For years, chronic pain plagued Mark Rogers. He’d tried everything—visits to the chiropractor, traditional bodywork, even back surgery. But it wasn’t until he stumbled upon Bowen therapy that he finally found relief. Originating in Australia, Bowenwork shares few characteristics with other forms of bodywork. Instead of subjecting the body to forceful realignment, the methodology incites self-healing with gentle, precise movements aimed at the muscles, tendons, and nerves. During a typical session, the Bowen practitioner will deliver these moves in a series of patterns, stepping out between each series to allow the brain and body time to process the effects. Within an hour, some clients will feel a reprieve from afflictions ranging from back pain to asthma and depression. Mark also specializes in post-concussion symptoms and issues with infertility. According to Mark, the majority of clients notice a change for the better within three to five sessions.
Alpha Lifestyle Center's origins date back to 1986, when the first location in Windsor, Ontario began offering clients the therapeutic benefits of low-level laser treatments. The kindly team of nonmedical specialists wield advanced laser technologies during services designed to achieve weight loss and help smokers finally beat their nicotine addiction. More than 100,000 persons have over the years been nudged toward optimal health via comprehensive programs that utilize the modern magic of laser light energy with added attention to matters of psychological wellness and detoxification, including behavioral-modification techniques and stuffing cigarette papers with menthol-flavored cake frosting.
Though they traffic in Swedish, hot-stone, and shiatsu massages and other traditional forms of bodywork, the therapists at Sacred Garden Healing Arts Center don't confine themselves to conventional treatments in designing their clients' pain-relief regimens. Instead they call upon such alternative therapies as reiki, which involves placing hands over the body's energy centers, and pranic healing, which manipulates the body's life force using a no-touch technique that won't be interrupted by rappers commanding people to throw their hands in the air like they just don't care. The center's treatments are meant to complement one another, so after craniosacral therapy or a Native American raindrop massage, patrons can retire to the salt room, where they can inhale air rich with Dead Sea salt, which can help to clear sinuses and relieve skin problems, among myriad other benefits.
Wayne State University was where Jeffrey Rogers had planned to study sports medicine, but after suffering health problems and witnessing his body’s response to acupuncture treatments, he decided to transfer to the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The change of scenery didn’t alter his goal of helping athletes recover from injuries; it just altered the means of treatment. Today, at Acupuncture Wellness, the board-certified acupuncturist uses fine needles in lieu of surgical tools to treat everything from chronic pain to digestive conditions. Complementary services include moxibustion, cupping, and Chinese herbs that can heal ailments or substitute for basil.
Acupuncturist Soya Lee totes an impressive resumé that includes a master's degree in traditional oriental medicine. This expertise helps her administer tailored homeopathic services that include—in addition to the 2,500-year-old art of acupuncture—moxibustion, cupping, and gua sha. Through Chinese herbs, acupressure points, or stream-of-consciousness poetry, Lee's holistic therapies treat and abate a range of mental and physical conditions.
HealthQuest's nonsurgical treatments have raised many eyebrows in the sports world, especially around the locker rooms at Ford Field. The center often finds itself the temporary home to some of Detroit's gridiron greats, who take advantage of the staff's non-invasive chiropractic treatments—which combine the power of pulsed laser light and traditional chiropractic care to alleviate knots and aches—to stay in Sunday shape. Non-football clients also find relief, consulting with HealthQuest's doctors on treatments to increase blood flow, decrease inflammation, and promote soft tissue healing.