the Mind, Body and Soul
Inside Look at the Capital Region's Healing Community
Cusson, Jeff Cuiule
HILL ROAD , WOODSTOCK, (845) 679-2100, www.mirabai.com
in the heart of Woodstock, NY rests a sanctuary devoted to
inspiration, transformation and healing. It’s name is Mirabai—the
Hudson Valley’s most comprehensive metaphysical bookstore.
you’ll discover a vast array of books, videos and audiobooks
for a more conscious, healthy and peaceful life. Whatever
it is you’re seeking—Eastern philosophy, shamanism, alternative
healing, inspiration, the afterlife, channeled material, psychology,
visionary fiction, consciousness, feng shui, creativity, recovery,
mysticism, astrology, personal growth—it’s all here. And if
there’s a particular title you’re searching for that’s not
in stock, we’ll be happy to order it for you.
music lovers will also find the best in Eastern Chant, World
Beat, Healing Music, Native American, Celtic and Ambient music;
and our awesome listening station lets you sample any of of
our music CD’s before you buy. Mirabai also offers a stunning
collection of jewelry, statues, crystals and other treasures
from around the world, as well as a full selection of meditation
and yoga supplies.
also check out one of our many workshops. Just go to mirabai.com
for a complete listing or call the store for a schedule. Tarot
readings are available each weekend throughout the year from
our very respected readers.
you’re want to broaden your perspective, transform your life
or simply unwind from the day’s pressures, come experience
the sage writings, beautiful surroundings and good energy
that have attracted so many others to us here at Mirabai.
9, latham, 786-0670, www.compassionbuddhistcenter.org
for Everyone: Simple, powerful and reliable methods that begin
to give us a view into the positive qualities of the mind.
the turbulence of distracting thoughts subside and our mind
becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally
arises from within. This feeling of contentment and well-being
helps us to cope with the business and difficulties of daily
life. So much of the stress and tension we now experience
comes from our mind, and many of the problems we experience,
including ill health, are caused or aggravated by this stress.
Just by doing breathing meditation for 10 or 15 minutes each
day we can reduce our stress; experience a calm, spacious
feeling in the mind; and many of our usual problems will fall
away. Difficult situations will become easier to deal with;
we shall naturally feel warm and well-disposed toward other
people; and our relationships with others will gradually improve.”—Kelsang
Kalden, Kadampa Buddhist nun teaching at Compassion Buddhist
and more people in upstate New York are discovering the power
of meditation to transform their lives. You can learn to meditate
at classes organized by Compassion Buddhist Center who recently
re-located to Route 9, Latham. You do not need to be a Buddhist
to benefit from the meditation techniques being taught. Classes
are suitable for beginners and more experienced practitioners
alike, and are taught by both ordained (monks and nuns) and
Buddhist Center is a not-for-profit group and member of the
New Kadampa Tradition—International Kadampa Buddhist Union
(NKT-IKBU), founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche;
a fully accomplished meditation master, author and internationally
renowned teacher of Kadampa Buddhism. As one of some 800 NKT-IKBU
centers worldwide, Compassion Buddhist Center offers classes
and retreats on Kadampa Buddhism throughout Upstate New York.
Established in 2003, Compassion Buddhist Center is supported
by a small group of enthusiastic teachers and students who
are engaged in the study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism
keep an eye out for upcoming talks at local book stores promoting
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s latest book, How to Solve Our Human
Problems—The Four Noble Truths.
1542 Columbia Turnpike, schodack
More than a massage, Fusion Bodywork is an eclectic blend
of therapeutic techniques from around the world. In Fusion
Bodywork, your massage therapist will customize a session
for your needs.
Relieve back and neck pain, and reduce stress. Fusion Bodyworkers
use Ashiatsu, “the deepest, most luxurious massage
on the planet.” Ashiatsu deep bodywork soothes chronic back
pain, releases neck and shoulder tension, and loosens tight
constricted muscles. Using ancient oriental techniques, your
therapist blends deep pressure into a smooth healing treatment.
