At Three Mountains Wellness, LLC, Liz Billings uses a holistic approach to treat patients. After studying advanced Oriental medicine in Korea, Liz obtained a certification from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, which she uses to diagnose and treat patients afflicted with a variety of problems. She combines Oriental medicine as well as acupuncture with other approaches such as nutrition, exercise, and proper sleep habits to help clients overcome difficulty with chronic pain, memory loss, stress, anxiety, and depression.
To understand the aim of shiatsu massage, it's helpful to look back to the ancient Eastern philosophies that bore it. These philosophies espouse a holistic understanding of the body centered on “energy rivers” that unite every aspect of the being. Shiatsu massage therapists, such as Cynthia Conklin of Eastern Sun Shiatsu, focus their practice on balancing these energy rivers to stimulate the body's own self-healing powers.
During a typical zen-style shiatsu massage with Cynthia, her client lies facedown on a mat as she holds, stretches, and stimulates the body. These targeted pressures may have benefits that extend beyond a deep state of relaxation: Shiatsu devotees claim that it can provide relief from chronic aches and boost the body's resistance to stress and mind-controlling super villains. When she isn't soothing sore backs and shoulders, Cynthia teaches classes that introduce participants to basic shiatsu techniques.
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Headaches. Insomnia. Joint paint. When your peruse the list of ailments that acupuncture is said to correct, it's easy to see why this ancient Chinese practice has been around for centuries. At Ypsilanti Community Acupuncture, acupuncturist—Aaron Li—use's his expertise to assuage pain and discomfort by inserting thin, sterile needles along the body's meridians. He hold's certification from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences of Beijing and use needles to unblock the body's energy, or qi, resulting in a holistic solution to common health complaints.
Though they hail from different backgrounds, the three acupuncturists at Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine share a fundamental belief in the overarching connection between mind and body. At the center’s core is founder Julie Silver, a board-certified acupuncturist who has been espousing the benefits of Chinese medicine in the media since setting up shop 13 years ago. Julie initially turned to acupuncture to seek relief from her own health complaints, and as a result, switched careers to focus her energies on Chinese herbal medicine. At Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine, these practices come to fruition as the team works to correct imbalances in the body, which are believed to be major contributors to a wide array of health-related problems, such as anxiety, pain, and chronic cases of the willies. Julie and her staff address these symptoms and conditions with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, providing a special cache of treatments for women's health, fertility, and pregnancy issues.
Esther McCormick is a licensed acupuncturist, but she also displays a broader familiarity with Traditional Chinese Medicine—and its mutually supportive interactions with Western medicine—at her clinic, Core Health Clinic. McCormick and her team don’t restrict their work to treating clients, however; they also emphasize preventative treatments clients can perform on themselves. Beauty classes teach students to interpret the ingredients of their skincare products or to craft toxin-free products of their own, ranging from body butter to deodorant. An ear acupressure course, meanwhile, teaches participants to relieve their own stresses without rolling down a gravel road to approximate hot-stone massage. Even the clinic’s private acupressure treatments split time between the therapeutic massage and instruction on self-healing techniques that clients can use at home.