Seattle Healing Arts Center

More About Our Therapies

Seattle Healing Arts practitioners offer a wide range of therapies for healing body, mind, and spirit, including:



The ancient Chinese believed there is a universal life energy called "Qi" (or Chi) that circulates throughout the body along pathways called "meridians". When this energy flows freely, we experience good health. If energy flow is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness can occur. Acupuncture uses fine needles to stimulate meridian points on the body to free up the Qi energy and restore normal functions and balance to the body.

5-Element Acupuncture

A form of acupuncture based on the premise that man is an inextricable part of the 5 Elements of Nature —Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water— and those elements affect health and emotional being. 5 Element Acupuncture focuses on a person's relationship to these elements and nature's cycles to diagnose imbalances in the body. Treatments may involve placement of a fine needle on a meridian point and turning it, then removing it (as opposed to leaving the needle in place for a time).

Acutonics Healing

Acutonics is an energy-based modality similar to acupuncture. Precision-calibrated tuning forks are applied to meridian points to access the body's energy systems. The sound waves of the forks vibrate and travel deeply into the body along energy pathways, affecting human physiology in ways not easily accessed by traditional medicine. Applying the forks stimulates and balances the body's physical and subtle energy fields to facilitate healing, and promote balance and well-being.

Tibetan Medicine

Similar to 5-Element, Tibetan Medicine is based on the premise that each person is made up of the 5 universal elements —Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and Space— and that each element has specific influences on the body. Treatments often include acupuncture (to stimulate energy channels in the body), massage, and/or botanical medicines to restore balanced energy in mind, body, and spirit.


A system of health care that focuses on the self-healing capacity of the body and the importance of proper nervous system function as a key to maintaining good health. Chiropractic therapy commonly uses spinal manipulation to restore proper function to musculoskeletal systems; it may also include lifestyle modification, nutritional therapy, physiotherapy, and other modalities.


The modalities of energy healing offered by Seattle Healing Arts practitioners include:

Brennan Healing Science

A form of energy healing that combines hands-on techniques with spiritual and psychological processes. In addition to being used to promote healing of disease conditions, this therapy can also help develop mental clarity and stability, unleash creativity, and improve overall well being.


A meditative form of energy healing that focuses on accessing altered states of consciousness and the unconscious to promote emotional healing. Methodologies include hypnotherapy, breathwork, trance and psychodrama exercises, energy channeling, and kundalini meditation to rebalance the chakra energy centers in the body.


A trance-like form of therapy wherein hypnosis is used to access subconscious or unconscious levels where the mind may be more open to suggestion in order to heal physical, emotional or behavioral disorders.

Quantum Touch

A hands-on form of energy healing whereby a practitioner focuses and amplifies lifeforce energy (Chi), using breathing and body awareness exercises, to hold a high vibrational field around an area of pain or stress on the patient's body. This high vibration of energy facilitates healing by raising the energy frequency of that part of the body, which then allows the body's own capacity for healing to go to work as it deems necessary.


Medical practice that supports children, adolescents, and adults for a wide range of general health conditions, as well as preventive care.


In addition to botanical medicines used in Naturopathy, some Seattle Healing Arts practitioners offer specialized modalities of herbal medicine including:

Ayurvedic Therapy

An ancient healthcare system that uses herbal remedies, minerals, and natural foods to cure illness and maintain health. Ayurvedic may also include cleansing, and massage techniques to loosen toxins in the body so they can be released naturally.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

An ancient and highly complex practice that uses the healing properties of medicinal plants for diagnosis and treatment. Herbal remedies are often used in teas and supplements, and are a powerful adjunct to acupuncture. The practitioner defines a treatment strategy using precise herbs based on the patient's age, gender, general condition, and immediate symptoms.

Unani Medicine

Unani medicine is Greek in origin and is based on the premise that four primary elements of nature —Earth, Water, Fire and Air— are present in the human body, and when those elements are in balance, we experience good health; when they're out of balance, we feel pain or illness. Unani remedies often rely on herbs and nutrition.


Homeopathy is based on the principle of "like cures like," a theory of opposites that believes a little of what ails you can cure the larger issue. Substances that, in large amounts, cause illness symptoms are used in miniscule amounts to treat those same symptoms. Homeopathic remedies are gentle, safe and effective  – typically taken as tiny pills or drops under the tongue.


Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis, a natural but altered state of mind to induce a deep state of relaxation, during which our sub or unconscious minds are highly receptive to new perspectives and ideas for changing problematic thoughts or behaviors. It is a safe and enjoyable process that can change lives in positive and exciting ways.


Doctors of internal medicine, often called "internists", focus on adult medicine. Internists have had special study and training focusing on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. Because of their wide-ranging knowledge of complex diseases, internists are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians and help solve puzzling diagnostic problems. Internists' patients like knowing that they have a relationship with a physician who is equipped to deal with routine problems such as the flu or fatigue to in-depth care for diseases such as diabetes, depression, cancer or heart disease.


A hands-on therapy that manipulates the body's muscular and soft tissue structure through a variety of techniques that help to increase range of motion and flexibility, reduce stress and pain, improve circulation, and support overall well-being. Common massage modalities include Swedish, Shiatsu, trigger point, deep tissue, hot stone therapy, and more.

Some additional modalities offered by Seattle Healing Arts practitioners include:

Cranio-Sacral Therapy

A hands-on therapy that involves gentle manipulation or massage of the skull and/or spine to restore healthy flow of cerebrospinal fluid through nerve passages, which may have become restricted by trauma or nervous tension. CST is particularly useful for mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, and chronic nervous conditions.


A multidimensional form of massage therapy that integrates mind and body for the most holistic healing potential. Hellerwork combines deep-tissue bodywork with coaching on how to move and breathe to keep the body at easy and minimize strain. This therapy also encourages dialogue to help release thoughts or feelings that may be causing stress and imbalance in the body.

Lymph Drainage Therapy

A hands-on therapy that uses massage-like strokes on the body to stimulate the flow of lymph fluid. It is used primarily for treating lymphedema, which is a swelling in the limbs caused by lymph accumulation. This modality also promotes healing in nervous, immune and muscular systems.

Visceral Manipulation

A hands-on therapy that uses gentle adjustments to work with the visceral (organ) systems in the body to locate and alleviate abnormal points of tension, which may have been caused by trauma, infection, stress, etc.

Our bodies are a web of interconnected tissues that flux and flow around our organs in thousands of subtle movements. If adhesions develop between tissues or organs, they create a stickiness that restricts free movement, which can result in decreased organ function and ill health. VM encourages the body's own natural mechanisms for healing by relieving tension points around organs, allowing the body to restore its natural balance.


A practice that focuses on the support and education of women during pregnancy, as well as assisting in delivery and postnatal care of the mother and infant.


Naturopathic medicine is a distinct method of primary health care —an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness. Naturopathic physicians seek to restore and maintain optimum health in their patients by emphasizing the body's inherent self-healing process. This is accomplished through education and the use of natural therapeutics.

Naturopathic treatment often uses a blend of therapies which may include any of the following: nutritional substances, botanical medicine, homeopathy, naturopathic physical manipulative therapy, minor surgery, natural childbirth, psychotherapy, and acupuncture.


NeuroFeedback Therapy

EEG-based Biofeedback for the brain, accessing the brain's own built in mechanism for self healing and optimal functioning. Neurofeedback is a revolutionary way to work with the brain using a reliable well known tool in an entirely new way. It is a gentle, non-invasive permanent brain wave therapy for ADD/ADHD, Post Traumatic Stress, anxiety, insomnia, traumatic brain injury, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, addiction/substance abuse, panic disorder, OCD, social anxiety, and more. This therapy typically includes nutritional and supplementary treatment to optimize brain function.

BioFeedback Therapy

A behavioral therapy that helps people learn how to consciously control involuntary conditions such as muscle spasms or migraines. Biofeedback uses painless electrodes on the body to monitor biological functions (e.g., heart rate, skin temperature, blood pressure, breathing rate) and provide feedback to the patient as they perform relaxation or visualization techniques to bring about a desired change. The biofeedback device reports progress by a change in beeps or flashes or tones.


A specialized branch of psychiatry that helps people with emotional, cognitive, or behavioral disorders that are caused by neurological diseases. Treatment is helpful for conditions such as seizures, atypical spells, headaches, fatigue, head injury, dementia, focal impairments, movement disorders, neuro-endocrine conditions and refractory psychiatric conditions.


Therapy that focuses on restoring and maintaining optimal health through carefully managed diet plans that address the patient's nutritional needs.


A practice of rehabilitative treatment that uses exercise, massage or other techniques to help condition muscles and restore strength and movement in areas of the body that have been injured or suffered some type of disorder.


