Where it began and what we're about


Barefoot Living Arts was founded by Dr. Mark Romano in 2016. 

Dr. Romano began his journey into the world of health and wellness in the 90's. Familiar with exercise and the physical body from football and other sports, Mark graduated from school with a specialization in exercise physiology. Soon after, he began personal training, which led him to quickly explore chiropractic medicine. Feeling unconvinced that this was the best way to approach health, Dr. Romano continued his search and ultimately came across naturopathy.

He enrolled at the University of Bridgeport, all the while continuing to learn about movement and its role in health and wellness. Mark observed that those patients who participated in some sort of movement in their lives tended to respond better to treatment. From this place of understanding, Dr. Romano found qigong and his teacher Master Li Junfeng, who he has had the honor of studying under. Learning qigong to feel acupuncture points and how to listen to the body has helped Mark be the intuitive practitioner he is today.

Barefoot Living Arts was created on the same premise as Dr. Mark's private practice, to assist people in returning to their natural state. Based off of the concept of Barefoot Doctors in China, the center is a place that provides resources for individuals to reconnect to themselves, not only as individuals but also as a community. Barefoot Living Arts believes that connection is incredibly important in the healing process, therefore we aim to create a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental community. Though group classes as well as individualized treatment, Barefoot Living Arts is a place where individuals are seen, heard, and cared for.

Barefoot Living Arts’ operates out of a philosophy which is based on an integrated model that recognizes both Western and Eastern approaches to well-being. We aim to promote inner peace and help individuals cultivate a calm heart, empty mind and find their flow state through acceptance and surrender. At the same time we address common struggles that individuals share with digestion, sleep, pain management, neurological health and immunity through encouraging change and supporting individuals as they strive to be their best.