Welcome to All

At Alchemy Healing Arts Center we want you to know that we welcome everyone into our practice. We are conscious and compassionate and we want everyone to feel welcome. To that end, let us state that we welcome people of all races, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

We also and emphatically welcome people of all sizes and shapes. Owners,Alex J. Puma(Alex) and Amelia Mitchell have signed the Health at Every Size pledge, affirming their committment to build a more supportive community for people of size.

Our facilities are handicapped accessible, with ramp access and handicapped facilities, if you need assistance with our door, please ring the doorbell. One of our treatment room has an ADA compliant electrically adjustable table, that lowers to wheelchair transfer height. This table helps people of all abilities get on and off more easily.

"Each time I have visited Amelia, I have felt well cared for, physically and emotionally. She is an expert in her field as well as a warm and genuine person to interact with." - A, licensed clinical social worker More Client Reviews

Health At Every Size

Health at Every Size is based on the simple premise that the best way to improve health is to honor your body. It supports people in adopting health habits for the sake of health and well-being (rather than weight control).

    Health at Every Size encourages:
  • Accepting and respecting the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes.
  • Eating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite.
  • Finding the joy in moving one’s body and becoming more physically vital.

The title comes from the book of the same name by Linda Bacon PhD. Here is more about the concept.

"Interest in Health at Every Size (HAES) is growing fast. People are tired of diets, tired of feeling like failures, and tired of being scared of food. They are excited to find a paradigm that respects the diversity of human bodies and starts from the very basic premise that they can trust themselves—a paradigm that respects pleasure rather than denial.

"We’re at a transition point. Many people are ready to move on from feeling shame about their bodies and being preoccupied with their weight, yet our institutions are still mired in damaging old-school thought. Large publishers hesitate to publish Health at Every Size books, worried that only books promising weight loss will sell. Many health professionals and organizations cling to the belief that fear-mongering about weight and promising weight loss motivate people to improve their health practices. The mainstream media is reluctant to give Health at Every Size sufficient air time, apparently convinced that reinforcing people’s weight insecurities generates more attention. To show your commitment to HAES, sign the HAES Pledge.