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Inner Peace and Wellness Center Soothes Both Minds and Bodies

By Pamela Sosnowski

According to its welcoming signs out front, cold drinks, fruit smoothies, and most importantly, inner peace are available for the taking at the Inner Peace and Wellness Center. The Atlanta-based holistic treatment spa offers massage, acupuncture, ionic foot baths, and more to help clients feel their best. Part of owner Nancy Hartman's motivation for opening the center was to give people alternative health treatments that in some cases may be more affordable options than traditional Western medicine.

"My inspiration to open Inner Peace and Wellness Center was the desire to help people that are looking for alternative health methods, and offer these modalities under one roof, with an approach of body, mind, and spirit," she said. "Being self employed most of my life, I have lived without having medical insurance. With that perspective, I know the need is there to find ways to care for ourselves alternatively, and treat as such when possible."

In addition to several forms of massage therapy, the center specializes in acupuncture and Reiki, a Japanese form of therapy based on the belief that the hands can affect and manipulate energy in the body. Hypnosis sessions are also available, and used to help cease smoking, lose weight, overcome phobias and more.

Every Thursday night the center holds a "Melting Pot Meditation" which allows participants to use any form of meditative action of their choosing, from breath control to guided imagery. A small shop inside the center sells an assortment of crystals, essential oils, homeopathic remedies, books, and more, giving visitors another way to keep the good vibes flowing at home.

The infrared sauna is a unique offering, giving clients the opportunity to reap the warming, body hugging benefits of sunlight without any of its damaging effects. Infrared light has been found in several studies to soothe achy joints, stimulate circulation, counteract the effects of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and more. A session lasts for 45 minutes.

The center also regularly hosts workshops that nurture the mind/body connection and recently held a Native American Shaman class taught by an authentic Native American shaman. Although shamanism has ancient roots, it is still being used today in conjunction with more modern wellness practices. The workshop showed students how to make shamanism a part of one's daily routine to grow spiritually and stay healthy.

Inner Peace recently welcomed therapist Alex Vance to its staff, allowing them to add counseling services to their roster. Vance is a national certified counselor specializing in post stress traumatic disorder, trauma therapy, relationship counseling, and more. He has worked with clients of all ages including children and adolescents and helped people work through grief, depression, and other challenging periods in their life.

Although many of the treatments offered may allude to relaxation and stress reduction, Hartman is quick to point out that the center is all encompassing, and is there to help people improve their health and life.

"We are here to assist on their wellness journey, on a physical, mental/emotional, energetic and spiritual level," she said. "Whether its a physical ailment they are wanting to treat, looking to gain direction on their life journey, or just stopping by to chat and connect, I think that choosing Inner Peace will give you an experience that goes way beyond relaxation. We look forward to serving you."

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