William Wittmann, LMP

Some Good Questions about My Practice

William's not a chiropractor, and he's certainly does not do regular massage, and he's not really a psychotherapist. What is he?

I am a true holistic healer. I'm unique. I've never met anyone who does what I do. Never anyone who brings together all the different aspects of healing and wholeness that I do. Many good therapists address multiple aspects of a persons life, but few hold the person as a whole being: body, mind, emotions, and spirit. All my work points to all of these aspects and the result is not a mere symptom relief, but a new and richer life.

I am a master of a number of brand name healing arts, such as: CranialSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Myofascial Release, Foot Reflexology, and Acupressure. And I am a master at seeing the big picture. That is a very rare combination.

How is William's care different from chiropractic?>

One way to look at the difference between us is to compare the scope of practice. By law, Licenced Massage Practioners, (LMP's) are not allowed to manipulate the spine, but they can manipulate the rest of the body. The opposite is true for chiropractors--they can manipulate the vertebrae but need to ignore the rest of the body. I believe that the spine is pulled out of place by forces in the muscles and the connective tissues. The vertebrae are innocent bystanders of those pulls on the body. I correct these "soft tissue" pulls, and the body stays in balance.

What does William treat?

I treat everything. That's not much help, but bear with me. I have treated just about every condition on the face of the earth. However my approach is not to treat conditions, but to treat people. So I treat people with whatever they bring in. Because I have a profound respect for people's ability to heal from any condition, I am not much concerned with the name of the condition one has. I am very interested in what underlies the problem. I treat the underlying condition.

If there is a specific condition you're wondering about, ask me. I don't set broken bones, deliver babies, or perform surgery, but I can be useful for treating someone after the bone has been set, treating the pregnant mom and dad, treating everyone after the delivery, and if we're lucky, preventing the surgery.

If I can improve the structure of the body, the function of the organs, the flow of energy; if I can calm the emotions and heal the wounded heart; and if I can inspire people to connect deeply with the Sacred; people will improve. That's the work that I do. It produces valuable results and it's my joy to be privileged to do this work.

And please note: If the condition you or a friend have is beyond the scope of my skills to handle or to handle without help, I will promptly refer to someone who can assist in the process. I spend quite a bit of my time meeting and assessing the best MD's, ND's, Osteopaths, Rolfers, Homeopaths, Chiropractors, Dentists, Massage Practitioners, Counselors, Priests, Colon Therapists, Nutrition consultants and anyone else who I think will be useful for helping clients.

William's work seems expensive because often it's not covered by insurance.

Because this question challenges how we place value, it's a hard topic. You might get the doctors service for free, or for a small co-payment. If you compare my prices to what you'd pay a doctor who is covered by insurance, I'm more expensive. But my work may be a good value compared with other ways you spend your money.

One of my patients is wealthy in the area of books. She owns lots of books, and she always has money to buy the books she wants. In other areas of her life she is not so prosperous. Me, too. I always have money for classes and travel, but not for new cars. It comes down to this: We spend money on what we value. What do you value in your life?

I value therapy. I find that it's a good investment for me, because my life is so much richer for the work that I do. It's worth it to have a rich and fulfilling life with a body that works well. Some patients consider our sessions as a mini vacation. They look forward to it the same way that I look forward to taking a trip to the ocean.

You can manage your money by simply managing how often you come to see me. Typically, I see a person for the first visit, then a follow up the next week. After that we decide what will be a good frequency. I occasionally see someone as often as twice weekly, and I see some once per quarter. The best value and the most common pattern is once every three weeks. The body really likes that rhythm.

When she tells her young artist friends about me, one patients says, "He's expensive, but he's worth it."