Healthy Concepts

Everywhere I turn there is misinformation about health, fitness and nutrition. The only thing more frustrating is the photoshopped images and advertisements of how I’m supposed to look and the very clear message of how I should feel about myself if I don’t. It’s extremely hard to know what is true versus what is paid-for advice that has a motive attached. The constant expectation of beauty tied to skinny has given credibility to all the diets. Am I supposed to eat, avoid or cycle carbs this week? But no message is more frustrating to me than the “if you ate X, you need to go to the gym and do Y.” 

Let’s be frank. If you eat poorly, no amount of exercise is going to make up for it. The number of calories in one delicious fried cheese curd would require you spend hours on a treadmill to “burn it off.” Your weight is like 90 percent what you put in your mouth. This has been scientifically proven many times over but advertisers don’t like this message because it’s harder to sell lettuce than it is a new fancy piece of gym equipment you can use in your home that will totally make you look like a supermodel for just 20 minutes three times a week.

What is exercise? Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do! Exercise is your body moving to be healthy. I read something once that really stuck with me: “Your body is a vehicle, not an ornament!” Think about that for a second. Your body is a vehicle. It is meant to get you from A to B. It is your vehicle to play with your kids and get to your office and do all the things you do in a day. Therefore, exercise is taking your vehicle out on the autobahn and seeing what it can do. Exercise is moving the wheels to make sure they stay lubricated or the tires don’t get a flat spot from the pavement.

The problem with linking exercise to nutrition is that if someone isn’t willing to eat healthy they often will feel like exercise is also out of their reach. It isn’t. You can eat the pizza and exercise. I, for one, love pizza. I also love seeing what my body is capable of. I’m lucky because the sport I chose, the aerial arts, defy gravity and give me constant opportunities to do things I didn’t think I’d be able to do. And there are days I’m sore from training the day before or from lifting something heavy while moving or from sitting in the car for way too long on a road trip; do you know what always makes those days better? Moving! Our bodies were made to move! We just happen to have built a huge fitness industry around this concept that is spewing misinformation to drive sales. But if you take away the money incentive, moving is fundamental to the human experience. What use is a vehicle if it is always just sitting in one spot? 

Get moving however it appeals to you. There is no wrong answer to moving, go for a walk, join a sports league, sign up for a pole exercise class. The type doesn’t matter. The most important thing is that you move, call it exercise if you want but move! And remember that moving your vehicle is kinda the point of having one. 

How many more times are you going to make a New Year’s resolution only to fail again? Some people mistakenly believe that they have no willpower at all and so do not give themselves the opportunity to make crucial life changes that will help them — like quitting smoking, losing weight, reducing stress, insomnia or pain.

So when it comes to willpower, you either have it or not, right? The answer is no. Willpower depends upon many factors. For example, in one study, participants had a plate of radishes and fresh-baked cookies placed in front of them. One group was told they could eat the cookies and the other told that they had to resist the cookies and eat the radishes. Then both groups were given a complex puzzle to solve. Those who were asked to eat the radishes and resist the cookies gave up on the puzzle after only a few minutes whereas the people who happily ate the cookies continued to work twice as long. This means that exerting willpower in one situation can drain you for another situation later on.

Holidays are a great example of what is called “willpower depletion.” Just like the cookie study, if you are dealing with family and find yourself biting your tongue or holding back from yelling at your in-laws, you may find yourself binging on the dessert or wine later that night because you used up all of your self-control with your family. Sound familiar? Another example we are all familiar with is following our diet perfectly for five days straight and then the weekend comes and everything goes off the rails. The next thing we know we are knee-deep in ice cream, potato chips, and self-loathing. Failed again!

tap into your subconscious and be hypnotized for success

There are three keys to achieving your goals. The first is motivation. Research clearly shows that it is easier to quit smoking when your life is at stake. Just like movie stars who stay rail thin for those seven figure salaries, we need to find our motivation because that is the initial drive for achieving our goals. The second is social support. People who have a good support network find it easier to give up addictions and cravings. The problem is that goals are actually a very private thing and you can’t count on your social group to be on or stay on the same page as you, can you? Fail again!

