Woodlands Integrative Medicine Associates' certified medical staff helps to contour and fine-tune physiques through comprehensive health care. Since opening in 2004, the center has tightened and toned bodies through cellulite-reducing Endermologie and VelaShape II treatments approved by the FDA. The center also helps to relieve chronic pain by realigning clients' energy with acupuncture or correcting posture with chiropractic care that follows the Lordex system. Developed after 15 years of research, the Lordex system targets lumbar muscles by placing the spinal joint in traction and gently decompressing nerves and disks in the lower back, allowing an increase of circulation to the aching areas and back tattoos.
Sometimes it takes more than medication to heal. That?s why acupuncturist Linda Wentz founded Holistic Touch Center and its mission to help hasten the healing process by offering services that extend beyond the body to incorporate the needs of the mind and spirit. There, Silvy Franco, the center's holistic esthetician, blends years of skin care experience with training in natural health and energy medicine to produce treatments that restore the body while rebalancing the mind and spirit. She reads each client's skin like a map, plotting out appropriate treatment courses that are delivered as part of one of the center's rituals, which include components ranging from traditional facials and detoxifying peels to Vitamin C infusions and cold stone massages. In addition to performing these rituals, Silvy also helps clients adapt these treatments for use in at-home skin care regimens, keeping epidermises glowing and well-adjusted to changes in seasonal weather.
Those interested in acupuncture may enlist in Kirsten Jacob, a trained herbalist who received her Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Han University of Traditional Medicine in Tucson, Az. In addition to specializing in facial-rejuvenation acupuncture treatments, she also possess a background in pediatric respiratory therapy as well as general family treatment. Her specialities include pediatric and family acupuncture, behavioral/learning issues, and stress reduction and internal medicine. Kirsten incorporates classical Chinese botanical therapy into her work, which includes tui na?or Chinese medical/therapeutic massage?cupping, and moxa. When she is not helping her clients attain inner peace through eastern healing techniques, she tends to her kids while indulging in reading, writing, and traveling.
With more than 15 years of experience, Premier Pilates’s head instructor, Rosa McGill, is very familiar with the benefits of Pilates: better range of motion, increased flexibility, better balance and posture, and a stronger core. To help people achieve those benefits, she and her team lead one-on-one and small-group classes with mats and equipment such as Reformers and spine correctors. The staff strive to make Premier Pilates a place for holistic health, offering access to an infrared massage bed, which uses deep-penetrating heat to relax muscles or help snowmen slim down as wheels made of jade roll up and down the body.
Students hoping to one day work in world-class resorts, spas, and hotels or as the head of their own therapeutic practice descend upon Derwen Therapies for classes in everything from aromatherapy to nutrition. This holistic wellness center and reflexology academy offers certification in a number of different fields—including reflexology and anatomy and physiology—and students receive hands-on instruction from professionals within their chosen field.
Owner and acupuncturist Dan Yun began his healing journey studying Western medicine until he met his mother-in-law, Dr. Wang Rim Lee, a well-known South Korean doctor whose Western practice was enhanced by Chinese treatments such as acupuncture and colon hydrotherapy. An inspired Yun began studying Chinese medicine, and he opened D-A-N Wellness Clinic in 2010 to share his knowledge with others. D-A-N Wellness Clinic focuses on three wellness areas: detox, anti-aging, and natural healing.
Due to his multifaceted training, Yun has the unique ability to describe the workings of Chinese medicine using Western terminology. After explaining that chi is the electromagnetic force that runs through every atom, he uses acupuncture to remove roadblocks and traffic cones in the chi pathways and restore balance to the body as a whole. According to Yun, acupuncture can treat almost any condition and is especially effective for pain management, enabling many patients to live free of medication for the first time.
The clinic also offers colon hydrotherapy, often in tandem with acupuncture. Yun says the unwell body is like an infected computer: Acupuncture acts as antivirus software, preventing the resurgence of infection, after colon hydrotherapy flushes out harmful substances before they can steal the client’s contact list. Patients often feel reenergized after treatments due to the removal of toxins and dose of hydration.
Element 5 Om’s owner and licensed acupuncturist Sheri Davidson focuses on making disparate parts work together as a whole. Sheri began her traditional Chinese medical studies in 2000, cultivating a passion for Japanese architecture and martial-arts along the way. Through her studies, Davidson has learned extensively in the fields of Acupuncture, moxibustion training, Chinese herbology, Tai Chi, and Qigong.
Eastern medicine emphasizes a theory of interconnectedness. For example, the lungs affect the kidneys, which in turn affect the heart. To this end, the clinic’s range of services works to bring clients’ bodies into balance, without standard medications or excessive seesaws. Acupuncture guides the body’s energy flow into more healthful patterns by inserting fine needles into certain meridian points on the body. This is believed to stimulate the flow of energy and can treat a variety of chronic medical conditions, along with decreasing chronic pain. During cupping treatments, gentle suction coaxes tight muscles into releasing tension and toxins, whereas one-on-one health-coaching sessions help clients learn to live a life that fosters wellness.