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The Center Life in Balance

Western medicine has the reputation of addressing symptoms due in part to people wanting immediate answers and pain relief. Looking to find the root cause could take time, as it were a trial and error, “throw it against the wall and see what sticks” approach. Eastern medicine has taken a more wholistic (tending to the whole person) approach. It considers that the human is more than just the physical body. Yes, there is the body that is in pain but that pain may have its root in the mental or the spiritual body of the individual.

 As this ancient understanding made its way west, it opened the door to alternative healing modalities, i.e., the more widespread acceptance of acupuncture even by insurance companies.

Located in Medford Village, The Center, Life in Balance takes that wholistic approach to healing. Upon opening in 2011, The Center adopted the mission statement: Providing services and classes focused on balancing body, mind, spirit.

“While we are not a ‘medical’ establishment, we provide complementary healing modalities as well as guiding clients to a more healthy lifestyle with a preventive maintenance approach totheir health,” comments Susan Drummond, co-owner.

Among the many offerings, The Center provides acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, foot reflexology and facials to assist the body with the emotional and spiritual bodiesreaping benefits as well.

Reiki and other forms of energy work deal with the emotional/mental/ spiritual basis of discomfort that could be manifesting physically as well. Through these energy-healing modalities, clients have experienced relief and improvement in their total being. Hypnosis, intuitive readings and lifestyle coaching are other approaches that are offered. “Addressing the total person meant fun and nutrition had to be included,” adds Maryann Miller, co-owner. “We provide lots of fun and healing classes/workshops involving sound, movement and creativity. We also have an innovative café and market providing tasty, nutrient-dense foods and the information to assist our clients to a healthy eating lifestyle. Our metaphysical shop and creativity studio provides another source of healing tools and expresssion.”

An important and core approach for the owners and their incredible community of practitioners is deep seeded trust in the spiritual, intuitive guidance they provide as they work with clients and visitors to The Center. Regardless of where a person is physically, spiritually, mentally or emotionally, they may find their key to unlock the door to healing, health, love, peace, joy and hope.

The Center Life, in Balance is located at 45 South Main St., in Medford. For more information, call 609-975-8379 or visit

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