The third, and most important key, is aligning your subconscious mind with your conscious mind. Our conscious mind knows what is good for us. That is the part of your mind that sees clearly the need to lose those extra pounds or put that cigarette down once and for all. It sees the end goal and knows what needs to be done to get there. The problem occurs when our subconscious is not on board with the plan. It literally undermines our efforts and sabotages our goals. Failed again!

One of the most powerful ways to tap into your subconscious is to be hypnotized. Through hypnosis you can shift your subconscious and bring it into alignment with your goals. Imagine waking up and effortlessly avoiding those fatty treats or naturally putting your fork down once you are full. Getting your subconscious on board with your goals makes them easy and effortless. It is like setting the autopilot on the airplane of success. If you are tired of watching the same old New Year’s resolutions come and go, be hypnotized and get the results you have been waiting for. 

In January of 2014, Karl noticed numbness in his left foot. Soon, the numbness increased and progressed up his leg. After months of testing, and while paralysis was setting in, a MRI of his upper spine revealed a tumor in his spinal column. In September, Karl underwent a seven-hour surgery to have it removed. His prognosis of being able to walk again was mixed at best.

With walking on his own the ultimate goal, Karl started with traditional physical therapy, but the progress he was hoping for wasn’t realized. He then worked with a physical trainer at the YMCA where he focused on a program aimed at regaining muscle strength and included the use of their standard pool as well as land-based exercises. After two years, Karl had reached a plateau with his progress, so when his trainer made the decision to change careers, he decided it was a good time to give warm water aquatic therapy a try.

When Karl first came to the pool he had little feeling in his lower body. We needed to start with the basics, which included building core strength and muscle re-education. Warm water therapy is great for this because it relaxes your muscles enough to be able to be stretched, and working in water slows your movement enough to give extra time for the brain to communicate with the muscles. Rebuilding muscle memory is the essential building block for muscle strengthening and the overall recovery process.

After a year of working in warm water, Karl has made solid progress. His muscle control has improved, he can walk up the pool ramp using handrails to steady his balance and his confidence has soared. He is also able to complete some land-based exercises that he wasn’t able to do before.

In addition to specialized cases like Karl’s, warm water aquatic therapy can be helpful for a host of other medical issues including joint and chronic pain, muscle weakness, sports injuries, pre- and post-surgical recovery, orthopedic disorders and neurological diagnoses.

The key with warm water is that it provides muscle relaxation. Once the muscles are relaxed, people often find they are able to do more in the water with less pain. Decreased muscle tension also increases the ability to stretch muscles, which means you are able to try and be successful with new exercises and in turn can increase your heart rate and overall cardiovascular health.

Working in the water also helps you “buy back” gravity. I start many of my clients in the deep end of the pool, where they are completely buoyant. As they progress, we work toward the shallow end, reintroducing a bit of gravity each time as they build adequate strength. Doing this allows clients to work at their own pace and progress when they are ready and able to.

Another advantage of warm water therapy is three dimensional access to the client. Instead of working only one area at a time as you lie on a table, in the pool, I can move more freely around a client, working with multiple areas at the same time.

If you are considering physical therapy, or are looking for alternate options to further your progress, talk to your doctor or therapist about warm water aquatic therapy. Like Karl, it might be your game changer, too. 


With the holidays now over, everyone can relate to the feeling of a “food hangover,” or the agony of overeating. But could what you eat really be the culprit of arthritis, muscle pain, asthma, digestive and skin disorders as well? Yes, in fact it can be to blame. Scientists are making a strong link between our food choices and pain. About 70 percent of our immune cells are in our digestive system, making direct contact with the food we enjoy every day. If the immune system is triggered by bacteria in food, or flags a food as an allergen, or has an imbalance of important hormones such as insulin, it can set off the red alert of inflammation.

