Monday, February 20, 2017

New Office Location

I've recently moved the acupuncture office to the Total Health and Wellness building at 2401 & 2403 Whipple Ave. NW in Canton. 

My office is in the lower level of 2403 Whipple.  It's one building with 2 addresses; one for the upper and one for the lower part.

The team at Total Health and Wellness have a strong belief in a holistic approach.  They offer counseling services, yoga, art therapy, massage and now my services of acupuncture, Reiki and massage therapy.

I'm glad to be a part of this group of professionals as we expand the vision of the center.  

Friday, September 30, 2016

Akron-Canton Hot List: Thanks for Voting for Us

I'd like to thank everyone who voted for us.  Whereas we were Number 1 last year, we came up number 2 this year.  Congrats to the winner in Akron.  I appreciate coming in 2nd in a contest we didn't even enter.    Click here to see the award.

I am again surprised by the award because we didn't ask anyone to vote for us.  The fact that people voted without any encouragement from us is appreciated.

We'll continue to do everything we can to help our patients and to be deserving of this award.

Thank you.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Which Nutritional Supplements Should I Take?

"Which Nutritional Supplements Should I Take?"  I hear this every week in my acupuncture practice.  It's a reasonable question.  Even conventional medical doctors are realizing that it is difficult to get optimal nutrients in a modern American diet.

This blog is not going to discuss every reason we might benefit from supplementation.  But, consider these few items:

1. Most food is grown on nutrient depleted soils.  If it's not in the soil, it's not in the food.

2. Most food is sprayed with pesticides and herbicides.  These toxins create additional stress on the body.

3. Stressful lifestyles cause the body to burn through nutrients more rapidly.

Each one of those topics could be a chapter in a book.  But let's cut to the chase.…where to start?  

The following are general suggestions for your consideration.

1. If you can only take one product, consider a good Multi-Vitamin.  I carry products form several companies and they all make good Multi-Vitamins.  The one I personally use is Life Extension Mix Tablets.  This may not be a good fit for some as they suggest 9 per day.  I use 6 per day, but I understand that some people only want to take a "One a Day" or "Two per Day" supplement.  Life Extension makes those as well.

The reason I'm willing to take that many tablets is that is has so many plant extracts, minerals and unique nutrients, it covers a lot of bases in one product.

2. Fish oil/Omega 3 Fatty acids.  If you're willing to add another product, essential fats have many benefits from supporting a healthy inflammatory response to promoting heart health.  My personal choice is Life Extensions' Super Omega 3.

Also, I don't think it's wise to buy inexpensive supplements.  Use name brand supplements by companies that specialize in nutritional products.  It would be better, in my opinion, to take less of a quality product than to buy cheap products and take full doses.

With those 2 general products as a foundation, you can add others that are targeted to your specific needs.  

Important supplements that many people can benefit from include CoQ 10 and Vitamin D.  How do you know if you need to supplement with those?  Easy!  Get a blood test.  You may have to request these and your insurance may not cover them.  However, check with to see if their blood test prices are less expensive than what your doctor would charge.

Another service Life Extension offers is that you can discuss your blood test results with a physician on staff.  They can give you another perspective on your needs based on your blood work.

If your CoQ 10 or Vitamin D levels are not optimal, these would be excellent additions to your wellness program.

This article was not intended to be a plug for the Life Extension Foundation, but their products are the foundation of my personal wellness program.  I use products from several companies but I do notice that most of them are from Life Extension.

Good nutritional support is just one pillar of a healthy lifestyle.  Adequate exercise, quality sleep and stress reduction are also important.

It would be nice if it didn't matter what we did and we could just feel great.  For most of us, our conscious choices will determine how good we feel and how much quality of life we have.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Akron-Canton Hot List: Thanks for Voting Us #1

I'd like to thank everyone who voted for us as the best acupuncture practice in Akron-Canton according to the Hot List.  Click here to see the award.

I was surprised by the award because we didn't ask anyone to vote for us.  The fact that people voted without any encouragement from us is appreciated.

