Sunday, January 14, 2018

Massage Therapy Student Resources

I have been teaching the Massage Therapy program at Stark State College in Canton, Ohio since 1999.  As a resource for students, I recorded many of the techniques and routines taught in the course.  I've found that my patients, colleagues and people from around the world have subscribed to my YouTube Channel to learn from this free resource.

I invite you to take advantage of these videos, wether you are a non-professional looking for a way to treat shoulder pain, a massage therapy student wanting to review, or a professional exploring other perspectives on techniques.

I hope my teaching provides useful information for you, whatever your needs.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Gift Certificates

Looking for a "one size fits all" gift for the holiday or other special occasion?  Consider the gift of wellness with a gift certificate from Vahila Acupuncture and Massage.  We can take your info and payment over the phone and mail your gift certificate out the same day.  Call us at 330-477-0777.

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.