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Adrian King

Adrian King, Founder of the Healing Arts Collective, is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Yoga Instructor.

Adrian began practicing bodywork in 2006, while studying therapeutic massage at the Massage Arts Center of Philadelphia.  Since then, he has gone on to study Myofascial Release with John F. Barnes, Lymph Drainage Therapy through the Chickly Health Institute, Thai Massage in Toronto, Canada, Vinyasa Yoga at Dhyana Yoga in Philadelphia, and Herbal Medicine at the North East School of Botanical Medicine.  Adrian received his BSc from Temple University for his studies in kinesiology. Throughout his career, he has worked in collaboration with a variety of health professionals to help clients receive optimal care. By working in environments such as wellness centers, sports medicine clinics, and with NBA basketball players, he has gained experience with a wide range of populations.  

Adrian abides by a holistic philosophy, aiming to do more than simply treat symptoms, but rather support people in bringing balance to the body and mind as a whole.  His massage treatments delve deep into the body's tissue to release restrictions, while educating clients about self-care and mind-body awareness.  In his yoga classes, students are guided through a relaxing yet stimulating blend of movements, postures, breathing exercises, and meditation techniques, which benefit the many dimensions of life.  

Besides his work in as a health professional, Adrian takes part in a variety of creative pursuits.  He is passionate about music and has is talented in playing the guitar, flute, percussion, and as a songwriter.  He also enjoys exploring the visual arts, culinary arts, and the world of nature.  He is an experienced world traveler, having journeyed throughout the U.S, Mexico, Central America, the Middle-East, and Europe. 

License #: MSG001135

 
Christie Lynn

Christie lynn

Christie Lynn (LMT) is a massage therapist driven by the restorative effects of massage and the innate power of the body to heal itself. She graduated from the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts/Cortiva in Tucson, Arizona, in 2001 for Shiatsu, and again in 2005 for Therapeutic Massage. Her further studies include Prenatal Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Bamboo Fusion, the Lotus System, Myofascial Release, and Myoskeletal Alignment. She has worked alongside chiropractors, in spa and boutique hotel settings, as well as backstage at local music venues, enjoying the challenge of intuitively adjusting her approach to suit varying client needs. Travel alone rivals Christie's passion for bodywork; she hopes to travel to Maui to study Lomi Lomi, then Bangkok for Thai massage in the near future.

License #: MSG007397

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Nicole Binder

Nicole Binder

Nicole Binder, LMT, BMC, CYT, has held a private bodywork practice for 15 years. She offers injury treatment and prevention through hands-on bodywork and guided movement re-patterning. She works primarily with muscular tension, skeletal alignment and fascial tensegrity, but also practices joint mobilization, energy work, movement therapy, embodied anatomy, and developmental movement. Nicole integrates movement reeducation within hands-on sessions, empowering clients with the skills to find their own pathways to healing. 

Nicole received a BA in Dance from Hampshire College. She is a graduate of the Muscular Therapy Institute, a certified Practitioner through the School for Body-Mind Centering®, and a certified 500 hour Yoga Teacher through the School for Body-Mind Centering. She also infuses into her sessions her many years of study and practice in Pilates, Feldenkrais and Craniosacral Therapy. She is certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, a Member of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association, and the Body-Mind Centering Association. 

She has taught Dance, Yoga, Embodied Anatomy, and Somatics at University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, the Massage Arts Center of Philadelphia, and as the Ellen Forman Memorial Award recipient at Drexel University. She has toured throughout four continents as a choreographer, performer, and movement educator. She currently teaches at Temple University and at The Whole Shebang where she is directing a 500 hour Somatic Movement Education certification training through her program, The Institute for Somatics and Social Justice.

License #: MSG010476

 

Sherie Ruppersberger is a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in presence-centered bodywork. Her work draws from Structural Integration, myofascial release, neuromuscular (trigger point) therapy, Swedish massage, and other modalities. This work provides the potential for reduced pain, deep rest, and enhanced awareness and resilience. Sessions with Sherie can include mindfulness techniques and movement, depending on your goals.

Sherie studied at the Pacific Center for Awareness & Bodywork in Kauai with an inspiring group of teachers, including Kellie Berns, co-director of Ahimsa House, and Jess Radovich, founder of The Heart School. Sherie is deeply interested in nature, somatics, relationship, and direct experience as paths to healing trauma. She believes practices of awareness in these areas bring about embodied transformation; they move us toward a a fuller sense of aliveness, greater capacity for connection (to ourselves, our loved ones, and all beings), and freedom amidst whatever arises.