For thousands of years, bodyworkers have walked on their client’s
backs to bring relief from muscle pain and spasms. This unique,
soothing pressure brings relaxation and relief to stressed,
painful areas. Toxins are moved out of muscles and healthier
tissue results. The Ashiatsu therapist transitions smoothly
between hand and foot work to offer a customized pressure
depth where needed. It is safe, controlled and feels fabulous!
Massage For Health is located on Routes. 9 and 20 in East
Greenbush, just east of Albany. Massage therapists Margie
Celentano and Holly Huzar are longterm, experienced bodyworkers,
offering customized massage sessions based on your needs.
Both have been on staff at the CNW School of Massage. At Massage
For Health, they offer Ashiatsu Bodywork, Swedish Relaxation
Massage, Deep Tissue therapy, Reflexology and Healing Spa
Wraps. Contact Massage For Health for more information!
Holly Huzar, LMT, 479-7601 (Day appointments)
Margie Celentano, LMT, 732-2646 (Evening appointments)
Albany Kripalu Yoga Center
Metro Park Road, Albany, 454-YOGA, www.akyc.org
The Albany Kripalu Center has been nurturing wellness and
community through the integration of body, mind and spirit
for over 30 years. AKYC is the oldest, largest non-profit
yoga center in the Capital Region, providing yoga instruction,
spiritual inspiration and a heart-centered community. Our
experienced, certified instructors provide a wide variety
of classes and workshops at our main site near Wolf Road and
at satellite locations through the area. We bring yoga to
the community through our outreach programs and partner with
other organizations in compassionate endeavors that foster
health and well-being.
If you are a longtime student of yoga or if you are looking
to explore yoga for the first time, you will find a warm welcome
and gentle guidance. The practice of yoga is a discipline
of physical exercise and a powerful tool for transformation.
Class by class, as you bring focus and attention to breath
and movement, your body and mind will relax and your inner
strength will be nourished.
The Albany Kripalu Yoga Center . . . the heart of yoga for
Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-5858, www.cliftonpark.org/jeetkunedo
Located in the Town Center Plaza in Clifton Park, the Jeet
Kune Do Academy of Martial Arts provides adult professionals
an alternative to traditional karate schools by offering small
classes, personalized attention and real-world skills-training
in a sophisticated, private environment.
and senior instructor George Ilyadis (pictured) has been studying
and teaching Jeet Kune Do, the martial art of Bruce Lee, for
more than a decade. Trained personally by first-generation
Bruce Lee student and renowned martial arts authority Jerry
Poteet, Ilyadis aims to preserve the authenticity and integrity
of Jeet Kune Do’s original tenets.
Jeet Kune Do represents Bruce Lee’s lifelong study of human
biomechanics to utilize the body efficiently and effectively
in martial combat. Because it emphasizes speed and technique
over physical might to achieve power in strikes and kicks,
the art is effective by individuals of all body types and
Classes are held evenings Monday through Thursday. Three-hour
introductory workshops are available.
Center for Integrative Psychotherapy
T. Sise, LCSW
582 New Loudon Road, Latham, 785-8576, www.integrativepsy.com
Energy Psychology…..When talking isn’t enough.
All of us have had situations in which try as we might we
just can’t get rational. We are “over-reacting” and yelling
too much. We are frightened, feeling like a child, even though
we should “know” better. We can’t speak in public, we clam
up in an argument or we react with enough anger that we scare
the ones we love.
It was exactly this type of behavior that frustrated me to
no end as a therapist and a human being. . . . Why can’t we
just get rational?
