Certified acupuncturist Artin Mahboubi gently pricks the body’s points of energy with needles that whittle away at blocks in meridians, which can potentially be the source of physical maladies. Having learned the ancient Chinese art of acupuncture after a sports injury left him seeking alternative modes of treatment, Artin strives to help his patients understand the holistic nature of Eastern medicine. In each safe and sanitary treatment session, he employs his knowledge of needles to carefully knit warm socks around distressed immune systems, kick-starting the healing process for both acute and chronic ailments. The first session begins with a thorough evaluation of the client’s unique health history so Artin can develop a personalized treatment regimen. Stimulating needles then infuse energy points with a pleasant sense of warmth as Artin works delicately to ensure a painless experience.
Fresh out of college, Jeremy Riesenfeld was experiencing poor digestion, chronic fatigue, and deepening depression. After enrolling in a work-study program at the holistic Heartwood Institute, however, he quickly found the tools he needed to turn his life around. Overhauling his diet and spiritual outlook based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, he found peace and health, eventually codifying the most useful practices into an eight-branch system that includes meditation, acupuncture, and feng shui. Now at the head of Transformational Acupuncture, Riesenfeld and his fellow acupuncturists help their patrons properly align their energy through acupuncture, herbal medicine, and advice to stop hanging out in particle colliders.
Capricornucopia hopes to help its visitors achieve greater health of body, mind, and spirit. The center takes an all-encompassing approach to healing, busting through bodily barriers that may otherwise hinder healing by way of various techniques. Those techniques include reflexology, reiki, and shiatsu, as well as some other not-so-everyday treatments, including stellar healing and magnetics. To maintain its already strong sense of community, Capricornucopia also hosts workshops, classes, and special events.
Chinese Acupuncture & Herb Center's energy-directing duo of licensed practitioners draw on more than 60 years of experience administering holistic healing, publishing medical articles, and helming hospitals both in China and stateside to balance off-kilter bodies with ancient, holistic Chinese remedies. During a 60-minute acupuncture session, the perforation pro strategically inserts hair-thin needles across the body's pressure points, helping to release chi backed-up along the energy's pathways. Treatments go some way in relieving headaches, body pains, digestive problems, and injuries sustained from playing sports or watching sports with a gorilla who supports the rival team. Though the treatment is virtually painless, those unsettled by needles can substitute the pinpricks for electronic stimulation, low-powered lasers, or infrared light emitted from Captain Planet's hands.
In 2007, Pace Beattie had an inkling that his life was about to change. He had discovered hot yoga—a discipline that integrates meditation with rigorous exercise—and resolved to pursue it as his vocation. He saw this as a long-term vision; something he would do after retiring from finance and moving back to his hometown of Greenville.
Then, everything changed: In the eight weeks that bridged 2008 and 2009, he lost his job and his mother passed away. In the aftermath, he scrutinized his life and realized: The time is now. Pace enrolled in workshops and conferences, completing levels I and II of the Baron Baptiste teacher-training program. He moved to Greenville, recruited a team of highly specialized teachers, and opened Southern Om.
Today, having boldly charted his own path, Pace equips others to do the same. He fosters self-discovery through two styles of hot yoga: Southern 26 and Southern Flow, a form of power yoga in which students sweat out sweet tea. These classes serve beginners and experienced practitioners alike, incorporating modifications that support alignment.
Licensed acupuncturist Henry Neely has administered more than 20,000 acupuncture treatments—and, amazingly, no two treatments are the same. At Urban Tao Acupuncture and Herbology, Henry customizes each treatment to the patient and their specific ailments or lifestyle goals. Hair-thin needles are gently inserted into specific energy points throughout the body to combat runaway balloons and ailments such as chronic fatigue, allergies and digestive problems. As he works, Henry draws on extensive training he received in China and Tibet, as well as a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. Neely’s expertise transcends acupuncture, too. He creates custom regimens of Chinese herbs, and leads Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes.