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Zen Healing Center is celebrating 3rd year anniversary and giving out specials services and giving gifts for those who stop by!
Three years have gone by since Zen Healing Center opened our clinic in Edina, MN. Here is a brief history of the clinic from its beginnings to presents!
Dr. Zen opened his clinic, Zen Chiropractic Inc. with the slogan “Healing from Within” in
Bloomington, MN near the Mall of America. What started with humble beginnings with spending many hours of doing Japanese translation and community work helped to grow the clinic and eventually outgrow the Bloomington location.
After a year and a half, Dr. Zen was contacted by an owner of a massage spa business. Since they had an opening for space for the business, Dr. Zen decided to move his clinic into the massage business in Edina, MN. After 1 year of practicing Chiropractic in this location, the chiropractic practice outgrew the location again.
In 2013, after 6 months of searching, Dr. Zen found the current location in Edina MN. With the help of Fernanda Matsuda, his wife, they started a concept of integrating other healing moralities into his practice. An acupuncturist and massage therapist was added to the clinic and its name was changed the name to Zen Healing Center with the slogan of “Longevity and Wellness”.
Dr. Zen’s brother, a graphic designer, made a logo based off the Japanese Family Crest. Since Dr. Zen’s last name translates to “Pine tree in a rice field,” a symbol of a Pine tree was used. In Japanese culture, a pine tree is a symbol of longevity, virtue, and youth.
After a year and a half of opening Zen Healing Center, the clinic doubled in size. Demanding for expansion, additional rooms for acupuncture, massage, and an x-ray room were added.
“Starting with humble beginnings and moving from place to place reminds me of how I am grateful of my clients who referred their family and friends. As my goal in life, Dr. Gonstead has also seen humble beginnings from a one room on the top floor of a bank to a 29,000 square feet clinic and seeing 7 million people in his life time. After many years of changes, we are now working with the best administrative staff and providers that I have seen over years. Working for this office has rarely felt like work. As many difficult cases stop by Zen Healing Center, the more I am empathetic and excited to be help those who are in need.”
Zen Matsuda D.C. Co-Owner/Founder of Zen Healing Center
“Being part of the Zen Healing Center team means excitement and joy. Throughout the years I have received many feedback from our clients stating how happy they are for finding a place where they can truly feel healing. In the past three years, our clinic has expanded in size. We have added new services, improved our software, added new treatment rooms, digital x-rays and tests. Seeing our clients getting well is a huge motivation for all of our team members to keep improving so that we can serve them even better. We strive to keep expanding but our main goal is to keep focusing on the wellness of our existing and future clients.”
Fernanda Matsuda-Co-Owner/Founder of Zen Healing Center
“A year of experience Zen healing Center for me was pleasant, harmonizing, educating, and supporting. The team work was wonderfully done with the communication and help among the team members. I see that the clinic is growing in every aspect through hard-work and dedication to help people. I very much enjoy and look forward to continuing work at Zen Healing Center.”
Alice Min Kang L. Ac
“Hello, I’m Stephanie and I started working at Zen Healing Center after the holidays this year. Previously I worked at a bank and this environment has proved to serve me much better. I really like that wellness is a focus here and I truly enjoy seeing the health of our patients improve as time goes on. I think we have something great here between Dr. Zen, Alice and Matt and I am excited to learn more and more about their practices and techniques.”
Patient Service Coordinator/Administrative Assistant
“Hello everyone. My name is LuAnn and I am a transplant from Wisconsin currently in school for my nursing degree. I have been working with the Zen Healing Center since late December of 2015 and have immensely enjoyed the staff here as well as the clientele we serve. The atmosphere here has been amongst one of the best I have had the short privilege of working in. The providers are passionate about their work and truly care for their patients as nobody here is a number, but a unique individual with personal, customized plans. They don’t aim to treat symptoms, but to help get to the root cause and aid the body in healing itself. They aim for true well-being. It is an experience that ought to be experienced by yourself if you are, at all, a bit curious about what we have to offer!”
Patient Service Coordinator
“Hi all, my name is Chee Vang. I started working here in November 2015. I work at Zen Healing Center part-time and work full-time at Anthem, Inc. The past months that I’ve been here has been great. All the employees here are super friendly and helpful to one and another. Honestly, I’ve never knew how chiropractic works, but having Dr. Zen educating me and learning what he does to patients, has really helped me understand his technique of Gonstead.”
Patient Service Coordinator
My name is Matt Williamson. I began my journey at ZHC in May 2015. I have had a lot of fun learning from Dr Zen and Alice. I continually am driven to learn new innovative ways to help people heal. I have a variety of ways to accomplish this goal The most important part of my job is always understanding what the needs are of each individual person. The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that I am part of a team who is always doing their best to help people leave us healthier and happier.
Matt Williamson CMT, Cert. ART
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7 Questions to ask yourself before getting a massage:
- Have you ever had any massage?
- How long was the longest massage you have had?
- Do you know what kind of massage(s) you have had?
- How long has it been since your last massage?
- Do you know what kind of techniques the practitioner used?
- What kind of pressure do you like? If you are unsure that’s ok too.
- Are you currently in pain?
