| Restoration Acupuncture & Wellness offers therapy to help with anxiety, pain and stress-related symptoms
By Natalie Reidford
Living through a pandemic means that many are living with increased anxiety and stress, which in turn can cause health problems. It’s a vicious cycle. One good way to break out of it is to take time for self-care.
Kaley Decker, owner of Restoration Acupuncture & Wellness, can help with that.
Decker, who has been in practice for 10 years, moved into her building at 907 N. 7th St. in Vincennes last February to make room for expanded services. In addition to acupuncture, Restoration Acupuncture & Wellness now offers massage therapy, craniosacral therapy, infrared sauna and a sound therapy machine.
Delayed grand opening
The beginning of the pandemic cut into her expansion.
“I had my grand opening March 6, and then we closed March 20,” said Decker. “It wasn’t great timing, but it worked out OK.”
She closed for about 6 weeks during lockdown, then reopened at 50% capacity for the summer. Like most business owners, she was resourceful and found ways to operate safely.
“It was just kind of trying to find a rhythm,” Decker said. “How we could clean rooms and make sure people weren’t in the waiting room, so we did have to make a lot of changes and it took a while to figure out the flow of everything.”
She’s now operating at full capacity with safety protocols in place, fully adjusted to what is commonly referred to as the new normal.
Acupuncture therapy, Decker’s original service, still brings most of her customers but her additional wellness modalities are catching on.
The infrared sauna was quite popular through the winter months. Decker explained that an infrared sauna looks like a traditional sauna but uses infrared rays to deliver therapeutic treatment. She can customize the treatment to patients’ needs. She said the infrared sauna can help with pain and inflammation.
“It is therapeutic, rather than just a spa-type experience,” she said.
The sauna holds up to 2 people, though most choose to use it alone unless they are with a spouse. The sauna is equipped with various colored lights that patients can use in conjunction with the infrared rays. They can choose their preferred color, and Decker said it is good for the winter blues.
The sauna does get warm — 120 to 135 degrees — but not nearly as warm as a spa sauna, which normally reaches temperatures of 170 degrees. Patients sit in the infrared sauna for about 30-45 minutes, much longer than they could sit in a 170-degree sauna.
The sauna is good for fibromyalgia and autoimmune disorders, Decker said.
“People can use it as an adjunct therapy. Plus, it feels good,” she said.
Massage therapist Camilette Rhea joined Decker’s practice in January 2020. Rhea offers massage and craniosacral therapy. While many are familiar with massage therapy, craniosacral therapy uses a light-touch massage technique to restore the fluid in and around the central nervous system to its proper rhythm. It can help with pain symptoms including headaches, neck pain and neurodegenerative diseases. Rhea is certified in this additional therapy.
Decker also offers sound therapy, which she said is great for treating mental and emotional issues — “everything from depression, anxiety and insomnia, even grief,” she said. Sessions last 30 minutes. The patients listens to a sound frequency in a headset while bands on the wrists and ankles vibrate to the same frequency.
Other than massage therapy, most of Decker’s health modalities are unique to the area, she said. Most patients live in the area, but she sees people from as far away as Evansville and Terre Haute. Her clientele is a balance between men and women. Many of her patients are middle-aged, but she has also treated her share of patients outside that age bracket, including high-school athletes. She also offers treatment through the Veterans Administration Community Care Network, so her practice includes many veterans.
Bailey Hacker has received treatments regularly for about six years. She is currently going for acupuncture and sound therapy.
“I am a big lover of all treatments she offers,” said Hacker.
Hacker originally began seeing Decker for help with migraine headaches. Hacker said within two months of beginning acupuncture treatments, her migraines subsided and she was able to manage them better. She continues to see Decker for help through the grieving process after her father’s death.
Decker’s therapy has been a “total godsend,” said Hacker. She added that it has helped her release and balance her emotions.
What is Decker’s favorite aspect of her business?
“I love just helping people,” she said. “People usually come on a regular basis, so I get to see them frequently, and they become like family.”
Decker explained that acupuncture patients generally start once a week and then spread out visits. Long-standing patients come in about once a month.
She offers gift cards, which can be redeemed at any time. She said they are good for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day gifts and recipients can schedule services at their convenience. Gift cards may be redeemed for any therapy.
Potential customers who are curious to learn about her therapies can visit her for a free consultation.
“Acupuncture is something a lot of people aren’t familiar with,” she said. “If people want to know about it, I do a free 20-minute consultation where they can just come in and talk to me to see if it is even an option for them.”
Decker has lived in Knox County most of her life. She went to South Knox and Vincennes University, then moved to Sarasota, Florida, to obtain her master’s degree in Oriental medicine. She lived there for five years before returning to the Vincennes area. Her husband, Kyle, also a South Knox graduate, is a farmer. The couple has two boys, 6-year-old Brady and 2-year-old Brooks.
Now that her practice is operating at full capacity and she and her staff — Decker, Rhea and receptionist Roslyn Johnson — have implemented extra cleaning and social-distancing methods, Restoration Acupuncture & Wellness is ready to offer a full range of services to everyone.