When they founded Hirsh Chiropractic Center in 1987, Doctors of Chiropractic Don and Susan Hirsh had a straightforward mission: to improve their patients' quality of life. They did this by not only resolving pain but by helping patients achieve their full physical potential. Today, Dr. Don Hirsh continues to specialize in correcting postural problems with adjustments—helping relieve existing spinal and musculoskeletal pain in the back, neck, shoulder and knees in addition to headaches—and helping prevent future health problems from arising. Dr. Susan Hirsh also runs a successful weight-loss program.
The holistic instructors at the Tai Sophia Institute spread health-minded minds with a generous helping of salubrious knowledge. Skilled staff members demonstrate the execution of whole-food recipes with engaging instructions and samples to occupy wagging tongues. Soak up seasonal, antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables, and beans assembled in flavorful concoctions that can be easily replicated in home kitchens. As an aid to healthful recipes, each client will walk away with printed info to guide healthy lifestyle changes and a nutritional cleanse.
Licensed acupuncturist Andy Mo has a PhD in Oriental Medicine and employs holistic treatments to restore whole-body harmony to patients at AJ Acupuncture Clinic. Born and raised in Korea, he learned the ancient techniques of acupuncture theory from his uncle, also a trained acupuncturist. Every new patient visit begins with an in-depth interview and exam, allowing him to understand the client’s health history and current concerns. Dr. Mo then determines the correct course of action for conditions such as sports injuries, arthritis, diabetes, stress, and neck injury from wearing steel fedoras. If Dr. Mo feels that acupuncture will be effective, he places small, sterile, one-use stainless-steel needles at specific points on the body in an effort to unblock energy pathways, a natural way to maintain health and well-being. In addition to acupuncture, he also prescribes herbal medicine, and triggers healing with the firm pressure of acupressure and the vacuum of cupping.
Dr. Steven Mahoney has always wanted to help people. From his graduate studies in chiropractic to his continuing education in body function and nutrition, Dr. Mahoney has focused his efforts on improving his patients' quality of life. Today, Atlas Family Chiropractic Center is one of the largest practices in Howard County, and his chiropractic-massage therapy has helped scores of clients recover from pain. The procedure purges the body of unwanted toxins in the muscles by improving circulation, and a firm touch alleviates soft-tissue injuries as well as less-tangible symptoms, such as headaches or stuck-on backpacks.
Awaken Wellness cares for its patrons' holistic health with a combination of alternative health services alongside a smorgasbord of yoga classes. The yoga studio's flexible schedule accommodates lunchtime wellness warriors, evening yogis, and gurus whose houses perch on the edge of space and time. Experienced teachers guide each class of about 18 students with a focus on community and human connection alongside careful instruction in the Hatha yoga tradition. Due to the small class sizes, each student receives individualized attention during sessions, allowing for instructors to correct form and provide adjustments for newer or more experienced students. The Gentle Yoga class leads pupils through a lower-impact routine that moves at a relaxed pace, while Yoga 2 concentrates on honing the skills of more experienced students by practicing alignment and delving into more challenging poses, such as the downward-facing Sunday crossword.
A collective of detoxification, Reiki, and reflexology specialists—as well as experts in other holistic disciplines—construct the treatment catalog of wellness therapies at Nourishing Journey. The practice specializes in thorough detox programs, which are half- to five-day regimens that combine several services in a way that encourages maximum expulsion of toxins and intracellular cobwebs. Craniosacral therapy, detoxifying ionic footbaths, colon hydrotherapy, and naturopathic consultations are used to help bodies heal themselves, restoring balance to stressed and misaligned systems. During classes and workshops, the holistic pros share their wisdom with attendees and supplement the educational resources already collected on the practice's website.
Dr. Steven Horwitz, who was recently named one of the area's top chiropractors by the Washingtonian, and kettlebell instructor Jason Schreiber lead Capital Sports Injury Center’s Maryland Kettlebells classes with experience and contagious motivation. A graduate of Cornell University and the National College of Chiropractic, Dr. Horwitz is a former bodybuilder, and Schreiber is a martial-arts expert and amateur powerlifter. Both are skilled trainers who help kettlebell participants efficiently lose fat, build strength, and increase flexibility. Small class sizes ensure members receive individual attention while maximizing the benefits of kettlebell-swinging motions and fluid body movements. Thanks to the extended center of gravity on a kettlebell, fitness fans receive a full-body workout that strengthens the core, improves posture, and increases cannon-loading abilities twofold.