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Wellness is mission of new Woodstock business

by: Elizabeth Ussher Groff, Angela Tisci administers acupuncture to Sarahbeth Price at her new Woodstock Wellness Center.

In a newly renovated space just south of Safeway, the new 'Woodstock Wellness Center' at 4512 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard is open, and has become a busy place. In a randomly-chosen space of twenty minutes, a middle aged man walks in for a private yoga lesson, an older woman steps into the lobby for information brochures, a younger man arrives for acupuncture, and a friend breezes in to deliver a coffee to one of the yoga teachers.

Owner Angela Tisci seems to have the energy to deal with the new venture, describing it as 'unique in offering so many modalities for wellness in one location.'

'To help people on their path to physical, spiritual and mental well-being, we offer acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, yoga, hypnotherapy and acupuncture in a group setting for smoking cessation and weight loss support,' she explains. Speaking of her fourteen employees, she says, 'I am impressed with the people working here.'

If this note of praise for her employees sounds like the words of a bystander, it is only Tisci's wonderment at the positive results of a twenty-first century hiring process. 'I advertised for teachers on 'Craigslist' and immediately received dozens of responses. It was a lot of interviewing, but it is working out so well. The teachers are all very supportive.'

Tisci is also the owner of another day spa and wellness center in Northeast Portland which has been in business seven years. With no formal business training, she has launched these centers with a passion for helping others to gain wellness. Her credentials, however, support her enthusiasm.

After graduating from Kent State University with a Bachelors Degree in psychology, Tisci went to the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine for a four-year academic program to earn a Masters Degree in acupuncture and herbal medicine. She describes the training in Chinese medicine and acupuncture as holistic and comprehensive.

As a licensed acupuncturist, Tisci reports that she has had training in all aspects of traditional Oriental medicine, including the theory and practice of acupuncture, herbal medicine, therapeutic massage, nutrition, exercise, and qi (vital energy) cultivation using techniques such as Tai Chi or Qigong.

'Recently, we have had a lot of calls for people wanting acupuncture in support of IVF (in-vitro fertilization),' she reports. 'We accompany the couple to the hospital to do acupuncture before and after the embryo transplant.' In addition, she is experienced in treating musculoskeletal pain, injuries, car accident victims, digestive complaints and sports injuries. Her background also includes providing adjunctive (support) therapy for chemotherapy patients.

The schedule of classes and services at the Wellness Center offers considerable variety. In addition to Vinyasa (coordinating of breath and movement) and Ashtanga (more vigorous) Yoga at different morning hours, starting at 7:00am Tues.-Fri., there are Saturday classes of Pre-Natal Yoga, Yoga for Kids, Meditation/Yoga and Tai Chi.

Yoga for Women, Yoga for Hips and Low Back Pain, Power Sport Yoga, Rocket Yoga and Kundalini Yoga for Couples are offered during afternoon and evening hours. Acupuncture, massage and physical therapy are by appointment. Tisci adds that they accept most insurance plans and prescriptions for their services.

Brochures and a tour of the renovated building, including the large new yoga room, are available for anyone interested. For information and/or insurance eligibility, call 503/777-2776. More information about classes and staff can be found online at: www.woodstockwellnesscenter.com.