If you've ever gazed into the stitched eyes of a needlepoint narwhal, you've felt the restorative capability of needle arts. Now you can explore the healing power of needle arts without the wasteful excesses of thread with today's Groupon to holistic healing: for $40, you get an hour-long private acupuncture session at Lauren Buckley Acupuncture, an $80 value. Though Lauren Buckley Acupuncture offers community acupuncture in a group setting for an income-based payment of $20 to $40 per session, your Groupon gets you a one-on-one private session. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Knead Body Boutique's self-explanatory name hints at its endeavors: kneading bodies with the aim to relax clients or alleviate achy areas. The staff's techniques run the gamut from a deep-tissue massage and reflexology to the use of heated stones and cupping. Massages, which can last from 15 to 120 minutes, prep bodies for organic body wraps crafted from a mango passion fruit balm, seaweed, or the cocoon of a giant caterpillar.
Holding multiple diplomas in acupuncture and Chinese herbology, Six Fishes Healing Arts founder and head practitioner Cara Frank draws upon three decades of experience to heal patients with Eastern and holistic modalities. Frank and her colleagues Tansy Briggs and Jennifer Harrison specialize in internal medicine, addressing a variety of ailments within an office boasting exposed-brick walls, wisdom-crammed bookshelves, and huge windows swathed with bright red curtains. The trio uses acupuncture, massage, herbs, and nutrition counseling to holistically treat chronic symptoms by aligning the mind, body, and spirit.
Owner and lead therapist Vernell Alexander built AVA wellness to realize a dream she first had in massage school. Today, Alexander spends her days at AVA Wellness helping people feel better. The center recently moved locations and is now inside of SWEAT fitness. The new fitness center features an Asian-themed decorative style and is dimly lit by candles and salt rock lamps. Alexander specializes in massaging away injuries caused by demanding physical activities such as playing sports, dancing, or fleeing from Cujo in nightmares. She also has extensive training in reflexology and prenatal therapy, and has developed a line of antioxidant-rich body products that deeply hydrate the skin during spa packages.
A licensed acupuncturist with the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine, Jason Rinker is qualified to design treatment plans based on holistic assessments of his patients. Patients step into Mr. Rinker's office to discuss their goals for the visit, which can include relief from stress, pain, or inflammation caused by injury or unmediated pride. Treatment plans may cobble together an array of techniques that include acupuncture, cupping, and moxibustion, an herbally based practice.
Mark Rues first became a believer in acupuncture after experiencing its effects firsthand. He now uses this ancient Chinese method at Five CrossRoads Acupuncture to help relieve patients of a variety of ailments—including stress, infertility, and back pain. Using a style developed by Japanese master Kiiko Matsumoto, Rues first performs palpations to uncover the best points for treatment. From there, he inserts hair-thin needles into the skin with the aim of boosting circulation and unblocking energy pathways.