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PranaHarmony Wellness Center Helps You Find Your Path

By Marina I. Jokic

With a surplus of yoga and fitness centers, it's hard for a wellness studio to really stand out. But unlike most such places, PranaHarmony Wellness Center takes inspiration from Ayurvedic medicine, a holistic approach to healing and self-care. This integrative method intended to bring better physical and mental health allows people to choose from a wide variety of disciplines, modalities, and therapies.

"PranaHarmony is an enclave of experience[d], warm, and [generous teachers who set an example through the rigors of a yogic life] and lay the [groundwork] for your [own practice]," Theresa Strack, yoga instructor, said. "As seasoned health care professionals and teachers, we actually live the teachings of the Yogic way of life."

On Prana's service menu, you will see a blend of sports and therapeutic massages such as Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and neuromuscular among others. These complementary therapies are designed to promote the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the body, dissolve tension, ease stiffness, and improve muscle tone. They also help to realign deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue.

Acupressure, Shiatsu, reflexology and Tuina techniques, rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, are combined with Thai massage to promote a balanced flow in the body, for example. A combination of activated pressure points along meridian pathways together with stretches are recommended as a release for blocked energy.

Strack has more than 25 years of experience in therapeutic medicine in private counseling and home care. Her expertise comes from years of working with a wide range of clients including those with cardiac conditions, depression, post-traumatic stress, and relationship issues. Her training combines acute care sensitivity with traditional psychological methods such as cognitive behavioral techniques with the Eastern healing traditions of yoga and meditation. In particular, mindfulness meditation, specialized breathing, and gentle yoga are at the core of her work.

"Mindfulness meditation training [will help you enjoy] the benefits of mental tranquility, deep insight, motivation, and wisdom, [and it will] bring your life to a whole new level," Strack said. "The authentic, classical 16-step process developed by the Buddha 2,500 years ago is provided in a small group format where we discuss, challenge, and take in the 'how to' of awakening."

At PranaHarmony, you are sure to find whatever your body and mind might need at the moment. But having long-term goals in mind will help in choosing the types of classes and therapies most suitable for you, recommends Strack.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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