It wasn’t until I began learning about the brain—especially
the limbic emotional brain that things began to make sense,
and I began looking for alternative methods to help calm people
down. I was also learning about the role of the body in treating
trauma. This led me to Energy Psychology - a new field of
psychotherapy. One method, Thought Field Therapy (TFT), involves
teaching clients how to tap points on meridians that in Eastern
Medicine correspond to anger, anxiety, depression, guilt,
shame, plus use a series of eye movement to calm distress
and process traumas. Although this is the weirdest thing I
have ever done, I couldn’t deny that my patients were reporting
amazing relief from years of anxiety, anger or PTSD symptoms.
Clients were able to drive again after car accidents, or be
sexual again after being raped, with no distress. Flashbacks
and nightmares stopped for them, and most importantly, once
I taught this method to my clients they were able to use the
tapping at home in a self-empowered way any time they were
For more information on training opportunities for professionals
(March 12 & 13, 2005), referrals to local professionals,
or a self help video, see my website at www.integrativepsy.com.
Mary T. Sise, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and
an adjunct professor at Siena College, integrating Energy
Psychology methods into her practice She can be reached at
785-8576 or www.integrativepsy.com.
Marie Floyd, the Art of Belly Dancing Instruction and Peformance
299 Hamilton St., Albany, Zuzu’s Wonderful Life, Inc.,
265 River St., Troy, The Arts Center of the Capital Region
Belly dancing is a celebration of femininity, with movements
natural to the body. Undulating, circular, flowing, calming,
almost meditative. Soul-stirring, rhythmic, energizing, providing
a low-impact workout for the entire body. The dance can be
enjoyed by women and girls of all ages and fitness levels.
In choosing an instructor, potential students should ask for
credentials. Even if you are taking classes for fitness you
deserve a teacher with an extensive performing and teaching
background. I have performed at wedding receptions, children’s
parties, anniversaries, etc., for a diverse audience. African,
Armenian, Bukharan, Greek, Lebanese, and Russian to name a
few. Some past appearances include, Cafe Lena, Iron Horse
Music Hall, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Manhattan’s Ibis Supper
Club, and the Organization of African Unity to the United
Nations, Albany and Saratoga’s First Night Celebrations.
I offer beginner and continuing level classes and private
coaching. Even beginning students can enjoy learning simple
choreographies, finger cymbals and dancing with silk veils.
For the dedicated student, performance opportunities are also
available with my ensemble.
Classes are enjoyable, uplifting and fun! Come experience
the beauty and power of this wonderful art form!
YogaRoom Wellness Center
St., Ballston Spa, 899-4372, www.yogaroomwellness.com
Wellness Center is tucked in a quiet, spacious studio in the
Old Chocolate overlooking the Kayderosseras River.
it is not. Although many participants challenge muscles, sweat
and get their “workout.” At the same time, these people and
others find quiet time, relaxation and breathing. Cecily Bailey,
owner and founder of the center, said the YogaRoom was founded
on the concept of helping each individual find “Peace of Mind
and Strength of Body” in their own way and time.
offers a variety of Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Tai Chi and
HypnoBirthing/Prenatal classes, workshops and, therapeutic
offerings such as massage therapy. The concept is to provide
traditional hatha yoga and other movement methods that are
accessible to anyone who is interested. More specialized classes
are offered for those who may want to use yoga or pilates
as an overall fitness/strengthening program, maintain bone
density, or for exercise during pregnancy and for restorative
purposes, such as before or after surgery or for chronic conditions.
Participants are able to chose, without pressure, the extent
to which they want Yoga to be a spiritual or personal growth
is the oldest holistic system of personal development. It
is a practical method of physical improvement, personal growth,
training the body and mind. It is comprised of postures, breathing
exercises and meditation. The postures (known as Asanas) stretch,
tone, align and strengthen muscles, joints and spine. Pilates
is a specialized form of exercise that has its roots in yoga
and focuses on the “powerhouse” or core stability of the body.
is certified in both Yoga and Pilates and believes that the
combination of the two practices offers a powerful and comprehensive
approach to maintaining the health, structural integrity and
strength of the body. She is also and trained meditation instructor
and Reiki practitioner.
in Ashtanga Yoga and in yoga for people undergoing treatment
for, or recovering from, Breast Cancer and other conditions.
classes are offered in 8-week sessions and on a drop-in basis.
