Need Some Help Loosing Weight?

If you have been fighting the battle to loose weight we have an option for you. This may help you find out what’s been hindering you.

An Acidic body can Hinder you from Loosing Weight

Our body holds on to extra weight because it is toxic and in an acidic environment. The body will produce more insulin than usual in an acidic environment. Fat is stored and not burned as energy. During a sauna session of 30 minutes to an hour, the body will remove toxins from the body helping to loose weight while burning calories.

Calories Burned

Dry Sauna with Chromotherapy can burn up to 600 calories in 30 minutes. That is more than running a marathon. This is perfect if you have problems exercising for any number of reasons. You are in your own personal sauna, relaxing, enjoying your favorite music and enjoying your alone time.

In 30 minutes of these activities the sauna wins out.

SportCalories Burned
Marathon Running 590 
Vigorous Racquet Ball  510 
Rowing (peak effort) 600 
Swimming (crawl stroke) 300 
Jogging 300 
Tennis (fast game) 265 
Chopping Wood 265 
Cycling (10 mph) 225 
Golfing (without a cart) 150 
Walking (3.5mph) 150 
Bowling 120 

Cellulite Breakdown 

Far Infrared heat can assist in breaking down cellulite, improve skin tone and elasticity. Cellulite is a gel-like substance made up of fat, water and wastes which are trapped in pockets below the skin. Profuse sweating helps clear this form of unwanted debris from the body. But along with that it helps skin problems; heals scars, burns, acne, eczema and psoriasis.

Unrealized Pain can Hinder you from Loosing Weight

Often times we don’t realize the pain we are in until it is gone! That has been true for me. My stomach hurt and I ate thinking I was hungry. It’s helping me to loose weight and with some digestive disorders. I am slowly loosing weight I have gained through a motorcycle accident and other crazy adventures I have had.

Infrared Sauna is a relaxing and intense healing option for many more unnamed issues.  I highly recommend you come in to try a session and enjoy your alone time. What have you got to Loose?

No Pain and No Drugs Used!

No more pain and no drugs used! Free movement, bending, lifting and walking as if I were 10 years younger. Amazing! Fast results and why does my Doctor not know of this therapy?

I’m a sixty year old woman that injured her shoulder, hip, knees, ankles, and feet in numerous accidents. I’ve needed something or someone to help.

Release the Toxins!

Exercising was difficult in the past. If you don’t exercise, your body retains toxins and stores it in your fat. With my injuries and pain I did not exercise. After a little therapy I started to exercise.  A surge of toxins caused my body to freeze in abject pain. My Doctor prescribed steroids and major pain killers, yet the toxins hadn’t left my body.  Now my body is releasing toxins every time I use Far Infrared Sauna and Chromotherapy.

Pain Free Therapy is available to Anyone

Annie invited me to Atrium Wellness knowing she could help.  WOW! No drugs, all natural, wonderfully relaxing Far Infrared Sauna with Chromotherapy and a massage.  Moving without pain for the first time is a shock. Living for years with limited movement and suddenly you can is a blessing!

I’m walking as if I were 10 years younger. My body can walk for longer periods, twisting, turning and lifting without pain. I Sleep better, and depression from moving away from family, friends and my job is gone. My eyesight is sharper and clearer. When I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror, I am surprised at my smooth skin and disappearing scars. My hair and nails are growing thick and faster, and my lungs are clearer. Each week I see and feel more healing in my body.

I tell everyone I meet how wonderful it is and more important that it works! Plus it’s chemical/drug free! Three months now, Imagine what will happen in a year?

Schedule a sauna therapy session for your well being, 331-208-9009 call today.


Detoxify, How Important for My Wellbeing?

Why is it Important to Detoxify Our Bodies?

It’s critically important to detoxify. Thousands of toxins enter our body every day. This is creating disease from everything eaten, breathed, and touched. Our body creates new, weaker cells with the “food” fed to them. These weaker cells if not detoxed become disease.

There are numerous ways we detoxify. Our body detoxifies through bowels, tears, lungs, kidneys.  However, we detoxify deepest from sweat on the skin.

