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Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Alicia DeMartin, MSOM, LAc
James Duffy, MD, FANPA, FAAHPM, DABMA
Acupuncture is a form of Alternative Medicine and a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force through pathways or meridians in the body. Treatment involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through the skin at strategic points of the body. By inserting needles into specific points along the meridians, acupuncture practitioners re-balance the energy flow. Because the goal of acupuncture is to promote and restore the balance of energy, the benefits of acupuncture can extend to a wide variety of conditions, from emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression to digestive complaints such as nausea, vomiting and IBS. It can be beneficial for pain due to an injury or associated with chronic degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. It can also be helpful in treating neurological problems like migraines. Respiratory conditions, including sinusitis and asthma have been relieved with acupuncture, as have many gynecologic disorders and infertility. Acupuncture has also proved beneficial for reducing fatigue and addictions, and for promoting overall well-being.
Neuroacupuncture is a cutting-edge, contemporary acupuncture technique integrating traditional Chinese needling methods and Scalp Acupuncture with Western medical knowledge of representative areas of the cerebral cortex, neurology, neuroscience, and neurological rehabilitation.
Neuroacupuncture is an evidence-based, advanced skill. Neuroacupuncture is most effective in the treatment of acute and chronic central nervous system disorders. (including: PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety & depression, chronic pain, motor neuron disease, shingles, traumatic brain injury, paralysis, MS, autism, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington disease, Epilepsy, essential tremor, Bell’s palsy, post-stroke recovery) Neuroacupuncture is well-tolerated by patients, often producing remarkable results with just a few needles.
Dr. Suzanne Murphy, DC
Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine mostly concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. The most common chiropractic treatment technique involves manual therapy, especially spinal manipulation therapy (SMT,) manipulations of other joints and soft tissues. Chiropractors treat hundreds of conditions related to the spine, symptoms for which are evident in most areas of the body. Some of the most common are: neck pain, back pain, chronic pain, herniated discs, migraines & sciatica.
Couples & Family Counseling
Elizabeth Hale-Rose, LCSW, CPC
Sandra Daignault, LCSW
Couples and Family Counseling helps recognize and resolve conflicts and improve relationships. Through counseling, you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding and strengthening your relationship or going your separate ways. Some individuals seek couples counseling to strengthen their partnership and gain a better understanding of each other.
In other cases, couples seek counseling to improve a troubled relationship. You can use marriage counseling to help with many specific issues, including:
•Individual psychological problems
Elizabeth Hale-Rose, LCSW, CPC
Mindfulness is a practice that comes from a variety of contemplative traditions throughout history. It is a way of paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, body sensations and environment from moment to moment with curious, kind and non-judgmental attention. This way of being allows the body’s natural healing mechanisms to function fully, establishing better health, well-being, balance and calmness. Mindfulness is a skill and can be learned systematically, and people of any age, profession or background can incorporate it into their daily life.
The benefits include:
•Increased resilience to life’s up and downs
•Increased energy and reduced feelings of fatigue
•Increased focus, clarity of mind and more creative productivity
•Improved performance at work and home and during sports and leisure time
•Reduced stress, anxiety and depression
•Improved sleep patterns
•Lowered blood pressure
•Relief of headaches and migraines
•Strengthened immune system
•Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
•Reduced use of alcohol, cigarettes and drugs
•Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
•Easing of muscular tension
•Better pain control
•Relief of symptoms of asthma
•Alleviation of Pre-Menstrual Symptoms
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling
Joanna Crowell, MS, LPS, LADC
Drug abuse is thought to be a maladaptive means of coping with life problems that often become habitual and lead to progressive deterioration.
Addiction Counseling addresses the symptoms of drug addiction and related areas of impaired functioning and will structure an ongoing recovery program. Addiction counseling works by first helping the client recognize the problem and associated irrational thinking. Next, abstinence is encouraged. And finally, necessary psychosocial skills and spiritual development are taught to help continue lifelong recovery.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Joanna Crowell, MS, LPS, LADC
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy in which the person being treated is asked to recall distressing images while generating one type of bilateral sensory input, such as side-to-side eye movements or hand tapping. It is included in several guidelines for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD,) panic attacks, disturbing memories, anxiety, stress, addictions, phobias, abuse, personality disorders, and body dysmorphic disorders.
Sandy Daignault, LCSW
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most commonly practiced forms of psychotherapy today. This evidence based treatment focus is on helping people learn how their thoughts can influence their feelings and behaviors for a more positive outcome in life.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Sandy Daignault, LCSW
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is the combined use of various evidence-based therapies. DBT therapies use cognitive behavioral skills training (CBT), teach mindfulness, impulse control and self care skills. It helps the person identify triggers for self defeating behaviors. DBT focuses on acceptance and making a commitment to make things better. DBT has been proven to be very effective in helping people with personality disorders, mood disorders, addiction issues and trauma. This therapy perspective asks the person to work with their therapist to “ create a life that is worth living.”