The YogaRoom offers more than 20 classes a week with group
and private instruction available. Massage therapy services
will start February and a pilates apparatus studio will arrive
Tea Works & Herbal Essentials
years, Jean’s Greens has been providing quality herbal teas
and essentials for the bodies and souls of the people in the
Capital District and beyond. From one ounce to five pounds,
you can get a wide variety of herbs, from agrimony to yucca—with
more than 200 in between! We offer a tempting selection of
herbal teas—Chill Chaser for the cold winter months, Loosen
Up to help unwind, or maybe you’d prefer Bright Idea to get
your brain moving. You can choose from more than 30 different
teas, or we can blend a custom tea to your specifications.
We provide the tea in loose bulk, in bags, or in sampler sets
if you’re not sure just which tea is right for you. We also
have a complete line of herbal tinctures and essential oils,
or you can choose one of our capsule blends of herbs for your
needs. If you’d like to learn more about herbs, we have a
full bookshelf and an herbalist on staff. If it’s a gift you
need, we can help there too, with cards, candles, bath oils,
and an assortment of treasures—even something for your favorite
pet! You can call us (518) 479-0471 for our 2005 catalog,
or visit us online at www.jeansgreens.com. We are located
at the corner of Columbia Turnpike (Routes 9 & 20) and
Miller Road in Schodack, just off exit 10 on I-90. Come see
Center for Integrative Health and Healing
Ronald Stram, MD, founder
Ave., Delmar, 689-2244, www.cihh.net
in the heart of Delmar, is a cutting edge, progressive medical
practice. Nowhere else would a patient be able to visit a
medical doctor simultaneously with a naturopathic doctor
for a comprehensive integrative medical evaluation. The Center’s
founder, Ronald Stram, MD; Emergency Department Director at
Albany Memorial Hospital, is one of about 100 physicians nationwide
to have completed a fellowship with Andrew Weil, MD, recognized
as a world leader in integrative medicine. “I want to change
the way medicine is practiced today, helping patients and
doctors become less dependent on the pharmaceutical industry
and more dependent on the body’s own natural healing responses
whenever possible.” The Center brings together medical doctors
practicing alongside licensed professionals providing complementary
therapies like acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, therapeutic
massage, herbal therapies, nutrition, manual medicine and
energy healing all in a beautiful and serene setting. At the
Center our practitioners take time, typically 90 minutes,
to learn more about the person than just the current symptoms
or ailment. We provide services that help in the areas of
chronic pain, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases,
female health, cardiovascular health, smoking cessation, stress
management and cancer therapies to name a few, using natural
and effective approaches. The diverse team includes two naturopathic
doctors, Eliot Edwards, ND and Alison Finger, ND; two Traditional
Chinese Medicine practitioners, Rebecca Rice, L.Ac and Christopher
Reilly, L.Ac.; Diana Gribben, licensed massage therapist specializing
in craniosacral therapy for chronic pain, and migraines, and
Connie Barber, RN for more than 24 years and a certified healing
of our mission to educate the community, the Center holds
free public health lectures every third Thursday. Call the
Center and learn from a caring team of experts.
for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy
the Healing Arts for Wellness of Mind, Body & Spirit
Commercial Drive, Albany, 489-4026, www.cnwsmt.com
a tree . . . Its trunk growing strong and healthy. Its roots
firmly anchored in the soil. Its branches reaching up toward
the sky. Its seeds floating in the wind, until they land and
begin to spread their own roots.
is our vision at the Center for Natural Wellness School of
Massage Therapy. We created this school to provide a place
for students of all ages to come and learn, to share their
gifts, to gain knowledge, and to take their experience and
expertise into their individual communities to help others
become healthier and stronger.
