The trained acupuncturists at Acupuncture Together of Austin know that sometimes their speciality seems like something only available at expensive spas. But they also know that the health benefits are both real and wide-ranging, from helping with chronic pain or PMS to minimizing the effects of allergies and digestive disorders. So to make it more accessible to everyone, Ashley O'Brian and Tim Nicosia offer acupuncture sessions in a group setting inside their homey treatment room. The presence of other clothed patients lounging in recliners creates a soothing group dynamic, which helps to quell any uneasiness for first-time customers. In a room filled with meditative music, the acupuncturists place thread-like needles on specific points along the body, but clients can listen to meditative sounds or music of their choice on their own MP3 players. Patients then calmly let energy pathways open as they rest for 30 to 90 minutes.
Licensed and certified acupuncturist Naae Kim prides herself on keeping up to date with the latest nutritional research. For her patients, this is a boon; her nutritional knowledge helps her to understand each patient’s body holistically and plan treatments accordingly. Naae blends Eastern and Western techniques, using acupuncture, herbal therapy, and custom nutritional programs to stimulate the body's own natural healing response. Through holistic healing, Naae aims to discover and uproot the deep causes of maladies, rather than treating the symptoms or ignoring them by covering the affected areas with lace doilies.
At MFC Spine & Sports, Doctor of Chiropractic Eric Murphy and his staff have more than a few pain-relief tricks up their sleeves. Their chiropractic techniques include the Diversified method, trigger-point therapy, and spinal decompression, just to name a few. For patients who want a second helping of holistic treatment, MFC's team also performs massage therapy.
"Our mission is to transform lives and communities through graduate education in Oriental medicine," school president William R. Morris tells AOMA students. These budding practitioners are all working toward a master's degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, studying needle techniques, herbal and mind-body medicine, and Eastern bodywork modalities at one of the largest institutions of its kind in Austin. In 2009, the clinics had more than 20,000 appointments to treat patient ailments ranging from allergies and stress to digestive woes and ice-cream headaches.
Nailin Lu's life changed in 2003, when her son was diagnosed with a serious blood disease. Although she initially sought help from conventional medical practitioners, she eventually expanded her search and introduced traditional Chinese herbal medicine into her son's treatment regimen. When her son recovered one month after beginning to take these Chinese herbs, Nailin knew that she wanted to pursue a career in this form of holistic care and bring relief to clients using natural treatment modalities.
At Lu Acupuncture Center, Nailin takes this approach to restore physical, mental, and emotional balance to people's lives?addressing not only their painful symptoms but also the underlying conditions that cause those symptoms. She uses acupuncture treatments to remove blockages in the natural flow of the body's energies by inserting superfine, single-use needles into strategic points across the body. These treatments aim to jump-start the human body's natural healing processes and help clients overcome the chronic pain or stress they have grown accustomed to experiencing. Traditional Chinese herbal medicine and acupressure sessions round out the center's selection of holistically focused treatment options.
Within Serenity Creek Med Spa, pale-blue walls and contemporary decor surround guests sipping on complimentary coffee and tea. The spa's staff capably perform skin, laser, and beauty-injection services that smoothly escort wrinkles away from the placid surface of each client?s face. Serenity Creek?s secluded location means nosy neighbors and intrusive IRS agents will never discover the secret to clients? eternal youth.