Instead of focusing on symptoms, people should find ways to build a healthier lifestyle and “fill their health pot,” says Luke Marshall, MSACN, LMT of Naturopathic Resources in Hamilton.
Marshall is a second-generation therapist carrying on an alternative and holistic health practice started by his mother, Joyce Marshall, 30 years ago. He took it over just over a decade ago and remains committed to helping clients decide and achieve their optimal wellness goals.
Much of his inspiration to continue their services was working through some health challenges of his own, he intimated.
“We all have challenges that we go through in life,” Marshall said. “I try to find a way to see them in a good, positive light.”
He graduated with honors from SUNY Morrisville programs in health promotion and human performance and massage therapy. Marshall then earned his master’s degree in applied clinical nutrition from New York Chiropractic College.
Naturopathic Resources today provides clinical nutrition consultations, soft tissue manipulation, therapeutic clay packs for old scar trauma, visceral mobilization and acupressure. One thing he won’t do is tell anybody what foods they should be eating, he said.
“People ask me to tell them what to eat but I tell them to eat whatever they want but then check their blood sugar levels afterwards,” Marshall explained. “That way they can really see how what they eat impacts their life. They can then modify their own behavior without me imposing something on them.”
Sometimes people can feel overwhelmed when they know they need to change. But a great first step in dealing with life’s challenges can be as simple an endeavor as doing a little cleanup around the house, Marshall noted.
“Some days you might really be struggling but then simply cleaning out your sock drawer can be enough to motivate you to face other challenges,” he said.
The Naturopathic Resources website features Marshall’s blog; educational resources on topics like medical massage, clinical nutrition and therapeutic mud packs; and a store offering dietary food supplements, a bundle of immune support products and a welcome packet for new clients. He said he prides himself on offering high quality, livesourced products without glues and fillers.
The health history of a new client is their first conversation. Together they develop goals … like maybe an 80-year-old wants to go out dancing again but hasn’t done so in a long time. They look for the changes that can be made to achieve the individual’s goals. That means the approach to a healthier lifestyle will be different for different people, he said.
Marshall even shares with clients a tensegrity — a combination of tension and integrity — model of wooden dowels and rubber bands to show how the body’s own integrity comes not from the bones, represented by the dowels, but from what is found in between, represented by the rubber bands.
Now is a great time to look toward a healthier lifestyle as we are starting to emerge from the pandemic, Marshall said. Diets might be destined to fail but finding changes that can be made and kept is the secret to building a better, more healthy lifestyle, he explained.
His work is about helping people think in new ways to make changes — and those changes won’t just make a positive impact on themselves but others around them as well.
“As individuals feel better we all get along better,” Marshall promised. “Better health leads to better functioning and better social organization.”
Mike Jaquays is the managing editor for the Mid-York Weekly. For unlimited access to his stories, please subscribe or activate your digital account today. Email Mike Jaquays at [email protected].