a comprehensive program of study that carefully balances the
art and science of therapeutic massage, the program strives
to enrich the lives of its students. Our program provides
students with the opportunity to grow personally and examine
their own relationship to self and others in a supportive
environment. They are encouraged to bring mindfulness and
awareness to each moment in order to experience their lives
more completely. This balancing of body, mind and spirit,
naturally allows health and wellness to arise.
trained faculty is deeply committed to creating a safe, nurturing
and intimate learning community that honors the diversity
and unique gifts that each student possesses. The process
of becoming a massage therapist is a life changing experience
that allows individuals to bring their hearts more openly
into their work. Our staff maintains high standards of integrity,
character, and ethics, while cultivating these qualities in
each of our students.
for a catalog or to schedule a tour today!
Clinic: We invite you to share some time with us and experience
the relaxation of massage along with its many other benefits.
Students offer massage modalities that correspond to his or
her level of training. Call to make your appointment for a
massage in our Student Clinic today! (518) 489-4068. The Center
for Natural Wellness also carries a full line of massage products
and massage related products. Visit us today!
Ave., Delmar, 506-6303, www.partnersinhealing.byregion.net
Tobin, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker
School of Medicine, and a Mead Johnson award recipient for
graduate education in family practice. She is board certified
in family practice, and fellowship trained in women’s health.
In 2002 Dr. Tobin completed training as a member of the inaugural
class of the University of Arizona’s Associate Fellowship
in Integrative Medicine, a program designed and overseen by
Andrew Weil, M.D.
medicine combines the best of conventional Western medicine
with the best in complementary therapeutic modalities. Dr.
Tobin’s approach to this healing-oriented medicine involves
excellent training, thoughtful research, intuition and good
judgment to provide safe and effective recommendations and
therapies. Most importantly, integrative medicine is patient-centered.
This means Dr. Tobin is committed to spend the time required
to get to know the patient, and that the patient’s role in
the healing process is vital, not passive. Patient and provider
work as partners to nurture and empower the healers within
consultation practice, Partners in Healing (PIH), is an integrative
medicine practice dedicated to honoring this therapeutic relationship.
Her practice excels in prevention and wellness care, and provides
gentle help for many chronic and acute health issues. She
offers appropriate recommendations and guidance in areas such
as: nutrition, vitamins/supplements, herbs, physical activity,
mind-body medicine, stress management, complementary and alternative
practices, and conventional medicine. The result is a comprehensive,
individualized and supportive treatment plan that strives
to promote balance for both men and women.
for the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Dr. Tobin’s training,
career and life experiences have fostered an intelligent healing-oriented
practice rooted in compassion. Her practice is one of head,
hand and heart.
Ave., Delmar, 439-1775
you like to have greater body awareness and a sense of satisfaction
with your body image? Would you like to feel totally alive
and have more energy? Kay can help you improve your strength,
flexibility, muscle tone and body control. Many students also
report that regular Pilates training eliminates the aches
and pains that come from improper posture and body movements.
If you are willing to commit to at least one class per week
for two months you too will see a difference in your own body.
Pilates training is appropriate for almost everyone.
has been teaching movement her entire life. Kay opened her
first in a series of dance studios during her senior year
in high school. Shortly thereafter she became the lead soloist
for the Flint Ballet Theatre. It was there that she was introduced
to Pilates as warm up exercises for ballet classes. Years
later a former ballet student, now owner of Grace Pilates
in Beverly6 Hills, encouraged Kay to pursue Pilates for the
purpose of maintaining her own strength and flexibility and
to utilize her years of teaching experience. Kay is certified
in Pilates through Grace Pilates and also by the Physical
Mind Institute of New York. She has also studied with one
of Joseph Pilates original students.
living in Charlotte, North Carolina Kay taught Pilates at
the Crown Club in the Nations Bank corporate headquarters.
After moving to Kansas, she was the Pilates trainer for the
Kansas City Ballet. While she is not currently teaching classical
ballet, she does accept private students as young as twelve
for Pilates/ Ballet training. For the general public, Kay
offers group and private Pilates exercise classes. For further
information about group mat classes or private instruction
on Pilates exercise equipment please call 439-1775.