How to detoxify without drugs

A study in 2012 showed sweating with infrared sauna use was very effective at detoxifying harmful heavy metals such as: Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury. (Those of us from the 70’s remember playing with mercury in Physics class.) 

Study of sauna therapy concluded:

This investigation strongly suggests that utilizing sauna and nutritional therapy may alleviate chronic symptoms appearing after chemical exposures. Exposures are associated with methamphetamine-related law enforcement activities. This report has relevance to addressing the apparent ill effects of other complex chemical exposures. [PMC free article]

What is Far Infrared Sauna and Chromotherapy Therapy

Far Infrared Sauna and Chromotherapy, is a painless, drug free and relaxing detoxifier. Circulation increases into the smallest blood vessels and then out as sweat on your skin when detoxifying with dry heat, not steam, at a lower temperature 110° – 140°.  The sauna heats the body 1 1/2″ – 2″ below the skin. Which induces an artificial fever and stimulates the metabolism. It inhibits bacteria growth increasing all vital organs abilities and skin capacity to eliminate, detoxify and cleanse via profuse sweating.

Chromotherapy is a method of treatment that uses the visible spectrum (colors) of electromagnetic radiation to heal diseases.


A recent scientific study disclosed that each cell in the body emits light. Color works through and in us, in every nerve, cell, gland and muscle. Within our body, our organs, muscles, cells and nerves all have a level of vibration.  Each color has its own frequency and vibration. Through extensive research, we know that color and light will help bring our physical and emotional systems into balance. (A. Cammilleri, Trainer)

  • Red – said to be a great energizer, providing energy empowerment and circulation.  It is a simulator of liver function and circulation.
  • Orange – meant to stimulate the body, free the mind for greater thinking and stimulate antibacterial effects.
  • Yellow – can help a person feel more optimistic and hopeful, providing inspirational thoughts.
  • Green – known for universal healing.  It helps muscles relax and holistic practitioners use it for speeding up all types of healing.
  • Blue – known  to relieve depression, anxiety, promote relaxation and aid in detoxification.
  • Purple – helps the mind deal with physical ailments of fibromyalgia and tension.

Why and How I am using this to Detoxify

At sixty I had pain from: car accidents, motorcycle accidents and many crazy adventures.  I swam every day for an hour usually 75 laps, as a passive exercise. One day my body froze in excruciating pain after swimming. (Think of the rusted Tin Man in the ‘Wizard of OZ’.) According to my Doctor, my body was releasing toxins into my muscles. I took painkillers and steroids for six weeks.

I moved to Illinois a few months ago and found a massage therapist who is wonderful.  She suggested a therapeutic massage and sauna at Atrium Wellness. After the healing massage I went into the sauna.

I Relaxed in a private sauna for 30 minutes, sweating out toxins that had infiltrated my body over the years. In two sauna sessions my chronic joint pain was gone. I bent over and realized there is no pain. I can move more freely every day. Any depression I felt has gone. I have more energy. My hair and nails are growing faster and stronger. My skin is clear and younger looking.

I enjoy my de-stress and healing time at Atrium Wellness two to four times a week. A private sauna, listening to my favorite music, or reading–listening to one as my husband enjoy–a book as there is a stereo system within the sauna cabin.

I will continue to write about my healing process.

Atrium Wellness is in Aurora, Illinois near the Fox Valley Mall, 75 Executive Drive, Suite 325, Aurora, IL 60504, to be exact.

Hip Pain? Don’t Want Surgery?

Do you have hip pain and you don’t want surgery?

Hip pain is often caused by the muscles attached at the hip, of which there are several.

hip pain xrayWhen you are experiencing hip pain, it’s important to know how many muscles there are in the hip, because there are a lot of them, so here you go: Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius, Gluteus Minimus, these are three very large and strong muscles attaching from the hip bone (Ilium) to the thigh bone (femur).

The hamstring muscles attach at the sits bone (ischial tuberosity).

The tensor fasciae latae (TFL) goes from the ilium to the iliotibial band (ITB).

