At Peaceful Spirit, owner and licensed massage therapist Mara Concordia and her staff help patients attain improved wellness through therapies that balance their physical and mental energies. To do so, they consult with each client and create tailored, integrative care plans that may draw upon treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and spa therapies. Through such customized care, Peaceful Spirit's practitioners have helped patients overcome everyday ailments as well as manage diseases such as Parkinson's and cancer.
They also focus on teaching clients how to heal themselves through classes in Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese healing philosophy that combines simple movements and attentive breathing in order to cleanse the body and cultivate life force—known as qi or chi. In addition to Peaceful Spirit's five locations, therapists can meet patients in their homes or tree houses.
Saguaro Aquatics' indoor and outdoor swimming pools double as recreational venues and classrooms. Instructors guide swimmers 6 months and older in group or private swimming lessons that cover the techniques for mastering strokes and growing gills. The noncompetitive synchronized-swimming club practices their aquatic art form twice weekly, and boot camp participants jump in and out of the pool for boxing, cardio, and swimming exercises. During Kids' Night Out, little ones enjoy themed games, crafts, and snacks while a projector showcases a kid-appropriate movie on a 15-foot screen. The club recently expanded its portfolio to include the landsport tennis.
At Naturopathic Medicine of Southern Arizona, naturopathic doctor Garrett Smith strives to allay patient maladies and fill noggins with knowledge about illnesses and know-how about treatments. A wide range of services, from weight management and nutrition education to laboratory analysis and low-intensity laser therapy, bolster patient health. The doctor also provides nutrition mediation between children and green beans, and treats chronic diseases or gastrointestinal issues.
The treatment room at Tucson Community Acupuncture almost resembles a literary salon where, after a particularly active discussion, the visitors have all fallen asleep. In reality, they are just relaxing as strategically placed needles work to stimulate their bodies' healing energies. Licensed acupuncturists walk between the plush recliners to seat newcomers, prompting them to roll up their sleeves and pants cuffs for the distal treatment?a discipline that places needles on the hands, feet, and head to relieve nearly any ailing area.
Staffers believe that everyone should have access to their services, not just those who can afford private appointments or aggressive pet hedgehogs. They operate on a sliding-scale-based payment system, enabling clients to pay what they can for each visit. By performing affordable acupuncture in a group setting, the clinic follows Asian traditions of communal healing and helps guests establish a regular habit of receiving treatment. This approach has garnered favorable attention from Arizona Illustrated and Tucson Weekly ?the readers of Tucson Weekly have voted the clinic Best Alternative Health Center for the past five years.
Undoubtedly, the comforting ambiance also serves as a draw. Patients remain in their chairs for as long as they like and can bring personal items, such as iPods, pillows, and miniscule balls of yarn to knit with spare needles. Flexible hours in the morning, afternoon, and evening suit busy schedules seven days a week.
Early on in her career, Stephanie M. Nelson spent three months in China, learning natural healing secrets from the masters themselves and training in acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and massage. The experience inspired her—she realized that most patients were able to receive daily health care, consistent pain management, and free lollipops because costs were low and the spirit of community was high. Now, more than six years later, she channels that same spirit at Lion Acupuncture, Herbs and Massage, where she performs age-old practices such as acupuncture, cupping, and herbal medicine to unblock the body’s flow of chi energy and, as she told TucsonCitizen.com, "help [her patients] overcome obstacles." She also employs more than 16 years of experience in massage therapy to intuit custom strokes for each of her patients, working to dislodge tension and assuage muscular ailments.:m]]
At The Gathering Point Community Acupuncture, state-licensed acupuncturist Michele Smith draws upon a passion for healing as well as a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat her clients. Believing that the root of any ailment is as?if not more?important than its symptoms, Michele uses acupuncture to help clients overcome ailments as diverse as joint pain, headaches, and depression. Michele is also a certified herbologist and practitioner of reflexology and tuina, and she uses all of these methods to help her clients achieve balance and whole-body health. The Gathering Point is able to offer a sliding scale fee for its clients because of its community setting. This means that treatments take place in one big room with a row of comfortable beds, though consultations occur in private rooms so clients can feel comfortable discussing their issues.