Licensed acupuncturist Sarah Kay Roell is passionate about learning. After graduating magna cum laude from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine with her Masters in acupuncture, she went on to complete a yearlong clinic internship before she went to China to study the ancient art for four weeks. Sarah was drawn to the 5,000 year-old form of treatment after acupuncture helped her overcome carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches. Since then, she has been dedicated to learning as much as she can about holistic healing and the lifestyle needed to live past 5,000 years old.
At her wellness clinic, Sarah crafts custom treatment plans that address each client's specific ailments. In addition to acupuncture, alternative treatments can include Fire Cupping, which uses heat to encourage the body's energy flow, and moxibustion, a treatment that achieves similar results but through the application of heated herbs.
Having studied Shiatsu with Kadoya Sensei in Tokyo, Buddhist techniques of Soku Shin Do and Ra Kuken Ho in Columbus, and abdominal Arvigo techniques in Belize since becoming a licensed massage therapist (LMT) in 1995, Barbara Jones has acquired effective massage techniques from all over the world, which she has used to win several underground mixed-massage-arts tournaments. Though she won't bring all of these globe-trotting styles into play during the massage in today's Groupon, you can still expect a wide variety. Because the source of each client's stress is as subtly different as his or her interpretation of the final episode of The Prisoner, Jones typically mixes and matches several massage styles, including deep tissue, Swedish relaxation, trigger point, acupressure, and more.
For more than a decade, the acupuncturists and health professionals at Acupuncture & NAET Clinic have used traditional Eastern medicine to help clients on their path to wellness. Their techniques and treatments aid patients as they work to quit smoking, lose weight, lessen pain, and eliminate allergies. Using techniques and treatments such as cupping, qi gong, and acupuncture, the staff redirects energy throughout the body without relying on cumbersome traffic cones.
Urban Acupuncture Center grew out of the shared vision of three friends. Licensed acupuncturists Steve Drugan, Sue Bowlus, and Linda Chun were passionate about the ancient Chinese technique's potential to heal?especially after finding personal relief from conditions such as migraines and sciatica?and wanted to make it accessible to more people. After learning that clinics across the country were offering services on a sliding scale, the trio took a trip to Detroit to visit three community acupuncture centers. They saw people from all walks of life receiving acupuncture treatments together, and, recognizing the need for a similar establishment in Ohio, decided to found their own community-minded clinic.
Today, within the center's open, communal setting, patients relax in cushy leather recliners among Asian-inspired room dividers and multimedia works crafted by local artists while thin, sterile needles alleviate the stresses and imbalances that leave bodies low. Patients await treatment on the reception area?s pew-like bench beside a trickling fountain, where they can focus on centering their energies or finding the moisture needed to affix a temporary tattoo.
Even as a child, Christina Wallace knew that she wanted to heal people. So it was natural for her to opt to study premed at UC Berkeley in California. However, her focus shifted from Western medicine to traditional Chinese medicine after being involved in a serious car accident her senior year of college. Suffering from debilitating headaches and vertigo, Christina found no relief from medical doctors. She soon turned to acupuncture, and within weeks, her health returned. Today, she draws on that experience—as well as her studies in Beijing—to treat others suffering ailments, from headaches and vertigo to emotional distress, digestive issues, and back pain.
Some time ago, a martial-arts teacher bestowed the values and methods of Eastern healing practices on Chris Aul, the founder of Columbus Acupuncture & Wellness Center. Chris, who struggled with illness in his younger years, called upon the lessons learned during those days in China to eventually become a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist. Today, he utilizes this knowledge as he rebalances clients with acupuncture techniques. He also dispenses nutritional advice designed to aid in recovery, support ongoing wellness, and discourage the consumption of icky-tasting, yellow Lego blocks.