Acupuncturist Miguel Cardenas, who earned his master’s degree in the science of oriental medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerque, administers this ancient Chinese art form to expel physical ailments and restore harmony within the body. Furthering his effort to increase cultural acceptance of Eastern wellness practices, Miguel also performs public speeches about the benefits of acupuncture and herbal supplements. Along with private acupuncture treatments, the center hosts group sessions, in which friends and family can offer one another moral support and encouraging words communicated through a series of winks throughout the treatment.
Shannon Gyles, an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, began studying Chinese medicine because it resonated with her—particularly, its founding in the idea that the body, mind, and spirit are interconnected. After earning her bachelor's degree in nutrition and a master's degree in Oriental medicine, she delved deeper, becoming a specialist in women's health-care and infertility issues and in treating chronic pain. Now, at Madison Acupuncture and Holistic Health LLC, she joins three additional practitioners—reiki master and herbalist Naomi Boldon, massage therapist and aesthetician Colleen Eimerman, and LMT and certified natural trainer Chad Yonkus—in employing holistic medicine to help correct each patient's biochemical imbalances and to encourage natural self-healing. Each member of the staff applies well-honed techniques in order to treat a wide variety of conditions, including depression, chronic digestive issues, and even weight gain—Shannon has helped patients rev up their metabolisms and reduce cravings through acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and funyun bashing. Chad and Colleen's massage techniques, such as tui na Chinese medical massage and deep tissue, join traditional Swedish and sports massages on the slate of services, and Colleen's organic facials, free of chemical irritants and laugh tracks, leave faces refreshed and moisturized.
The practitioners at East West Massage and Wellness Spa don't just embrace holistic wellness therapies such as acupuncture, Chinese tui na massage, yoga-style stretching, and herbal medicine––they offer them on a nonprofit basis. By doing so, everyone in the community can gain access to better health, regardless of the balance in their magic-bean account. There are three certified acupuncturists on staff as well as more than a dozen bodywork therapists, and together they draft treatment plans tailored to each patient in order to address the root causes of ailments.
At Isthmus Acupuncture Center, LLC, a coalition of board certified and licensed acupuncturists and massage therapists tends to patients with holistic treatments and care. Seeking to foster harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, they perform services designed to promote inner and outer wellness. Acupuncture gently addresses health problems such as respiratory issues, gastro-intestinal conditions, or toothaches resulting from patients hiding gumdrops in their cheeks, and massages employ a variety of modalities and essential oils to ease aches.