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[ By Elizabeth Brunetti ]

Sometimes eating healthy foods and regular exercise don’t do it all. If your goal this year is to feel energetic and on your game, it might be worth checking in with someone who can assess your overall wellness. For several Howard County practitioners health means more than just a normal cholesterol level and cardio three times a week. To them, health banish_blah_acupuntureis holistic.

Jennifer Stukey’s light-filled space at Awaken Wellness offers acupuncture, yoga and massage as well as such special services as holistic fertility treatments using acupuncture and herbal treatments. There’s a full herbal pharmacy so practitioners can create custom herbal formulas for their clients. And Awaken accepts health insurance for acupuncture treatments.  awakenwellnesscolumbia.com

Good Life Wellness is one-stop shopping for a new year of wellness and fulfillment. Along with acupuncture, cranialsacral therapy, massage, nutrition and such healing treatments as reiki and energy balancing, Good Life offers nutrition counseling, fitness and life coaches. And if you’re looking for some pampering, the Face Place Day Spa is on site. Historic Savage Mill.  good-life-wellness.com

banish_blah_healthfoodThe Wellness Center at Howard County General provides a wide variety of wellness classes, such as CPR instruction, diabetes screenings and nutrition counseling. Many classes are free of charge and simply require registration either online or over the phone. Classes are offered for people of all ages and include such topics as teen nutrition, self defense for young women, depression and aging and kitchen wisdom.  Medical Pavilion at Howard County.  hopkinsmedicine.org/ howard_county_general_hospital/ classes_events

Jade Connelly-Duggan, an acupuncturist at WisdomWell, says the organization’s ultimate goal is “to one day put ourselves out of business” by empowering clients to take charge of their own wellness. The practitioners, two of whom were co-founders of the Tai Sophia Institute, offer acupuncture, craniosacral therapy and herbal treatments. Recently, WisdomWell launched “100 Well Families,” a pilot project in which 10 practitioners each help 10 families to stay well, with home remedies, proper nutrition, and most important, working on communication and relationships to relieve unnecessary drama and stress. The office is adjacent to outdoor space with a garden and waterfall that is frequently used for consultations and classes.  wisdomwell.info

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