Pavoldi, LMT, Structural Integration, Massage Therapy
Plaza, 582 New Loudon, Latham, 526-NICK (6425), www.nickpavoldi.com
bodywork is the same. Structural Integration is bodywork that
evokes freedom, possibility and a more efficient use of gravity
through soft tissue manipulation. Dynamic structures like
the human form can develop structural strain through inefficient
patterns of movement and posture. Chronic stiffness and soreness
can be a result of these patterns. Through knowledge of living
anatomy, and a systematic soft tissue approach, efficiency
can be increased leaving the body feeling light and fluid.
can be a tranquil and relaxing experience. Structural Integration
can be pleasurable, but it is not the intention to send the
passive recipient into la-la land. Rather, the goals of this
work are to bring about new life and freedom through client
been a nationally and state licensed massage therapist in
the Capital District for 9 years. When I discovered this work
6 years ago, I found it much different and more effective
than any bodywork I had experienced. I spent the better part
of a year studying under one of the foremost teachers in the
world in Hawaii and Boulder. I have been an accredited member
of the Guild for Structural Integration since 2000.
sometimes wonder why I work on a knee for a low back pain,
or the hips to alleviate neck pain. Imagine a door that won’t
close right. You could shave off a section of the door, but
if the house foundation is crooked, the door will never fit
right. It’s the same with the body. The symptom may appear
somewhere, but without correcting the root problem the symptoms
are looking for real change in your body, or you have tried
other bodywork without the success you hoped for, Structural
Integration could be for you. Appointments available 10-8
Jaleel, Physical Therapist, Authentic Certified Pilates Instructor
7, Latham, 783-1678, www.lathampilates.com
Pilates was a true iconoclast and pioneer when he developed
his system of exercises. This is the thought that runs through
my head each and every day I teach his method, because I truly
see dramatic changes in the way people move. He managed to
develop hundreds of exercises on several different pieces
of specifically designed apparatuses (yes, there’s much more
to it than just the mat!!). These exercises help people drastically
improve their posture, increase their lung capacity, gain
considerable amounts of flexibility and strength, and most
of all, improve control over their body’s movements. After
all, he originally called his system Contrology.
licensed physical therapist, I have learned so much more about
efficient movement and strength since I began studying the
Pilates method of exercise 5 years ago. I have been a physical
therapist for 6 years, and a certified Pilates instructor
for 2 years.
of my current clients said during her session this past week,
“It just feels right.”
Alexander, CYT, RYT
Road, Niskayuna, 429-1455, www.solunayoga.com
Yoga Studio in Niskayuna has opened! Studio founder and director,
Lisa Alexander, CYT, RYT has designed a new two-room studio
in the Niskayuna Professional Building at 2317 Balltown Road.
The Studio features two sun-filled classrooms with wood flooring
that can open up to create one large space for popular classes
and workshops. The two classrooms allow for more available
classes and times to be offered. Students can pick from many
different types and levels of yoga. Classes are given morning,
afternoon, and evening every day of the week. The studio offers
an eclectic mix of Yoga styles that include Kripalu, Anusara,
and Ashtanga. Yoga classes for children are offered as well
as Pre-natal classes. Lisa is joined by a wonderful group
of talented and dedicated teachers including Carol McCord,
Jo Page, Cathy Prescott, Donna Jennings, and Fran Ross. Schedule
for sessions and classes, along with other general information
can be found at the web site: www.solunayoga.com. Anyone interested
or with questions can call Lisa at.
planned are numerous weekend workshops. The workshop topics
vary from intensive training in specific yoga practice areas,
spiritual explorations, starting a home practice to kids programs.
Upcoming is a three-day weekend workshop with nationally known
Anusara teacher Suzie Hurley who will be coming to the studio
on April 29 through May 1, 2005.
