Welcome to our services. At the Pujari Center, we are excited to help co-create optimal wellness with you. Because we recognize that healing is not a one-size fits all, you will notice that at the Pujari Center, we offer both the expertise of Dr. Pujari, a board certified internist with knowledge about nutrition, supplements, herbs, and mind body medicine – as well as a variety of different healing approaches – ranging from massage, to Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, to holistic forms of bodywork like massage and feldenkreis, to subtle energy healing like Reiki, to counseling.
At the Pujari Center, we also believe in empowering you – and one of the best ways to do that is to share what we have learned. To that end, we offer a wide variety of monthly classes and workshops, as well as weekly meditation, Open-Path and unique yoga classes. For information on classes/workshops, please refer to our calendar.
Practitioner: Dr. Astrid Pujari, MD
Dr. Pujari serves as a consultant to you and your other health care providers. Consultations are available for both general wellness – with an emphasis on nutrition, supplements, herbs, mental/emotional/spiritual well-being, and any other questions you may have – in addition to active health problems. As an internist who previously worked in a primary care setting, Dr. Pujari is able to address a wide variety of different issues – including women’s health, depression, cancer, cholesterol, high blood pressure, anxiety, autoimmune disease, arthritis, inflammatory conditions, allergies, and issues that seem complex, difficult to treat or diagnose. Each consultation includes a comprehensive evaluation of your concerns and lasts one hour.
Astrid Pujari, MD does a wide variety of lectures and workshops for both medical and lay audiences. Topics include:
Reviews of scientific literature regarding supplements, herbs, alternative therapies, meditation
Preventative health and holistic nutrition
Role of complementary and alternative medicine in various illnesses, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, women’s health, GI disorders, seniors, autoimmune disease, arthritis, hepatitis and primary care
Spirituality and health
Practitioner: Shannon Sunde, HC
A Health Coach is your personal mentor to create and live a healthy, energized and better life. They partner with you to facilitate success in areas that you may have previously experienced obstacles, frustration and failure. Guiding you toward healthy actions and good nutritional choices that promote health and happiness and away from habits and choices that lead to weight gain, disease and emotional or physical suffering.Health coaching is different than working with a nutritionist or dietician, while their role is more analytical and administrative, a health coach is a wellness authority and supportive mentor who will help you develop practical tools and skills to approach your specific set of circumstances in daily life. Health Coaching is a method of guidance first recognized in the early 1990′s by psychologists for it’s success in treating addiction and it’s habitual nature.
Practitioner: Barbara Ingram, GCFP, LMP, CNMT
Rediscover the Joy of Movement! Discover new, pain-free ways of moving and being. Feldenkrais ® based Therapeutic Movement is a means to reduce chronic pain, in movement or in stillness, and a way of returning to pleasure and joy. Private, individualized sessions develop awareness of postural habits and movement patterns that are working against you and teach you new more efficient options. You will increase your grace and ease, while changing the way you feel, move, and age. In a very real sense the lessons are designed to help your body work for you, not against you, and support you in living your life.Typical appointments last one hour, with each session building on previous growth.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of Traditional Chinese medicine, it is based on the idea that there is a universal life force energy, called Qi or Chi, and that all parts of the universe are interconnected. Healing, in this tradition, occurs by bringing balance to the body using various methods, including through the use of herbs and by placing very thin needles about the thickness of one hair, at various points on the body. Because the needles are so thin, the sense of discomfort is usually very minimal – similar to one hair being tugged. Typically, appointments last about one hour and treatment may occur over a period of several weeks or more.
During massage, the practitioner presses and rubs soft tissues and muscles, to help enhance blood flow, decrease tension and soreness. Often people find it soothing and helpful for relaxing and decreasing stress. Typically, appointments range from one hour to one and a half hour.
Practitioner: Sue Dennison
Mental health counseling is a system which is designed to help people develop self awareness regarding patterns of thought, feeling and/or behavior, and to develop strategies for changing those patterns which no longer serve them. Typical appointments last one hour, and often occur regularly over time in order to effect lasting change.
Subtle energy therapies are based on the idea that there is a universal life force energy, and that we are all connected to this life force. Subtle energy therapists feel that as human beings, we have the ability to influence each other positively through this connection to enhance our mutual state of well-being. They also believe that when we connect with that universal space in ourselves, it can help us to find different , more positive ways of relating to our lives, ourselves, and our relationships. Typical appointments last one hour, and often people find them relaxing. The appointment may take place in silence or with talking, depending on the practitioner.
Biofeedback and Neurofeedback are the processes of gaining greater awareness of many physiological functions primarily using instruments that provide information on the activity of those same systems, with a goal of being able to manipulate them at will. Some of the processes that can be controlled include brainwaves, muscle tone, skin conductance, heart rate and pain perception.
Biofeedback and neurofeedback may be used to improve health, performance, and the physiological changes which often occur in conjunction with changes to thoughts, emotions, and behavior.