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Philadelphia, PA, 19106

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The Healing Arts Center provides everything you need to reach your health and wellness goals. Whether you're seeking acute or chronic pain relief, stress reduction, help with infertility, physical rehabilitation, anti-aging treatments or just plain relaxation, our staff are here to provide safe, effective treatment and classes to help you on your way. Our center's goal is to maximize your body's function, increase energy, give you a higher self-esteem and provide an overall improvement in your quality of life.

We named it the Healing Arts Center because every practitioner on the team has a wide repertoire of integrative techniques and treatments to draw upon. We believe the art of healing is in the creative application of techniques and the mix should always be fresh, responding to the demands of the moment. After all, we believe every patient is unique and every day presents a new challenge that demands our creativity.

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The Healing Arts Center of Philadelphia promotes a holistic health approach for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Through our blog, we hope to share information that covers topics like acupuncture, acupuncture for chiropractic, fitness, yoga, pilates, Tai Chi, Chinese herbs, Oriental Medicine and tips and tricks for maintaining your health from our talented practitioners and instructors. 

A Reflection on Women's Equality Day

Lauren Moreno

The acupuncture field is filled with women who are leading the way to better health. In honor of Women's Equality Day, we wanted to talk with one of our own, Vashni Nilon, L.Ac. about her experience. We interviewed Vashni about her career in acupuncture and how it contrasts to her previous work experience in the corporate world. 

1. You made a shift from the corporate world to acupuncture. Tell us about that: 

I had been working in fashion marketing for many years. My job was extremely demanding and I was under a lot of stress in an environment that was really, really unhealthy. I wasn't sleeping, no time to exercise and basically shoving food in my face. I was travellng constantly and chained to a Blackberry. Sometimes I worked until midnight and was then expected to be in New York for a meeting at 7:30 the next morning.

A few years earlier, I was treated for a rare cancer. Thankfully, it was a curable cancer but after treatment I was extremely depleted and went into early menopause. My OB suggested acupuncture and I started seeing Steve Mavros. I was hooked from the beginning. I started feeling like a human again. My ovaries started functioning again and I was lucky enough to give birth to my son. I really didn't need anymore proof that that - ACUPUNCTURE WORKS!!!

When my corporate job started laying off people in droves, I knew I had to make a decision. Should I stay in the field??? My gut said no and I applied to The Won Institute in Glenside, PA. People are still in shock that I gave up such a "great career." 

2. Have there ever been any moments in your career where you felt a particular advantage or disadvantage being a women? 

In corporate America it's pretty difficult to be a mom. At least where I was working. I felt that I was looked down upon for trying to be a hands on parent.

3. Acupuncture seems to be a field where there is equal representation among men and women. Do you feel that as a professional industry, women have a lot of opportunity for growth?

I think that if you are good at what you do, the opportunities are there. But you do have to hustle. And it's not a profession I would choose if you want to make a lot of money. It's a much saner way of life and I value what I do a lot more than I did.

4. Women have made so much progress since earning the right to vote. What do you see as some of the challenges we still face? 

Well I think people underestimate that rights can be removed. I think women still need to stand up for the right to control their own bodies. 

5. As a health and wellness practitioner, what is your advice for women who may be looking to enhance their overall well being? 

Do something that you can manage every day. Heroic workouts once every three months are less beneficial than walking every day. If you can manage nothing else drink a glass of water! Treat yourself like you matter, because you do.

Vashni is a licensed acupuncturist with a real love of Western Medicine. She values an integrated approach and is particularly interested in treating infertility – both male and female. She treats patients undergoing fertility treatments as well as those hoping to conceive naturally. Her other specialties and passions are patients dealing with cancer, anxiety, depression and pain of all kinds.  Her first experience with acupuncture was after a wretched year of chemotherapy and surgery. She is currently cancer free and knew from her first acupuncture treatment that this is what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She received her Masters Degree in Acupuncture from the Won Institute in Glenside, PA.

Vashni is a licensed acupuncturist with a real love of Western Medicine. She values an integrated approach and is particularly interested in treating infertility – both male and female. She treats patients undergoing fertility treatments as well as those hoping to conceive naturally. Her other specialties and passions are patients dealing with cancer, anxiety, depression and pain of all kinds. 

Her first experience with acupuncture was after a wretched year of chemotherapy and surgery. She is currently cancer free and knew from her first acupuncture treatment that this is what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She received her Masters Degree in Acupuncture from the Won Institute in Glenside, PA.