Inflammation is a major underlying factor in chronic conditions such as arthritis or poor digestive health, resulting in serious discomfort and a limited lifestyle. In other instances, inflammation is a periodic byproduct of stress and the proverbial wear-and-tear of living. At times we tax our bodies excessively, causing joint pain and decreased mobility. And yet, there are occasions where the stressful demands of work and family — the unexpected obstacles that are symptoms of financial and personal hardship, unhealthy diet, and too little sleep — manifest themselves through inflammation.

Persistent, systemic inflammation also increases a person’s risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and an assortment of other problems that become more likely as we age. More disturbing is the rise in the use of prescription drugs — many of which have serious long-term side effects — as a response to the growing threat of inflammation. Bottom line? Inflammation is the root of all chronic disease. How inflammation becomes visible in our own health will depend on the person.

There are immediate steps we can all take to reduce inflammation, starting with improved eating habits. Sufficient rest, moderate activity and a strong immune system also complement our dietary choices so that we can better control inflammation when it strikes.

Diet is critical! Amidst the far-too-numerous types of processed foods, sugary drinks and oversized meals, we must seize any chance to embrace the benefits of sound nutrition. When you eat foods you’re sensitive to (especially over and over each day or week), it causes an inflammatory reaction in your body and your health declines. And the important fact to note is that healthy foods such as squash, turkey, beans and apples, for example, may be your “personal poison” foods causing the inflammation.

The easiest way to discover your food sensitivities is a food sensitivity lab test. It’s a blood test that challenges the part of your immune system responsible for food sensitivities against different foods to determine your immune response. The strength of the response tells if you have a severe, moderate or mild sensitivity or none at all. You can choose to test up to 200 different foods, with results listing all your sensitive foods, the degree of sensitivity and your safe foods. It’s that simple. Imagine how long it would take to test that many foods on an elimination diet!

It is not a matter of whether a person “has” food sensitivities. In my experience, “how many,” and “which foods,” are what the blood test results show. The solution to pain is choosing to support your immune system with your next meal. We eat numerous times throughout the day, every day. Your next bite of food has the power to help or the power to heal. Which would you prefer? 

The beginning of each year brings about resolutions of eating better, exercising more, ending unhealthy lifestyle habits and basically hitting the “reset button” on our health. One of the tools many consider to help kick-start a fresh healthy way of life is a detox program.

Why we detox

Detoxification programs are intended to cleanse the body of toxins and other substances that are of no use to the body. Today we are exposed to more and more toxins and they are found practically everywhere: our food, water sources, beauty and hygiene products, cleaning products, and more. It’s hard to escape exposure and the buildup of toxins in our body and tissue can impact all of our body functions. Toxin overload can lead to maladies such as headaches, acne, foggy thinking, fatigue, fertility complications, gastrointestinal problems and a suppressed immune system, among other things. Ridding the body of toxins allows it to function properly and maintain a healthy state.

What is metabolic detoxification?

Metabolic detoxification is multi-phased and involves chemical processes to convert the toxins into molecules that are flushed out of the body. Metagenics, one of the leading authorities on science-based nutrition and supplements, explains the three phases:

  • Phase I (Functionalization) — Cytochrome P450 enzymes in the liver break down harmful substances, generating highly reactive molecules and free radicals.
  • Phase II (Conjugation) — Large molecules are conjugated with newly modified substances, producing more water-soluble, less harmful substances.
  • Phase III (Elimination phase) — Protein transporters export conjugated substances from the cell for eventual elimination. Toxins are mainly eliminated from the body via urine, feces and sweat.

Benefits of a metabolic detoxification program

Although, results and health benefits will vary from individual to individual, metabolic detox programs have been shown to improve liver function, hormone metabolism, the cardiovascular system, diseases of the joints, muscles and bones, along with gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s and irritable bowel syndrome. The benefits are far reaching and affect every system in the body.

