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Health & Wellness for Athletes

There are several things Aikido students and athletes can do to ensure their mental and physical wellness during training. As a partner of Strength Vitality Wellness Center, we provide health and wellness education, acupuncture, a sauna for pain management, and all-around healing for your mind and body.

Infrared Sauna Services

Since Falls Road Aikido is a proud Strength and Vitality Wellness Center company, that means all Falls Road students have easy discounted access to our new Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna.

The detoxification and pain relief benefits alone are prime reasons why sauna use is beneficial to martial artists and athletes alike.  Our Sunlighten Infrared Sauna are believed to be seven times more effective than your traditional sauna.  This technology will raise your core temperature by two to three degrees to expel toxins rather than just heating them up in a traditional sauna.

Sauna Features

  • Increased capabilities with the new Android-powered control panel;
  • 3x more health benefits than industry standard;
  • 7 wellness programs based on 56 clinical studies;
  • 3 IR wavelengths;
  • 99% effective Near, Mid and Far infrared;
  • Renewably-sourced, Earth-friendly wood;
  • Premium Blaupunkt sound system with MP3 input


Sweating is the way your body heals and maintains good health.  From exercise to releasing toxins, sweating helps boost your body’s immune system, which in turn will help you digest nutrients from the food that you eat.  We’re exposed to toxins daily in almost everything we deal with, from food to air, and there’s not much we can do to prevent it.  Detoxing regularly in a sauna is a tried-and-true method to detox the daily stresses.

Pain Relief

Our infrared sauna therapy penetrates your joints, muscles, and tissues to relieve tension in your muscles and increase circulation.  The infrared heat reduces soreness by relaxing muscle spasms so your body can heal itself naturally.


Deep tissue sweat will invigorate you and refresh you so that your body and mind can relax and destress. After a worthy session on the mat, what better way to bring your body back to center than relaxing sauna session to balance your cortisol levels!

Take advantage of this amazing healing technology as a student of Falls Road Aikido.


Acupuncture helps restore harmony at the deepest level of the body, mind, and spirit. Therefore, many physical and mental conditions can be lessened or completely resolved through acupuncture:

          • acupuncture for back pain;
          • acupuncture for joint pain;
          • persistent headaches and migraines;
          • post-operative pain and discomfort;
          • fatigue, depression, anxiety and insomnia;
          • stress, including PTSD;
          • digestive issues such as IBS or heartburn;
          • menstrual pain, fertility disorders, and menopause discomfort.

This is certainly not the full list and acupuncture can be an effective treatment for many other ailments. Not sure if acupuncture is right for you? Please, contact us for a free consultation and we’ll be happy to give our professional opinion. It’s possible we’ve already successfully treated someone with a similar condition.  The Strength & Vitality Wellness Center can use acupuncture to help our clients in many ways, and if you need acupuncture for pain management only, we offer this service as well. Based in the heart of Towson, right next door to Falls Road Aikido, we offer a number of services that can benefit athletes and aikidoka. Many of clients come from Baltimore, Timonium, Hunt Valley and other parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Nutrition for Athletes

Food is the fuel that energizes our body for work, play, and healing. It is the source of our vitality and contains all the substances and nutrition necessary for the regulation of all our bodily processes. However, with the dominance of processed foods and our busy schedules, it’s getting increasingly difficult to eat foods that actually do all of the above.

Many of the foods we consume were made with heavily processed ingredients that were stripped of their nutritional value for the sake of better appearance or longer shelf live. This, along with other factors such as pollution and use of pesticides, chemicals, and growth hormones, causes nutritional deficiencies in our bodies.

Contact Sempai Cara Michele-Nether and the Strength & Vitality Wellness Center for further information on a dietary plan that works for you.

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What Members of Falls Road Aikido Have to Say:

"My training in Kinokawa Aikido has been one of the most influential experiences of my life. Real and honest budo training has allowed me to become thoughtfully calm and patient in my everyday experiences. Effortless and unexpected power are now regular companions of my being. It is a true honor to share this amazing martial art with the people who choose to show up on the mat week after week and year after year. I welcome anyone who would like to live with more grace to stop by roll around on the mat with us."

Sempai Cara-Michele Nether July 2, 2015

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