More than 4,000 years ago in China, when dinosaurs still had a parliamentary system of government, a medicinal practice began to take hold—very fine needles were being placed gently in the skin to redirect the body's energy, chi, which would relieve pain, cure common ailments, and promote general health. Today, that holistic treatment is known as acupuncture, and licensed practitioners Rebecca Porter and Leena Sikand-Cook apply the knowledge and skills gleaned over a decade of practicing acupuncture to create custom treatments for each patient. These can help to battle the chronic pain of arthritis, combat infertility and aid IVF treatments, and help to lessen the nausea and discomfort associated with chemotherapy. They also prescribe herbal medicine, blended from up to 15 different herbs, as well as provides nutritional and dietary consultations designed to help patients lose weight or break their habit of eating the cellophane around snack cakes.
Mixing such massage techniques as cranial-sacral release, deep-tissue, and neuromuscular therapy, licensed massage therapist Linnette Yard strives to tailor every session around each client’s individual needs. Drawing from her diverse repertoire—which she has enhanced by studying exercise physiology and functional and cardiac rehabilitation—she customizes her soothing touch to allay chronic pain, boost circulation, or increase range of motion. Linnette’s signature profound relaxation massage includes a hot-towel treatment for the feet, a technique that helps her further relax bodies and determine which clients are actually devious snowmen in disguise.
For 25 years, the chiropractors and licensed acupuncturists at Sun Wellness Center have sought the root cause of clients’ health complaints for more effective treatment. Whether realigning vertebrae or rerouting the body’s blocked energy pathways, the practitioners adhere to a timeless holistic code that derives its healing from methods older than today’s synthetic medicines or shamans who only communicate through text messages. After treating existing sore spots, they can also put bodies on the path to better overall health with customized nutritional counseling.
An NCCAOM-certified practitioner of acupuncture, Henry Park brings almost 20 years of holistic experience to his practice's two offices. With a master's degree in Oriental medicine, Park employs herbal therapy, nutritional therapy, and acupuncture treatments to address a sprawling array of symptoms. He specializes in using acupuncture as a facial-rejuvenation technique, turning back the cosmetic clock by inserting tiny needles into visages to promote circulation and help clients blend in with the kids at heavy-metal concerts. Each treatment he performs, be it for medical or cosmetic purposes, is tailored to the patient's needs.
Accented by warm lights and soothing music, Massage Associates of Atlanta, LLC relaxes minds and muscles with three types of massage and therapeutic foot-reflexology sessions. Each client partners with a licensed massage therapist to customize the session, choosing Swedish, deep-tissue, or neuromuscular techniques to unwind knots and alarm clocks lodged between the shoulder blades. Tension and pain are relieved during reflexology and neuromuscular treatments, in which the therapist applies pressure to specific areas to produce sensations in other parts of the body. Deep-tissue sessions release tension, and the long, flowing strokes and focused kneading of the Swedish modality inspire envy in Olympic swimmers and bakers easily distracted by shiny cake pans.