Starting a metabolic detox program

A true metabolic detox program should not be confused with other “fad” detox programs such as juice fasts or clear liquid diets. It should be monitored by a trusted health professional. Each phase of the metabolic detoxification should be supported with the proper nutrition and nutrients. There are lifestyle changes required as you detox in order to help your body move through the phases comfortably. 

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True or false: It’s healthy to get a base tan before heading out on your winter vacation.

If you haven’t heard the term “base tan” before, let me explain. Many individuals believe that before heading to a tropical destination, you should go tanning to develop a base tan to help avoid getting sunburn while on vacation. While the theory sounds reasonable, it is entirely false.

There is no such thing as a healthy or safe tan. Tanned skin is a result of damage to the skin cells, your skin producing pigment in response to UV damage in an attempt to protect itself. Over time, the damaged skin cells can lead to wrinkles, age spots, premature aging and even skin cancer. Studies have shown that as many as 90 percent of melanoma cancer cases — the deadliest form of skin cancer — are caused by tanning exposure. While the theory believes that a base tan protects you against sunburns, there is little evidence to support that theory. In fact, even a relatively deep base tan only equates to about an SPF of 2 or 3, and a tan from a tanning bed, which consists primarily of UVA, only can provide about an SPF equivalent of 1.5.

Fight the addiction

It might sound crazy to refer to tanning as an addiction, but tanning today is more popular than ever despite a well-documented significant increase in melanoma with use of tanning beds. Research has shown that tanning is as addictive as other cancer-causing activities such as smoking. The UV light emitted by tanning beds is shown to increase the release of endorphins, the feel-good chemicals that relieve pain and generate feelings of happiness. If you are addicted to maintaining that summer glow throughout winter, consider the new alternative. Spray tans, or sunless tanning lotions, are a great option to getting a sun-kissed glow without the damage sun tanning causes.

Prevention is key

Ultimately the best logic to follow for preventing sunburns is to use common sense. Instead of heading to the tanning bed before your winter vacation follow these methods while on vacation:

  • Avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s UV rays are at their strongest. If you have to be outside during this time, seek shade instead of sitting in direct sunlight.
  • While outside cover up with woven clothing specially designed to provide sun protection. A broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses with a high UV protection rating are recommended to keep your head, neck and eyelids protected.
  • Apply a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher frequently and liberally. Apply the sunscreen a half hour before going outside and reapply every two hours. If you are swimming or sweating, you will need to reapply every 45 to 60 minutes. Sunscreen is needed whether you are in the sun, the shade or if it’s a cloudy day. UVA rays, which you don’t feel nearly as much as UVB, come right through clouds and are just as strong in the winter as in the summer. UVA rays increase risk of skin cancer, brown spots and, because they penetrate deeper into the skin, damage collagen making UVA the major cause of wrinkles.

Remember, these tips don’t just apply to those taking a beach vacation. If you are taking a trip to the mountains, you are also at risk of UV exposure. Because snow is white, the sun directly reflects off the snow causing you to get double UV exposure. Being up in the mountains also increases your exposure to UV rays. For every 1,000 feet above sea level you climb, UV exposure increases eight to ten percent.

At the end of the day, the best answer to have that glow year-round is to stop falling for the media’s version of beauty and start accepting, and loving, the skin you were born with. There is nothing more glowing than that.

682.5 gallons of oil, 7,000 gallons of water and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.

According to “Waste Reduction is a Smart Business Decision,” these are the figures recycling one ton of paper saves. 2.5 million is the number of plastic bottles Americans throw away every hour. And 500 years is how long it takes for them to break down.

Today it’s easier than ever to see the benefits of recycling. And it’s also never been more straightforward to get into the habit of including it in your daily routine. The option to do so is virtually everywhere, and the physical act has been simplified since the practice first came on the scene.

The evolution to a single-stream system in northeast Wisconsin has helped recycling programs achieve remarkable success and a new standard of ease. One can simply toss all their recyclables — paper, metal, plastic, glass, etc. — in one bin.

However, there are important guidelines.

