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.
Guided by family traditions of holistic medicine and respect for nature, Pamela Reynolds helps restore her client's health at Inspired Thru Nature, a natural health center that specializes in colon hydrotherapy. A family history of digestive disorders informs Pamela's practice, and many of her treatments aim to detox the digestive tract and return the body to its natural, healthy state through methods such as ionic footbaths, infrared-sauna sessions, body wraps, and ear candling. Irodology, one of Pamela's signature treatments, uses noninvasive technology to examine the iris, which provides pointed insights into overall health and celebrity-lookalike matches.
Though she devotes much of her free time to running, cycling, and loving animals, Doctor of Chiropractic Ginger Pellerin devotes her office hours to maintaining healthy backs and bodies. Wielding certifications in chiropractic sports medicine, prenatal and pediatric chiropractic, and the Webster technique, she addresses spinal ailments with a long-term aim to—in the words of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges—help the body "heal itself without the use of drugs and surgery." To ensure a thorough approach, she and her staffers often complement their treatments with secondary medical evaluations. When clients first arrive at Pellerin Chiropractic, they're ushered into private treatment rooms for initial consultations that explore health history, identify current issues and concerns, and introduce treatment options. Next comes an exam to pinpoint affected vertebrae and soft tissues that lack the strength to speak up for themselves. The doctors use spinal adjustments and soft-tissue therapy to reduce symptomatic stress on the first visit, and reveal complete findings from the exam and any x-rays on the second visit. During additional sessions, they discuss long-term treatments to help relieve spinal stress, heal tissues, and normalize bodily functions; they might also work their patients' joints using extended physical therapy.
When clients are candid about their needs, licensed massage therapist Abria Ebright can cherry-pick massage modalities that fit their preferences––and that's when best results are achieved. Abria may access lower later muscles––or fascia––with firm deep-tissue bodywork, or administer more energy-based healing with reflexology or shiatsu techniques. Abria also offers hot-stone massages to help improve clients’ range of motion, and promote blood circulation in wooden marionettes that have dreams of becoming human.
Blueberry Gardens' seasoned instructors cultivate whole-body health with a schedule of multi-level classes inspired by ParaYoga, Anusara, and body-balance methods. A composite of breath and movement, ParaYoga challenges students to prod the body's upper limits of flexibility and strength through vigorous postures such as downward dog, dolphin plank, and recumbent Andrew Carnegie. Fueled by an uplifting philosophy, Anusara yoga encourages students to honor their differences, limitations, and talents, and body-balance yoga integrates the body and mind through asanas inspired by Protean animorphs. Each 90-minute class includes mats and props and, if missed, can be substituted in any of the other summer sessions.