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Alternative Therapies Offered at the Well

The Well offers a number of different healing therapies with our specialized practitioners to address any medical concerns or issues and improve your health and wellbeing. Please feel free to call or email us for additional information on any of these or to schedule an appointment.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a healing therapy that evolved over 3000 years ago in Asia. It is based on the concept that there are channels, or meridians, distributed throughout the body, that facilitate the transportation of energy and blood. Acupuncture can influence and correct this flow by harnessing the electrical potential of energy through the insertion of small, hair-sized needles in locations along these meridians. A growing number of Americans have found and continue to find relief from a wide variety of pain or health conditions, even though the scientific mechanism for acupuncture still remains elusive to the Western medical community.

Acupuncture Treatments

There are over 500 acupuncture points on the body, of which about 200 are commonly used. Stimulation of specific points has an effect on the function of associated organs, meridians, or areas of the body. Acupuncture needles are sterile, single use, and are about the thickness of a hair. During each treatment, an average of about 20 needles are inserted. Patients generally feel very relaxed and often fall asleep.

Treatments used can include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, moxa (a Chinese herb) and massage styles including cupping and Gua Sha. Your practitioner may use a combination of any of these therapies, depending on your state of health.

Moxa is an ancient Chinese herb derived from the mugwort plant. It is commonly used for a variety of conditions by placing the compacted herb either on the head of the acupuncture needle, over the skin, or directly on the skin and burning it slowly to warm the acupuncture point. It can also be applied as an herbal tincture directly to acupuncture points.
cupping Cupping is an ancient technique used to draw toxins and pathogens out of the muscle layer. Glass or plastic cups are placed over the indicated area and suction is applied to raise the skin slightly into the cup. This draws pathogens to the skin surface and allows the body to release them.
Gua Sha is a deep Chinese massage technique using an instrument, which also draws pathogens and toxins to the surface, in a similar fashion to cupping. Gua Sha dislodges these pathogens by scraping the skin surface until the pathogens release. The experience of receiving Gua Sha is like having deep massage on areas of tight muscle, but is longer lasting in its effectiveness.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Rebecca's Herbal MedicinesHerbal Medicine utilizes the same philosophy and diagnostic tools as acupuncture to diagnose a patient. An herbal prescription is then custom designed by the practitioner. Several different forms of Chinese Herbs are available today - at The Well we use either patent herbal medicines (pills) or concentrated herbal powders, which are mixed with hot water and taken as a tea. Herbs can be used on their own or in conjunction with acupuncture treatments to augment the therapeutic effect.

Acupuncture for Facial Rejuvenation

This is a style of acupuncture based on ancient techniques to revitalize skin, reduce sagging, and reduce or eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. The focus of this therapy is healing and restoring the skin and muscles of the face, making it a sensible alternative to common cosmetic options such as injections or surgery.

The treatment is given as a series of sessions, usually 10-15 depending on the patient. The sessions should be scheduled no more than one week apart at the beginning of treatment, and can be given multiple times a week. At the first session, a detailed health history is taken and discussed prior to starting treatment. This allows the practitioner to address the overall health pattern during treatments as well as focusing on the face. State of health is projected on the face, and improving health overall will ultimately address the underlying cause of the aging process and give better results.

The Facial Rejuvenation treatment does have certain contraindications, so be sure to disclose any current or past health problems to your practitioner before beginning treatment. In certain situations, your practitioner may recommend that you pursue acupuncture, herbal medicine, or other treatment options to more aggressively address current health problems before you can begin the treatment.

What Does Acupuncture for Facial Rejuvenation Do?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture helps increase the tone of the muscles and skin of the face. It improves the circulation of blood, lymph and energy in the head, which reduces fluid accumulation that causes puffiness, and brings vitality to the skin. Acupuncture also stimulates collagen production and helps distribute it through the skin, which firms and fills in wrinkles and lines and reduces sagging. Hormone regulation is affected, which can assist with problems such as over or under production of oil, resulting in acne or dry skin. Chronic, habitual muscle tension is released, giving the face a more relaxed appearance and removing the root cause of wrinkles and sagging in many cases. The treatment series will address these specific problems, but will also nourish and restore the condition of the entire face, creating naturally vibrant, healthy appearance.

