A collective path towards health!
3:57 pm

Year Anniversary!

Five years ago a vision was born to have a place where community, massage and education came together. How can we use this platform to incite change, make this wonderful service accessible, and serve as ambassadors to increase the use of massage as a viable tool for medicine? Thus the Myo Clinic was born. Massage for People was our motto.

As of last June we have since evolved into a place where community, education and medicine come together. Alchemy turns one in a couple of weeks, but Alchemy was built on The Myo Clinic. The Myo Clinic lives on as part of the adventure based on an organic way of engaging a community. We now include Counseling, Acupuncture, Alexander technique, and as well as Massage. Massage is now part of a greater umbrella called Manual Medicine, which includes Myofascial, digestive, organ and nerve work. We are filling the gaps in medicine where after critical care and annual checkups, people are left on their own to navigate the world of wellness and healthcare.

Our bedrock is our commitment to the community. It's as simple as this.

When our local friendly police and sheriff, firemen and EMT are done with their rounds, we want to help their bodies heal faster and reorganize their nervous system after the hard realities of their respective work. When they are roasted from all year long of showing up day after day, we want to let them know we are here. We can unite with them to help to unwind and refocus.

We expanded this idea to teachers and social workers. Which led us to foster moms, the unsung heros. I met one who had been with over 150 kids who needed a home for 24 hours to 2 years. Her role was stressful, and so important.  

When this thread kept going, we were called into care for elderly, mothers and children, and the impoverished and homeless.

The one statistic that describes how this team has literally been working for not just their professional growth but for their personal ones.We have donated 3000 hours to our community in less than five years. That total represents 3 full time years worth in hours, This means so much to us. 

Our team takes their respective crafts very seriously and are true professionals. Through education we have an opportunity to become unique in our skills. It is how we gain knowledge. Practicing what we learn increases our knowledge base. In a beautiful circle, when we return to educate ourselves , we can increase our knowledge exponentially. At Alchemy, we have created access to education, and every therapist has grown. This allows us to be true to our personal craft, to grow during every session and to stay aware for the subtle changes that truly make the difference between a good session and one that leaves us in an amazing state. This enriches us as human beings, which shows up everywhere, including our work.

Our goal is to run a sustainable business model that nurtures all that involve themselves in Alchemy. As professionals alike, we inspire a space for our therapists to have purpose, abundance and a transcendent career. For our clients, we seek the Quantum leap of self healing with our guidance. The science of our medicine helps to organize the logistics of our sessions to improve health. The art of our medicine has less form and  is conditional on the person involved at that precise moment. We are part of the journey of life. We are perfect exactly as we are. Consciousness through a mindfulness practice can be as effective for back pain as any therapy known to man.

Alchemy blends these two worlds together. We thank you for trusting us with your bodies and minds. By supporting us, you help us to support our village.  

Tom Eddins, L.Ac.
11:53 am

Runner's Cool Down with Qigong Mindful Stretching

In this video Tom Eddins, L.Ac. covers a simple yet effective way to cool down and lengthen your muscles while also developing greater body awareness. Using qigong principles, he walks through a routine for lengthening the different musculo-skeletal lines reflected in the acupuncture channels. This qigong cool-down for runners is an excellent way to contain and balance the qi that is effectively scattered by running. In other words, when we run we spread out the flow of blood and fluids in the body and this is seen by the red in our face and sweat on our skin. One problem runners often face is a tendency to be cold when they are not running. If this is the case they often need to find ways to move and get the blood flowing while not overworking the cardiovascular system. Developing body awareness through mindful movement exercise like qigong or tai chi is a helpful place to start. These post run exercises also help to prevent cramping in the muscles by encouraging an awareness of how blood gathers in the belly of the muscles with repetitive use and therefore needs to be spread to the edges and into the tendons to prevent subsequent soreness. In this way the video adds a layer of awareness to the practice of "stretching". In other words, we should stretch not so much to stretch out the muscles like a piece of putty but to squeeze blood into the dense tendinous parts where they attach to bone. These tendinous areas tend to get brittle and dry and prone to injury when not kept well moistened and nourished by the blood and with the repetitive contraction we do during exercise we are gathering blood into the belly of the muscles. Therefore stretching with awareness and intention after exercise facilitates the muscles becoming more supple rather than stiff. If you like this video please subscribe to my channel. Also, if you're interested in learning more, there is an ongoing qigong / tai chi class at Alchemy Center for Healing Therapies, always open to beginners on Wed. morning's 10-11am and Thurs. evenings 5-6pm. Call Tom at (828)773-5032 for info.

7:32 am

Alexander Technique: A Walking Meditation

By Cole Goings

What is Alexander Technique? If you’re like me when I first started working at Alchemy, Center for Healing Therapies, you may not know.  In order to better understand it, I interviewed Dr. Rob Falvo, a teacher of Alexander Technique here at Alchemy and head of the percussion department at Appalachian State University.

Rob explained to me that Alexander Technique is based on noticing excess tension so that you can “break the chain of how you normally do things” to let your body move naturally. We all are conditioned and go about our daily lives moving habitually.  “How you are conditioned to think is how you move.”  While I took notes, Rob pointed out that I was unconsciously raising my right shoulder, thereby putting unnecessary strain on my body. There’s no specific posture when it comes to Alexander Technique, it’s a practice that places emphasis on the process rather than the end result.  When you are conscious of the process the end result takes care of itself. Alexander Technique is not a technique at all but rather a way of paying attention, a walking meditation.

I was curious what an Alexander Technique lesson entailed.  Rob was kind enough to walk me through one, explaining that it typically begins with a basic understanding of how the body moves naturally and how we typically interfere with it. With an interest in this work, you will change the way you do things thus moving with more ease and lightness.  In a lesson, the teacher can place their hands on different areas of the body, for instance, the shoulders, and interfere with the tension that the student is holding thus allowing the shoulder to lengthen out from the body.  Afterwards, students have described their shoulders as easier, lighter, longer, and found that they can breathe more fully.  Rob demonstrated by taking my arm and lengthening it out from the body, shifting my body into a more upright state, allowing my shoulders to relax themselves into a natural position. Sessions typically start in a chair, eventually transitioning to walking, while some lessons are given on a massage table. Alexander technique is noninvasive and the lesson is completed with the client fully clothed.

Falvo has been taking lessons in Alexander Technique for 24 years and teaching it for 10. I asked him what brought him to Alexander Technique. “Pain did.”  He was hurting from all the end-gaining (going for the end result without paying attention to the process) he was doing and all the fear he had while he was performing, teaching music, and living his life.   He found that taking Alexander Technique lessons not only relieved the pain but that his mind was more at peace. He found the Alexander Technique as a “life changer”.  Rob shared that due to Alexander Technique “life is typically easier.”