At 16, Jenna Syverson could barely lift a glass of water. Her hopes for a collegiate swimming career were also dimming, all because of a shoulder injury that caused intense pain. Her physical therapist, chiropractor, and massage therapist were all flummoxed, but after one session of Rolfing, she was back in the pool with no pain. She continued treatment, swam through her degree in exercise science at the University of New Mexico, and wasted no time enrolling at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration just two weeks after graduation.
Today, she helps others shuffle off pain with Rolfing, a massage modality that focuses on restoring alignment. During first sessions, she assesses each clients’ past and present health, as well as their goals. Patients perform simple balance tests that involve standing, sitting, and dancing the charleston on a treadmill so she can observes patterns of movement that reveal inner misalignments. This guides her bodywork, which focuses on manipulating the fascia to ease nerve inflammation, free restricted tissues, and encourage unimpeded movement.
Wary of criticisms of alternative medicine, the team of Wellness Solutions aim to prove detractors wrong. To do so, they combine holistic healing with modern functional medicine, covering nearly every facet of nonmedical system-based care. Leading the charge is Doctor of Chiropractic Matt French, who uncovers health issues at their source by analyzing clients' lifestyle and level of physical activity, as well as their biochemistry and body mechanics. Based on his findings, he can alleviate pain using manual joint adjustments and scar-tissue release. If extra weight is putting stress on the joints or spine, he can help clients shed pounds with nutrition coaching and weight-loss programs.
French doesn't work alone. Jason Jensen heads up the naturopathic division, treating bodies as whole, interconnected systems with hormone therapy and nutritional and herbal supplements. Meanwhile, Teri Undreiner guides a team of massage therapists in relieving tension and providing a captive audience for hard-up harp ensembles during relaxation, therapeutic, hot-stone, and sports massages.
Jill Kismet sees the body as an ecosystem. When consulting with patients, the licensed acupuncturist applies principles of pattern recognition developed during her 10-year career as an ecologist. She looks to each patient's medical history, lifestyle, and consumption of charcoal for anything that might disturb the body's delicate equilibrium. Working with acupuncture and herbal remedies, she applies her whole-body approach to the treatment of anxiety, depression, and chronic stress. She also relaxes and rejuvenates the face with a cosmetic acupuncture modality called mei zen.
At Bodhi Tree Acupuncture, Kismet cultivates a calming environment. She uses sterilized, single-use needles for all treatments, planting them along the skin as ambient music plays. Herbal eye pads soothe eyes tired from watching the sky for killer birds, and a selection of artisanal green teas from Teance awaits clients after each session.
Shonnie Carson has worn many health-centric hats throughout her career. She has worked as a yoga instructor and a massage therapist, and practiced as a registered nurse for more than 30 years. Today, having added 33 years as a practicing certified advanced Rolfer to her resumé, she draws from her extensive background in traditional and nontraditional health education while performing Rolfing sessions at MyBodyWorks, Inc. Carson's experience enables her to accomplish effective changes in the body structure without discomfort and without the use of external tools. She works her hands, fingers, and elbows to loosen connective tissue and ease chronic discomfort. Results differ for each person, but many report benefits including improved posture and flexibility and less tension, pain, and discomfort.