The staff at Healing Arts Institute instructs aspiring therapists in body work that aims to eliminate pain from the center of the body. Anatomy and physiology classes, classrooms with full-length mirrors, and more than 1,600 square feet of space help interns learn body mechanics. A vast understanding of the body’s inner workings help them as they move from classroom study to the school’s onsite spa, where clients can schedule massages with them or with the school’s experts. Student interns complete over 200 hours of training, and while beginning interns perform gentle Swedish-style massages, more advanced practitioners can quell injuries with their handiwork. Regardless of style, all of Healing Arts Institute’s clients depart from the massage clinic feeling more relaxed than a sloth traveling through a speed trap.
Healing Arts Institute also has a community-acupuncture clinic where a licensed acupuncturist, not a student, inserts needles into several clients at once. Clients lie back in recliners and rest while the needles go to work. Because the acupuncturist can treat multiple people at a time and no private treatment rooms are used, community acupuncture costs less than private acupuncture. It is also the type of acupuncture commonly used in Asia.
The downtown-based Asian Therapeutics’ balancing acupuncture wellness treatment is the espresso of acupuncture, packing a hefty dose of therapeutic benefits into the tiny cup of your body. One of the licensed acupuncturists will isolate 11 acupuncture sites along your arms and legs and insert thin needles into these predetermined zones of mystical convergence, which is said to relieve tension, improve circulation, promote digestive health, and strengthen the immune system and lungs. Some people may feel a slight prick upon needle insertion and an ache when the needle is set to the correct depth; many people feel deep relaxation or energetic stimulation during the course of the treatment. There is no need to disrobe for the 30-minute treatment, as manipulation points are located primarily on the arms and lower legs.
Tian Li Wu is the owner and licensed practitioner of Tian Chao Herbs & Acupuncture. She takes a holistic approach to healing, backed by a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and more than 300 herbs at her disposal. This whole-body approach manifests itself in pre-treatment consultations followed by acupuncture sessions, which aim to balance the flow of Qi energy and facilitate health and relief from various ailments. Tian also offers cupping, heat therapy, and herbal medicine recommendations, all designed to harmonize the body.
Bob McCallister's teacher liked to compare a patient's symptom to the tip of a tree branch. Just as the branch can be traced back to its root, a symptom must be traced to its underlying cause—and only by treating the cause will symptoms disappear. Now a master of Oriental medicine, a certified medical qigong practitioner, and a licensed acupuncturist, Bob devotes himself to treating the root of patients’ ailments with classic Chinese medicine.
Before administering a single healing technique, Bob examines each patient and draws up a personalized treatment plan. This could involve inserting hair-thin acupuncture needles at specific points of the body to adjust the flow of energy. Bob also prescribes custom herbal formulas to maintain the body’s energetic balance, and he performs medical qigong therapy to combat chronic pain and side effects from chemotherapy.
Living Well Clinic's licensed experts present health hunters with a wealth of wellness options from spinal decompression therapy to health counseling. Groupon grabbers can elect to approach a skilled acupuncturist, who will pinpoint patients' problem areas. The precision poker then takes bewildered, toothbrushless travelers on a journey through Chinese medicine, using gauge needles to clear pain-causing blockages of energy. The pricking process can assuage afflictions such as anxiety, migraines, fatigue, stress, and arthritis.
Kathleen Caruso encourages wellness and relief for her clients by finding and correcting the energetic imbalances that can contribute to chronic pain and prevent people from living fuller, happier lives. To restore this sense of holistic harmony, she employs a range of treatment modalities—energy medicine, massage, acupressure, reflexology, reiki, chakra balancing, and more—as she help jump-starts the body's natural healing processes. Raindrop therapy, for instance, involves the use of Young Living Essential Oils on the spinal column to penetrate pores and facilitate relaxation for the whole body.