A collective path towards health!
8:56 am

Expressive Arts Therapy

It’s not about the product; it’s about the process.

 Engaging in these creative activities brings us into relationship with all parts of ourselves.  We get to observe what happens when we are challenged or inspired, arrogant or humbled, lonely or connected.  All of this while we agree to create a container that allows for these parts to emerge and if we are willing, we get to see where we’ve been stuck.  We encounter our self and each other in an honest way.

It may be that you just want to put yourself in a situation that allows you to play and create because you know how valuable it is.  Like when you choreograph a dance in your head and you can feel the body ache to move it, or unable to fall asleep because you’re so excited to continue to work on that painting the next day.  To experience “the flow” where the inner critic is silenced and we are in the “right” brain for even just moments is pure joy. 

These workshops are not all about technique they are about discovery of the self.  They are about gaining resources to work toward a goal. You show up exactly as you are and maybe along the way, let go of some fears to see who you can really be.

It is the intention to create a space that feels safe.  Just know that there is choice along the way, always.  You share as much as you like and participate however it feels right.

Join us for the series 

Come join Vicki Peltz and guest facilitators for this expressive arts encounter...

On Saturdays from 10a-1p

March 25th- Journal making and exploring written word - $55              
April 29th- Freeing the Voice - $45         
May 27th– Expression through Movement - $45          
June 24th– Discovering your way with clay - $50

Register online at AlchemyBoone.com or call, for questions at 828-406-7060

Vicki Peltz holds a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. She is currently in private practice and is co-owner of the Alchemy Center for healing therapies. She is also yoga instructor, Vipassana meditator, and mother.



1:35 pm

A Guide to Visceral and Neural Manipulation

The originator of both Visceral Manipulation (VM) and Neural Manipulation (NM) is Jean-Pierre Barral, a French Osteopath and Registered Physical Therapist. Barral developed VM, a manual therapy that focuses on the internal organs of the body, and began teaching it in the United States as early as 1985. Alongside Alain Croibier, another Osteopath from France, Barral continued his studies into the effects of trauma on tissues of the body. Through this work, Barral and Croibier found that “any trauma to the body impacts and elicits a reaction from the entire nervous system.” Following their discovery, Barral and Croibier developed a form of therapy to focusing on the Nervous System.

For this information and more, go to http://www.barralinstitute.com/

Visceral Manipulation

VM is a gentle manual therapy that focuses on the organs and helps to improve your “body’s ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunction." Rather than focus on the site of the complication, VM is built upon an evaluation process that takes the entire body into account. A VM Therapist looks for a “compensatory pattern beneath the site of the issue in order to reveal a source and treat the corresponding tissue.” An individual’s body is made up of” interrelated components that are set in perpetual motion." Organs can lose mobility for a number of reasons and when this occurs, the body is forced to compensate. In order for your body to operate smoothly, it needs to be in balance.

“VM treatment is based on gentle compression mobilization and elongation of the soft tissues.” The number of sessions required to treat a patient can vary on a case by case basis; however, most “experience significant improvement within three to five sessions."

Neural Manipulation

NM is a gentle therapy that focuses on the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. If the nervous system isn’t functioning properly, an individual may suffer pain or loss of function in an area of the body. NM works by first identifying “local nerve restrictions and fixation.”  Like with VM, beneath the pain or complication there is a pattern that presents itself in a patient’s body, this is what a NM Therapist looks for. Through trauma, a nerve can become “fixed” or dysfunctional, meaning that it can’t move freely with its surroundings as it should. This can lead to wider spread areas of disharmony, which can cause structural and functional problems over time. With treatment, NM helps to “re-establish communication in the body and improve its ability to adapt and restore itself to optimal health.“

“Treatment is comprise of precise gentle engagement, mobilization and elongation of the soft tissues, and most specifically, the nerves.” The number of sessions required to treat a patient can vary on a case by case basis; however, most “experience significant improvement within three to five sessions."

