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Woodhaven Wellness Center - Linda Zitka, RN, ACH, CHT

Description        

Whether you choose Reiki, Detox Therapies, Hypnotherapy, Low-Level Laser Therapy,or ONDAMED Biofeedback, our dedicated staff is committed to assisting you in reaching your desired goals. By helping the body to help itself, remarkable changes are possible.

Our haven in the woods offers holistic health therapies which are directed toward supporting and improving the quality of life. Our center is located next to the Nehantic State Forest in beautiful Salem, Connecticut. You can leave the rest of the world behind and enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature, while promoting your health and well-being with one or more of our services.




Profile and Credentials        

Linda Zitka, Director of the Woodhaven Wellness Center, holds a degree in nursing from Mohegan Community College and is a former Nurse Education Specialist. She holds a certification in Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy and is consulting hypnotherapist for an acute care hospital in Connecticut. She is certified in lymphatic drainage massage, colon hydrotherapy and Reiki. She is also a certified ONDAMED Technician. Linda is a frequent presenter and lecturer at seminars and workshops, speaking on various topics related to health and wellness therapies. She strongly believes that each of us has within the ability and strength to bring about the changes and healing that we desire in our lives and views her role as a facilitator in this process.

Linda is a member of the Holistic Health Practitioners of Northeast Connecticut, the Conn. Holistic Health Assoc. and the American Holistic Nurses Assoc., as well as the National Guild of Hypnotists, the International Assoc. of Counselors and Therapists and Inter. Assoc. of Colon Therapy.

She is certified by the American Board of Hypnotherapists, National Guild of Hypnotists, National Board of Colon Hydrotherapists and the Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies.

As Director of the Woodhaven Wellness Center, her role is to assure that each client receives the best possible care and attention with understanding and sensitivity of the individual’s needs, both physical and emotional.


Philosophy and Comments        

Woodhaven Wellness Center was established in 1995 for the purpose of providing its clients with a peaceful and serene environment for facilitating change; physical, emotional and spiritual. Located in the quiet town of Salem, CT, the center adjoins the Nehantic State Forest, and it is not unusual to meet ‘citizens’ of the forest when visiting the center. Deer, turkeys and other wildlife thrive in the forest and can often be seen grazing in the fields surrounding the center.

Since its beginning, Woodhaven Wellness Center has continued to expand in size and in the types of therapies offered. Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Colon Hydrotherapy, Lymphatic Massage and Steam/Sauna therapies are now available. The guiding principle of the center has always been “Better Health For A Better Life”.

Visitors to the center often compare it to a health spa, both in its appearance and its services offered. Our state-of-the-art equipment for colon hydrotherapy and lymphatic massage are second to none and the warm and inviting treatment areas provide a peaceful and calming environment in which to relax and ‘disconnect’ from the outside world for a while.

Life in these stressful times can be trying at best, and Woodhaven Wellness Center is there to help its clients relieve that stress and enjoy a better quality of life. If peace and well-being are what you seek, then Woodhaven Wellness Center might just be what you are looking for.


Work Hours and Fee Schedule        

Woodhaven Wellness Center is open Monday through Saturday. Services are provided by appointment only. Please email or call for current fee schedule.

LYMPHSTAR PRO® for The Lymphatic System - The Body's Detoxifier        

Woodhaven Wellness Center is pleased to now offer the Lymphstar Pro. The Lymphstar Pro is a powerful device which utilizes both sound and light vibrations to effect deep cleansing of the lymphatic system.

Lymph therapy is a whole body approach. After the drainage sites are opened, the natural flow of lymph through the entire body is stimulated. The Lymphstar Pro can help to break up the protein congestion in the lymph, turning it from “cottage cheese” back to its balanced state of clear fluid. When the lymph is moving freely again, it drains into the bloodstream to eliminate toxic wastes from your body.

The Lymphstar Pro may be used by itself, or in combination with manual lymphatic drainage massage, depending upon the condition being treated. You will be asked to change into a treatment gown. After explanation of the procedure, treatment will be done in a warm, comfortable room on a table, with your body covered, except for the area being treated. A full explanation of the therapy to be performed will follow, and then the treatment session will begin. Either the therapist’s hands or the Lymphstar Pro device will then be passed very lightly over the treatment area, for a varied period of time. Session time will vary among clients, based on certain factors. Most clients find the therapy deeply relaxing as well as worthwihile, a therapy almost anyone may benefit from.

Lymphatic massage therapy has been shown to increase the body’s immune system. It is completely painless and deeply relaxing to most people.


Colon Hydrotherapy        

WHAT IS THE COLON?