It’s Tri-County Recycling’s job to make sure they’re followed — for the safety of their employees and the well-being of our communities and the earth. Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties joined forces in 2009 to build the state-of-the-art Tri-County Recycling facility to better serve the region’s recycling programs. The combination has allowed a huge increase in capacity to accept and sort through recyclable material, and the joint effort allows for continuous improvements. With the single-stream process in place, you may think you know all there is to know.

But are you recycling right?

“One misconception that people have is they think they can recycle anything that’s plastic,” Christine Miller, Recycling Coordinator for Outagamie County Recycling, says. “Because it’s plastic they think they should always throw it in the recycling bin and that is not the case.”

“People want to recycle as much as they can, but only certain types of plastic can be recycled in your curbside bin,” Mark Walter, Business Development Manager for Brown County Port & Resource Recovery, explains. “Plastic bags, plastic toys, coolers, lawn furniture and kids’ play furniture are not accepted.”

“Typically, the plastics we can recycle are food and beverage containers or household items like detergent jugs, and shampoo bottles — plastic containers that are often found in your kitchen, laundry room or bathroom,” Kathy Hutter, Recycling Program Manager for Winnebago County, adds.

When nonrecyclable material is mixed in with acceptable items, it can cause major problems to the facility’s well-oiled machines — literally!

Plastic bags, film and wraps clog the sorting screens, cause maintenance issues and prevent proper sorting from happening. Thus, Tri-County Recycling sorting staff must spend time cutting film and debris from the screens (see image to the left), which is dangerous and labor intensive. And once the plastic film and bags are removed, they are too dirty to then be recycled.

That doesn’t mean you should cross plastic bags off your recyclable list entirely. Christine explains that they are a perfect example of recyclable material if handled in the proper way and brought to a grocery or retail location. Included in this category are dry cleaning bags, bags used for ice, bread bags, newspaper bags, and bubble wrap or air pillows for shipping.

“They are a major contaminant for us; however, plastic bags are very recyclable if they stay clean and dry,” Christine says. “Take them from your home directly to a store drop off.”

Along with unwanted plastic, the Tri-County Recycling facility experiences contamination issues that have the potential to cause damage to sorting equipment or are a health risk to sanitation workers. But they’re completely preventable with a little cooperation.

“It’s a matter of resisting the temptation of putting everything in the curbside bin hoping we can recycle it,” Kathy says. “We’ve made recycling so convenient, we really need people to be conscientious about what they’re putting in their recycling bin and understanding that there are items that cause issues for our sorters and how the facility runs.”

Clothing, bedding, rope/twine and hoses encompass what are known as “tanglers,” a major contaminant of recycling. They pose the same problem as plastic bags, and clog and wrap around the sorting screens (see photo above). As an alternative to sending them off to the recycling facility, these items should be donated or thrown in the trash.

Even more dangerous, the top contamination items are known as “sharps” — needles, syringes and lancets — and have the potential to cause serious health issues.

“If a container full of sharps comes in and bursts open, anyone on the line is exposed to whatever is in that container, which could be infectious diseases,” Kathy explains. “Accidental needle sticks to sorting staff, loss of production, shutting down the facility, disposal expenses and medical expenses to treat affected staff are all possible repercussions of placing sharps in your recycling bin.”

Instead, Tri-County Recycling urges people to dispose of needles, syringes and lancets in designated sharps containers at local drop-off locations.

“The safety of our staff is the most important thing,” Christine says. “We’re working on getting more sharps collection sites within our area.” 

Recycling: Do you know right from wrong?


METAL: Aluminum, steel, tin, bottles and cans

GLASS: Food and beverage bottles and jars (all colors)

PLASTIC: All household plastic bottles, cups and containers:

  • Dairy containers and lids
  • Produce, bakery and deli containers
  • Soda, water and other drink bottles
  • Food and household bottles, jars and jugs


  • Cartons (milk, juice, soup, wine, etc.)
  • Newspapers, magazines, junk mail and catalogs
  • Cardboard and paperboard
  • Office, writing and school paper
  • Phonebooks, softcover and hardcover books
  • Shredded paper (place in a paper bag and staple shut)


  • Clothing/tanglers

“As already mentioned, plastic bags, ropes and hoses cause big problems with the sorting equipment as it gets tangled in the equipment. Nonacceptable material also ends up in the landfill. Both issues cost money to fix, which means that the recycling process becomes more expensive for your local community.”

