After graduating from massage therapy school and learning Swedish and pregnancy massage, Sarah Merickel continued her education and studied more advanced forms such as neuromuscular massage, orthopedic cupping, and myofascial release. On top of that, she took concentrated classes that focused on individual areas of the body: the low back and hip, neck, and upper back regions, to name a few. Now, she parlays all of her studies into customized massages at Olympic Avenue Massage. Sarah uses oils and lotions during her treatments, homing in on problem areas so that every client’s massage is tailored to relieve their own set of pains and discomforts.
The licensed acupuncturists and wellness professionals at Acupuncture Associates of Marysville believe in treating the body as a whole, getting down to the root of the problem instead of simply treating symptoms. At this soothing clinic, clients can treat allergies, chronic pain, and migraines with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Also offering cupping and detox programs to help clients stop smoking and lose weight, Acupuncture Associates of Marysville is a relaxing place to come and help manage cravings, pain, and life events.
The doctors at Mercer Island Chiropractic work to relieve minor aches and soreness, but they specialize in tough cases: chronic pain and injuries sustained in accidents are their specialties. At three locations, they restore bodies to health with techniques such as manual adjustments that realign vertebrae and traction-table sessions that coax muscles into blissful relaxation. Patients can also rest easy beneath the hands of massage therapists, who employ techniques such as cupping, reflexology, and sternly ordering tension to exit the body.
Beth McQuinn blends scientific research with a holistic approach to medicine. Before she opened her practice, she was already combining the two. While in college, she went into premed and worked as a certified nursing assistant. McQuinn then studied women's health, craniosacral therapy, IV therapy, and physical medicine while in Bastyr University's naturopathic doctorate program. Now, this member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians works to prevent ailments before they start and cope with them effectively when they arise. She uses a variety of methods to keep patients at their optimum health, including pharmaceutical and herbal prescriptions, regular checkups, nutritional therapy, and massages.
Dr. Chen-Ying (Richard) Huang has a former patient to thank for his foray into holistic medicine. It was during his time as an occupational therapist in Taiwan that he noticed a dramatic surge in progress for one of his recovering patients. Upon inquiring into this change, Dr. Huang found that the patient had tried acupuncture to augment his rehab, with great results. That's when Dr. Huang began to explore acupuncture and other alternative forms of healing. At Amazing Alternative Acupuncture, he combines Western and Chinese medicinal approaches to assuage physical and emotional pain with treatments such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal supplements, and NAET allergy relief.
Licensed massage therapist, personal trainer, and nutritional consultant, Karla—who has also worked with chiropractors and naturopathic healers—has experience with a myriad of wellness programs. That’s why she founded fitSpa, a wellness co-op that tends to all aspects of health and beauty. From healing massage and body work, to wellness-building personal training, Zumba, and metabolic conditioning, as well as Hatha and power yoga, Karla and her staff restore bodies to a natural balance.