Our name Sowa Wellness pays homage to our roots in Traditional Tibetan Medicine which is known as Sowa Rigpa. Sowa means healing, restoring or nourishing, while Rigpa means knowledge or science. Thus, Tibetan Medicine is known as Sowa Rigpa or the “Science of Healing”. Tibetan Medicine is one of the world’s rich and ancient medical traditions. It offers a wealth of theory, practical methods and philosophy to help people achieve long life, health, success, wisdom and happiness. Tibetan Medicine is the original integrative healthcare. Health and wellness has always been one of the pinnacles of Tibetan cultural values for thousands of year, so much so that Tibet integrated all the medical knowledge from the major surrounding civilizations of the East including China, India, Greek and Persia into its own. In that spirit, we strive to continue integrating all the health and wellness knowledge available of our times into models that work effectively for modern day people and their lifestyles. As a local Bay Area company, we are rooted in San Francisco’s proud legacy as a leader in holistic health, innovative science and cultural diversity. It is the perfect ecosystem in which to offer integrative Eastern Medicine, holistic health and wellness services.
We recognized the immense beauty and value in Tibetan Medicine and other Eastern Medicine traditions. We see how traditional Eastern Medicine can work collaboratively with modern medicine and holistic health practice to educate and empower our communities towards a healthy, successful future. Our mission with Sowa Wellness is to connect our San Francisco Bay Area clients with professional practitioners of holistic health, wellness and Eastern Medicine modalities. We seek to help integrate these practices into the spectrum of today’s health and wellness discussion. To further our mission, we recently brought Sowa Wellness under Wellness On the Spot, LLC. This enables us to offer even more services and reach more people across the Bay Area. At Sowa Wellness, operated by Wellness On the Spot LLC, we customize and optimize our clients’ access to powerful tools for health and wellness.
Sowa Wellness connects holistic healthcare and wellness professionals to the companies and communities of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our team of dedicated, expert practitioners offer a variety of specialties in holistic health, Eastern Medicine and wellness care. We service corporate teams, private clients and local communities across the San Francisco Bay Area. Sowa Wellness works with the model of mobile wellness services, the way Tibetan Medicine practitioners reached their patients in rural mountain regions and which is now an integral part of modern health and wellness practice convenient for the modern lifestyle. We provide customized wellness packages to corporate and private clients through our holistic healthcare membership packages and mobile wellness services.
Matthew Schmookler, Founding Director
Matthew Schmookler is the co-founder of Sowa Wellness and co-owner of Wellness On the Spot LLC. Matthew has over a decade of experience in holistic health and wellness practice. He is a California Certified Massage Therapist and has practiced massage therapy in multiple states and internationally.
Matthew Schmookler was born in Berkeley, the heart of the San Francisco East Bay Area. He was raised with a deep connection to the local ecosystem of arts, culture and activism. He began a lifetime journey in healing arts as a Massage Therapist and Reiki practitioner. In the early millennium Matthew discovered a strong connection to the rich and profound mindfulness based teachings of the late, great Dzogchen Teacher, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. Through this path of presence and awareness, Matthew dedicated his career to study the ancient healing science of Traditional Tibetan Medicine, known as “Sowa Rigpa”.
Matthew received his Graduate Degree in Tibetan Medicine Studies from the Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine. There he studied under the celebrated Tibetan physician Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo. He then spent several months interning with master Tibetan Medicine doctors at the Tso Ngon Tibetan Medicine College at Qinghai University. Matthew went on to be authroized by Chogyal Namkhai Norbut o teach Tibetan Medicine. He is also a certified Instructor of Tibetan Yantra Yoga, Harmonious Breathing and Khaita Joyful Dances.
Through his international travels, studies and work Matthew developed the strong aspiration to create a business which integrates the ancient philosophies of Tibetan Medicine and Mindfulness with the cutting-edge business of mobile wellness services and corporate wellness. With this idea in mind, Matthew co-founded Sowa Wellness in the San Francisco Bay Area. He now spearheads the operations of Sowa Wellness and Wellness On the Spot LLC, connecting clients with a diverse array of Eastern Medicine-based health and wellness professionals. Matthew practices Traditional Tibetan Medicine and massage therapy, as well as teaching and presenting around the Bay Area and internationally. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine, helping to develop and implement international educational programs. Matthew has offered guest lectures and teachings at venues including Five Branches University, San Francisco State University, Stanford School of Medicine, Smith College, the Berkeley West Coast Dzogchen Community Center, The Richmond Tibetan Community Center, as well as venues in Spain, Italy, Mexico, Moscow and more.
Adam Okerblom, Founding Vice Director
Adam grew up in the Central Coast of California. In his late teens Adam moved to the heart of the redwood coast of far Northern California. There he explored his love for nature, studied world culture and political activism, and pursued his lifetime passion for spiritual practice. While traveling through the rugged Northland of New Zealand, Adam awakened his profound connection to Tibetan Buddhism. He soon after met his Root Teacher, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, the founder of the International Dzogchen Community. Adam’s love of the Dharma Teachings inspired him to pursue a rich career in Eastern Medicine. Adam is the co-founder of Sowa Wellness and co-owner of Wellness On the Spot LLC. He practices and teaches traditional Eastern Medicine in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Adam received his graduate degree in Traditional Tibetan Medicine studies at the Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine. There he studied with celebrated masters of Tibetan Medicine including Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo and Dr. Tenzin Dakpa. He then completed several months of internship at the Tso Ngon Hospital and College of Tibetan Medicine at Qinghai University. During his graduate studies Adam worked practicing massage therapy and as an emergency medical technician. Adam then received his Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College of Berkeley (AIMC). He is now a certified Tibetan Medicine Practitioner, teacher of Tibetan Medicine, licensed Acupuncturist and doctoral candidate at Five Branches University.
The extensive study and practice of Eastern Medicine inspired Adam to co-found Sowa Wellness, with the intention to share these rich healing sciences and philosophies for the benefit of today’s communities. Adam now manages operations at Sowa Wellness and Wellness On the Spot LLC. He practices Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and Tibetan Medicine at East West Integrative Medicine Clinic in San Francisco. He has worked with highly-esteemed Eastern Medicine practitioners in the San Francisco Bay Area including Robert Levine, Kalsang Wangyal and Dr. Yangdron Kalsang of the Kunde Institute. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine, helping develop and implement international educational programs. Adam offers courses and lectures on traditional Eastern Medicine and philosophy. He has taught at various prestigious venues in the Bay Area including Stanford School of Medicine, San Francisco State University, Five Branches University, Alta Bates Hospital, Castro-Mission Health Center and more.