An interconnected system of energy and communication, the human body can experience a variety of chronic pains and illnesses. That’s where licensed acupuncturists like Neida Caseres step in. Neida—who spent years culling knowledge of metaphysics, spiritual-response therapy, and forgiveness therapy—is not only a licensed acupuncturist but also a reiki master. At the Oriental Medicine Healing Center at Life Force, she treats clients of all ages during one-on-one therapeutic sessions. Using hair-thin, sterile needles, Neida can unblock obstructions in the body’s energy flow—an important step in soothing maladies such as chronic pain, migraines, ADD/ADHD, insomnia, and depression.
A skilled staff of massage therapists and acupuncturists boosts clients' bodily morale with a slew of holistic services at The Healing Path. The repertoire of massage, acupuncture, nutritional-coaching, and counseling services work together to improve clients' total well-being. Before massage sessions, therapists interview clients to better understand their health before deciding on which of the massage modalities at their disposal will best ease physical pain and unwind mental stress. The long, flowing strokes of traditional Swedish massage form a blissful foundation for therapeutic sessions, which aim to release knotted soft tissue, dispel stress, and improve circulation. Hands carefully knead away deep aches during prenatal massage to help make mother, unborn child, and the unborn child's weekend houseguests comfortable during pregnancy.
Before acupuncture sessions, acupuncturists make a comprehensive evaluation of clients' concerns before inserting fine needles into specific points along the body to help boost the immune system and increase circulatory flow. The Healing Path also facilitates mental healing with psychotherapy sessions to help develop coping skills, work through issues, or provide a safe space to unspool stress.
With chiropractic doctorates that crown undergraduate educations in human biology, Doctors of Chiropractic Jarrod Lippy and Joshua Levin bring wisdom and experience to their practice and to their philosophy, which integrates the health of both mind and body and centers around preventative care. The duo perform their back-mending services with the latest in high-tech equipment, including computerized spinal analyses, electrical muscle stimulation, and hydromassage, during which patients lie fully clothed inside a water-massage bed or beneath white-water rapids as pressurized jets assuage tension. The doctors focus on each patient individually, employing their extensive experience in personal and work injuries, lower-back pain, and arthritis to properly diagnose maladies, perform adjustments, and refer patients to additional specialists if necessary.
While studying flute performance and classical dance at the University of Wyoming, Michelle Shaw's endeavors were hampered by constant back pain. She sought relief through massage therapy and yoga, and this holistic care soon developed into a passion, inspiring her to attend the Baltimore School of Massage. She now helps others revel in muscle relief at Mount Vernon Wellness. Within a private treatment room overseen by a serene painting of Buddha, she eases sports- and work-related injuries, which are often caused by repetitive motion, poor posture, and pole-vaulting over cubicles. To treat these ailments, she draws on an array of modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and reflexology massage. She also employs traditional Thai-massage techniques, which incorporate pressure-point therapy, energy work, and yoga-like stretching to regain bodily balance.
When the team of licensed massage therapists aren’t targeting knots with Swedish, deep-tissue, and myofascial-release techniques, they advise clients on matters of fitness and nutrition. Devout believers in the health benefits of massage, the staff spends much of the time attending conferences and devising new treatments. These treatments sometimes make it onto a list of services selected for their ability to help reduce cellulite, release endorphins, and ease digestive problems caused by accidentally swallowed car keys.
Pain and discomfort can manifest in many forms—migraines, stress and anxiety, irritated skin, fatigue, and more—which means that treatments need to be able to adapt to each person's particular needs. This is especially true at 28th Street Wellness, where Claire Pallandre and Liz Ulrich use acupuncture and massage therapy, respectively, to help clients find relief from the chronic pains that plague them. Regardless of the modality, each of the two approaches shares the common goal of treating visitors from a holistic perspective and strengthening mind-body connections while addressing specific symptoms. Claire's five-element acupuncture sessions help jump-start the flow of stagnant energies by using precisely placed needles to facilitate the body's natural healing capabilities. When it comes to massage, Liz draws from a range of modalities that includes everything from Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to myofascial work and activated stretching. Each of these modalities has a specific purpose, whether it involves soothing tightly knotted muscles near the surface or finally figuring out how to unfurl that bow tie from last year.