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.
A bastion of naturopathy, Elements of Health taps into the body’s innate healing abilities to unblock energy traffic jams and dispel toxic buildup with a variety of holistic treatments. During foot-reflexology sessions, health practitioner Kate Studebaker pores over each foot’s roadmap, pinning pressure points with her digits to release trapped sighs and stimulate circulation. The focused foot kneading alleviates tension throughout the body by activating nervous-system pathways that are said to connect specific areas of the foot to other bodily regions. As Studebaker manipulates and stretches aching arches and tired toes, clients can lay back and let relaxation wash over them or keep hands busy by pitting them against each other in a thumb war.
With a pass to Zumba or Nia dance classes, you get a six-pack of entertaining group classes that harness the expressive power of dance to fuel cardio fitness, weight loss, and newly jazzed hands. If a heavy bag killed your parents, avenge them with the six-week intensive kickboxing cardio class, which, along with boosting the cardiovascular system, lends extreme strength to the muscles required for fist pumping during shredding guitar solos. To target the heart, the whole heart, and a bunch of tubes attached to the heart, take kickboxing to the next level of socially sublimated violence with a duo of Cardio Blast sessions. These high-intensity, 20-minute sessions are one on one and supervised by a trained bag-handler who ensures the use of proper techniques and keeps bags from unleashing their arsenal of hurtful jokes about your mother. Check out the schedule of classes to catch the group wave for cardio classes or group fitness dance sessions.
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.
Brigitta Moskova started her medical education in her homeland of Estonia, studying a range of disciplines and discovering firsthand the healing effects of acupuncture. Now, with a degree from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine and an acupuncturist's license pinned to the wall with needles, Brigitta treats a wide array of conditions with traditional Eastern techniques at 12 Meridians Acupuncture. Massage and acupuncture may relieve stress as well as pain. Her passion for natural medicine also inspires her to hold educational talks on such topics as trigger-point therapy, balancing hormones, and weight loss. She shares the love of acupuncture with fellow coworker Nancy Heimlich, a Licensed Massage Therapist and American Institute of Alternative Medicine graduate who specializes in Deep Tissue and Aromatherapy.