HolisticWisdom.org web site
Linda Diane Feldt
NCTMB, Holistic Health Practitioner and Herbalist
The Ann Arbor Center for Holistic Health and Traditional Wisdom
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Are you accepting new clients?
Yes. Nearly all of my clients come by personal referral, but I am finding that more and more people have contacted me after seeing this web site. When you call or e-mail me we can do an initial mutual screening to determine if I might be able to help you.
Where do you see clients?
I work out of my home on Ann Arbor’s west side near downtown.
Why don’t you have a normal office?
I’ve chosen to work from home for many reasons. It keeps my overhead low, and allows me to offer a sliding scale. My time is more efficiently spent while waiting for clients, and I have everything I need (reference books, laundry, herbal examples, etc.) all in one place and available as needed. I can also more easily incorporate making bread, cooking soups, and doing other things into my work day so that I stay healthier and happier. I also enjoy having my dog Zomba be with me when I work.
What do you do?
I practice an integrated approach to alternative health care, primarily using herbology, cranialsacral therapy, polarity therapy and massage. What we do will be different for each person as well as from session to session. Most of my clients prefer to combine the hands-on bodywork with talk about herbal support, diet and lifestyle. Some people come for herbal consultations only. Some clients are using conventional medical treatment at the same time, some do not. I think of my work as supportive and preventative primarily, and in dealing with a health crisis I support my clients in making informed decisions, being well nourished, and achieving whatever support they need.
Is this your only job?
Seeing clients is my first priority. I also teach related subjects in more than eight places now, and I write books and articles. I do lot of volunteering.
What is the age range of your clients?
I have worked on babies not yet born (to help with birth positioning) and my oldest client (who I was honored to help die peacefully) was 104. For specific information on birth support, click here.
Do you specialize in any particular sort of problem?
I remain a generalist (how could a holistic health practitioner be anything but?) but I do especially enjoy working with pregnant women, newborns with nursing issues, teaching people how to resolve their problems with carpal tunnel syndrome, being able to help people with chronic pain problems, supporting people who are making major lifestyle changes, and working with clients who have life threatening or terminal illnesses. I also see many people with back pain, headaches, and chronic problems.
How many sessions does it take?
That is an difficult question to answer. Holistic Health care would ideally be ongoing. Many of my clients come for stress reduction, energy balancing and support on a regular basis. Others come when they have the time and money. Some just when they are in pain or have a specific problem. In acute situations I may see someone every week or more often. I am sensitive to the fact that for many of my clients time and money are real concerns. I can teach you self help techniques, train a partner or friend to do some bodywork for you, or suggest other activities that will give maximum benefit for minimal cost.
Do you have an overall philosophy?
Many. I am not a healer. I support people who want to be healthier. I believe in integrating care with awareness and respect for individual beliefs, environmental awareness, and a balance of knowledge and intuition. I have found validation and compassion to be powerful healing techniques. I disagree with those who claim “no pain no gain” . In over thirty years of working with people, I have found that if we support and nourish the systems of the body a lot more good is done than by an attitude of having to deprive, cleanse, or “detoxify”. I deeply believe in the wisdom of the body and believe much of the purpose of my work is in the full restoration of that knowledge for each individual. A connection with spirit, a sense of awe, and a love of learning infuse my work.
How much do you charge?
For a normal session (1 1/2 hours the first session, 1 hour for subsequent sessions) I charge on a sliding scale of $60-90. I do not use income guidelines, you would decide where you are on the scale. The fee is pro-rated for kids.
What is your training?
I have a bio listed on this site. My training began in 1973 while I was still in high school, and then I did a series of apprenticeships, classes and workshops. The training opportunities were much less formal and more scattered 30 years ago when I started my serious studies. I have had the privilege of working with some of the most talented people in each field. I find that I’ve learned the most from having a full time practice all these years, seeing many thousands of clients and giving more than 20,000 sessions.
Can I get help for free?
Yes. I teach free herb classes through The People’s Food Co-op. I am happy to answer short questions by e-mail or phone, usually questions that take less than 15 minutes. If the concern is too complex or would take longer I’ll let you know and you can schedule an appointment.
Any other questions? Please Contact me.Linda Diane Feldt ldfeldt(at)holisticwisdom.org