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6:42 pm

Digestive Health

 By Heven Anderson

Abdominal Massage is a form of medical massage that can benefit everyone. It focuses on those who have symptoms affecting their digestion, absorption, and elimination. Digestive health is important to our overall well being because it can affect many areas of our body.


This therapy effectively relieves congestion to all major organs by increasing lymph and blood circulation in the digestive tract thus allowing food to be processed easily. Digestive Health essentially helps control the entity of the body by balancing the mind and body in focus and life. Another aspect of digestive health is that it can be controlled and managed to better your health. For example, the breath comes from the stomach so with the digestive health therapy breathing becomes easier and a deeper sense of relaxation, mental clarity, and emotional rest are possible effects from this therapy.

One of our massage therapists, Madelin Semper, focuses on Digestive Health as a specialty here at Alchemy. She offers one on one services or coupled with Tom Eddins, our acupuncturist, to complete a digestive massage and cupping service.

Madelin Semper is also having an event titled “Self-Care for Digestive Health” on Saturday September 30 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost will be $125 but you will joining Stephanie Hein, Herbalist & Educator, and Madelin Semper, Massage Therapist & Educator for this hands on class to learn how to apply self-care abdominal massage, herbs and foods to support your digestive health. To learn more, look on our website at alchemyboone.com or on Facebook as Alchemy, Center for Healing Therapies.

9:01 pm

"Cupping Therapy Rocks"

By: Tom Eddins and Heven Anderson

Cupping is a manual therapy in use for over 3000 years. It helps improve blood flow and reduce pain and inflammation in the areas which are cupped. It involves creating suction with a cup on the skin over areas of large muscles, such as the neck and shoulders, upper, middle and lower back and hips. Cupping can be used to ease headaches, abdominal pain, thoracic discomfort, muscle aches of the hips and low back, tense shoulders and much more.

Cupping involves the application of glass or plastic cups which adhere to the body through the use of a pump or by heat.  The most common method is by heat, which is done by waving a burning cotton ball that had been soaked in alcohol through the cup quickly to create a vacuum.  You do not feel the heat, but you will feel the cup pull up on the skin.  The cups are used over certain acupuncture points to treat internal conditions. Here they act to detoxify the organs they are intended to target. Cups are also used over areas of pain to treat muscular pain and tension. They create a myofascial decompression that helps fascial/connective tissue to release and relaxes muscular tension.

Once the cups are attached, they are generally left on for 5-15 minutes and are removed by simply pressing down on the skin and letting the air out.  They do leave a mark on the body which lasts for about 4-10 days depending on the condition.  The mark is very useful as a diagnostic tool – the darker the mark, the more stagnation there is in the muscles.  As the marks lighten through progressive treatments, it is a sign that the underlying conditions are improving.

Tom Eddins, L.Ac. regularly incorporates cupping into his acupuncture treatments to help relax areas being worked on or to strengthen internal organs. It also may be used as part of a combined massage and acupuncture treatment offered by Tom and Madelin Semper, LMBT. And Madelin and Elizabeth O’Connor, LMBT both practice cupping in their massage work. If you are interested in a 30 minute cupping treatment we also offer that at Alchemy.

11:15 pm

Ashtanga Yoga


Ashtanga style yoga is a system that involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures. The synchronizing produces intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. Essentially ashtanga yoga is an internal cleansing that combines breathing and movement that heats the blood, cleaning and thinning it so that it may circulate more freely. The improved blood circulation relieves joint pain and removes toxins and disease from the internal organs. The sweat generated from the heat carries the impurities out of the body. The body essentially becomes healthy, light and strong.

Ashtanga yoga focuses on the combining of three places of attention or action: posture, breathing system and looking place. Yoga, in general focuses on inner peace and a cleansing of the body and soul but Ashtanga style yoga creates an extra step to purify yourself through the practice. It covers three levels of purification: the body, nervous system and mind. These three levels of purification are always performed in conjunction with each other becoming Ashtanga Yoga.

If you want to experience the style of Ashtanga yoga, Alchemy will be offering it on Mondays at 10 a.m. starting August 14th. If you want more information, it will be available on our Facebook page soon!