Elizabeth Perez and the team at Integrated Holistic Wellness work to balance the body not through drugs, surgeries, or balsa-wood shims, but rather with mind and body therapies such as massage, reflexology, and yoga. Reiki sessions draw upon the positive energy of the universe, whereas meditation hones in on the potential of one's own thoughts and energies. The practitioners here also turn to forces such as sound, vibration, and color to promote self-healing and relaxation.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular service: Weight loss; smoking cessation; anxiety
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A team of highly trained homeopaths use alternative therapies to bring bodies to total wellness. Yoga, hypnosis, and reflexology sessions help alleviate aches, and reiki treatments aim to rebalance the chakras. A nutritional analysis helps clients discover the most beneficial supplements and diets for them, such as a plant-based diet or a diet with only foods that are yellow.
Whispering Willows co-founder Tracy Bester practices and teaches internal energy medicine as a certified holistic therapist and supply vendor at her tranquil Waterloo location. Spirit-placating services at Whispering Willows include an hour-long reflexology treatment ($50) designed to beat tension demons and negative stressors into submission through pressure applied to reflex points in the hands and feet. Reiki, an energy technique that aims to remove physical and emotional blockages from corporeal forms, helps relieve chronic pain, depression, and crippling bouts of swimmer's ear ($65 for a one-hour treatment). Hypnosis ($120 for 90 minutes) and past-life regression therapy are also available, taking guests down a memory lane paved with images of embarrassing talent show dance routines. Rounding out Tracy’s menu of spiritual desserts is the peanut butter-chocolate triple-blast fudge milkshake equivalent: the 30-minute IonSpa Foot Cleanse ($39.99), which uses the healing power of ionized water and magnetic energy to draw negative hype away from paparazzi-stricken toes.
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis doesn't put people to sleep. Instead, a hypnotist guides the client's mind into the realm of the subconscious to discover and dissipate bad habits, traumatic memories, or stress. Great Lakes Hypnosis strives to do just that with every session. Likening it to flipping a switch within the brain, the hypnotist leads the mind's subconscious captain to smoke-free or anger-free waters. Great Lakes Hypnosis also helps with dietary and lifestyle habits, and clients often leave with healthy brain food, such as a relaxation CD that plies their ears with the tranquil noises of nature.
Since its founding in 1987, Living Lite's weight-loss program has helped thousands of people slim down quickly and almost effortlessly. Instead of simply telling clients to change their eating habits, its practitioners use hypnotic suggestion to root newer, healthier behaviors in the subconscious brains. Clients find themselves exercising regularly and picking more wholesome foods without ever having to think about it consciously. Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis does not induce amnesia, and participants will usually remember everything that happens during the soothing sessions.