As your practitioner, I will use my acquired knowledge of Oriental Medicine, my skills of hands on healing and compassionate communication to assist you in achieving your personal optimum health of body mind and spirit.
— Milissa Gillen, L.Ac., MAOM

About Milissa

I first became interested in holistic and natural medicine during my undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I discovered that Chinese Medicine presented the most comprehensive approach to health care based on natural remedies, non invasive therapies and most importantly, activating the body's ability to heal itself. I thus completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree at UCSC with an independent major: Culture, Health and Medicine where I focused on Medical Anthropology, Ethnobotany, Chinese Language and Chinese History. During my studies at UCSC I also became certified in Massage Therapy. To pursue my Graduate studies, I chose the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) near Boston, Massachusetts. NESA has the unique destinction of being the oldest school of Oriental Medicine in the United States. Situated in a mecca of universtitis and hospitals, Boston was the perfect place to cultivate my knowledge. NESA is also the only Oriental Medical College in the country that offers a full program in Japanese Style Acupuncture. In addition to Chinese Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, I completed my Master's Degree in all three majors earning the degree of Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, in 2003. I have continued my study of Chinese Medicine as an apprentice to Dr. Richard Tan of San Diego, CA over the past 10 years. My practice is primarily based on his approach, Balance Method acupuncture. This method is known for its practical approach and very effective results.  

About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one aspect of the ancient Chinese medical system, which dates back more than 3,000 years, and involves the insertion of very fine needles into the surface of the skin at specific acupuncture points. The needles stimulate the superficial layers of fascia and muscle, which the nervous system and brain respond to by signaling the body to do self repair. Thousands of years of practice and research in China, coupled with a philosophy that looks at the human body in a holistic way, has led to the art and science of acupuncture becoming what it is today. There are many different styles of acupuncture that have evolved around the world, influenced by history and culture and as such the field of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has evolved over time. While acupuncture has been adapted for modern application, it has maintained its original integrity in terms of the simple function of helping the body heal itself.


Makia means "energy flows where attention goes". All of life depends on the flow of energy. Even in complete stillness, we have the breath. Where there is no flow of energy, there is blockage, stagnation of the life force, it becomes tangled up and knotted. This lack of smooth energy flow is what we call "dis-ease" in Oriental Medicine. Everyone has "dis-ease" to a certain extent, some more than others. To return our bodies to a fre-flowing state of life energy, we must first pay attention. Awareness that we have an imbalance is the first step to wellness. Next, we must take action. This action is your choice, your intention and your focus on your own health. What is the quality and nature of the breath you are living by? What does your personal perfect picture of health look like?  Makia is a word that I chose to represent my Oriental Medicine practice because I believe that our combined focused energy is what will make your journey to optimal health a success. When "energy flows where attention goes" anything in life that you truly apply this to will happen for you.

Let thy food be thy medicine

and thy medicine be thy food
— Hippocrates

About Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal Medicine dates back more than 5,000 years and the use of plants as medicine in human history dates back 60,000 years. Today, modern practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine are trained to perform a differential diagnosis of the patient's condition and to have a firm grasp of the treatment principals used by Chinese medicine. It is critical that the practitioner understands the properties of the herbs and how they affect the human body when ingested. While acupuncture addresses healing from the "outside" of the body, herbal medicine addresses healing from the "inside". Chinese herbs are used differently than Western herbs in that they are almost never used singularly. The strength of Chinese herbs lies in the power of herbal combinations that work synergistically, antagonistically and harmoniously with each other. Chinese herbs are administered as formulas which are composed of herbal formulas based on classical knowledge, which can be modified to fit the individual person's condition. This results in the formulation of a combination of herbs that is not only unique to you, but unique to the specific time you are being treated.

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Milissa Gillen L.Ac., MAOM






All of life is a tango between fast and slow, dark and light, yin and yang. Yoga is a fun and natural way to balance these polarities. Join me for a custom class based on your unique life style and body type. I have a 500-hour Hatha Yoga certificate recognized by Yoga Alliance. I specialize in Vinyasa Flow (Yang Yoga) and restorative yoga (Yin Yoga). I have an extensive knowledge of the Chakra system and balancing meditations. Together we’ll create a flow unique to your needs. Whether you want to get tone or get grounded, I’m your girl!



(949) 690-4897

Pricing by the hour:

Pricing varies based on number of students.


1 guest 1 hour: $65


2 to 5 guests 1 hour: $49 per person


6 or more guests 1 hour: $29 per person





There is nothing better than being in the surf as the sun dives into the calmed waters of the Pacific Ocean. This is exactly how, Erin, owner of Sunset Stand Up Paddle, fell in love. That love has now transformed into an even bigger passion of stand up paddle and the merging yoga and fitness with paddling.


Erin has been an adventurer from a young age. By the time she was 20 she had already competed internationally for the US Snowboard Team and scaled many shear, granite faces in the majestic landscape of Yosemite.  From those younger years in the mountains her focus turned to yoga. She now has one of the top national certifications through Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 500. Erin has over 10 years of teaching experience and has now turned her focus to bringing the practice of yoga and challenge of fitness out into nature, in the biggest way.


Truly everything becomes magnified on a paddleboard. The most simple of actions and postures change into a full-awareness endeavor to stay in balance and on the board. It’s not just the challenge that is engaging, it’s the fun too! We know that with our growing spectrum of offerings, we will find something that calls to you! Maybe it is a Sunset Paddle chasing the bottlenose dolphins or an early morning SUP Fitness class that melts away all your stress of the work week? Sunset Stand Up's biggest focus is to make stand up paddle accessible for everyone, from elite fitness gurus to those seeing the Pacific for the first time. Say yes, and we promise a memorable excursion.


This summer we are partnering with SUP to YOU, the premeir stand up paddleboard shop in Laguna beach. With our partnership we are able to offer tourists and locals alike the most in depth paddle experience around. From into paddle lessons to sup and sailing half day retreats, we have it all. We can't wait to have you on the water with us. Schedule your experience today!

If I could wish anything for my students, it would be for them to know it’s never too late to be adventurous and explore the boundaries of what is possible inside and out.
— Erin O'Malley


Into to Paddle

SUP Yoga

SUP Fitness

Pee-Wee Paddle (for kids)

Advanced Paddle Technique

Coastline Excursion

SUP and Sailing

Special Occasions 

Private Yoga Instruction


Rates will vary depending on location, event length and number or participants. Please contact Erin for further information and detail.


Hope to see you on the water!


Erin O'Malley