The iliopsoas (il-ē-ō-ˈsō-əs) connects not only from the inside of the ilium to the spine but also to the femur.

The pectineus, I know, you were wondering when I would get to this muscle! It goes from the pubic crest or ramus to the femur, as do the adductor brevis, gracilis, & adductor longus.

The sartorius and rectus femoris attach from the ilium to the tibia and femur respectively.

Then there are the hip rotators, of which there are six; piriformis, gemellus superior, obturator internus & externus, gemellus inferior, and quadratus femoris.

So, there you have a whole lot of muscles that are pulling on the hip in any given direction, not to mention balancing and stabilizing us. There is a lot going on in our hips, so hip pain is
common–not normal–but common.

Stretches, massage, hot baths, infrared sauna, and exercise all keep these muscles doing their job as well as keep them from pulling on the joint.

Muscles pulling on the joint is the leading cause of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the leading cause for hip replacement.

Therefore, take care of your hips with Stretches, massage, hot baths, infrared sauna, and exercise and you will probably not need hip surgery. Call us now to schedule your pain relief session including massage and sauna. While you are here we will offer you stretches and exercises to do. When you leave you can go home and take a hot bath so you will sleep like a baby tonight!

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Far Infrared Can Control Your Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that impairs our body’s ability to balance the use of energy (glucose) derived from the foods we eat. Insulin, a natural hormone produced in our pancreas is required for the body to deliver glucose into our cells as energy. If the pancreas doesn’t make insulin or if the body cannot use insulin properly then diabetes results.

Common symptoms of diabetics are: frequent urination, excessive thirst and hunger, weakness and fatigue, and nausea and vomiting. Far Infrared can increase micro circulation, relieving pain, reducing swelling, flushing toxins, and helping to rejuvenate healthy cellular functioning. Its emitting natural far infrared rays deep into your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments, actually increasing circulation within the cells. Giving your cells a chance to flush toxins and waste by products while absorbing fresh oxygen and nutrients from the blood stream.

Far Infrared can control your diabetes. New research has also discovered that far infrared rays inhibit bacterial growth, helping to prevent and reduce the chance of infection.

Treat Acne with Infrared Sauna

What about infrared sauna acne treatment? What will the infrared sauna do for acne? Most young adults in their 20s can get acne. This is not a life threatening condition, but at times acne can be very disfiguring and upsetting. And it can lead to permanent scarring. Our skin is covered with pores, sometimes these pores get blocked causing the sebum which normally drains to the surface to get trapped.

These are the ideal circumstances for bacteria to develop. One of the myths about acne is that washing your face more often can help you get rid of it. Pores are not blocked from the top down though and frequent washing can even cause skin irritation, which is not what we’re trying to accomplish.

While the infrared sauna might not be the be all end all cure for your acne problem, it will certainly help improve the situation. The heat in the infrared cabin causes the sebum to liquefy. Blocked sebum, dead skin cells and other impurities are expelled through excessive sweating in the infrared sauna. Acne treatment medications can of course still be used, but in the case of face creams it’s best not to use them right before an infrared sauna session, because most of the cream will be “flushed away” with perspiration.

Acne treatment programs will generally respond well to this natural method of skin cleansing. After all, sweating is our body’s natural mechanism to rinse clogged pores and if you ask anyone who regularly uses an infrared sauna, they will certainly brag about the amazing softening effect it has on the skin.


The far infrared sauna has been very beneficial in the treatment of fibromyalgia (FMS, FM) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFIDS, CFS). A number of doctors now believe that the “toxic load” of these patients are very high and their detoxification pathways are often compromised. When one is able to reduce the toxins and heavy metals in those with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, their symptoms often greatly improve. A number of people are also suffering unknowingly from mercury poisoning or from other heavy metals such as lead and aluminum. The infrared sauna has been invaluable in accelerating the removal of these toxic metals. By raising the core temperature and creating a ‘hyperthermia’ effect the infrared sauna also may improve a number of parameters in the immune system.