Soluna Yoga Studio opened its doors January 2, 2005 and has
a continuing on-going schedule of classes, a formal open house
celebration is planned for Friday, March 4, 2005. Come in
and see the studio, meet the teachers and find out more about
yoga and Soluna. We welcome all levels from beginner to advanced
and strive to find the right class for everyone.
Acupuncture Physical Medicine
C. Rhudy, M.S., L.Ac.
Ave., Albany, 369-6175
can Acupuncture Physical Medicine do for you?
Range of Motion
Trigger Point Technique Frees Tight, Painful Muscles Fast
Better, Digest Better, Breathe Better (regulates the autonomic
a Bodily Felt Sense of Well Being
and Re-integrate Areas Blocked by Stress, Trauma or Injury
Insight & Awareness of how your Bodymind Reacts to Stress
Physical Medicine treats chronic pain, gastrointestinal, gynecological,
respiratory, myofascial, neurological and stress disorders
without drugs or drug related side effects. Acupuncture Physical
Medicine is a valuable complement to Psychotherapy for PTSD
and other traumas that create tension, rigidity and holding
patterns in the bodymind. Free consultation 369-6175
Seasons Natural Food Store and Café
Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4670
counselor once told me that there is no such thing as perfect
health. We are either moving toward better health or moving
toward ill health. Unfortunately, this contradicts my hope
that the day will naturally occur when everything will be
perfect and then continue that way forever. My tendency is
to be pretty much unconcerned about my health until it becomes
a problem. Then I’ll do anything to get back to the pain free,
normalcy that allows me to carry on with what I want to be
doing. To make matters worse, the guy in the morning shower
who swears to eat right and workout that day inhabits the
same body as the over-hungry (breakfast and lunch skipped),
stressed (what workout?) guy stuffing expired cookies in his
mouth late in the afternoon. Finally, even when resolved to
go towards better health, I get overwhelmed with so many theories
and beliefs on foods that I can’t see the right path. So,
what is there to do?
to surround myself with good habits and foods as much as possible,
which works much of the time. I try to remember and follow
agreed-upon ideas about healthy lifestyle: less processed,
reasonable portions, organic, diverse colors and variety,
avoiding trans-fats, exercise, relax. I believe that there
are many correct choices and that a changing diet for me overtime
is appropriate and probably necessary. I try to maximize the
times when I’m inspired to live healthier and minimize the
damage when I’m not. I try to pay attention to foods and habits
that make me feel better over time and incorporate them more
frequently. Finally, when it comes to foods, I try not to
preach. How can I say what’s right for someone else, when
often I don’t know or do what’s right for me. My best hope
is to help others to make a change towards their own better
Washington Ave., Albany, 438-7705
changes are required in many areas of our society. As citizens,
we must take steps in our own lives, work to improve our communities,
and make the right choices in referenda and elections. As
a physician trained in Integrative Medicine, I am doing my
part to move us in the right direction.
Medicine offers a healing and wellness-oriented form of medical
practice, with a focus on the whole person, including body,
heart/mind and spirit. I bring together the best practices
of conventional bio-medicine with those of complementary and
alternative medicine, focusing on improving diet, activity,
lifestyle, and the mental/emotional internal environment.
I recommend the least invasive and most natural and supportive
therapies first, whether conventional or alternative. I honor
and address individual uniqueness, rather than providing “one
size fits all” medicine. It is my hope that these efforts
will help to bring on the new health and wellness paradigm
that is needed for the 21st Century.
A. Weissberg, M.D. has been in practice since 1983, is board-certified
in Family and Holistic Medicine and completed an Associate
Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, where he trained with
Andrew Weil, MD, at the University of Arizona. He offers whole-
person-centered functional/metabolic medicine, mind-body and
energy methods, and is a Reiki Master. He is happy to collaborate
with other practitioners, including primary care physicians,
and those practicing homeopathy, TCM/Acupuncture, massage,
chiropractic, and other complementary disciplines.