Facial Acupuncture Treatments

Facial treatments consist of 5-10 body acupuncture points followed by numerous very small needles in the face and head. The insertion of all the needles takes about an hour, and they are left in for about twenty minutes to a half hour, during which time the patient usually feels deeply relaxed and will often fall asleep. Due to the vascularity of the face and the number of needles inserted, bruising is a very real possibility with this treatment. Patients should be aware that they may have a small bruise or two after sessions.

Massage

Massage has a rich history as a healing art in numerous historical cultures such as the ancient Chinese, Greeks, Indians, Romans and Egyptians. Today, the applications of massage are wide and varied, but in general massage is used to loosen soft tissue and increase blood circulation, which induces a healing response. Some of the many benefits of regular massage can include:  
  • Alleviation of pain
  • Enhanced immune response
  • Stress reduction
  • Improved skin condition
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduction in scar tissue and stretch marks
  The Well is currently welcoming applications from qualified, experienced massage therapists. Please email or call for more information.

Yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice that developed in India focused on achieving union of body, mind and spirit. The practice of yoga postures, or asana, provides all the benefits of regular exercise including improved cardiovascular function, increased lung capacity, increased energy, muscle conditioning and weight loss. Yoga also offers many additional benefits, including stress reduction, relaxation and quieting of the mind, improved sleep, and pain therapy and management for a variety of conditions. In fact, many physical therapy exercises are based on yoga poses because of yoga's great capacity to alleviate pain. Yoga can also be extremely helpful for common psychological and emotional issues such as anxiety and depression.

At The Well, Rebecca Wallace offers individual and semi-private yoga sessions. These sessions can be very helpful for beginners who feel intimidated to start in a group class, for those with injuries or pain issues who need special considerations or attention, or for an experienced practitioner who is interested in deepening their practice.

Rebecca teaches group classes at the Treetop Yoga Studio, located in the Para Research Building, 85 Eastern Ave. in Gloucester. For the full studio schedule visit the website or call 978-282-1112.

Reiki

What is Reiki?

Reiki is one of the most popular forms of energy healing in the US. Reiki has Japanese roots and means 'Universal Life Force Energy'. Reiki is a simple, natural, and safe physical, mental, psychological and spiritual healing system which was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui - Japanese Buddhist monk and Christian educator. Usui discovered ancient symbols that are directly linked to the human nervous system, which activates the Universal Life Force Energy for healing. From Japan Reiki spread to the entire world. It is a technique which, during a Reiki class, is transformed to the student by attunement by the Reiki Master.

Benefits of Reiki:

  • Reiki helps promote deep relaxation.
  • Reiki supports detox and organ cleansing.
  • Reiki helps spiritual development.
  • Reiki supports creativity and sensibility.
  • Reiki removes physical pain and helps the body to heal from illness.
  • Reiki helps the body to recover after surgery and chemotherapy.
  • Reiki helps healthy deep sleeping.
  • Reiki reduces stress and depression.
  • Reiki stimulates the immune system, increases energy, and lowers the heart rate and diastolic blood pressure.
  • Reiki treatments are effective for humans as well as animals

What is Matrix:

Matrix Healing is a simple Quantum Healing and modern holistic technique with ideas originating from quantum physics. The technique includes combination of Channeling, Reiki, Intuition, Kinesiology and Empathy. With a set intention of what we want to change and the connection to the Matrix (Creator), on deep cellular level we can exchange old believes for new positive downloads of Divine Blueprints. Matrix change works on all levels - physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual. It modifies reality on a quantum level. Matrix Healing finds old blocks and traumas or negative beliefs which stand in the way of a harmonious positive healthy life. The healing comes from the Matrix, which is the Source of Unconditional Love. It is the Creator. Being connected to Matrix also means to be connected to the origin of a cell. Matrix works with the releasing of the old patterns and it is a powerful spiritual but non-religious, non-denominational technique.

What does Matrix work for?

