Have you ever considered jiggling your way to health? If so, drop by Adhara Wellness Center at the corner of Ashland Street and Lit Way in Ashland.
Patrons of this bustling little health center say the K1 Whole Body Vibration Exercise Machine helps heal body problems, trims off the pounds and generally wakes them up and makes them feel good.
You step onto a 1-by-2-foot platform that lifts one foot then the other at a high rate of speed, literally jiggling your whole body and — here's the fitness part — makes your muscles and bones resist the jiggling, so you get a strengthening workout, says Anne Coyle of Adhara Wellness Center.
"One minute on the jiggle machine equals 10 minutes of physical workout. It's wonderful for muscle tone. You can assume different positions, squatting or leaning forward or back, says Coyle, who is working on her doctorate degree in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, Calif.
"It makes me firmer and more trim," Sandra Perkins-Koyote says after a session. "I love it. I would be far flabbier without it. The oscillation makes muscles contract by throwing them off balance momentarily."
"The K1 moves things around," says Gloria Kramer, 79. "It's my shake-rattle-and-roll machine. It keeps me loose. I don't get stiff. I feel agile."
"I do it for bone density and muscle tone," says client Bach Thor. "It has a truly positive effect on all muscle groups "… and stimulates circulation."
Hugh McClay, who lays floors, says he walked with pain after five knee surgeries. But after several months on the K1, he says, he moves freely and without pain.
Coyle offers other unusual therapies, as well. One is called "foot detox with Rife frequencies." A device in a foot bath ionizes salt water, allowing electrons to travel into the body, stimulating cells to release toxins, she says. These come out through the skin and turn the water dark.
Another is the QuantumPulse Machine, which sits in the middle of a ring of chairs, crackling with pretty lights and radiating ultraviolet and infrared waves, which supposedly promote healing and kill bacteria and viruses, says Coyle's literature.
The 4-foot-high device, says 15-year-old snowboarder Jeremiah Svaren, "helps my lower back and helps me clear my mind to make decisions and go into serenity."
The QuantumPulse is a good tool for fibromyalgia, says Debra Sheetz, a registered nurse. "It raises the vibration of cells to a healthier level and expels anything that's not healthy,"
Says Kramer, the QuantumPulse "has helped me move to different levels of concentration and focus, especially if I've had a bad day. I haven't been sick for a year. It goes to every part of my body that needs healing, such as a tight back."
Using all three treatment modes daily for three and a half months, Ashland author Irene Kai says she overcame severe pain and loss of balance, strength and mobility from polymyalgia rheumatica — an inflammatory disorder that causes widespread muscle aching and stiffness — and got off her medications.
Coyle's little health center has become a kind of informal community spot for discussion of alternative healing and health modes — though she insists that clients also consult traditional physicians.
"The camaraderie is great," says Kramer. "We all like to come here and talk about how we can be responsible for our own health, share things and try new things. I felt so isolated in the past (about health), and now we're growing and learning from each other."
In one group chat, Coyle — although she can't prove it's a result of her health devices — says she has black hair growing back in thickly after having completely gray hair.
Single-session fees are $10 for K1, $15 for QuantumPulse and $30 for foot soaks. Monthly memberships are $60 for K1, $100 for QuantumPulse and $150 for all three. For more information, call Adhara Wellness Center at 541-227-3010.