License #: MSG011811

 
 

acupuncture

South Philadelphia Community Acupuncture offers traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture sessions in an open, relaxed healing space partitioned by private curtains. SPCAcupuncture is dedicated to providing affordable complementary healthcare.

Our experienced practitioners are very successful in the treatment of common conditions such as: back and neck pain, sports injuries, fertility, prenatal care, anxiety/stress/depression, allergies, headaches, insomnia, digestive complaints, preventative wellness and so much more!

SPCAcupuncture is now in three beautiful locations:
East Passyunk, Media, and South Street (Healing Arts Collective). 

We charge on a sliding scale from $35-50, plus an initial consultation fee of $25.


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OUR TEAM OF ACUPUNCTURISTS

South Philly Community Acupuncture practitioners are experienced, caring and sensitive to the needs our patients bring through our door. All of our practitioners are fully licensed, have earned post-graduate degrees in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. We are dedicated to providing each patient with unsurpassed levels of healthcare, integrity, and compassion. 

 

meditation

Jeff Carreira

Jeff Carreira

Jeff Carreira, Meditation Teacher, is a contemporary mystic and philosopher who teaches meditation and transformative philosophy throughout the world. As a spiritual guide, he offers retreats and courses leading individuals in a form of meditation called The Practice of No Problem. 

He is author of six books, including The Miracle of Meditation, The Practice of No Problem, and Embrace All That You Are, and creator of the School of Transformative Philosophy.

Jeff is passionate about defining a new way of being in the world that will move us from our current paradigm of separation and isolation into an emerging paradigm of unity and wholeness. He actively explores, writes about, and teaches some of the innovative and new perspectives in the domains of spirituality, consciousness, and human development.

Through his work he empowers people to question their experience until previously unquestioned assumptions fall away creating the space for new understanding to emerge. He has guided thousands of people on journeys beyond the confines of fear and isolation into expansive, liberated awareness.
 

 

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Gail Kotel

Gail Kotel

Gail S. Kotel, MPT, is a licensed Physical Therapist and certified Pilates instructor.  Her practice includes one-on-one patient care, hour-long hands-on sessions, and private and duo classes in an intimate center city studio where she offers Therapeutic Pilates. All physical therapy needs are addressed with Pilates techniques utilized for most strengthening and stretching paired with manual work. Therapeutic Pilates Physical Therapy practice specializes in pelvic and chronic pain including pre and post partum issues. The holistic practice incorporates traditional and non traditional Physical Therapy Techniques for pain management.  She also teaches “Fine Tuned Pilates” mat classes and Stretch Classes at local gyms and has run workshop series on: breastfeeding and child lifting/holding body mechanics with individualized analysis and group exercise suggestions to strengthen muscles needed when mothering child(ren), lifting and body mechanics for parents, and workplace ergonomic modification analysis and corrections.

With a Physical Therapist perspective and 28 years of Pilates experience, she is in a unique position to work with clients who have multiple needs and backgrounds.

  • Orthopedic modifications addressed
  • Teaching Pilates correctly and pain free
  • Fine-tune technique to cater to those with chronic pain and/or hx of orthopedic injury, back or joint pain
  • Manual Trigger Point Therapy
  • Post rehab transition-orthopedic modifications stressed Therapeutic Pilates
     
 

GYROTONIC ®

Jennifer Binford Johnson

Jennifer Binford Johnson

Jennifer Binford Johnson, BodyPathways & Gyrotonic® Practitioner began her journey with the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methodology in 1999. As a professional dancer, looking to heal her chronic neck injury, she found that the method vastly enhanced her movement qualities, articulation and range of motion, as well as nurtured her spine back to health and back to the stage. She began teaching GYROKINESIS® exercise in 2002, having studied under master teachers Leda Franklin Chantal Deeble and Miriam Barbosa. She is certified in GYROKINESIS® Level 1, and Lotus Blossom, GYROTONIC® Level 1, and Level 2, GYROTONIC® Application for Dancers Course and the Jump Stretch Board apparatus. As a pre-trainer for GYROKINESIS® Level 1, she has successfully held teacher training workshops, which prepare new teaching artists to utilizing the method in their own practice.

Jennifer maintains a private practice Philadelphia called Bodypathways, LLC. This is housed at the Healing Arts Collective, where she works with athletes, dancers, weekend warriors, and all those interested in enhancing, healing, lengthening, strengthening, and just enjoying their physical experience. Clients can choose from GYROTONIC® session, a GYROKINESIS® class, or a Bodypathways session - an individualized approach, utilizing an amalgamation of methodologies to address specific needs of the client.