Infrared Treatment for Fibromyalgia; By Nicole Murray, eHow Contributor: The symptoms of fibromyalgia are most commonly treated by over-the-counter drugs for pain relief. According to the Food and Drug Administration, long term use of over-the-counter drugs can be harmful to your health. You can now treat symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as swelling and discomfort, with an infrared sauna.

How It Works: Fibromyalgia causes fatigue, headaches, stiffness or soreness in your joints, muscles or tendons. An infrared sauna uses invisible light rays that penetrate below the skin. Harmful toxins & heavy metals in your body are clumped together in water molecules. Infrared light goes deep into your muscles and fat, where it begins to detoxify the tissues of your body. An infrared sauna allows your body to produce three times as much sweat as a traditional sauna does. It also allows your blood vessels to dilate, which may improve pain relief. This works to treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia when the detoxification pathways that release toxins & heavy metals from your body are compromised. The cells absorb the rays which allow toxic clumps to be broken down & released back into the bloodstream. The toxins are then properly flushed out of your system. When this pathway becomes clear through the penetration of your tissues and toxins and heavy metal are reduced the symptoms of fibromyalgia will subside. The release of these toxins may aid in the bodies return to its natural state of well being.

Want a $39 massage?







You want a $39 massage? Really?


Would you shop at KMart for a Coach purse, or Dollar Tree for a hammer? Sure, you can find similar items at these stores but what quality will you get?

The same is true with massage.

Some places charge low first-time rates because they have a lot of therapist to keep busy. The therapists are not all the best, they pretty much just hire whomever walks in the door so they can
get more people in for massage.

Not so with Atrium Wellness, Inc. Sure, we offer $10 off for the first visit, that’s to show you how good we are!
Orthopedic Manual Therapy involves a lot more than just rubbing lotion on your skin.

Besides assessing the pain/dysfunction you are experiencing we have a toolbox of techniques with which to treat you along with critical thinking skills to select which treatment would best suit you and your situation. We don’t pigeonhole you because no two bodies are alike.

We are also trained in joint mobilization. No, we don’t crack your joints like chiropractors do. We use heat and massage to gently manipulate the joints back into place. This is a two-fold treatment, it causes you less pain during the session and lasts longer than massage alone.

We also have more medical training than the typical massage therapist. Annie went to National University of Health Sciences, the nation’s premier institution for health science education, where she was taught by MDs, PhDs, and Chiropractors rather than massage therapists alone.

Her continued education includes a 5-day cadaver dissection lab, Neuromuscular Assessment & Treatment, Medically Oriented Massage, Pelvic Stabilization & Complicated Knee Conditions,
and much more.

We have helped such things as tailbone (sacrum) dysfunction, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, arthritis & joint pain, migraines, sciatica, TMJ, and much much more.

With us you get what you need ~ Wellness Through Massage ~

So, do you still want a $39 massage?

Call 331-208-9009 to book today

A good reason, if you need one…

Here is a good reason to get massages on a regular basis, if you need one.

Spring is here an brings with it the start of all the sports you love to play like golf, tennis, soccer, gardening (I personally think it should be a sport), etc. This means you are going to use muscles differently than you have over the winter. To illistrate, let’s look a golf. In what other event in life do you put your body into such a contortion while hitting a stable object with extreme force?

Not many, if any, none that I can think of anyway. So, take a look at this picture Golfer_swingand let me explain what is happening to the muscles in the body.

First his forward leg is stable causing extreme rotation in the hips while balanced on the left leg, therefore using his gluteus medius and minimus muscles to stabilize him.

His core muscles, the iliopsoas, are being stretched as he extends his back while his pectorals (chest muscles) are working to bring his arms into the swing position.

Looking at his neck, wow, the human adult head weighs approximately 11  pounds. We can add 10 pounds for each inch that it is off center and this man’s head is way off center. To figure if it is centered you compare it to the center of gravity–the hips–his head is not over his hips at all. Therefore, great pressure is put on the neck muscles to hold the head up.

