Manual therapy for pain and dysfunction. What "projects" can we help you with?

We try to restore harmony of structure and function, release restrictions, increase your freedom of movement, and help you be comfortable and powerful in your own body.

Typically our medical bodywork sessions are short and problem-focused. Our assessment uses the methods of traditional Chinese medicine and modern orthopedic manual testing. Bodywork is done with or without acupuncture and herbal medicine, or other adjunctive therapies such as cupping or moxibustion, according to your needs. We may teach you therapeutic exercises and qigong for homework, and give you recommendations for diet, lifestyle, and self-care, informed by Chinese medicine and modern functional medicine. The effectiveness of bodywork is often multiplied by our multidisciplinary approach.

Our methods are an eclectic blend of what experience teaches works best. A number of our techniques, we have independently discovered and taught to others. Here are some approaches we have studied and practiced over the years, and a few of the people we've learned from:

  • Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy Dr. Erik Dalton
  • Orthopedic massage Dr. Ben Benjamin, Whitney Lowe
  • Osteopathic bodywork Dr. Leon Chaitow
  • Visionary Craniosacral Work Dr. Hugh Milne
  • Medical massage Ralph Stephens
  • Neural Reset Therapy Ralph Stephens
  • Myofascial integration Thomas Myers
  • Tuina (Chinese bodywork) Brian Moran, LAc, PT; others
  • Shiatsu, acupressure various teachers
  • Jin Shin Jyutsu Jed Schwartz

Dr. Ben Benjamin is a direct student of Dr. James Cyriax, the father of orthopedic medicine. (Yes, orthopedists used to put their hands on you and do therapy.) A number of our teachers were students of Ida Rolf (structural integration); they are advanced Rolfers who went on to develop their own systems, influenced by the Rolfing method and developed into something new. Others of our teachers are osteopaths, and still others come from long lineages of Asian bodywork. Ralph Stephens and Whitney Lowe come from a fertile field of orthopedic, sports, and medical massage knowledge and experience.

Fees for bodywork

Assessment time or teaching is billed the same as hands-on bodywork.

  • New patient visit: $140 minimum
  • Up to 10 minutes bodywork added to acupuncture: free
  • Each full unit add-on (15 minutes): $35
  • Last unit (8-15 minutes): $35
  • Bodywork only, 25 minutes: $85
  • Bodywork only, 50 minutes: $155
  • Minimum charge per visit: $85

Minimum charge applies to a combination of all services (acupuncture, bodywork, herbal consultation, etc.

Bodywork-only sessions are scheduled in half-hour time slots unless pre-arranged for longer.

Call for an appointment with us in Highlands, NC, convenient to Franklin, Dillard, Clayton, Walhalla, Westminster, Cashiers, Glenville, Cullowhee, Sapphire, or Lake Toxaway. We often can help you get lasting relief, and help keep you out of trouble.

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