Healing Alternatives Meditation Center fosters a heightened awareness and deeper relationship with one's own body and mind. Founder Lisa Chapman-Sorci, a certified Komyo Reiki Kai teacher since 2001, employs skills honed in hospitals, wellness institutions, and animal hospitals to calm energy fields with the ancient Japanese practice of reiki. Certified practitioners host weekly introductions to Shoshin meditation held in their comfy meditation room adorned with soft red pillows and floor-to-ceiling windows. Through behavioral therapy and life coaching, certified therapist Alicia O'Hara gives patients the tools to manage day-to-day challenges and offers hypnotherapy as a way to connect with the subconscious mind. Patients also exercise bodies along with minds through yin yoga classes, which allow time to fully explore postures through a gentle soundtrack of one hand clapping.
Doctor of Chiropractic Tony Baratta believes that well-being stems from proper nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, physical fitness, and necessary chiropractic care. Alongside his team of holistic-healthcare experts, he supplements his thorough exams and corrective spinal adjustments with nutritional counseling, lifestyle advice, and massage therapy. His commitment to keeping people well-educated in regards to their health extends to the public realm, where he gives regular lectures, and his collection of online articles, which dole out advice on exercise, healthy-eating habits, and how to contort your way through subway turnstiles.
In the decade since she became a chiropractic doctor, Dr. Debby Welshons has cultivated a client list that includes world-class athletes and the Sac City Roller Derby team. To serve them, she calls upon her holistic approach that involves using a variety of treatments to restore health to the entire body, instead of only backs. Her athlete- or layman-worthy treatments include electrical stimulation, ultrasound therapies, and stretches. Dr. Welshons’ staff also participates in reaching out to a broad base of clients by boasting bilingual status and by sending out carrier pigeons that can haul parcels written in more than just English. The center offers complimentary child care as well.
The staff at Healing Arts Institute instructs aspiring therapists in body work that aims to eliminate pain from the center of the body. Anatomy and physiology classes, classrooms with full-length mirrors, and more than 1,600 square feet of space help interns learn body mechanics. A vast understanding of the body’s inner workings help them as they move from classroom study to the school’s onsite spa, where clients can schedule massages with them or with the school’s experts. Student interns complete over 200 hours of training, and while beginning interns perform gentle Swedish-style massages, more advanced practitioners can quell injuries with their handiwork. Regardless of style, all of Healing Arts Institute’s clients depart from the massage clinic feeling more relaxed than a sloth traveling through a speed trap.
Healing Arts Institute also has a community-acupuncture clinic where a licensed acupuncturist, not a student, inserts needles into several clients at once. Clients lie back in recliners and rest while the needles go to work. Because the acupuncturist can treat multiple people at a time and no private treatment rooms are used, community acupuncture costs less than private acupuncture. It is also the type of acupuncture commonly used in Asia.
Massage therapist Sherri Battle began her education stateside, but her pursuit of authentic Thai-massage techniques eventually led her to the modality’s birthplace—either Thailand or the maternity ward. While abroad, Sherri studied under two bodywork masters, one specialiazing in a type of deep-tissue work known as “nerve touch,” and the other well-versed in northern Thai methods. Sherri eventually loaded her new knowledge into her suitcase, perhaps with miniature shampoo and soap, and returned home to found Sher-Thai Massage. The signature treatment Sherri now uses was pioneered in the third or second century BC by a physician and rumored confidant of Buddha. Based on a matrix of sen lines, which conduct energy throughout the body, the technique releases built-up energy that can cause pain and disease with a blend of acupressure, gentle stretching, and assisted yoga maneuvers. She sometimes augments her treatments with steamed herb packs or a reflexology massage, which only targets the reflex points that connect to the entire body.
Therapists Maude Schellhous and Eve Dias help clients overcome mental hurdles blocking their goals for better lifestyles. Hypnotherapy can help tackle tough goals such as losing weight or alleviating anxiety and depression. Sessions can help clients lose weight by alleviating cravings and the desire for junk food while strengthening the desire to exercise and keep a balanced diet. A tome of testimonials chronicles clients' success in hypnotherapy, from smokers learning to kick the habit to pocket watches overcoming their fear of swinging. During a session, the patient retains total control while the hypnotherapist helps create a sense of relaxation, encouraging the subconscious mind to receive and retain helpful suggestions and affirmations.