Acu-Na Wellness Center, now located in the Fletcher neighborhood, offers a wide range of wellness services from holistic health consultations to organic day spa treatments––including body scrubs, body wraps, and facials––to fitness courses, wellness consultations and programs, hydration therapy, and acupuncture. To an acupuncturist, the body’s surface is not just skin; it’s a map that can be used to refresh natural functions and mute chronic pains. This is done with very thin needles, which encourage the body to heal when inserted in specific points, a process that many describe as painless and relaxing. This ancient Eastern healing method is just one of the natural modalities that Acu-Na Wellness Center’s primary practitioner Mary J. Houge has mastered. She wields training in Chinese herbs, bodywork, functional nutrition, and lifestyle education to soothe such common bodily issues as neuro-endocrine imbalances to high blood pressure and cholesterol. Along with a team of massage therapists, wellness coaches, hydration specialists, and aestheticians, her associate staff––which includes a Kundalini yoga instructor––Mary helps to support healthy lifestyles by offering a FirstLine therapeutic lifestyle program, as well as an assortment of fitness classes such as personalized wellness coaching and sports nutrition training.
Doctor of Chiropractic Eva Marie Andersson brings 15 years of experience to the alternative therapies practice at Sage Wellness Group. Dr. Andersson is both a certified doula and natural-healthcare specialist with training in herbal therapies, functional endocrinology, and whole-food nutrition. She combines scientific diagnostic testing with natural therapies to provide holistic health treatments for a variety of ailments, including insomnia, cholesterol problems, and anxiety. Beautiful-image treatments can provide quick face-lifts over a lunch break, whereas yoga classes create an atmosphere for meditation and stress relief. Hormone balancing and weight management target physical concerns, whereas real-age testing can help determine whether your 45-year-old neighbor is secretly a 12-year-old.
Under the direction of owner and licensed acupuncturist Amanda Stierwalt, Henderson Acupuncture's holistic healers perform East-infused treatments to alleviate a range of conditions including pain, allergies, and digestion disorders. Licensed and certified acupuncturists probe pelts with thin needles to redirect energy through the proper meridians, reawakening snoozing organs and eliciting a sense of calm more effectively than meditating in the arms of a tree sloth. Sore striations bow down to the dexterous digits of licensed massage therapists, and a cornucopia of Chinese herbs soothes a range of symptoms when taken via powders, liquids, tablets, or osmosis.
The specialists at A to Z Healing can ease pain, boost energy, and minimize allergy symptoms, all relying on their clients' sense of smell. They accomplish this with the help of additive-free doTERRA certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils, which they apply via their signature touch treatments.
A member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Dr. Nicole D’Ippolito seeks to spread good health and wellness in as many ways as she can. In working with her clients, she attempts to find and treat the root of each of their problems, and in the community, she spreads her knowledge through educational workshops, speaking engagements, and outreach as a local and UN ambassador for Foot RX. Along with chiropractic care, the wellness center offers massage therapy, decompression treatments, and the Beautiful Image treatment, a procedure that reduces the appearance of fine lines on the face through noninvasive, microcurrent skin tightening.
Though both are certified by the national and North Carolina boards of chiropractic examiners, chiropractors Kenton and Sara Lawson each bring their own areas of expertise to the examination table. In addition to spinal care, Dr. Kenton takes a natural approach by teaching his patients the importance of diet and exercise in achieving “a greater life expression.” Dr. Sara, meanwhile, enjoys working with expectant mothers and children. She believes that many childhood illnesses could be prevented if spines and nervous systems were cleared of interferences and Lego pieces at a young age. Together, the doctors help bodies to function at their optimal level through noninvasive chiropractic adjustments that resolve, rather than mask, the underlying cause of symptoms.