Three can’t-miss community health centers

Acupuncture, Yoga and Meditation for All

by Emily Kovach

Healing Arts Collective
519 S. 9th St.
This cheerful, welcoming space provides a range of services and classes in holistic wellness. Yoga, Pilates and gyrokinesis classes take place throughout the week, many of them geared toward beginners. Once per month, a combination yin yoga and reiki workshop is offered, focused on giving participants deep, introspective relaxation to alleviate stress and fatigue. Workshops, such as Moving in Deep Focus: Embodied Shamanic Journey on Dec. 17, bring in teachers and leaders from both the local and national wellness communities.  

The Healing Garden hosts Community Acupuncture each Saturday on a sliding scale of $30 to $45, multiple modalities of massage and bodywork, including myofascial release and craniosacral therapy, as well as physical therapy. To get a taste of what the Healing Garden is all about, try the yoga pass for new students, a great deal at $30 for an unlimited one-month pass.

Six Fishes Healing Arts
750 S 15th St. & 2308 Grays Ferry Ave.
With two locations, Six Fishes Healing Arts offers a diverse array of services, focused on the body both inside and out. The staff’s expertise lies in Chinese herbology; founder Cara Frank is recognized as a leader in the field, having started China Herb Company in 1991, the first mail-order herbal dispensary in the country. At Six Fishes, patients are prescribed customized combinations of between six and 18 herbs meant to help with various ailments.

The Grays Ferry location also hosts Community Acupuncture every day but Sunday, starting at $65 for the initial visit and $45 for each subsequent appointment. Inspired by hospital clinics in China, these are semi-private sessions, where areas are separated by drapes if full-body acupuncture is needed. Six Fishes accepts some health insurance plans, which can help incorporate these holistic practices into your overall health regimen at a lower cost.

Mama’s Wellness Joint
1100 Pine St.
As may be evident from its name, Mama’s Wellness Joint specializes in classes and services for mothers-to-be, parents and infants, and families. There’s plenty on the schedule for adults, but it’s classes like Baby Bump Bootcamp, Mama’s Movin’, and Postpartum Rebuild that you’re unlikely to find at other local studios.

Mama’s also frequently hosts workshops focused on babies and children, such as childbirth education classes and infant massage. The classes and workshops are held in a peaceful, elegant studio that feels miles away from the city street it’s located on.

Founded by yogi and doula Paige Chapman, Mama’s mission is to create a space where women and families learn how to care for themselves. A range of massage therapies are available on-site, and the lobby of the shop doubles as a small retail space with natural and handmade products, such as ayurvedic health and beauty products, candles and wearables for babies.