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Integrative Therapy

A wide variety of therapies have been found effective in relieving pain and other symptoms related to HIV/AIDS, relieving the side effects of HIV medications and restoring a healthy flow of energy to the body and improve one’s immune system. At The Aliveness Project, we recognize that the mind, body and spirit work together to improve overall health, and believe that the integrative therapies we offer contribute to the total well-being of the individual.

The goal of our Integrative Therapy Program is to provide useful therapies such as acupuncture, massage and chiropractic care to our members at no cost. We provide a clean, comfortable space for our practitioners to work and a setting where members can relax and receive the full benefit of these therapies.

Not all services are always available. Call the front desk at (612) 824-LIFE(5433) to confirm availability and schedule an appointment.

The Integrative Therapy Program depends on caring professionals who volunteer their time and expertise. If you would like to volunteer your services, or have questions please contact Arissa Anderson, Nutrition and Wellness Programs Director, at arissa@aliveness.org, or 612-822-7946 x217

Note: Please arrive 15 minutes early for your first visit, to complete a health evaluation form and discuss areas of your body that may need special attention.

Acupressure

Acupressure is acupuncture without the needles. It uses the same principals to restore health and well-being to the body. The acupressure practitioner stimulates the specific points by pressing on them with the hands, fingers, elbows or feet. The pressure is gentle and done at a comfortable level.

Sessions usually last about 1/2 hour..

Therapeutic Effects: Acupressure may be effective at helping manage nausea and vomiting, for helping lower back pain, tension headaches, stomach ache, among other things

Acupuncture

This traditional Chinese technique may be helpful for withdrawal from addiction (caffeine, cigarettes, alcohol, cocaine, or prescription drugs), stress reduction, post-surgical recovery, chronic fatigue, signs of aging, decreased immunity, menstrual problems, and migraine headaches, nausea, vomiting and neuropathy.

The acupuncturist assesses your health by feeling the pulses at each wrist and observing the color and form of the face, tongue, and body. Information is interpreted in the context of present and past complaints, working and living habits, physical environment, family health history, and emotional life.

During the treatment, thin, sterile, disposable needles (approximately three times the width of a human hair) are inserted at precise acupuncture points. Insertion of the needles goes unnoticed by some, and to others feels like a small pinch followed by a sensation of tingling, numbness, slight ache, traveling warmth, or heaviness.

Sessions usually last about one hour.

Therapeutic Effects: Alleviation of current symptoms and discomforts, immune system enhancement, energy stimulation, balancing and toning. Many people find treatments to be much-needed respites for deep relaxation and meditation.

Craniosacral Therapy

This light-touch, noninvasive form of bodywork addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum to release compression in those areas, which alleviates stress from chronic injuries as well as providing relief from migraine headaches, neck and back pain, TMJ (the inflammation of the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull) and more.

A shiatsu treatment usually lasts for about one hour and there is no need to remove clothing since it doesnt involve oils or creams.

Meditation

A mindfulness practice can be used by anyone, anytime to improve both physical and psychological symptoms and inspire positive changes in health attitudes and behaviors. Some of the physical benefits associated with mindfulness meditation include a lessening of the fight-or-flight response (which may reduce inflammation), improved sleep, and improved ability to manage chronic pain. Mental benefits include improved concentration, reduced stress and anxiety, and a greater capacity to deal with adverse events.

T'ai Chi

Originally a martial art, tai chi has been taught for decades for its general health benefits which include increased energy, stamina, flexibility, balance/fall prevention, and reduced stress. Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels.

Massage

A variety of massage styles are available. Please inquire when making your appointment.

Sessions usually last about one hour. The therapist will leave the room, allowing you to remove your clothing and jewelry (including rings and earrings) and get comfortable on the table. The therapist will return to the room and begin the massage.

Therapeutic Effects: Stress relief, relaxation, lower blood pressure, and toxin cleansing.

Chiropractic Services

Chiropractic adjustment helps restore the normal motion of the joints and soft tissues of the body and helps remove obstacles in the body's energy flow. Specific manual contacts maximize normal healing and functioning in all systems of the body. Trigger points, reflex points, and acupressure are also used in chiropractic sessions to enhance liver or gall bladder function, lymphatic drainage, lung function, and circulation.

Sessions usually last 10 to 15 minutes.

Therapeutic Effects: Enhanced healing and immune activity, reduction of pain intensity and visceral symptoms, increased ability to handle physical and emotional stress relief, better sleeping and more efficient body functions.

Mental Health Counseling

Mental Health counseling covers a broad range of mental and emotional health issues, including substance abuse, depression, stress, problems with self-esteem and grief. Our counselors deliver client-centered and specialize in the needs of LGBTQ clients.

Sessions last approximately 45 minutes.

Yoga

Yoga consists of three parts: exercise, breathing, and meditation. Yoga exercises are simple movements that stretch the major muscle groups, strengthen the nervous system, improve circulation and stimulate the hormonal system. A regular daily program of Yoga is recommended. Even a few Yoga postures practiced consistently will increase your energy levels and feelings of well-being.

Class sessions last an hour. You should wear loose-fitting clothing. Bring a yoga mat. We have a few extras if you need one.

Therapeutic Effects: Practicing yoga is a great way to gain strength, support the immune system and increase circulation. Yoga is recommended for managing stress and anxiety. It can help ease some side effects of HIV medications, including joint pain and digestive problems.

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Since 1985, The Aliveness Project has been a community resource and active leader in the HIV community in Minnesota.

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