For a visual demonstration, take a look at our YouTube video.


As a PR and Marketing intern at Alchemy, I can’t cite an overabundance of experience in practicing VM or NM; however, I can attest to the benefits I’ve personally experienced. As Eli has been continuing his studies, I’ve been given VM treatments to evaluate areas lacking in proper organ mobility. We found that my stomach was in fact “fixed” in the sense that it lacked lateral movement. This wasn’t too surprising considering I’ve dealt with digestive issues for years. After one session with Eli, I could tell a difference in my general comfort and even experienced less nausea. Since beginning the treatments, I’ve been able to cut down on medication that I’ve taken daily with little change over the past 4 years. What did surprise me is how much change can take place from short sessions comprised of gentle therapies. Having never had a massage before the VM treatments, I was a little nervous, but they proved unobtrusive and effective.

Tom Eddins, L.Ac.
2:19 pm

3 Ways Acupuncture Affects Your Body - "What Do the Needles Do?"

Acupuncture is a gentle yet powerful tool for helping you recover from stress, pain and illness. In this video I answer the question, "What do the needles do?", and talk in plain terms about how acupuncture works. Acupuncture allows the practitioner, the Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), to communicate with your body through the language of sensation, a language your body understands. To administer acupuncture successfully I must first insert the hair-thin needle as painlessly as possible, and then the therapeutic part begins. Then I will create a mild sensation that may be experienced as tingling, pulling, moving, a mild dull ache, heat, coolness or spreading. Your nervous system then picks up this stimulus and the different points being stimulated collectively creates a message to your body to do 3 main things: 1) Adjust sensation 2) Regulate circulation 3) Recalibrate feedback loops Adjusting sensation means positively affecting things like pain, nausea, dizziness, fullness, anxiety, etc. Regulating circulation means improving blood flow through a restricted area or bringing blood flow to an area lacking it, such as an old injury or cold hands and feet. Recalibrating feedback loops refers to helping your body to recover from out of balance cycles, such as hormonal cycles, sleep cycles and digestive cycles. In these ways acupuncture allows me to "speak" to the body in it's own language, in a way which sends a clear message to promote a healing response. The body is designed to survive but with a little stimulation in the right way, we can remind it that it also has the intelligence to heal itself. I would love to hear of your experience with acupuncture! Let me know about it in the comments below.

9:44 am

Alchemical Origins: Creation and Transformation

About five years ago now, Officer William Mast Jr. was shot in the line of duty. Eli Peltz heard the news that same day from his neighbor, a social worker at the Watauga County Sheriff’s office. It was a dark moment for the Watauga community, the type of moment rarely felt in our mountain towns. As Watauga grieved the loss of one of its own, Eli felt a deeper connection with his community and was stirred to action.

“My heart just melted the next day when I saw an officer going about his normal duties. I realized that he may have a family that’s scared for him to go in to work that day. I realized how deeply this affected our community, yet there seemed to be a lack of connection between local communities.
Eli wanted to do something to bring people closer together and give back to the men and women who give themselves for the High Country. Eli didn’t think running for office was the right choice for him, so he set out to create a place that could make a positive impact in the community. This is how the Myo Clinic was born. The Myo Clinic was a center for encouraging health and wellness, especially through massage therapy. Over the past five years, the Myo Clinic has spent greater than 3,000 hours massaging the citizens of Watauga County, including sheriffs, police, state troopers and firemen. Eli feels that these people are what binds a community together and wants to continue with his original mission, to preserve the community through health and wellness.

“If we can relieve just a little suffering, whether it’s fixing an injured shoulder, aiding in proper digestion, or just helping someone to breathe a little easier, we can feel good about a day’s work. I hope this gets taken up everywhere, this project, so that everyone is looking out for everyone else.”

In the past year, Eli has made a number of changes in his practice, expanding it to include new services provided by highly skilled members of the Alchemy family. It’s for this reason that the name was changed. Alchemy, Center for Healing Therapies is where eastern and western medicine meet.