Disordered Eating & Body Image Therapy
Comer Rudd-Gates, NCC, ATR, LPC, CEDS
Eating disorders are serious health conditions that can be both physically and emotionally destructive. People with eating disorders need to seek professional help. Early diagnosis and intervention may enhance recovery. Eating disorders can become chronic, debilitating, and even life-threatening conditions.
What Does Treatment of an Eating Disorder Involve?
The most effective and long-lasting treatment for an eating disorder is some form of psychotherapy or psychological counseling, coupled with careful attention to medical and nutritional needs. This treatment will be tailored to the individual and will vary according to both the severity of the disorder and the patient’s particular problems, needs, and strengths.The individual needs to learn how to live peacefully and healthfully with food and with her or himself.
Expressive Art Therapy
Comer Rudd-Gates, NCC, ATR, LPC, CEDS
Expressive Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy using the art-making process as a therapeutic treatment. During this therapy, the therapist facilitates the creative process to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and additions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety or increase self-esteem.
The purpose of Expressive Art Therapy is essentially one of healing, and is commonly used to treat physical, mental or emotional problems, diseases and disorders.
Mental Health Counseling
Sarah Faucher, LPC, MA
Many individuals face mental health challenges throughout their life. Such struggles can include anxiety, depression, grief, addition, and difficulty coping with life’s stresses and challenges.
If you are experiencing any of the following, you may benefit from Mental
•Repeated, uncontrollable thoughts or memories related to a recent traumatic experience
•Life seems intense and unmanageable
•Uninterested in things you used to enjoy and disconnected from the people around you
•Using substances to cope with your problems
•Your anxiety feels overwhelming
•Relationships feel strained and not what they used to be
You do not need to be experiencing symptoms of a psychological disorder to seek help from a mental health professional. They can help you with a wide range of concerns, from stress to relationships. Whether your goal is to gain insight into your own behaviors, become a better spouse or parent, or become more motivated to achieve your goals, consulting a mental health professional can help.
Brigitta Jansen, MS, CN
Functional Nutrition is a science-based, patient-centered approach to achieving and maintaining excellent health. It is an integrated and personalized approach to nutrition, health, and healing. The philosophy centers around a holistic, “Food as Medicine” approach to wellness, and is based firmly in the Integrative Medicine model. Whole-food therapies, targeted supplements, and mind-body modalities form the basis of “Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy.” It is a model of health care that addresses the causes of disease and dysfunction rather than suppressing symptoms and actively supports whole-person wellness.
Betty Hamilton, RN, BSN, MA, CCH, CYT, R.M.T.
To understand Hypnosis, you must understand the mind has two parts, the conscious and the subconscious. The conscious part holds our temporary memory such as our will power, logic, and rational thinking. Our subconscious mind is our permanent memory that controls our emotions, habits, and instincts. Also, between the two is our critical faculty or our intuition/voice that speaks to us. During hypnosis, a person is put into an alpha state or dreamy state where the critical voice can be bypassed, allowing results to occur. This state allows the body to relax, and the mind to focus intently on the words from the hypnotherapist. The more the body is relaxed, the more the mind is open to receiving suggestion
Today, hypnosis is an alternative method to successfully treat many types of concerns and help to control phobias, lose weight, quit smoking, reduce stress, reduce pain, regain lost memory, manage sleep disorders and more.
Ellen Wasyl, MBA, CLC
Coaching is based on mutual trust and respect, it’s conducted through one-on-one interactions, “a choreography of life one conversation at a time,” working in partnership to develop a coaching model and approach that is most advantageous to achieving the clients desired outcomes. A professionally trained coach acts as a motivator, an educator and an accountability partner to support individuals who embark on their transformative journeys, motivating you to achieve extraordinary and sustainable results.
The objectives as a coach, are to invite curiosity through powerful questions, inspire deep insights, and create space for self-reflection and awareness around energy levels, somatic expression, core beliefs, values, thoughts, judgments, and behaviors to:
•Access the power of choice.
•Overcoming obstacles – break through resistance, blind-spots, and limiting beliefs or negative self-talk.
•Release “old story” and view your life through alternate lenses of focus.
•Identify and harness personal strengths.
•Connect your passions, purpose, values, and goals.
•Practice resilience – reaction, response, and recovery.
•Develop and hold onto an optimistic perspective – exploring all life events as either gifts or opportunities as an opening for positive change.
•Increase your overall well-being and levels of satisfaction and accomplishment.
•Savor your life right now, perfect in its imperfections, in your pursuit of happiness.
Reiki and Energy Work
Debbie Sodergren, R.M.T
Reiki is a form of alternative medicine and spiritual practice developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. This energy therapy uses a technique commonly called palm healing or hands-on-healing. With this technique, practitioners believe they are transferring universal energy, Reiki, in the form of qi through the palms resulting in a state of equilibrium. This energy therapy uses a light or near-body touch to influence the energy field that penetrates and surrounds the body. This type of treatment is used to treat many ailments. Most common are chronic pain, headaches, migraines, anxiety and sleep disturbances.