The arms and hands are a story in themselves. I don’t want this to become an anatomy lesson so I won’t get into discussing them or the feet. I think we have plenty hear to make the point that starting up new sports/events with the change of seasons is reason enough to get a massage regularly.

I worked on a young man this morning who went golfing for the first time this year and let me know his arms are hurting. This is common after someone picks up a sport they put down for 4-6 months or longer. This guy gets a massage weekly so it was not difficult to decipher which muscles were tight.

Again, not to get into an anatomy lesson, his back muscles that keep his vertebrae in alignment were tight though he did not feel pain–yet. He would probably have felt tightness if he were not taking care of himself as he is and some time down the road his back would have ‘gone out’ when he bent over to pick something up.

As well, his hip muscles were hypertonic which would have him walking differently if he let them go without getting them worked out sooner rather than later. pec-muscle-med

His arm pain is from his shoulders. The pectoralis muscles, the muscles in the front of the shoulders, are responsible for bringing the arms forward, turning the arm in a medial rotation, as well as bringing  the arm toward the body. These are the primary muscles used in the golf swing.PecMajorTrP

Trigger points in the pecs will cause pain in the chest–kind of obvious–but also down the arm. Since there are two musclesin the pectoral group, let’s look at both the major and minor.You can see in these illustrations, from Travell and Simons’ Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction Volume 1, of the trigger points that arm pain is involved when the pectorals are affected. PecMinorTrP

The young man I was working on probably would have been rubbing his arm to no avail since the pain is coming from the shoulder muscles. In a few days he probably would have had issues with his back that he would ask me to address next week but not knowing to what he should attribute the pain since he ‘didn’t really do anything different this week’. That is a usual response from clients, he did not give this response today.

Because I am trained in trigger point therapy I was able to discern what needed to be done in this situation and he walked out of here free of pain. If he were not getting massages on a regular basis, I would not have been able to help him so quickly because muscles do not respond well to chronic issues.

Travell, J. G., & Simons, D. G. (1983). Myofascial pain and dysfunction, volume 1. the trigger point manual: The upper extremities (2nd ed., Vol. 1). Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins.


It’s the nature of a massage therapist’s work that clients seem to have the same issues in bundles. One week it’s shoulder pain, the next everyone’s low back hurts. I have been doing this for ten years, long enough to know this is the norm.

Well, this week it’s stress. It’s a muscles job to contract and relax, that is what makes our body parts move. We have over 400 muscles in our body, approximately 46% of our body weight, that work effortlessly when they are working properly. Stress causes increased muscle tension, or contraction. This is the part of ‘fight or flight’ that allows us to move quickly when attacked, or move out of the way when a car is coming toward us. 

When there is no longer imminent threat the muscles are supposed to relax. If we have constant stresses in our lives tension never goes away. My clients often tell me they have ‘normal stress’. Stress is not normal—it is common—it’s not normal.

Stressed muscles are often painful. However, when we are stressed for a long period of time our muscles stop trying to get the brain to recognize that they are fatigued and continue to do their job—they ‘muscle through’. After some time of this, in addition to repetitive motion, exercise, and activities of daily living, the muscle cells are pushed beyond their limit and they seize, or stop working—they contract.

Remember, the heart is a muscle. If your skeletal muscles are tight, imagine what your heart is like.heart attack

Pharmaceutical muscle relaxers do not relax your muscles, if they did you would be in a puddle on the floor. Anti inflammatory drugs work only for a short period of time.

The best treatment is to de-stress, relax, take a break. You are not a robot. Even God rested.

There are various ways of relaxing, the best is to remove things from your schedule in order to create down time. A good way to do this is to delegate. You don’t have to take care of everything for everyone. Here is a list of Age Appropriate Chores. Your spouse can make his/her own meal once in a while—even weekly, and it might be nice if they cooked for you from time to time. It’s okay that your child doesn’t get driven by you, they can walk; ride a bike; or even go with another driver to the event. You do not have to attend each and every sporting event and practice. Being on the board of a non-profit may look good on a resume but do you really need to be on so many at one time?

You get the picture, relax, it’s ok. If you don’t you might just have a heart attack.