The colon, or large intestine, is the end portion of the human digestive tract (food carrying passageway extending from the mouth to the anus). The intestines are long, hollow tubes that run from your stomach to your anal opening. There are two intestines: the small intestine and the large intestine. The small intestine is about 25 feet long. It is about as big around as your middle finger. The small intestine empties into the large intestine, also called the colon, which is about 5 to 7 feet long. The main function of the colon is to absorb water from the end products of digestion, as it leaves the small intestine, while forming solid waste products, or stool. Muscle contractions in the colon push the stool toward the rectum. By the time stool reaches the rectum, it is solid because most of the water has been absorbed. The length of time for digestion of a meal to the elimination of waste varies from person to person, however, on the average, this process generally takes place over the course of a 24 hour day.

WHY SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT MY COLON?

Good health revolves around the digestive system of which the colon plays a vital role. The colon is sometimes referred to as the sewage system of the body; it is the place where undigested food and waste material prepare for elimination. Similar to the sewage system in our environment if the colon lacks proper care and attention there may be a decline in health and illnesses may arise, manifesting itself in the form of diarrhea, constipation, bloating and cramps just to name a few. Add to that today’s fast paced lifestyles, fast-food restaurants and stress, along with an insufficient amount of water and fiber intake, and it is easy to see how overall health and well-being can be at risk.

WHAT IS COLON HYDROTHERAPY?

Colon Hydrotherapy is the safe, gentle infusion of purified, filtered water into the large intestine through the anus. Because only water is utilized, there are no dangerous or harmful chemicals or drugs introduced into the body at any time. It is encouraged that the client empty their bladder and bowel before the therapy session, in order to promote more comfort. The client then lies down on a massage-type table, covered with a towel or blanket. The client then is instructed in how to insert the small plastic speculum tube (approximately the size of a cigar) about two inches into the rectum. The tubing and speculum pack is completely sterile and disposable, eliminating any possibility of cross-contamination to ensure client safety. The plastic tubing then carries clean water in and waste out in a sterile, closed system, completely eliminating any mess or odor. When waste is being eliminated from the body, the therapist will gently massage the abdominal area to facilitate the release. The average appointment time is 60 minutes, with the procedure lasting approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

The equipment used is FDA registered, and is state-of-the-art, always with hygiene and safety as the main concern. It is equipped with multiple features which assure the safety of our clients, so that they may feel confident and comfortable about their sessions. The unit is self-sterilized and disinfected completely after each client use, using powerful sterilizing agents. All of these are then completely flushed from the system to ensure that they are completely dissipated before client use.

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?

Since many clients have had decades of unsound eating and health practices when beginning colon hydrotherapy, most of the time, one session will not be enough to provide the desired results. Often a series of 4 or more are suggested when beginning a colon detoxification program, but as always, this is determined on a case by case basis considering individual needs and concerns.

WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE A COLON HYDROTHERAPY SESSION?

For 24 hours before your appointment, it is a good idea to avoid gas producing foods, such as broccoli, cabbage, etc., which might increase the amount of gas in your colon at the time of your appointment. Eating fresh, organic fruits, vegetables, grains and lean proteins along with lots of fresh water are good choices. Stay away from fast foods, fried foods, chocolate or caffeinated products, as well as alcohol. Wheat products and sugar should also be eliminated. Avoiding a large meal up to 3 to 4 hours before your appointment will enhance the comfort of your session. As always, follow your doctor’s instructions if you are on any type of special diet.

HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER A SESSION?

Most clients report feeling ‘lighter’ after a colon hydrotherapy session. Many notice increased energy levels, while a few, usually right after a session, may feel somewhat fatigued. It is possible that the client may not have a bowel movement for one or even two days after a session, however, many report a bowel movement the next day.




The Benefits of Low- Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)        

Low level laser therapy is the application of laser light over injuries and lesions to stimulate healing within those tissues. Lasers are best known for their ability to cut, but do not confuse Low Level Lasers with cutting or high powered lasers!

Low level lasers, under various names such as cold laser, soft laser, biostimulating laser, photo stimulation diodes and many others, have been used for over 30 years in many countries as therapeutic energy to bring about favorable biological effects in both animals and humans.

Laser irradiation of tissue cultures has shown that units of light energy (photons) are absorbed by enzymes which react to light within the cell. Visible red light is absorbed within the mitochondria, and the infrared light is absorbed at the cell membrane. In a mammalian cell, this results in a change in membrane permeability, increased ATP levels and increased DNA production. The photons picked up by the cell membrane result in improved membrane stability and increased activity of the ATP-dependent Na/K pump. Because cell metabolism is influenced by Na/K movement across the membrane, increasing the gradient will affect the flow of ions and hence the overall metabolism of the cell.

