Principal practitioner Lisa Orwick, DC, left, and managing practitioner Anna Burchard own and operate Natural Life Holistic Oasis at 7235 N. Paseo del Norte. Randy Metcalf/The Explorer

Don’t think of holistic healing as alternative medicine. Instead, consider it a complement to traditional Western medicine, says Lisa Orwick, DC.

“Medical doctors are fantastic, but people should realize they have other choices to help modify their lifestyle that will improve their vitality and do not include medications,” said Orwick, a chiropractor and one of two anchor practitioners at the Natural Life Holistic Oasis.

The public can learn more about holistic choices by attending the NLHO’s grand opening on Feb. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. in its new, larger location. Many of the dozen practitioners will demonstrate their natural healing options. Specialties include reflexology, psychotherapy, therapeutic massage, acupuncture, Reiki therapeutic touch, nutritional counseling, personal training, hypnotherapy, and weight management. It’s also an opportunity to ask practitioners about their areas of expertise.

“Not everyone knows what I do,” said Anna Burchard, a certified personal training and lifestyle educator. “I help people understand how to improve their lives using nutrition and stress management.”

Burchard knows from personal experience how difficult it can be to make a major life change. She was working in the construction industry when she experienced problems with her autoimmune system, in which antibodies attacked her body’s tissue matter.

“I recognized the need to take better care of myself, and I’ve been passionate about wellness ever since,” said Burchard.

The lifestyle coach is amazed at a person’s ability to transform their life.

“It’s motivating to observe how powerful people can be regarding their own life. I’m amazed by the synergistic energy. It’s contagious,” she noted.

At the grand opening, Orwick hopes to correct people’s old notions about chiropractic practices.

“It’s not rack and crack. It’s more about adjusting the nervous system than cracking bones,” she explained, noting she uses “a lot of cool ‘toys’” to accomplish overall wellness.

“I use a cold laser that makes DNA replicate proteins at a faster rate. St. Mary’s Hospital uses it on burn and wound victims,” she said.

“People don’t realize the nervous system runs all other systems. Getting your body moving is what chiropractic is all about. Your nerves are like a river, they shouldn’t be like stagnant water,” she noted. “Movement is life.”

She works with medical doctors to ensure patients are getting the best possible treatment.

“I make myself available to explain what we’re doing,” the chiropractor said.

Orwick and Burchard ask people to be open-minded regarding holistic options.

“People who are sick and tired of hearing about the side effects of drugs feel better,” said Orwick. “When you maintain your body, you feel better.”


If you go

What: Grand opening, Natural Life Holistic Oasis
When: 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5
Where: 7235 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson
For more information, visit www.nlho.com or call 740-1718.

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