Energy Medicine unblocks stagnant energy and restores vitality by amplifying the body’s natural health and healing ability. Energy medicine is considered a form of complementary medicine. As seen in its natural healing methods, Energy Medicine views energy as a living, dynamic force which can directly affect health and happiness. In traditional Chinese medicine, this energy is called Qi (pronounced ‘chee’.) Healing through energy assumes there is a natural flow of these subtle energies and when illness occurs, they believe that their patient is in a state of imbalance with their Qi or life force energy blocked or obstructed. Healing through energy was observed thousands of years ago by Chinese healers who identified 12 major meridians or pathways of energy in the body. Energy Medicine can also be traced back to 3000 b.c. within Ayurvedic medicine. These ancient sciences discovered that we indeed do have a subtle energy system that runs through the body.
Main Benefits of Energy Medicine:
•Identifying stagnant and stuck energy patterns (habits)
•Addressing root and causative factors more directly
•Replacing-redirecting-redeeming and removing imbalances out of your body and field altogether
Energy Medicine is a Bridge to:
•Greater self-sensitivity, courage and confidence about energies moving in your own body
•Developing skills to move and manage invisible energy in your self
•“Reading” your own energy, learning the read the messages from your body
•Develop intuitive insights and connect with your own inner healer
•Whole-brainedness: connecting energy, awareness and healthy self-love
Beth Jezyk, LMT
Dana Perun, LMT
Tracee Dolan, LMT
Jennifer Truken, LMT
Melissa Strobel, LMT
Brian Gordon, LMT
60 Minute $115 90 Minute $165
Unwind and revitalize your senses with our full body swedish massage. Infused with our custom aromatherapy blend, this treatment is sure to transport you to a tranquil state of relaxation.
Deep Tissue Massage
60 Minute $125 90 Minute $175
Find relief from chronic pain and tension caused by stress, injury or overworked muscles. This therapeutic massage focuses on specific problem areas with custom pressure to alleviate aches and pains.
Hot Stone Massage
60 Minute $125 90 Minute $175
The power of heat is combined with traditional massage techniques to release muscle tension and melt away stress.
60 Minutes $115
This treatment is designed to soothe, comfort and meet the needs of moms-to-be.
Must be past your first trimester
60 Minute $130
Cupping Therapy is believed to help reduce joint and muscle pain, improve circulation & eliminate toxins. This treatment uses cups placed on the skin creating suction, hence the signature circular marks.
One of the best deep-tissue therapies available
60 Minute $130 90 Minute $180
This detoxifying treatment is a form of Ayurvedic medicine that involves choreographed massage of the body with large amounts of warm, dosha specific oil. The oil is pre-medicated with herbs for specific conditions that penetrates deep into the tissues to loosen toxins at a cellular level,restoring vital energy.
Great for those who suffer from Lyme Disease
60 Minutes $115
Reflexology focuses on pressure points within the reflex zones of your feet to restore a balanced flow of energy and create a sense of body integrity.
60 Minute $130
This healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine is known to produce an anti-inflammatory & immune protective effect that remain for days following a single treatment.Red marks, known as“sha,”will appear and last for a couple of days.
Often you will only need one treatment to relieve back pain
Kansa Hand or Foot Treatment
30 Minutes $60 60 Minutes $115
This Ayurvedic treatment has many physical and mental benefits. In addition to relaxing overworked hands and feet, it enhances joint mobility, helps detoxify the body, improves sleep, restores balance and reduces stress & anxiety.
Revitalizing Aromatherapy Wrap
60 Minutes $125
Experience a unique dry brush exfoliation to increase overall circulation of the skin and our custom aromatherapy blend wrap to replenish hydration and soothe your skin.
Infrared Sauna Benefits
Sweating is one of the body’s most natural ways to eliminate toxins, making it a crucial part of detoxification. When compared to traditional Swedish saunas, infrared saunas allow you to eliminate about seven times more toxins.
Infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. The heat generated by the sauna will also help to relax muscles and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to relax and de-stress.
3. Pain Relief
If you suffer from muscle aches or joint pain, infrared saunas can relieve this form of inflammation by increasing circulation and relaxing your muscles.
4. Weight Loss
The heat generated by an infrared sauna will cause your core temperature to increase, which can also lead to an increased heart rate — the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising. When your body has to work harder to lower your core temperature or keep up with an increased heart rate, your body will burn more calories, resulting in weight loss. An article, titled Effect of Sweating, in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that a 30-minute infrared sauna session could burn roughly 600 calories.
5. Improved Circulation
As the heat from infrared saunas increases your core body temperature, your circulation will increase along with it. Consistent infrared sauna sessions can stimulate blood flow, improve muscle recovery, and decrease pain and inflammation after intense exercise.
6. Skin Purification
Infrared sauna technology can help purify your skin by eliminating toxins from your pores and increasing circulation, resulting in clearer, softer, and healthier-looking skin.
Infrared Sauna Packages:
60 minute Sauna Session $60
5 Sessions $135 ($150 Value $15 Savings)
10 Sessions $255 ($300 Value $45 Savings)
15 Sessions $360 ($450 Value $90 Savings)
Monthly Unlimited $99/month