On a tissue level, it has been shown that irradiation by laser light results in increased collagen and epithelial production and production of new capillaries and an increase in density of the capillary bed. Reductions in scar tissue formation and keloid adhesions also occur. A reduction of pain and inflammation results from this treatment, as does the stimulation of nerve regeneration, muscle relaxation and atonicity (lack of muscle tone). There is also an indication that laser light therapy helps to increase the immune system response. (From Low Level Laser Therapy Provides New Treatment Possibilities, Dr. Melyni Worth, Ph.D., World Equine Veterinary Review, Vol. 3, No. 3, 1998).

Red light aids in the production of ATP in cells which increases cellular health and energy. The radiation (energy) in normal cells stimulates adjacent cells to divide in the normal process of regeneration and healing. Laser light stimulates abnormal tissue to activate normal intercellular radiation, thus stimulating the normal healing process to start again. The photons produced by laser light normalize tissue by activating enzymes within cells. One activated enzyme within a cell triggers a chemical reaction in which more enzymes are activated in a domino-type effect. Low level laser therapy has no effect on normal tissue. Photons will only be absorbed by cells that need them.


ONDAMED Biofeedback System        

Ondamed Electro-Magnetic Biofeedback Treatment

What does Ondamed mean?

The word Ondamed is the Latin word for “medical wave”. Ondamed is an electro-magnetic biofeedback device, developed by Rolf Binder. It has been used successfully in Europe for 10 years, and, since its use for the past 2 years in the United States, both health practitioners and their clients have seen the benefits of this remarkable therapy. Originally developed in Germany, ONDAMED is FDA registered and can assist in conjunction with other proven therapies for those with chronic pain, fatigue, and malaise as a non-invasive therapeutic device.



How does Ondamed work?

The Ondamed system works via biofeedback matching your body’s specific frequencies against system frequencies and pre-bundled programs of pre-set frequencies generated by the Ondamed system. This way your body is “telling” the practitioner which frequencies it needs.

Using the Vascular Autonomic Signal (VAS) , felt in the client’s pulse, the practitioner can scan the body’s preferences, determines areas of meridian blockage and most importantly immediately simultaneously delivers the needed frequencies or pre-bundled programs, bringing the body back into balance.

The Vascular Autonomic Signal is used to determine the body’s blocked areas. The practitioner monitors the VAS (pulse) while dialing into the Ondamed’s stored frequencies and or pre-bundled programs. A frequency or program match occurs when there is a significant surge in the VAS felt at the pulse.

The VAS is a pulse feedback method developed by Dr. Paul Nogier in 1968. Nogier discovered there are 4 pulse responses to stimuli: no response, the weakening of the pulse signal, the increase of the pulse signal and a sharp spike. Pulse spikes occur as Ondamed scans through frequencies or as the practitioner runs the system’s 173 pre-bundled programs or by moving the Ondamed applicators over areas of the body containing energy blockages.

What happens during Ondamed therapy?

The client is fully clothed and comfortably seated during the session.

An applicator fits like a collar on the neck and delivers frequencies to the entire central nervous system. A hand held applicator, used by the practitioner, allows the practitioner to deliver frequencies to small localized areas of pain or tension, and one large matrix applicator [5 x 10"] allows delivery to large areas of the body such as the abdomen or the back. Consequently, a session can take as little as 15 minutes or last as long as one hour, and is usually very relaxing.

Ondamed has four simple modules to choose from:

Identify patient-specific frequencies relating to specific organs.

Scan the body for interference fields [such as inflammations] with individual frequencies, while simultaneously providing therapeutic induction of those frequencies.

Application of standardized protocols

Microflora & Nutrient Metabolism related therapy

What are the benefits?

ONDAMED frequencies stimulate connective tissue also know as the extra cellular matrix. This matrix is a storage place for nutrients and toxins, which are each absorbed by the cells or excreted into the bloodstream or lymph for removal from the body.

Stimulation of the extra cellular matrix:

Enhances the release of toxins leading to improved detoxification

Enhances the absorption of nutrients into the cells

Reduces edema

Stimulates cellular repair and regeneration

Activates lymphatic drainage, thus improving the immune function

Improves circulation of blood

Reduces the harmful effects of geopathic and electromagnetic stress

Excitation with ONDAMED frequencies will:

Balance metabolism

Increase vitality

Produce more positive moods

Clear mental thought process

Engender strong commitment to self-care

In addition, client specific treatment protocols are available such as stop smoking, allergies, arthritis, asthma, and diabetes, cardiovascular.

Each Ondamed session is unique to each patient and is independent of prior sessions. Therapy applications depend on the individual patients conditions and findings. Each session runs approximately 30-45 minutes.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided herein is for Educational Purposes Only and has not been designed to diagnose, treat, mitigate, prevent or cure any health conditions. Please consult a qualified Health Care Professional to diagnose your health conditions and avoid self-diagnosis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated statements about these health topics or any suggested product compositions




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