe there is possibility for healing in every moment of every day. I have faith in our ability to heal ourselves on every level. I am here to remind you of your inherent healing power.
In the "age of the expert" we have surrendered control of our well-being to a system of medicine that, while very helpful and necessary in many instances, often neglects the "whole of who we are." Through the lens of "Health Consciousness," I offer different perspectives to help you understand what your body is saying and you have everything you need to be well. There is great healing power within you waiting for you to claim it.
There is power in what we say about ourselves and our lives. If you choose, I will help you become aware of the stories you tell that may be limiting your potential or creating unnecessary suffering. These language tools or skills, combined with the tools of Chinese medicine, help to balance and harmonize your Qi, or "life-force." With this new 'tool box" or "medicine pouch" you will develop your capability to heal yourself on the body, mind, and spirit levels and live a more healthy and peaceful life.
How I Got Here
Acupuncture and Me
I came to acupuncture as a patient in 1991. After a two-month-long bout of bronchitis, I had symptoms of asthma. My doctor gave me two inhalers to help me breathe and told me I would be a pulmonary cripple for the rest of my life. This statement scared me and enraged me at the same time.
After about six months of carrying this “cripple” story around, a friend suggested I see her acupuncturist. I had a crush on my friend so I went.
Long story short (details upon request), my symptoms decreased as I continued to receive acupuncture treatments over time as I moved from Baltimore to Pittsburgh to Seattle to Boston to New York and back to Baltimore in 2002. Sometime in that 11-year period, I stopped having any symptoms of asthma. I have not had an inhaler for almost 20 years. Since then I have received regular acupuncture treatments for health maintenance and to address the various health concerns that show up from time to time.
How I came to be an acupuncturist was not exactly a straight line. I have followed my heart time and time again gathering a very diverse set of experiences that led me to study the most beautiful form of medicine I know. Though a confluence of brilliant teachers and opportunities, I decided to spend the rest of my life learning and practicing a medicine that encompasses the full breadth and depth of human experience.
I am a Nationally Board Certified (NCCAOM) acupuncturist currently licensed in Maryland and Pennsylvania. I received my Master of Acupuncture Degree from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute). I continue to study Chinese Medicine as a student of Dr. Nan Lu of the TCM World Foundation and Tao of Healing School.
(By the way, my friend became an acupuncturist in 2001 and we got married in 2003.)