Awakenings Health provides complete performance stimulating, and rehabilitative care through an East meets West philosophy.

Acupuncture is one of the most ancient and effective healing arts in the world. For several thousand years acupuncture has been used to treat a wide variety of symptoms, conditions, injuries, and diseases. To this day, it remains one of the most continuously practiced medical techniques in all of human history.

Although Acupuncture has been utilized as a complete form of medicine for thousands of years, Dr. Gries has built our acupuncture program to be integrated into all other aspects of your current healthcare regimen. He is able to discuss your condition with any of your health care providers to form a team approach aimed at maximizing your health.

Awakenings has adopted a well-rounded approach to providing acupuncture for our patients. Dr. Gries always makes sure to address the health of your body, mind, and emotional state:

For orthopedic issues or athletic enhancement, he specializes in a direct physical therapy style approach aimed at targeting specific muscle groups for all orthopedic disorders and optimizing and balancing your body mechanics.

For internal imbalances (manifesting as high blood pressure, digestive issues, sinus problems, allergies, sleep problems, stress, OBGYN or fertility issues, etc.) Dr. Gries diagnoses and treats the function of all your organ systems to treat the cause of your problems.

When life seems overwhelming and it is hard to get your thoughts wrapped around your problems and emotions under control, he also utilizes acupuncture and cognitive tools to help you regain balance and guide you through challenging times.


Mary is in her 20th year of massage practice with extensive experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. She incorporates a variety of techniques, which include deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release and mobilization techniques, sports massage, and stretching into her treatments.

She has worked with professional athletes, addressing bio-mechanic and functional concerns, as well as tending to recovery and rehabilitation efforts. Her medical massage background is also utilized pre and post surgery to assist recovery and promote optimal functionality. Besides treating the general population and athletes, Mary also provides prenatal, pregnancy and postnatal massage addressing specific conditions, as well as general aches and pains.

Why Massage?
Massage Therapy can be a relaxing and stress relieving experience, or in terms of Medical Massage, it can be focused directly with the intent of improving conditions that have been diagnosed by a physician.

What can Massage Treat?
Massage can facilitate pain relief and aid in faster recovery from injuries – whether they are soft tissue, sports related, post-surgical or the result of an accident. In terms of rehabilitation, massage can help normalize tissue function and restore normal movement patterns and serve to increase range of motion and flexibility. Massage can calm the nervous system, reduce stress, promote circulation, aid digestion and bring about an awareness of posture.

Massage can treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions, which include a range of disease, disorders, aches and complaints. Musculoskeletal Conditions or Disorders, also known as MSDs, are injuries and disorders that affect the human body’s movement or musculoskeletal system (i.e. muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, blood vessels, etc.).

Common conditions include, but are not limited to the following: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, Epicondylitis (Tennis of Golfers Elbow), Muscle / Tendon Strain, Rotator Cuff Tendonitis, Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder), Acute Torticollis (Wry Neck), Epicondylitis, Trigger Finger/Thumb, Degenerative Disc Diseases, Thoracic Outlet Compression, Tension Neck Syndromes.

Massage also plays a role as a preventative measure, particularly in terms of reducing the occurrence of conditions (such a tension headaches or migraines that have a musculoskeletal origin), ensuring soft tissues do not contribute to nerve compression and impingement and in reducing or alleviating chronic pain.

What to Expect?
The first treatment will involve a short interview to discuss your medical history, concerns and any current pain. All treatments are unique and aim to address and focus on treating the presenting condition and any contributing factors.

Mary will also discuss any potential contributing factors, some of which may include repetitive motion, static postural factors, unhealthy habits, limited rest and recovery, poor fitness levels and a history of previous injury.

Chinese herbal medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is a comprehensive form of medicine that can
effectively address a wide variety of conditions.

It may be used to treat absolutely anybody – people of all ages, people of any condition, illness, or injury.

Chinese herbs work synergistically with acupuncture. Used safely and medically for thousands of years, Chinese herbs should have no side effects when correctly prescribed by a trained herbalist. They are usually combined in classical formulas and customized as appropriate for each patient’s respective diagnosis and physical conditions.




We have our own pharmacy of formulas on site. For those that are not in the area, we have partnered with an herbal company who ships out formulas all over the world. You can check out the site here.

Order medicinal Chinese herbs

Yoga Therapy

The gifts of Yoga are numerous and varied.  Although yoga’s broader teachings
touch on all aspects of life, it is asana practice that has made it immensely popular
around the globe.  Asana practice challenges the body and focuses the mind,
while it’s philosophical principles encourage spiritual growth.


Benefits of Yoga:

A Stronger, More flexible, More Youthful Feeling Body
A Happier And More Peaceful Out-look On Life
Reduced Pain
Sounder Sleeping
Reduced Stress
Stronger Bones
Better Digestion
Healthier Heart And Blood Vessels
Greater Patience
Increased Fertility And Virility
Improved Mental Functioning
Brings more oxygen to your blood and brain
Improves muscle tone and strength
Improves balance
Improves posture
Lowers blood pressure
Positively affects depression
Back pain
Positive affect on learning and memory
Slows aging process
Increases self-awareness
Heightens spirituali

Yoga classes

Yoga classes are held through out the week for all kinds.  Community & private/semi private Yoga Therapy classes are held so that everyone, no matter what health challenge, can enjoy the powerful benefits of yoga.  These classes are for all level yogis and different kinds of classes are offered such as Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Iyengar, Prenatal and many more.


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