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Complementary Therapies

Types of Complementary Therapies Available

(This list is subject to change due to therapist availability)

An ancient Chinese healing practice that helps to create balance within the body.  It involves placing special needles into the skin at specific points.  Possible benefits include relieving stress and pain, easing neuropathy, may control withdrawal symptoms and improves overall well-being. 

Auricular Acupuncture
Auricular acupuncture focuses on points in the ear. Auricular acupuncture helps with headaches, body aches, sweats, sleep problems, tremors, anxiety, mental clarity, and depression. It can also help with detoxification of drugs from the body and reduces cravings for alcohol and other drugs. Acupuncture is also believed to help people quit smoking by decreasing cravings for nicotine. Aurucular Acupuncture is availalble Tuesdays (2 pm to 3 pm), Wednesdays (2 pm to 3 pm), and Thursdays (2 pm to 3 pm). Get more information on Auricular Acupuncture at GMHC.

Yoga Classes
An ancient Indian system designed to maintain a healthy body through breathing and stretching exercises.  Yoga facilitates balance and strength in mind and body.  Classes are taught by certified yoga instructors and include meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises), and a strength building, fat burning hatha and vinaysa yoga sequences.

Shiatsu means "finger pressure" in Japanese.  Shiatsu is based on the Chinese system of meridians and acupoints (the same points used in acupuncture) throughout the body.  In Shiatsu, however, therapists use pressure instead of needles to balance energy. 

Swedish Massage
Swedish massage uses firm but gentle pressure to promote relaxation, ease muscle tension and create other health benefits.  During Swedish massage, massage therapists may use massage oils to facilitate smooth, gliding strokes.

Feel free to state your preference for pressure during Swedish massage. It can range from light to firm. Swedish massage usually includes some deeper work on areas of specific muscle tension.

Reiki Classes
Reiki is a Japanese form of spiritual healing.  The word "rei” means spiritual and “ki” means vital energy which translates into universal life energy, which every individual has.  Touch is used to activate this energy for deep relaxation and a sense of well-being. 

Movement Workshop
A one-hour class set to music, which guides participants through structured movement increasing balance, flexibility and strength and ending with meditation.