Ellen Ona practices traditional acupuncture to improve clients’ health holistically. Guests should arrive 15–30 minutes before their scheduled appointment time to complete paperwork, review their medical history, and sketch themselves riding their Chinese-zodiac animal. Drawing on the millennia-old principles of traditional Chinese medicine to liberate qi—the body’s healthy energy—Ellen inserts hair-thin needles into acupuncture points that correspond to client's specific ailments. Acupuncture can alleviate pain and stress and may provide relief from a range of ailments, including insomnia, depression, headaches, acute and chronic back pain, and indigestion. Each appointment lasts 60–90 minutes—call to schedule.
The staff at Allegheny Physical Medicine combines holistic treatments with state-of-the-art technology to improve patients’ overall health. Doctors of chiropractic perform gentle adjustments to correct spinal alignments with the aim of restoring function and the body’s ability to heal itself. To streamline figures, the staff shrinks fat cells with non-invasive Zerona lasers or diminishes cellulite through mechanical stimulation.
Licensed Acupuncturists Sydnie Bryant, Jessica Fritz, and Daniel Johnson, who hold masters degrees from the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, balance the bodies and minds of their clients with deft acupuncture expertise. Invoking the ameliorative properties of the 5,000-year-old treatment, a knowledgeable needler will assess clients’ health by feeling nine pulsations at each wrist and observing the color and form of the face, the tongue, and the body before beginning the pin-cushioning process. During the one-hour session, guests are invited to relax as each gentle needle insertion spearheads stress and deflates tension, inducing a mellow mood that can help to alleviate ailments, improve immunity, increase fertility, and bend spoons.
With a commitment to cleanliness, Wholistic Acupuncture uses only sterilized, stainless-steel needles during the treatment, which are promptly donated to prematurely shedding hedgehogs after a single use.
At Pittsburgh Alternative Health, friendly staffers join Doctor of Naturopathy Darrell Misak and needle-free acupressure specialist, Dr. Wan Huang to restore and maximize bodily health and mental well-being with holistic treatments. Toxins are expelled during sauna sessions, where infrared light saps contaminants from muscles, and relaxing ionic footbaths, which kiss the feet with gentle electrical charges. Relaxed patrons can glide into a private mental-rest room, where a programmed audio-visual show lures minds into a state of alert relaxation with music, lights, and footage of baby pandas learning to cartwheel. The health center can also aid patients on the road to health with analytic testing. During an EAV test, technicians use a fusion of mechanical methods and ancient acupuncture pressure points to study the body’s energy. The results can pinpoint sensitivities to foods, chemicals, or existentialist poems that may be decreasing energy or causing other health problems.
At The Birch Center for Health, acupuncturist David Sokulski uses the skills that he mastered at New England School of Acupuncture— the oldest acupuncture school in the United States. He delicately inserts hair-thin needles into predetermined spots across the body, stimulating the flow of energy to treat ailments such as fertility issues, depression, and physical pain. He also practices cosmetic acupuncture, a technique that increases circulation to restore a healthy glow to the skin. Birch branches and miniature smiling Buddhas adorn their peaceful studio.
Evolve Wellness Spa's licensed staff of aestheticians helps flagging physiques replenish their pep with an array of holistic services. Begin a revitalizing afternoon with the Primal Relaxation massage ($70), marked by rhythmic strokes with light-to-medium pressure designed to roll over muscle groups, whisk away worries, and expel lingering fears of cattle-robbing chupacabras. Once the body goes limp from hip to neck, Evolve Wellness Spa's resident staffers then apply a barrage of natural and organic skincare products to the face, all in an effort to balance and purify the smooth epidermal surface ($80).