Gary Hopkins can divide his mid-20s in two parts: the time before he discovered self-healing, and the time after he discovered self-healing. Before, overwhelming stress and overworking caused him to suffer from anxiety, insomnia, spinal misalignments, and gout. Then, he started meditating, practicing tai chi and energy healing, and taking natural supplements. Not only did these practices help remedy his ailments, but they also led him to a new career as an intuitive healer. Continuing these studies into his 30s, he added such holistic healing methods as Thai massage and reflexology to his regimen.
For more than 10 years, he’s shared his knowledge through a private practice and at Light Path Discovery Center. He is dedicated to helping others conquer physical, psychological, and emotional issues with carefully honed skills and several bodywork methods he developed on his own. For those unable to visit him personally, Gary has penned two books— The Master Within and Axiatonal Integration —that guide readers as they attempt to unlock their happiness, which is usually kept in a safe and buried under their childhood home.
Jimi Merk is a bit of a holistic Renaissance man. As a natural-healing practitioner, Jimi demonstrates the benefits of reiki, reflexology, shamanic healing, and yoga, among other things, in his intimate studio space. His hypnosis sessions, which involve aromatherapy, sound therapy, and breathing techniques, help clients overcome personal obstacles in their lives, such as smoking cigarettes. And to keep bodies balanced at home, Jimi forges jewelry flecked with natural healing stones.
The aestheticians at The Face Place know that different faces have different skincare needs. That’s why they design each of their facials with an audience in mind—they have a smoker’s facial for smokers, an anti-aging facial for adults advanced in years, a teen facial for adolescents, and a European facial for turncoats. Along with facials, the staff offers a full menu of health and beauty services that includes body treatments, waxing services, and makeup applications. And, to round out the mix of wellness services, they have a clinical hypnotherapist who performs hypnosis to help clients conquer phobias, improve self-confidence, or release stress.
For more than 35 years, Dr. Miesse and the staff of Miesse's Herbs have worked to help the community balance mind, body, and spirit. The store is home to a crew of friendly, knowledgeable staffers who lead visitors in the right direction down aisles stocked with herbs and supplements ranging from daily multivitamins to those specifically made to bolster respiratory health.
Occupational therapist and licensed massage therapist Gwen Jones sees wellness in a different light than most healers, focusing on physical health at the cellular level. She also recognizes the role that emotions play in health. At Take A New Approach Health & Wellness Center, Gwen's unconventional philosophy takes shape in holistic bodywork, including massage and Reiki. She also offers biocommunication, a method of biofeedback that assesses stressors, allergens, and other factors that impact the body negatively in order to create a holistic-health plan that fights them.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Weight-loss and stop-smoking programs
Brands Used: Internationally recognized 5-PATH Hypnotherapy
Pro Tip: A hypnosis session is pleasant and confidential; the client is always fully aware and in control.