The Rolf Institute - More information about Rolfing.
The Upledger Institute - More information about Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation.
The Chikly Institute - More information about Lymph Drainage Therapy.
We sell many of these products in our office, so please stop by if you're looking for a local provider. (We don't carry the Yamuna body rolling balls or theracanes.)
Still point inducer - This prop is used to promote a still point - a cessation of the craniosacral pulse that resets the nervous system. I find the experience to be similar to the very deep state reached in meditation. Still points are great for people with headaches, insomnia, and anxiety, but everyone can benefit from the calming of the nervous system this still point inducer provides.
Sacrowedgy - The sacrowedgy is used to gently realign the sacrum, which often contributes to low back, hip, and sciatic pain. This site also sells a wonderful neck roll, which you lie upon to gently open and lengthen the neck. The sacrowedgy is nice to use in conjuction with either a still point inducer or the neck pillow.
Sacroiliac Belt - This belt is for people who experiences chronic sacroiliac joint dysfunction. It supports, stabilizes, and relieves strain on the joint. Wearing this belt throughout the day allows the ligaments and muscles to recuperate and repair themselves. After several months of usage, the joints should be better aligned and the muscles and ligaments better able to support them.
Yamuna body rolling balls - Use these firm balls to release your own fascia, reducing pain and improving function.
Ma roller - A tool to stretch and adjust your own spine.
Theracane - The Theracane is used to "apply pain-relieving deep compression directly to hard, knotted "trigger points" anywhere they occur - breaking up tension even in the hardest-to-reach muscles between your shoulder blades! If you have limited strength or mobility, Thera Cane's patented design gives you all the reach and leverage you need!"
Neck Support Pillows - A pillow that provides support for your cervical spine as you sleep. Many companies make neck support pillows; this link is just to one example of such a pillow.
Skin Brush - Use this to brush your whole body, amplifying the flow of your lymph fluid and boosting your immune function. It also stimulates and clears your skin, your largest eliminative organ.
In addition to the therapists at Kinetikos, Lawrence is home to many health care practitioners who offer wonderful services that complement the care one receives from us.
Carolyn Micek and Susannah Neal, Southwind Health Collective, 941 Kentucky, 843-7500
"Traditional Chinese medicine is a 2500-year-old complete health care system based on the premise that your health is determined by the energy patterns in your body. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture focuses on correcting these imbalances by stimulating specific points on the body through the use of fine needles (for most people this treatment is painless). A variety of acute and chronic health conditions can be treated, including pain, gastrointestinal disorders, and gynecological challenges."
Dr. Jeff Nichols, 1023 Kentucky, 842-6500
Through a combination of biofeedback, acupuncture, and nutrition, Dr. Nichols aims to "combine the best of conventional medicine and 'complementary' medicine in the treatment of chronic health problems and in health promotion." His goal is "comprehensive, personalized, effective diagnosis and treatment."
Elaine Brewer, Certified Advanced Rolfer™, 303 W 11th St, 749-2740
Carol Rasor, Certified Advanced Rolfer™, 303 W 11th St, 843-5854
Rolfing is a "system of body restructuring and movement education. It releases the body's segments--legs, torso, arms etc.--from life-long patterns of tension and bracing and permits gravity to re-align them. By doing so, it balances the body. . . . Because the body is better-balanced after Rolfing, it expends less of its vital energies against gravity. This biological energy-efficiency is often experienced as a higher level of alertness and vitality. Movement becomes easier and overall personal functioning tends to improve."
Tom Overholser, massage therapist, 939-0820,
Tom practices massage therapy. He brings the quality of his long-time Qigong practice to his work, creating very integrating sessions.
Southwind Health Collective: Massage, Bodywork & Acupuncture, 941 Kentucky, 843-7500
Southwind has been "serving the Lawrence community since 1986. . . . [They] offer massage, bodywork, and acupuncture to strengthen your natural ability to heal, relieve pain, and ease tension." Their diverse staff offers a wide range of bodywork. Their therapists are: Brenda Bedford-Sampson, Marci Costello, Joy deMaranville, Carol Marshall, Carolyn Micek, Susannah Neal (see acupuncture above), Anne Underwood, and Todd Wyant.
Shawna Saubers-Ristic, massage therapist, 691.6639,
Shawna practices deep-tissue massage, craniosacral therapy, and prenatal massage. She also provides infant massage instruction.
Dr. Mikell Adams, Adams Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 1201 Wakarusa, Suite A1, 838-9000
Vicky Lysen, MS Ed; VML Fitness, Inc.; 513 Lawrence Ave; 841-8108
Vicky Lysen provides personal fitness training, small group fitness, and wellness consultation. She works with her clients to develop whole-body wellness, core strength, balanced stability and agility, and fitness for a lifetime.
The Sastun Center, 10875 Grandview Drive, Overland Park, 913-345-0060
This integrative health center offers a variety of services: "Family Medicine, Chinese Medicine through acupuncture and herbs, Natural Therapeutics, Massage Therapy, Counseling, Clinical Hypnotherapy, and Naturopathic Medicine." Dr. Jane Murray works to "integrate conventional Western medicine with non-conventional approaches to health and illness."
Natural Medical Care, 4824 Quail Crest Pl, 749-2255
Dr. Mehdi Khosh and Dr. Farhang Khosh provide naturopathic services in Lawrence. "Our approach to healthcare is comprehensive and unique to the field of Natural Medicine. We feel that a treatment program needs to be specific, individualized and integrate the best of East and West. We are dedicated in giving our patients every advantage to completely recover their health. We do this by offering a wide range of complementary therapies for optimizing patient’s personal health recovery." They offer "Nutrition, Lifestyle counseling, Botanical (herbal) medicine, Acupuncture, Physical Medicine and Homeopathy."
Margot Gray, Core Form Pilates, 912 Indiana, 760-2333
Margot Gray is a Pilates instructor certified through the Physicalmind Institute. She provides private lessons for one or two people in a quiet environment and with much personal attention. Through Pilates exercises, one can coordinate the mind, body, and breath to develop sleek and functionally strong abdominal muscles, a strong and supple back, and alignment of the shoulder girdle. The exercises can be performed on the floor or on specialized equipment.
Jim Kreider, 1706 Learnard Ave, 331-2811
Jim Kreider, a clinical social worker, works with children, adults, couples, and families. His solution-focused practice concentrates on his clients' strengths and abilities. This technique draws out what is healthy, strong, and functional in people and works with those assets.
Mind-Body Health Professionals, 3210 Mesa Way #B, 838-4400
"At Mind-Body Health Professionals we help people transcend their current difficulties and heal themselves." Through a wide variety of therapies, the staff can help individuals with their emotional and cognitive health, personal growth, relationships, and physical health. The Mind-Body staff includes William Hale, M.D., psychiatry; Jane Sharp, Ph.D., clinical psychology; Randall Krehbiel, clinical social work; and LuAnn Sanderson, MSN, APRN, BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Yoga Center of Lawrence, 920 Massachusetts, Suite 4, 832-9642
1 1/2-hour class: $80 for 8-week session (length of sessions can vary)
The Iyengar approach to yoga emphasizes proper body alignment when performing yoga poses and the use of props to adjust the postures to meet the needs of each student. It also "emphasizes a balance between strength, flexibility, and the building of endurance. Precision in movement and attention to the more subtle aspects of posture and breath promote the development of self-awareness and the integration of mind and body. The method is safe, orderly, and progressive."
All quotes are taken from these practitioners' brochures.