She also conducts workshops on injury prevention and care, optimal cross training techniques, and efficient and effective dance training for dance studios, schools, and colleges in the USA and internationally. She studies with, and has completed, numerous teacher training programs by Irene Dowd, and has recently begun co-teaching workshops by her side (most recently at UNCSA school of dance). Jennifer spent 15 years as an Associate Professor at the University of the Arts, School of Dance, prior to dedicating herself full time to Bodypathways, LLC. She earned her MFA in Modern Dance from University of Utah, where she worked with renowned dance kinesiologist and author, Dr. Sally Fitt. She is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, the Performing Arts Medical Association, and the Royal Society of Medicine.

 
 

Sound Journey

Iron Gump

Iron Gump

 

Iron Gump, CYT, is a Sound and Energy Worker. Through his understandings of energy and movement, Iron Gump utilizes sound and vibration to guide people into spaces where they can freely explore relaxation.

Iron Gump has shared his Sound Journeys in Manhattan and Connecticut board rooms and offices, Haitian refugee camps in Dominican Republic, private Japanese arboretum in Maui, boutique hotel on Maderas Beach, Nicaragua and many other places between for the last 7 years.

Working alongside Remedy Partners Inc. and Quartet Health, he has lead and set the tone for corporate retreats, office openings, informative talks and more recently for Mental Health Week. His practice is an inclusive experience for people from all walks of life.

"In a world of Make-Believe, let us believe in what we make."
 

 

Yoga & Movement

Haylee Warner

Haylee Warner

Haylee Warner, RYT, began practicing yoga in 2007 in her hometown of York, PA, as a meditative experience, and as a cross training to dance.  As yoga became a regular and grounding practice, Haylee decided to pursue her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 from The Yoga Garden in Philadelphia, PA.  Since then, she has received a certification in Pediatric Yoga from Summit Education, completed a 100 hour Advanced Training from Palo Santo Wellness Boutique, and in January 2017, took a foundational course in Trauma Sensitive Yoga through Transformation Yoga Project. She is a graduate of The University of the Arts, with a B.F.A. in Dance.

Haylee currently teaches in Philadelphia, PA at Bleeding Heart Yoga, Healing Arts Collective, Equilibrium Dance Academy and occasionally at the Yoga Garden.  She loves guiding people to be further in touch with their bodies and their selves.  In her own time, she studies essential oil and crystal healing, along with meditation, and various other physical disciplines. She teaches a body-friendly vinyasa yoga practice with a focus on unifying the breath, body and mind; She fuses her classes with her knowledge in dance, pilates, Gyrokinesis, Bodypathways and the Franklin Method, to allow for a dynamic and fluid flow.

 

Lori Hedrick

Lori Hedrick is teacher of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. She is KRI Certified Level 1 and studied at the Kundalini Research Institute in Espanola, NM.

"Kundalini yoga has completely changed my life. It has returned to me an inner strength and personal power I thought I had lost. I am completely dedicated to the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. I share these sacred teachings in order help others open their hearts and find personal empowerment to gracefully navigate in these times of social, emotional and technological over stimulation. "

“Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” - Yogi Bhajan

 
 
 

meghan aya letts

Meghan began practicing yoga at age 14 with her mother. She began teaching yoga in 2007 which eventually led her to Colorado where she attained a Master's Degree in Eastern Religious Studies focusing on yoga history, theory, and philosophy. She also attended the Earth Based Institute as a therapeutic based wilderness guide trained in Gestalt therapy, grief/loss counseling, PTSD counseling/support, meditation instruction, and somatic psychotherapy. Her journey then led her to India working as a women's yoga & healing retreat assistant in the hills of the Himalayas. She returned to the states transformed and more ready to fully devote herself to the healing of the collective, both human and nature, seeing that we can rise together in community, forgiveness, acceptance, and connection.

Meghan’s yoga teaching style is a blend of all levels gentle (yet challenging) yoga asana, infused with kundalini kriyas and restorative poses. She attunes with the overall needs of each class & teaches from her heart. Her class has been described as a “sweet nectar”, stress reducing, way to slow down and feel a bliss within the body, mind, & heart. Meghan’s positive outlook & lightness is contagious. She has a graceful refined presence, balanced with an earthy wild freedom influenced by her time spent living in the Colorado wilderness.

 

The Siri Sevaks

The Siri Sevaks teach Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Kundalini yoga, also called the "yoga of awareness", is a healing practice that allows for the unleashing of one's fullest potential, and allows for the ability to live a happy, productive life.

The Siri Sevaks offer classes and workshops in Kundalini yoga, chair yoga, and Venus Kriyas for couples, as well as individual and group sessions in gong bath meditation, sound therapy, introductory meditation, and mantra.