  • Exchanging old patterns for new, positive, consciously chosen habits
  • Release of childhood traumas, stress and memory which our bodies keep, release of self-criticism
  • Healing of genetic issues in the DNA through positive vibration and through intention
  • Healing of personal and family Karma, removing old genetic guilt and stress, old promises, vows and curses
  • Removing old beliefs connected to cultural values which create blocks

Silvie Lockerova

Silvie Lockerova Reiki healer at the  Well  for Integrative Medicine Silvie Lockerova is originally from the Czech Republic. She has been practicing alternative medicine for over ten years, and has been educated in the Usui Reiki system and Reiki/Seichem. In addition to Reiki, Silvie practices another form of medicine called Matrix Healing, which is a powerful technique based on Quantum Physics. She believes that Reiki and Matrix Quantum Healing promote a healthier life and bring harmony to human beings. Silvie also works as an international and domestic tour guide. She has worked in Sub-Saharan Africa with orphans and on an HIV/Aids awareness project. She teaches Reiki certification courses in the Usui Reiki system and Reiki/Seichem.

Hypnotherapy

 What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is NOT what you see at a comedy show or on T.V. (I will never ask you to cluck like a chicken). Hypnosis is just one of many methods used to induce a trance. If you’ve ever “zoned-out” while driving, or been so absorbed in a T.V. show that you didn’t notice the phone ringing, then you’ve experienced a hypnotic trance. What I do is very similar and for a specific purpose that you help design.

Unconsciously, we often know what the solution to our problems is, but it can be difficult to let our minds heal themselves. In a trance-state, the mind’s natural healing resources are accessed directly without interference from all the self-doubts and fears that tend to get in our way.

By listening to my hypnotic voice and metaphoric stories, I give the conscious mind something to do while we can directly talk to the unconscious mind. It’s like throwing a ball down the hallway to distract an excited puppy so that we can communicate more directly.

What Can I expect when I contact you?

Usually when someone contacts me for hypnosis, we will have a meeting in my office in which we will discuss in detail the nature of your problem and what you want to accomplish. This may take up to one hour. Then I will construct a hypnotherapy script tailor made for you. When you return (usually in about a week) I will hypnotize you in my office and record the session on a CD that you can take with you. I encourage you to listen to this CD at least once a day until you see results-often in just a day or two and beyond to “solidify” the changes that have taken place. Then depending on the nature of your problem, we may or may not schedule one or two follow up sessions. I rarely meet clients for more than a few times because hypnosis works quickly and efficiently. If, however you would like to continue to meet on a regular basis, I can continue to meet with you for on-going psychotherapy. In those cases, hypnosis may or may not continue to be an adjunct as we both see fit.

What drew me to hypnosis?

I have been working in the field of mental health for nearly 20 years. I have been a researcher, a clinician, a supervisor, a consultant and a professor. Recently I have begun to focus my attention to the power of the unconscious to heal through clinical hypnotherapy.

Hypnosis (although not always called that) is one of the most ancient forms of the healing arts there is. Ancient priests, shamans, medicine men, healers of all kinds have used the power of the spoken word to aid in the recovery of wounds both visible and invisible since humankind first crawled out of the caves. Any mother knows the best way to heal a “boo-boo” is to kiss it and make it better. This too, is hypnosis!

What can hypnotherapy do for me?

  • Smoking and other Addictions
  • Weight loss
  • Test Anxiety/School performance
  • Athletic Performance
  • Improve Memory
  • Chronic Pain and other Medical ailments
  • Skin Conditions such as Warts or Eczema
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Asthma
  • Depression/Sadness
  • Anxiety/Stress Management
  • Sleep disorders/Eating Disorders
  • Self-Confidence and Esteem
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder for Combat Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan
  • And Many Others

Still not sure if Hypnosis is right for you? Just ask… I look forward to hearing from you.

You can contact Frank directly at: 508-284-6200 FMilitello2002@yahoo.com

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy (aka. "the talking cure") is an ongoing treatment for a variety of issues. Usually meeting once a week, the client and the therapist build a relationship that will become the vehicle for change. Therapy is all about change. Changing our thoughts, perceptions, and our behaviors so that we may respond in a different way to situations that may have been troubling in the past, and to teach us how to make better choices in the future.

Psychotherapy at The Well is provided by Frank Militello. Frank can be contacted directly at: 508-284-6200 FMilitello2002@yahoo.com

 

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