Lindsey Vick, owner of Sunflowers Healing and Wellness, is a jill-of-all-trades in the world of holistic healing. Her r?sum? lists a slew of specialties?certified hypnotist, reiki master, certified birth doula?that attend to both the emotional and physical needs of patrons. At her side is Mark Vick, a Harvard graduate who facilitates couples counseling and life-coaching sessions. Together, they strive to bring positivity into the lives of their clients.
Alexandria's licensed massage therapists come from backgrounds that range from the US Army Reserve to the biomedical division of the Red Cross. They alleviate chronic tension with Swedish and deep-tissue techniques or the light pressure of craniosacral therapy. Therapeutic acupuncture and aromatherapy are also offered along with Rx massages focused on specific afflictions, such as headaches, TMJ, and poor comedic timing.
Instead of relying on a few professionals to oversee a large number of cases, Dr. Victoria Goldsten distributes responsibility among a large team of specialists. When clients need help losing weight, Dr. Goldsten pairs them with a nutritional consultant or body-wrap technician. Those seeking an energy-based approach to healing can meet with a doctor of naturopathology, an acupuncturist, or a reiki healer. The diverse team of specialists is bound together by the eclectic experience of Dr. Goldsten, whose title bears more acronyms than a government phone directory.
Dr. Lisa Wang doesn't just practice Chinese medicine—she also spends her days teaching others about its benefits. As a third-generation doctor of Chinese medicine with more than 35 years of experience, she leads frequent workshops on medicine, tai chi, and meditation and teaches a college course in ancient alternative healthcare. At Wang Wellness Center, she and her team of expert practitioners use all-natural and ancient treatments such as acupuncture, facial massage, ayurvedic medicine, and homeopathy. Treatments such as acupuncture may help with weight loss, symptoms of PTSD, PSM, and menopause. These treatments aid conditions that range from chronic pain to breathing problems to stress from dreams about being trapped inside a hard chocolate shell.
The Terrapin Bar Crawl & Scavenger Hunt sends Maryland fans off to six College Park bars where they enjoy drink specials chased with a healthy dose of friendly competition. Revelers first converge at The Barking Dog, where they prepare for the afternoon’s events with $5 appetizers and $2 rail drinks. Other destinations include Cornerstone Grill and Loft, which offers half-priced burgers and $15 buckets of craft beers, Big Play Sports Bar and Grill, where guests cool off with $3 Coronas after downing $3 shots of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, in addition to Applebee's and R.J. Bentley's. The scavenger hunt begins at 4 p.m., at which time two-person teams race against one another to complete a list of tasks, with the first three teams receiving prizes. Organizers of the event encourage participants to dress up in costumes or Terrapin gear, though, as with an underfunded CSI team, participants must provide their own cameras or phones if they want images of what happened.
At Gifted Hands–Holistic Healings, practitioners delve into the body’s energy and subconscious to elicit the answers found inside. Therapeutic hypnosis sessions employ suggestion therapy to identify and modify harmful behaviors, and reiki and EFT sessions help balance internal energy and release stored negative emotions. Instructors also give students the tools to care for themselves, teaching self-hypnosis techniques that they can perform at home or when a coworker starts reciting the Gettysburg Address in elvish.