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Acupuncture at NUW

Ellen Arndorfer, Acupuncturist

Ellen Arndorfer began studying Oriental Medicine in China in 1985 and has been a practicing acupuncturist for nearly 30 years.  She has been licensed in the state of Wisconsin since 1990, after graduating from the Midwest Center for the Study of Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture.  She is part owner of the Viroqua Healing Arts Center, and has been supporting La Crosse area clients for years.  We are thrilled to have Ellen’s expertise here, at the Naturally Unbridled Wellness Holistic Therapies Center.

Ellen did post-graduate study in Chinese Herbal Medicine, and has worked with herbal medicines for the past 25 years.

In 2005, seeking a deeper spiritual understanding of her art, Ellen embarked on the study of Classical Five Element Acupuncture at the Institute of Classical Five Element Acupuncture in Santa Monica, California, completing the full course of study.

Now, drawing from the depth of her education and the breadth of her experience, Ellen practices both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and Classical Five-Element Acupuncture.

“You read the books diligently for 20 years.  You study what the ancestors have done and you graciously utilize their knowledge to serve humanity.  After the first 20 years, you give your books to your students and practice from a different place, an artistic place where the rules bend in their own unique way.”                 – Acupuncture teacher

Ellen’s personal life feeds her practice, helping her understand what it means to have a full and integrated life.  She is a wife and the mother of two grown children; is a 25-year supporter of CSAs; a member of a twice-weekly workout group; part of an ongoing women’s group; and an active member of her small town community.

Ellen holds a deep respect for the healing power of the human body and feels honored to assist her patients on their journey toward wholeness.

Ellen is in our office on Thursdays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.  

Call to book an appointment or book HERE or via the MindBody App.



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NUW Welcomes Schanna Polivka LMT, CST

Schanna is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Craniosacral Therapist, Reiki Master, and a truly gifted bodyworker.  Throughout her professional career she has incorporated multiple techniques to ease pain and enhance relaxation.  From sports massage to prenatal massage – and much in between, Schanna combines her remarkable ability to listen to your body and provide the precise touch that it needs to inspire healing and relaxation.  She prides herself in her ability to tune into the specific needs of her clients and combine therapies to provide a uniquely therapeutic experience.

A gifted artist, Schanna enjoys watercolor painting when she is not spending time with her family, her horses, or hiking in nature.

Book your appointments with Schanna HERE or by calling 608-799-8326.

 

 

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Craniosacral Therapy

When we were expanding the therapies center, I knew that craniosacral therapy was one of the services we needed to offer – but I didn’t have a clear understanding of what it was. I went on a mission to learn more about it and of course, I had a session and that’s when I was totally sold!

First I’ll tell you about my experience and then I’ll share some of the results we have seen in our center.

The thing I remember most about my first craniosacral experience was the total zen feeling at the end.  I was perfectly alert – yet perfectly relaxed… a sign of a balanced autonomic nervous system.  “Zen” is the best way I can describe it.  I was no longer in “fight or flight” mode from the stresses of running a growing business.  I was fully “in my body”.  I hired the therapist on the spot.

Clients started to get the same results and more.  One client had shattered her pelvis in an accident decades ago and had suffered from migraines ever since.  She had tried numerous drugs and therapies and only got mild results.  With craniosacral therapy she was able to get noticable and cumulative relief!

Clients with TMJ, Attention Deficit, and those who suffered emotional and physical trauma of a difficult birthing experience, all saw benefits right away.  When you’re supporting the nervous system, every single cell in the body benefits.

Craniosacral therapy, as described by the founders:

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of symptoms associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Colic
  • Autism
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a therapeutic process that uses and expands on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma. SER1 offers applications designed to enhance results using CST and other complementary therapies.

  • Assess and mobilize the Avenue of Expression working through more than 10 different body components, including the thoracic inlet, hard palate and hyoglossal tissues.
  • Locate and release Energy Cysts.
  • Release suppressed emotions that may be inhibiting complete structural releases.
  • Refine listening and comprehension skills.
  • Improve palpation and whole-body evaluation skills.

To book a craniosacral appointment, call 608-799-8326 or click HERE to schedule online.

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