As an acupuncturist and reiki master, Amber Wells brings a deft, gentle touch to her services at Hands on Healing. She discovered her holistic calling in high school after hearing a friend's story about acupuncture helping to relieve headaches. That discovery set her on a path of studies that led her to the islands of Hawaii and all the way back to her Texas roots. At Hands on Healing, she joins a team of practitioners and massage therapists dedicated to helping clients lead happier, healthier lives through relaxing spa services and holistic treatments. These include Reiki, which works to bring energy levels into balance through the power of touch, and holistic heart healing, a specialized treatment designed to replace mental, physical, and emotional stress with peace and happiness.
At Stamps Chiropractic, Dr. Wes Stamps and his team of specialists dish out doses of relaxation via a variety of massage-therapy treatments. During 30-minute hydro massages, clients remain completely clothed and completely dry atop a specialized bed. As powerful waves of water deliver heated, soothing strokes to targeted areas, a user-friendly touch screen encourages further customization with peaceful videos and a relaxing soundtrack that includes music and the tranquil call of howler monkeys.
Watson Lane Chiropractic and Wellness
Dr. Vanessa Vajdos, a former marathon winner and a proponent of drug-free healing, helms Watson Lane Chiropractic and Wellness. With more than 20 years of chiropractic experience, Dr. Vanessa treats a variety of conditions using a broad spectrum of treatments. Techniques range from traditional manual adjustments to specialized work performed on a table designed to support the Thompson approach. On top of chiropractic work, the center also offers acupuncture treatments that use strategically placed needles and strongly worded eviction notices to reduce pain and promote wellness.
Kirsch Method likely wasn?t voted Best Acupuncture Service of 2012 in Austin Fit Magazine solely because it can help treat digestive disorders, headaches, and spinal maladies. That?s what every acupuncture clinic should be able to do. What makes Kirsch Method different is that its therapist, Matthew Kirsch, is not interested in inserting needles and then leaving the patient alone for 90 minutes. He believes in fully treating a patient, which is why he stays in the room and performs craniosacral therapy while the needles work on realigning energies. This alleviates tension in the fascia surrounding spine.
Kirsch started performing the complementary treatments during the 1,000-hour clinic portion of his acupuncture training, part of the more than 3,000 hours he's spent earning his master?s degree in Oriental Medicine. He also learned to administer acupressure, a massage style that focuses on the same energy meridians as acupuncture but eschews needles, much like a porcupine who wants to soften his tough-guy image.
Kyung Yi-O'Kelly, owner of Austin Center for Holistic Healing & Yoga, knows firsthand that emotional strain can have a tangible negative impact on the body. After enduring the wrenching heartbreak of losing several family members while juggling a stressful career in software consulting, Kyung looked for something that would heal her emotionally and physically. She found refuge in Dahn yoga, a deeply meditative modality that she learned from a tantric monk. After dedicating herself to practicing and teaching yoga, she opened Austin Center for Holistic Healing & Yoga. She leads a team of instructors and alternative healers as they strive to help people of all ages fix their minds and bodies with holistic therapies such as yoga, meditation, aikido, and massage.
Master of Oriental medicine and certified acupuncturist Dr. Sherry Lee won't perform any treatments on her patients that she wouldn’t give to
her own family. In fact, with a combination of acupuncture and Chinese traditional medicine, Dr. Lee has been able to all but cure her children of their severe allergies. She honed these skills during her two years traveling through Japan and China, researching diet control and allergy-related problems. Dr. Lee combines these specialty skills with holistic services including cupping, herbal medicine, and gua sha, a technique to circulate stagnant blood by scraping the skin and pushing the body’s percolate button.