Tuesday, December 15


Exhale Acupuncture Specialists Trained in The Berkley Method of Fertility Treatment to Bring Holistic Approach to Reproductive Health to Exhale Facilities

NEW YORK, NY (October 2009) – Exhale, the highly acclaimed national mind body spa brand, has instituted a new wellness program under the direction of Robert MacDonald, exhale’s Director of Healing, to provide clinical services to families struggling with infertility. Working extensively with Dr. Michael Berkley, founder and director of The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness, exhale’s team of seasoned acupuncturists received advanced training in the treatment of infertility and reproductive wellness and now offer that expertise to guests in the tranquil healing environment of exhale’s facilities. The fertility and reproductive wellness program at exhale offers three, six, and nine month programs that follow the “Berkley Method” of holistic infertility treatment.

“Dr. Berkley’s east meets west approach to infertility treatment has proven to be highly successful in helping patients achieve their goals of becoming parents,” said Robert MacDonald. “We’re pleased that we are now able to offer this revolutionary program to our guests that may be struggling with this very sensitive subject.”

Exhale’s fertility and reproductive wellness programs incorporate:

• Acupuncture and herbal medicine provided by highly trained and supported specialists in the natural treatment of infertility

• Nutritional counseling to enhance physical health and wellbeing

• Yoga and exhale’s proprietary Core Fusion® classes, designed to strengthen the body and increase vitality

• Massage therapy to relieve stress and increase circulation to the reproductive organs

Exhale practitioners utilize the techniques behind The Berkley Method to heal the root causes of infertility and provide overall wellness. Acupuncture can improve the function of the ovaries to produce higher quality eggs, increase blood flow to the uterus, relax and de-stress the body, prevent uterine contraction post IVF embryo transfer, reduce side efforts of IVF medications, strengthen the immune system, increase energy and improve sperm count; all factors that can ultimately improve the chances of conceiving.

Similarly, fertility massage improves circulation and encourages relaxation of tense uterine muscles. An increase of blood flow is a very simple and natural way to significantly improve the functions of the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Exhale acupuncturists underwent extensive training in this kind of massage in order to make the body best ready to conceive and carry out a full term pregnancy.

In addition to acupuncture, massage and nutritional counseling, physical activity such as yoga and exhale’s proprietary Core Fusion® classes are an essential component to each comprehensive reproductive wellness plan. Exhale’s Core Fusion® program is a results-oriented fitness experience that truly transforms the body through a fusion of core conditioning, Pilates, yoga and orthopedic stretching. A sound mind, body and spirit improves overall by incorporating exhale’s fitness modalities into the fertility program, guests will see an improvement in physical health, which enhances overall reproductive wellbeing.

About Robert MacDonald, MS, L.Ac., LMT

Robert MacDonald is the founder of Intentional Health and Wellness (IHW), and exhale’s Director of Healing, responsible for staffing, programming, and operations of exhale's healing department, including program development, product development, marketing and operational protocols, and coordination of all integrated healing department services. Robert also develops proprietary healing products for exhale that are sold in the spas such as the elemental healing teas and the essential oils. IHW is a practice dedicated to guiding people to their highest level of health through self-knowledge and focused intent. He has been helping his patients recover from debilitating dysfunction and disease for more than 15 years. Robert initially trained extensively in deep tissue structural bodywork, various disciplines of energetic work, clinical counseling and hypnotherapy. It is upon this foundation that he builds his work as a practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Robert has a Master of Science degree in the field, and is Board Certified and State Licensed in New York, Massachusetts and Illinois. He has treated a wide variety of patient conditions in both hospital and clinical settings with a treatment style that is gentle and compassionate. Robert sees his skills and experience as tools to help his patients attain their highest level of health and functionality.

About Dr. Mike Berkley

Dr. Mike Berkley, Founder and Director of The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness, in New York City, is licensed and Board Certified in Acupuncture in the states of New York and Connecticut, and licensed as a Doctor of Acupuncture in the State of Rhode Island. Dr. Berkley is also Board Certified in Clinical Herbal Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Dr. Berkley is the first acupuncturist/herbalist in the United States to work exclusively in the field of reproductive medicine. He has developed unique acupuncture protocols and herbal formulae which have been shown to increase success rates. He works exclusively in the area of reproductive medicine and enjoys working in conjunction with some of New York’s most prestigious reproductive endocrinologists.

Dr. Berkley is a Member, in good standing, of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM); Resolve of New York, American Fertility Association (AFA), the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the Acupuncture Society of New York; and the American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM). In addition, he is an Advisory Board member of The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination, Inc. (INCIID). He is also on the Board of Doctors at ATIME, and he is an Advisory Board Member of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). Dr. Berkley is also sits on the Advisory Board of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM).

About exhale

Widely recognized for revolutionizing the day spa business, exhale is a brand synonymous with transformation and healing. In just six years, exhale has earned a position as a leading lifestyle brand in the health and wellness space that enjoys a high level of demand from the hospitality and real estate industry.

The Company currently operates 13 locations in key metropolitan markets + the Caribbean, and is opening another 2 properties in August, and within the next year growing to 18 in total by mid 2010. Exhale plans to grow its wellbeing paradigm to 50 locations in prestigious and philosophically aligned resorts, residential hotel developments, and strategic partnerships. For more information please visit www.exhalespa.com.


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