We'll continue to do everything we can to help our patients and to be deserving of this award.

Thank you.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Reiki 1 & 2 on Your Schedule

Reiki (pronounced ray’-key) is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy. The Usui System of Reiki was born out of the experience and dedication of Dr. Mikao Usui in the late 1800’s. It provides a means of accessing and focusing this energy for personal well-being and growth.

Reiki helps balance physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy. It is a powerful tool for health and wellness, stress reduction and self-care. This natural healing art supports the body’s ability to heal physical ailments and may open the mind to the root causes of disease and pain.

Reiki can be effectively incorporated into the healing arts practiced by massage therapists, nurses, counselors and physicians. Anyone can easily learn to use this holistic tool to create balanced wellness in life.

In the First Degree weekend seminar you will learn the history of Reiki, how to treat yourself and others, and the five precepts of Reiki. This is a relaxed, experiential workshop with time practicing and sharing your experience. 

If you've already been trained in First Degree Reiki, you may be drawn to more advance work.

I've been teaching Reiki since 1993 and have had the honor of sharing this gift with hundreds of people.

While I do offer formal weekend seminars, I've found that people often appreciate the option of scheduling a one on one training to fit their schedule.

Call me at 330-477-0777 if you are interested in personal training in either First or Second Degree training.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Acupuncture Presentation at Merging Hearts

Acupuncture in the 21st Century

January 11, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - 

Educational Event | with Michael Vahila, LAC, LMT
Learn about the history and philosophy of acupuncture. We’ll look at how it works, how it is being used in modern times and how it can help you.

In all health care systems there must be a way to evaluate the current state of health. Traditionally, acupuncture uses tongue and pulse to help determine the state of the patient. Over 70 years ago, Dr. Nakatani developed a system that graphically shows how the energy flows in the body.The Acugraph Meridain Imaging System takes advantage of the computer to quickly and graphically show the results. We’ll take a look at the energy of volunteers from the audience.

East Meets West
People in America are still in the process of integrating the “wisdom of the East” into our culture. Western medicine has made great advances in reliving suffering but still comes up short for many people. Come learn about a time tested, natural option for pain, chronic conditions and difficult to treat issues.

Michael Vahila, LAC, LMT
Michael Vahila

Michael is a National Board Certified Acupuncturist and Licensed Massage Therapist.  In addition to his private practice, he has been teaching massage therapy at Stark State College for over 15 years. On Sunday, January 11, he’ll be sharing the benefits of acupuncture from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM at Merging Hearts.
For more information contact:  Michael Vahila, LAC, LMT, 330-477-0777
January 11, 2015
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Merging Hearts Holistic Center
3751 Burrshire Drive NW, Canton, OH44709 United States
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http://merginghearts.orgMerging Hearts Holistic Center is a non-profit educational and cultural community offering opportunities to nurture the mind, heal the body and awaken the spirit.

Merging Hearts Holistic Center a non-profit 501-C3. A free-will donation of $5 is suggested for most events & classes at the center. All donations are tax deductible.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins

I don't usually write about money.  My practice is about physical health.  But the reality is, you can't be truly physically healthy if you are not also mentally, emotionally, spiritually and financially healthy.

So by way of encouraging you to put a little thought into your financial health, I'd like to recommend a book.  Money: Master the Game is an excellent place to start.  It will save you time and money by taking advantage of the insights Tony Robbins shares.

I've learned the hard way that many of the suggestions Tony doles out are true.  I've paid high fees in mutual funds, chased performance in managed funds, started saving too late, failed to create a plan and be committed consistently to it.  I know I'm not alone in this.  Financial information is contradictory and confusing.  Everybody has a point of view.

There is no "spoiler alert" here.  I won't even begin to boil down the 600 pages for you.  I'll just encourage you to take your time, read it and ACT on it.

So while this is not in my scope of practice to consult with you on money, let me refer you to an expert; Tony Robbins.