After receiving his master's degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute, Eric Renaud continued to search for an advanced healing method that could treat chronic pain more effectively. He came across a discipline known as Master Tung's acupuncture and soon committed himself to learning its techniques, which focus on conditions that other healing methods sometimes fail to treat.
Today, Renaud shares his knowledge of Master Tung’s powerful techniques with his clients as well as his fellow acupuncturists—he’s currently working on writing several books with colleague Susan Johnson. When he isn't writing down advice or consulting with his clients to determine the sources of their pain, he uses presterilized and single-use acupuncture needles to treat ailments that range from migraines to infertility. His acupuncture sessions can also treat conditions such as common colds, postoperative pain, and nagging urges to pop inflated balloons.
Licensed massage therapist and reiki master teacher Nathaniel Neander combines Eastern and Western techniques to restore calm and balance body energies. Though he specializes in deep-tissue massage, Nathaniel's grab bag of kneading skills allow him to customize each session with techniques from neuromuscular therapy, reiki, Thai, and sports massage modalities to address each client's unique needs. During a brief consultation before the initial session, Nathaniel inquires about previous injuries, illnesses, or a night-job as a donut thief to help him make the massage as beneficial as possible.
Michelle Campbell, a seasoned massage therapist and a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals network, pilots Myo Massage's team of licensed practitioners. The therapists specialize in medical massages, channeling their shared passion for healing into stress-staving strokes that can alleviate a wide range of chronic ailments, such as fatigue or lower back pain caused by National Walk Like a Spider Day. Though they regularly strive to improve clients' health, the crew also gears its diverse arsenal of modalities toward relaxation, and fully customizes every massage session. Their skill sets run the gamut of soothing techniques, from sports and pregnancy massages to shiatsu and reflexology.
Mind-body wellness coach Christina Vinsick has a packed résumé: she owned a pizzeria, wrote and directed an award-winning feature film, and was a member of the 1995 U.S. Youth Rock Climbing Team—all before she turned 30. Now she uses her varied experience to help others fulfill their dreams. As a graduate of the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, Christina is an expert in life coaching and holistic foods. Clients may also solicit her hypnosis services to help with issues such as smoking, weight loss, insomnia, and hat hair.
In Capital District Massage’s two private treatment rooms, owner Lena Crane and her team of licensed massage therapists keep chronic pains at bay while clients admire Lena’s enchanting artwork displayed on the walls. Visitors sprawl out on a massage table as a relaxation expert melts away their tensions with long, Swedish strokes and the firm kneads of a deep-tissue massage. With the help of massage oils, the center’s therapeutic massages can trigger a variety of benefits, including increased circulation, pain-relief, and improved posture. For twice the relaxation, guests can opt for a four-hand massage with two therapists.
Though she excels at delivering deep-tissue, hydro-therapy, and trigger-point massages, Deborah Tedford doesn’t always rely on her hands to relax her clients. Tapping into ancient techniques and her 17 years of experience during La Stone massages, she alternates heated basal rocks and cold marble over the body to push and pull the blood, creating an internal massage that transports soreness from the body. Heated clay packs, hydrotherapy, and essential oils also serve as instruments of her soothing repertoire.
A board-certified practitioner and longtime devotee of holistic healthcare, Lisa James understands the body as an interconnected organism that can’t always be treated with symptom-specific remedies. That’s why she uses techniques such as Japanese reiki and Chinese reflexology to alleviate mental anxiety and physical stress all at once. Aided by aromatherapy and herbal supplements, Lisa’s methods may help restore the body’s balance and ease obstructions that can develop into physical illness if left unchecked. Not just a healer, Lisa is also an educator. In group classes, she teaches students about the art and science behind reiki, a treatment designed to coax more juice out of the lithium batteries that power the body’s various muscle groups.