The modalities offered by Seattle Healing Arts practitioners include:

Clinical Social Work

Clinical Social Workers are trained in psychotherapy and help individuals, families or groups deal with mental, behavioral, and emotional problems with a goal toward improving physical, psychological, and social functioning.


Counseling can be defined as a relatively short term, interpersonal, theory based process of helping persons who are fundamentally psychologically healthy resolve developmental and situational issues. This specialty encompasses a broad range of practices that help people improve their well being, alleviate distress and maladjustment, resolve crises, and increase their ability to live more highly
functioning lives.

Life coaching assists people in determining and achieving personal and professional goals, as well as teaching ways to experience greater fulfillment in life.

Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt Therapy is an experiential psychotherapy approach which facilitates awareness in the various contexts of life by moving from talking about situations to action and direct current experience.

Life Coaching

Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches help people improve their performances and enhance the quality of their lives. Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. Life coaches provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.


Psychotherapy is an interpersonal, relational intervention used by trained psychotherapists to cure or improve emotional or behavioral problems. This usually includes increasing individual sense of well being and reducing subjective discomforting experience. Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change. Psychological counseling is offered through individual, couple, family or group sessions.

Psychotherapy may be undertaken by trained clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, mental health counselors, school counselors, or professionals of other mental health disciplines.


Skin care modalities used to enhance skin appearance and reduce the signs of aging include:

Medical-Grade Topicals and Peels clinical strength skin care to:

  • Exfoliate skin and stimulate collagen production
  • Improve appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Treat acne and acne scarring
  • Reduce appearance of broken capillaries, rosacea
  • Diminish hyperpigmentation of aged, sun-damaged skin
  • Balance skin pH, moisture, and elasticity

Microdermabrasion deep exfoliation treatment used to:

  • Improve appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Remove dead skin layer to revitalize dull, blotchy skin
  • Prevent buildup of debris, acne
  • Diminish hyperpigmentation of aged, sun-damaged skin
  • Increase nutrient and product absorption
  • Improve appearance of scars and stretch marks

Microcurrent Treatments painless and relaxing technology for:

  • Acne and sun-damaged skin
  • Non-surgical toning of face & body
  • Facial & body sculpting/contouring
  • Increase in collagen and elastin production
  • Increase in blood circulation in the area treated
  • Cellulite reduction and lymphatic drainage

Laser Therapy ND:YAG technology used to:

Introducing the TriBeam Q Switched ND Yag Laser! Our new state of the art laser is available for a variety of services with no downtime.

  • Treatment of pigmented skin - Melasma (Pregnancy Mask), freckles, sun spots, age spots, hyperpigmentation
  • Treatment of chronic acne and acne scars
  • Minimize appearance of Rosacea - Although it can't be cured, we can help minimize the appearance with repeat laser treatments
  • Carbon peel for skin rejuvenation and toning - Minimize appearance of large pores; diminish wrinkles/fine lines; tone and tighten aging skin; increase collagen production for more youthful looking skin
  • Tattoo removal - new technology makes tattoo removal faster, safer, more effective
  • Treat toenail fungus and warts


A form of therapy that uses sound to balance and align the physical body and its energy centers (chakras). It works on the premise that everything in the Universe is energy in vibration, and that using various types of sound, healing can occur when the body is realigned to its natural frequencies of vibration.

Practitioners may use intuition, intention and visualization to select appropriate sound healing frequencies, and therapy might include human voice, tuning forks, tonal sounds or music to help release pain and stress, and align unbalanced areas of the body.

Acutonics Healing

Acutonics is an energy-based treatment that is similar to acupuncture. Precision-calibrated tuning forks are applied to specific meridian points to access the body's energy systems. The sound waves of the forks vibrate and travel deeply into the body along energy pathways, affecting human physiology and reaching places not easily accessed by traditional medicine. Applying the forks stimulates and balances the body's physical and subtle energy field to promote healing and inner harmony.


Spinal Manipulation focuses on the relationship between the spinal column and the nervous system, and uses gentle movement to make spinal adjustments that help alleviate problems caused by misalignment of the vertebrae. This type of therapy can relieve acute pain in the back, neck, arms, hands, and legs, and has has shown to be extremely effective in treating auto accident victims and repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Although chiropractic medicine can be practiced only by certified chiropractic doctors, Spinal Manipulation therapy is offered by some of our Naturopathic and Family Practice Physicians.



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