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ADK Wellness Alliance

(DoNorth/Kayla Breen) Two stories above downtown Plattsburgh in a rustic brick-walled room of the Adirondack Wellness Alliance, Kristin Moore skillfully massages a completely-relaxed client. Moore practices extreme focus and precision in tailoring her touch to her client’s specific needs. “I think that labels like ‘deep-tissue’ or ‘Swedish massage’ are just guiding terms,” Moore says, beginning to explain her massage method. “For me, it’s all about understanding each unique client’s body, muscles and needs.” Moore’s talent in feeling for problem areas is so advanced that she practices reiki, a Japanese technique utilizing touch to transfer energy which alleviates stress and promotes…

(DoNorth/Kayla Breen)

Two stories above downtown Plattsburgh in a rustic brick-walled room of the Adirondack Wellness Alliance, Kristin Moore skillfully massages a completely-relaxed client. Moore practices extreme focus and precision in tailoring her touch to her client’s specific needs.

“I think that labels like ‘deep-tissue’ or ‘Swedish massage’ are just guiding terms,” Moore says, beginning to explain her massage method. “For me, it’s all about understanding each unique client’s body, muscles and needs.”

Moore’s talent in feeling for problem areas is so advanced that she practices reiki, a Japanese technique utilizing touch to transfer energy which alleviates stress and promotes relaxation and physical healing.

“Reiki is done through clothing, so it’s a great option for people who are nervous about traditional massage,” Moore says.

In a neighboring room illuminated by an oversized Swarovski-crystal chandelier, business partner and Chinese medicine practitioner Danielle Dupell strategically inserts thin, sterile needles into the skin of a client. Acupuncture is just one of the nearly 20 Eastern medical treatments that Dupell provides in her healing oasis, operating under the name Avenue Acupuncture.

“Rarely will I use just one of the therapies,” Dupell says. With offerings ranging from moxibustion — a treatment involving the burning of mugwort near the skin to provide penetrating warmth — to micro-bleeding — a technique involving pricking a specific area of the skin with a small needle to therapeutically remove a few drops of old blood — Dupell has a remedy for almost any ailment. “Patients coming in to see me will surely receive more than just acupuncture,” she says.

The benefits of Eastern medicine practiced by Moore and Dupell at the Adirondack Wellness Alliance reach far beyond the physical. Moore says that massage obviously helps with aches and pain, but the benefits it has on anxiety, depression and other diagnosed mood disorders are often overlooked but extremely advantageous. The ancient form of medicine helps with some more unexpected ailments as well.

“Massage is an amazing treatment for drug and alcohol addiction,” Moore says. “I have seen mine and Danielle’s treatments aid in so many people’s recoveries.” These therapies’ benefits reach far beyond a relaxation-only experience and prove that the treatments hold great healing power.

“Pain is a funny thing sometimes. It’s complicated and often involves more than just the problem areas,” Dupell says of why Eastern medicine proves helpful to so many who haven’t found relief in more traditional methods.

“Oftentimes, acupuncture and Chinese medicine is the last resort for some after seeking multiple modalities including medication, surgery, physical therapy and chiropractic treatment.” And it works. Dupell’s clients return time and time again for her Eastern therapies, which she says are even more helpful when paired with Moore’s treatment.

“Massage is great because it treats the whole kinetic chain,” Dupell says. “I find that patients who see us both have more rapid results in terms of actually changing the composition of the muscles.”

Both practitioners also say that while the Eastern medicine offered at the Adirondack Wellness Alliance yields copious physical and mental health benefits, “you don’t actually need to be working on a chief complaint” to find the therapies advantageous.

“I have never met a person who doesn’t have some level of stress in their life — especially in the Western world,” Dupell says. “Acupuncture is great for relaxation, promoting better sleep and digestion, and just allowing the body to function at its optimum.”

Whether it’s seeking relief from an aching back, needing a peaceful remedy for decreasing anxiety, finding help with a substance abuse problem or just looking for a tranquil, relaxing retreat, Moore and Dupell have the perfect treatment at the Adirondack Wellness Alliance.

Issue 8: Winter/Spring 2017

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