Sage green walls, a trickling little water fountain, and a tree on the wall create a soothing atmosphere in the lobby of The Tree of Life New Earth healing center on West Bacon Street.
The Tree of Life, which opened at the beginning of July, offers a variety of alternative therapy and healing methods including massage therapy, vibrational therapy, aromatherapy, and Reiki energy. The vibrational therapy is the most popular in Hillsdale, and owners Andrew and Bobbi Weaver have many clients.
“We use mostly vibrational-based healing methods,” Weaver said. “That would be with the tuning forks, the Tibetan singing bowls, and with other healing methods, like Reiki. Usually that’s just using energy from a person’s body, like with their hands or something.”
Weaver said these methods have ancient roots.
“Many ancient cultures have been using tuning forks and the singing Tibetan bowls,” Weaver said.
The goal of these different types of therapy is to relax the body, all the way down to the cellular level.
“It causes your cells to vibrate at a certain frequency and it actually causes your cells to return back to a state that it normally is in, when it’s not under attack by toxins in your body or a physical trauma of some sort,” Andrew Weaver said.
From there, the tuning forks are used on specific areas of the body where a client has pain.
“The tuning forks are actually researched and very well known to be able to reduce inflammation, sometimes immediately,” Weaver said.“Some people walk out of our office with no inflammation and no pain.”
Bobbi and Andrew Weaver have found vibrational therapy helps alleviate migraines, inflammation, arthritis, sciatica problems, and even sinuses.
“We use traditional pressure points, acupressure, the meridians — we put the forks on certain pressure points and we’ve been able to stop migraines before they even happen,” Andrew said. “We’ve been able to take sinus and certain glands and reduce those down.”
One client, Sarah Clement, has been undergoing vibrational therapy to clear her sinus passages. Clement said she has struggled with her sinuses for a long time and has tried many different doctors and treatments for relief.
“I’ve been everywhere: to the Cleveland Clinic, I’ve had the cameras up my nose, I’ve done allergists, regular doctors,” Clement said.
But after Clement started treatments at the New Earth Healing Center, her sinus problems began disappearing.
“The first time Bobbi did this, when I sat up you could feel it all drain out,” Clement said.
“And it’s very interesting because in spots that are really congested and plugged you can’t feel the tuning fork. I mean you can see her wack it and see it vibrate, but you can’t feel it. And then as it loosens up, then you can feel it within your skin and how its travelling along your muscles.”
The Weavers have also used vibrational therapy to help sports injuries. They said some clients will go directly to the healing center following an injury.
“Sports injuries — injuries where there is a physical injury and it’s swelling up and hurting — we’ve had clients call us and say well can you get me in right now? And they come in and left pain free,” Andrew said.
Before diving into vibrational therapy, Andrew Weaver served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years and Bobbi was in school for massage therapy.
“We stumbled across it. We started with Reiki and energy and we went into Shamanism and it’s just been a journey,” Bobbi Weaver said.