—Mark Walter, Business Development Manager for Brown County Port & Resource Recovery

Gift wrap: the nightmare after the holidays?

It’s that time of year! The holidays are fast approaching, and that means an abundance of parties, gift exchanges and messes. What should you do with the aftermath? Christine explains that gift wrap and tissue paper are not accepted in our local recycling program, and points out why such items wreak havoc on the system:

  • Many gift wraps are made from aluminum foil and film plastic. These wraps are usually very shiny and durable, but are not easily distinguishable from paper wrapping.
  • During gift opening, people often throw ribbons, bows, garbage and tissue paper all together inside a large plastic bag. All items mentioned, including the plastic bag, cause problems for the recycling sorting facility and the paper mills that accept the material.
  • Tissue paper is not recyclable because the fibers in tissue paper are long and weak. Strong and short fibers are necessary in order to recycle paper.

Tri-County Recycling urges you to be mindful this holiday season by inspecting and separating 100 percent paper wrapping from all the ribbons, bows, garbage, tissue paper and plastic bags. If you take these steps, you are welcome to recycle your gift wrap!

To learn more about Tri-County Recycling and the efforts in Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties, visit or their individual sites: and

No matter where you look, screens are everywhere. The proliferation of easily portable tablets and smartphones means many people, adults and children alike, are never too far from the nearest screen. While that accessibility has dramatically changed the way many people live their lives, excessive exposure to screen time can produce a host of unwanted side effects.

Steven Gortmaker, a professor of the practice of health sociology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has studied the negative effects of excessive screen time on children since the 1980s. According to Gortmaker, such effects include higher rates of obesity among kids who watch too much television and difficulty sleeping among youngsters with access to small screens, such as the screens of smartphones. In addition, a 2012 study published in the journal Psychiatry Research linked screen time with impaired cognitive function in young males.

But adults are not immune to the effects of excessive screen time, either. Spending significant time being sedentary and staring at screens can increase adults’ risk for cardiovascular disease. An Australian study published in the December 2012 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that, compared with persons who watch no television, those who spend a lifetime average of six hours per day watching television can expect to live 4.8 fewer years.

So what can families do to cut back on their screen time? While it likely won’t be easy to put down smartphones and tablets and turn off laptops and televisions, the following are a handful of ways for families to spend less time staring at screens.

Remove televisions from bedrooms. Parents may find it impossible to gauge, much less control, how much time their kids spend watching television when youngsters have TV’s in their bedrooms. Though this will likely be met with considerable resistance, remove televisions from bedrooms in your home. Set a positive example for kids by removing your own bedroom television as well. Come kids’ bedtimes, make sure all devices, including smartphones and tablets, are left in common areas of the home rather than bedrooms so kids are not tempted to watch videos instead of falling asleep.

Institute a “no screens” rule during meals. Many parents grew up in households that did not allow televisions to be on during meals, and while the times might have changed with respect to the technology, similar rules can still prevail today. A “no screens” rule during meals gives parents and their kids time to catch up, bond and foster stronger relationships.

Do not use the television for background noise. Turn the television off when it’s serving as just background noise. If you need background noise, turn on some music instead.

Log screen time. Logging screen time for each member of the family can provide an estimate of just how much time the whole family spends staring at screens. Encourage each member of the family to spend as much time being physically active as he or she spends staring at screens. Set goals for each member of the family to reduce their screen time, even rewarding those who reach their goals.

Reducing screen time can improve overall health and help family members reconnect with one another. 

Source: MetroCreative Connection.

Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy (QNRT) is based on the foundational principle that the brain and the nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body. Any unresolved emotional stress, past or present, is understood to affect the nervous system in an adverse way that may lead to physical, mental and emotional breakdown. This fact is critical in understanding QNRT.

Most of us have experienced an “adverse emotional stress” either directly or indirectly, during our lifetime. QNRT associates common experiences such as sleeplessness, anxiety, nervousness, fatigue, soreness and gastrointestinal complications with past adverse emotional stress events. This is a prime example of the mind body connection.

The principle of QNRT are supported by the findings of the ACE (adverse childhood experience) study as it relates to future symptoms, behaviors and illnesses.

An example of an adverse childhood experience is abandonment. The fear those you love will leave you. Loss of love early in life. Difficulty connecting to others. Abandonment is a trauma marker that can be reset, so the brain can neurologically reorganize and create the ability to move forward in a calm peaceful state. 

In the lower level of a modest-looking office building, directly next to the Appleton Post Office and just a few blocks behind the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, you will find a 3,000 square foot subterranean oasis called Komorebi & Co., a new massage therapy, bodywork, waxing, and esthetics studio. While Komorebi & Co. is a new player in the Fox Cities wellness scene, they are already making their footprint in the community as an establishment committed to natural and organic ingredients, and dedicated to a culture of inclusivity.

“What makes Komorebi & Co. different is the fundamental character of our business. All body types, all gender identities, all skin colors, all sexual orientations, all beliefs and all backgrounds are invited to use Komorebi & Co. services and products. We believe everyone deserves access to serenity and health in a judgement-free environment,” the company’s founder, Michelle Vandeyacht, says.

As an ingredient enthusiast with a deep-rooted commitment to animals and the environment, Vandeyacht, a successful massage therapist and esthetician in her own right, is well-qualified to bring you the absolute best that this industry has to offer.

“Another major difference that we are proud of is that all of our products are 100 percent vegetarian, free from chemicals and gluten, and nothing is ever tested on animals. We can also tailor nearly every service to a vegan lifestyle and successfully work around allergies and sensitivities. We carefully select product lines of the highest quality after extensive research into each product brand, as well as the ethics and business practices of the particular company. We are keen on partnering with companies who share a common ethos, all while taking the guesswork out for our clients.”

Komorebi’s approach to skin care starts with ingredients that clients can pronounce. “We believe in achieving results without added ‘garbage’ ingredients. Our skin care line, ilike Organics, was chosen because of sustainable farming and harvesting practices, ecological and social responsibility, and their cruelty-free affirmation. The entire line uses whole, raw fruit and vegetable pulps, and is free from GMOs, synthetic preservatives, artificial coloring, synthetic thickening agents or other controversial ingredients. We think ingredient transparency is of unequivocal importance.”

Komorebi & Co. offers distinctive services and products available at a price point consistent with that which can be expected in the Fox Cities. The facility has five treatment rooms, a dedicated together/couples massage room, as well as a large classroom space available for public events. As the new year approaches, Komorebi & Co. will be expanding their product and service menu to include a variety of organic body wraps, an all-natural Australian wildflower makeup line called Zuii, an infrared sauna, and more educational and wellness classes and offerings for the community.

Other amenities include: free off-street parking, gift cards, easy online booking, and corporate and special event on-site chair massage.

All of the services at Komorebi & Co. are provided by licensed, insured and well-qualified staff. The massage therapy team alone has amassed over 40 years of experience and dedication to their field. They care, listen and treat you with respect for the duration of your visit and are big on client education. Komorebi & Co. is an Appleton Downtown, Inc. business, is a member of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce and looks forward to partnering and making connections with other area organizations and businesses.

“I am proud to serve the community through this entrepreneurship, and humbled to do so while surrounded by some of the Valley’s best therapists,” Michelle says. 

All new clients to Komorebi & Co. can enjoy $10 off their first massage or organic facial service!

Komorebi & Co.

500 W. Franklin Street, Appleton


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