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Integrative healthcare for long term wellness at Inner Strength Acupuncture and Massage.

Updated: Feb 10, 2021

By Ana Soulia PT, DPT | Missoula Health and Wellness Conversations

During this episode of Missoula Health & Wellness Conversations I got to sit down and talk with Monica Walters LAc, MSOM and Alan Worf LMT, RYT of Inner Strength Acupuncture and Massage here in Missoula, MT.

Monica and Alan have merged their individual areas of expertise into a business that is truly focused on improving their clients quality of life through a fusion of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Functional Medicine, Yoga and Massage.

On this episode we Discuss:

  • Alan's homecoming and the vision to open a collaborative business that was born while in COVID-19 quarantine.

  • Settling into their new life in Missoula, opening their business and raising a very active kiddo.

  • How face to face networking is important to the foundation of a health and wellness practice and the challenges of finding ways to do this during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The trend they've seen of the pandemic causing people to delay seeking care until they are in a significant pain crisis, resulting in a more challenging case.

  • How the treatments they offer are complementary and how one session builds upon the next with progress toward optimal health.

  • Our shared passion for building relationships with our clients that are lasting and progressive, meeting the needs of our clients as they change and heal.

  • Monica and Alan's goal of helping clients improve their quality of their life through freeing up the energy that they are putting toward their "dis-ease" and how they want people to realize a more empowered story. (I really liked this concept)

  • What acupuncture is and some of the science of how it helps to address pain issues.

  • Monica's real passion in women's health, pre and post-partum, fertility, children and teens.

  • Monica's own journey finding relief from PMS symptoms through acupuncture and herbal medicine, eliminating her reliance on NSAID pain relievers and the severe life disruption caused by cyclical pain.

  • How even very sensitive clients (including children) and needle phobic clients can experience and benefit from acupuncture treatment through the use of laser and micro-current as alternatives to needles.

  • How Alan reads a body and uses his power of observation and intuition to determine the best massage modality to help his clients open up and find relaxation.

  • The difference between tight/tense muscles and short/weak muscles. The power of breath work to unlock tension, heal and re-organize structure and stance.

  • Alan's fusion of massage and yoga and his ability to help clients address the finer points of their yoga practice through imagery and experience.

  • The challenges of helping clients get out of their left brain and the use of imagery to create a different movement experience and bring awareness to their bodies.

  • Evaluating a client's readiness for change and how we as providers make treatment decisions based on a variety of factors.

  • Alan's ideal client: A person who is willing to turn their health into a daily question and wants to take a closer look at their life and habits to achieve their goals.

  • Inner Strength Acupuncture and Massage's Telemedicine offerings of herbal medicine and yoga therapy.

  • The safety protocols they have put in place to help clients feel safe attending in person care in their clinic.


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