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Health and Healing at Halo Wellness Center

Nov 30, 2014 05:45PM

Located in a beautiful space that was once a church along Route 73, in Marlton, Halo Wellness Center offers a respite from the busy tasks and stressors that consume the lives of many individuals. Stress is a topic that co-owner Michele Marcinko knows a lot about. A director of finance for a large company for most of her adult life, Marcinko ate, slept and breathed the corporate lifestyle for many years.  

A family tragedy would alter the course of her life forever. Marcinko explains, “About seven years ago, my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I watched her suffer through two years of chemo and surgeries. She lost her battle but through that process, I discovered what I was meant to do.” The belief that her mother’s lifestyle and food choices had impacted her health compelled Marcinko to go back to school and pursue a degree in nutrition to help others avoid the same fate. She enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City where she studied more than 100 different dietary theories as well as lifestyle management. She is now a Holistic Health Coach and is certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.  

Marcinko continued her work in corporate America but added counseling services into her routine. “I came across an integrative doctor who was willing to send patients to me for nutritional counseling while I worked my finance job,” she says. “That gave me the confidence to pursue the field further.” That pursuit eventually led Michele and her husband, Robert Marcinko, a doctor of pharmacy and certified holistic counselor, to follow their dream of opening a holistic wellness facility. The couple was convinced that the current location was the only one that would work and it coincidentally became available at the perfect time. They signed the lease and Michele quit her job to focus all of her energy on her dream.  

Halo Wellness Center opened its doors on March 9 of this year. A holistic- based wellness facility, the center offers unique services that are customized to each individual client’s needs. Robert’s background in both traditional and holistic medicine, coupled with Michele’s nutrition knowledge, provides clients with a wide range of expertise when it comes to their specific health concerns. Halo Wellness Center brings together many unique services such as therapeutic massage, health coaching, far infrared sauna, Himalayan salt room, yoga classes, workshops and more.

Some of the Center’s massage services include deep tissue, Swedish, Shiatsu, Chinese acupressure, Reiki and reflexology. Ayurvedic treatments are also available, including Shirodhara, the cleansing of the third eye, as well as Indian head and foot massage that work with different energy points in the body.

Michele encourages her clients to try the Himalayan salt room, the only one of its kind in the area. She describes the experience, “The room is filled with Himalayan salt, on the floor and special wall panels. There is a machine called a halogenerator that crushes up pure salt into micro particles and blows it into the air so that clients can breathe it in, which gets deep into the lungs. This allows the salt to provide benefits such as drying up mucus and clearing allergens, plus it is a natural nervous system relaxer,” she says.

The Marcinko’s have witnessed some impressive results. “People with chronic respiratory ailments such as COPD, asthma and seasonal allergies have experienced amazing results after using the Himalayan salt room. One client couldn’t use her sense of smell for three years and, after some treatments in the salt room, she was able to smell again,” claims Michele.

Many of the clients who come to the Halo Wellness Center are seeking treatment for back issues, headaches, fibromyalgia or just looking for deep relaxation, which they find as soon as they walk in the doors. Michele describes the facility, “As soon as you walk in, you sense the calm. It is a place of relaxation and healing and we always have aromatherapy that can instantly lift your mood. Beautiful and calming music plays in the background and, since the space is inside of an old church, you can sense the spiritual energy and our clients can feel that Halo Wellness Center is a place for healing.”

The experience of opening Halo Wellness Center has been a life-changer for both Michele and Robert and they pride themselves on offering the highest level of care possible. “We provide all of the services you need to elevate your health to a higher level and just really live your life to the fullest,” says Michele. “All of the things we offer at Halo Wellness Center are designed to work together and we are a one-stop shop for all of your healing and health needs.”

While they realized their vision with the opening of Halo Wellness Center, the Marcinko’s continue to dream big. “As for our future, we want to continue providing our clients with all the tools they need to live the life they always wanted,” remarks Michele. “Our unique approach to health is what sets us apart. We don’t just want to cover up symptoms. We want to help get to the root cause of the concern. We always offer our clients the opportunity for a consultation absolutely free prior to trying any of our treatments. By taking this extra time we are able to determine the best services for them to help them achieve their goals.”

Halo Wellness Center is located at the intersection of Kresson Rd. on Route 73 South. For more information, call 856- 574-4433 or visit  

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