Gary Hopkins can divide his mid-20s in two parts: the time before he discovered self-healing, and the time after he discovered self-healing. Before, overwhelming stress and overworking caused him to suffer from anxiety, insomnia, spinal misalignments, and gout. Then, he started meditating, practicing tai chi and energy healing, and taking natural supplements. Not only did these practices help remedy his ailments, but they also led him to a new career as an intuitive healer. Continuing these studies into his 30s, he added such holistic healing methods as Thai massage and reflexology to his regimen.
For more than 10 years, he’s shared his knowledge through a private practice and at Light Path Discovery Center. He is dedicated to helping others conquer physical, psychological, and emotional issues with carefully honed skills and several bodywork methods he developed on his own. For those unable to visit him personally, Gary has penned two books— The Master Within and Axiatonal Integration —that guide readers as they attempt to unlock their happiness, which is usually kept in a safe and buried under their childhood home.
A licensed pharmacist and clinician, James B. LaValle founded LaValle Metabolic Institute in 2001 to help people discover the benefits of integrated health care. To that end, he has teamed up with Dr. Gary Huber (DO) and assembled a team of experienced medical staff to assist patients to educate clients. They administer nutritional consults and Metabolic Code assessments, which analyze metabolic makeup in order to create a personalized plan for health. The clinic also focuses on hormone-replacement therapy, weight loss, stress and sleep support as well as GI issues.
With two medical degrees—botanical and naturopathic medicine— and 300 hours of acupuncture practice under his lab coat, Dr. Tommy Ray Thompson, DC takes down a slew of maladies and disorders using the holistic healing powers of detoxifying footbaths and acupuncture sessions. Guests can indulge in ancient acupuncture therapy, in which the steady-handed doc carefully places hair-thin needles along specific corporeal points or “channels.” Keen to the subtle pricks, these bodily highways transform into intravenous postmen, sending signals to internal organs via the body’s system of carrier pigeons. Each 20-minute session sends tidal waves of relaxation from head to toe while targeting chronic pain and stress.
Though his title of pain-fellowed physician may sound unpleasant, Dr. Frank Lee’s expertise is the opposite of inflicting pain. Following medical school, he spent four years working in a hospital and mastering the art of pain management so that he can now pinpoint the root of his patients’ discomfort and diffuse it. Dr. Lee works alongside Doctor of Chiropractic Aaron Schrickel at West Chester Pain Management, where they pursue a joint mission to diagnose and treat both acute and chronic spinal pains. Their extensive list of services includes physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, and chiropractic care, which they use to relieve symptoms such as headaches or muscle spasms that only strike at fine-art auctions.
Gravity Spa balances the body and swaddles the aura with a plethora of healing massage style —Swedish, lomi lomi, and healing crystal–performed by the patient paws of licensed massage therapists. The relationship class, a couples' knot-kneading workshop, ignites tea-light romances into flamethrower flirtations with a roughly two-hour-long course on soothing massage techniques and fire-safety guidelines. Or, the less academically inclined can choose to banish muscle tension with a 60-minute four-handed couples' massage, which incorporates warm oil and long strokes as two therapists, one per significant other, work in sync on each side of the body. Circulation may improve and toxins can be released as coupled muscles sleepily surrender memories from remote-control battles and it's-your-turn-to-clean-the-hovercraft debates.