*People who generally do not pay attention to how they feel are far more likely to wait too long to seek treatment of any kind.
Is there more than 1 kind of massage?
- Massage is like food. You will feel different depending on the type of massage an pressure being applied.
What happens before a massage?
- First timers please be 10-15 minutes early. You will have to fill out an intake form before the massage begins. This is similar to a doctor’s visit. Pertinent medical information needs to be written down so the therapist can make sure to NOT hurt you. Some medications and medical conditions are direction contraindications for massage.
- If you have been doing yard work and your body hurts everywhere, this is the time to speak up. Remember most people cannot read your mind, so asking questions and giving information is the best way to ensure you get the most out of your massage.
What happens when the massage is over?
- Your therapist will leave the room and you may now get up and put your clothes back on.
- IMPORTANT: do not get up quickly. While laying down your body has adapted to this position. Before moving, take a few breaths, role to your side and slowly sit at the side of the table and take a few more breaths.
- The therapist may give you stretches to try or inform you of nutritional concepts or any number of things.
- Your therapist will meet you in the hallway or outside the room. Usually you will be given water.
- It is really important that you drink water for the rest of the day/night to flush out the toxins that have been removed from your muscles. Even very relaxing massages can have a great effect on how much toxin release there may be. The type of massage sometimes is not important because everyone detoxifies differently.
- Some therapists have the ability to do a massage with the intention of your body recovering in a very specific way (i.e. you will continue to feel looser over the next few days, etc). It is important to listen to your therapist for their professional opinions about your body care and massage, because in many cases (not all), they will have a better understanding of how you should feel or what will keep you pain free. But good advice falls on deaf ears a lot.
How often should a person get massage?
- The actual frequency of sessions should diminish over time. This means your body is feeling better for longer. “Maintenance” massage is a tricky term. Does maintenance mean every week for the rest of your life? Therapist who do not possess the ability to reduce session frequency either do not have the ability to do so (for a variety of reasons), or do not have the desire to do so.
- A relaxing massage doesn’t always mean pain free. Many people really enjoy knowing they will be receiving deeper pressure while others do not. The therapist should be communicating throughout the massage to make sure you are ok with the pressure that is being applied.
- For a first time massage (if its only Swedish technique), think of a 1-10 scale *10 being unbearable pain). Do not go over 5-6. IF you are feeling a 7-8, say out loud “that’s too much pressure”, or “that’s too hard”. Remember mind readers are few and far between in this profession.
- If a 7-8 feels good then it can be ok to receive, but if you do not know how your body recovers from massage, then its best for the first time to just relax or receive less pressure.
- For deeper massages, a 7-8 is the target pressure you should be feeling. Endorphins (Enkephalin’s) are released in the body. Endorphins are the bodies natural pain killers.
**You have the power to end any massage if you feel the therapist isn’t listening, or taking your needs into account, or being unprofessional.
**Therapist are trained to immediately end a massage if the client is inappropriate in any way.The truth: clients are thought of like meat or shapes. Our basic job is to tenderize you. To always keep things professional. A therapist will look at the body also in sections. Each shape and section of the body needs to function correctly so that other parts do not have to compensate for the lack of mobility in any particular area.
I approach people with information I believe will be pertinent to you at any given time.
Chinese Chicken Congee is an easy and delicious way to boost your immune system this fall. Congee is rice porridge that promotes the strengthening of your stomach, spleen, and Qi (energy). Having a strong stomach and spleen is important when nourishing your immune system. It’s a great spin-off the classic chicken noodle soup when you are feeling a bit under the weather. Here’s the recipe!
Chinese Chicken Congee
1/2 lbs chicken thighs
1 cup long grain rice
9 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup sliced garlic
3 chopped scallions
2 inch piece of ginger thinly chopped
Salt and pepper
-Add all ingredients to a large pot and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover. Stir every 15 minutes. Cook for 1 – 1.5 hours depending on how thick you like your congee. You can add water if need be. Serve with a splash of soy sauce and nourish that Qi!
Have a beautiful week!
Happy Monday! As the Acupuncturist at Zen Healing Center, I focus a lot on stress and how it impacts lives. Stress is a large cause of many of the emotional and physical symptoms that we experience daily and is something that can be worked on! Not sure if stress is affecting your health or well being? Ask yourself this…
Ever feel like you are slightly critical of yourself, or others? How many times a day do you find yourself being easily irritated? How many times a day do you praise yourself, or praise others? Praise is not something that must be spoken out loud, it can be something you say internally or write down in your journal. We grow up being taught that others are affected by our words and actions, but it is good to be reminded that you are just as affected by your own words. With this said, it is good (and easy!) to practice praising. Just say 3 nice things to yourself (and others!) every day.
1. Good job at work today, you were very productive and made a difference.
2. Good job today for taking deep breaths and letting your body relax, you really do deserve it!
3. Good job today for being a wonderful person and noticing the wonders in others around you!
The first few times you do this, it may feel silly, but if you keep it up you will find yourself feeling more positive about yourself and the world around you. Praising can help you to relax, slow down, and not be bothered by the little things. This practice is not about enhancing your ego, it is about becoming a positive being. With that said, remember to stay humble as you walk though this wonderful path!