Holistic Health Options support you in your quest for health. Whether you want to reduce pain, decrease anxiety, increase energy or resiliency, or simply relax and feel better, our modalities can help make a difference in your physical and mental well-being. 


Holistic Health Options Initial Services


Community Acupuncture

Acupuncture provides an ancient drug-free alternative to relieve pain, reduce side effects from medication and other treatments, promote relaxation and peace, and balance the body’s energy for optimal health. Community acupuncture is acupuncture in a group setting (although safely socially distant) and offers clients a more affordable treatment than private one-on-one sessions. Thread-like needles are placed peripherally at specific sites on the hands, arms, feet, legs, ears and head, then the client relaxes in a reclining chair for 45 to 60 minutes.

Tuesdays & Thursdays | By appointment | Register here


Massage Therapy

Massage therapy has been practiced for thousands of years to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasms, and stress.  Bodywork can improve the functioning of circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems, and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness.  The touch of massage is an instinctive gesture of comfort and can have calming emotional and physiological effects.  Available in 30, 60 or 90 minute sessions.

Monday, Wednesday & Friday | By appointment | Register here



Hypnosis uses guided relaxation and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness.  In this naturally occurring state, hypnosis allows people to explore thoughts, feelings, and memories.  This enables clients to perceive things differently and has been shown to reduce the perception of pain, lessen pre-surgical jitters, relieve anxiety, assist with weight  management and smoking cessation, and calm the body and mind.

Saturday & Sunday | By appointment | Register here


Sound & Energy Therapy

Sound therapy is an immersion in the beautiful sounds & vibrations of Tibetan bowls which can affect our bodies at the cellular level with deep relaxation and healing energy for the body and mind. 

Wednesdays | By appointment | Register here



Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster®

This class provides mind-body techniques that will help a patient feel calmer before surgery, recover faster, have less pain after surgery, strengthen the immune system, and use less pain medication.  Holistic nurses provide guidance in both groups and one-on-one to help you achieve your goals.  Class includes a book and CD.


Other services and programs coming soon:


Manual Lymph Drainage





To register for services, simply visit holistichealthoptionsllc.janeapp.com where you can:

  • Choose services and/or providers
  • Review days and times of services
  • Book online
  • Pay online

If you have any questions, please contact us at 860-231-6333.




Community Acupuncture

Initial Session - $35 members/$45 non-members

On-going/follow-up acupuncture session - $25 members/$30 non-members


Massage Therapy

30, 60, or 90 minute sessions available 



120 minutes for first session; 90 minutes for follow up sessions


Prepare for Surgery, Health Faster (Session - 90 minutes)

30 minutes - $40 members/$50 non-members

60 minutes - $75 members/$85 non-members

90 minutes - $110 members/$120 non-members

120 minutes - $150 members/$160 non-members



Our Mission is to enhance the physical and mental well-being of individuals and the community by providing holistic options with responsiveness and compassion.

Our Vision is to create a ripple of peace, calm, and comfort that will radiate into the world.


Meet our Holistic Health Options Team



Sharon O’Brien

Program Director, wellness educator

Sharon has been in the field of health promotion and wellness since 1988, teaching prevention and intervention classes, coordinating health screenings, and promoting wellness practices.  In 2002, she founded and then managed the Center for Integrative Medicine at Sant Francis Hospital to bring quiet attention, pain and anxiety reduction, and relaxation to patients, staff, and community members alike. Through the years she has received training and/or certifications in mind-body medicine, M-technique, Ayurvedic massage, Reiki, weight management, mindfulness, and stress management.  She believes in using holistic practices to enhance health and well-being, and strives to bring those modalities to those in need.



Christopher Gaunya, LAc

Licensed Acupuncturist, wellness educator

Christopher is a highly skilled acupuncturist in practice since 1999. He earned his Master of Acupuncture degree from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle Washington. He is nationally board certified (NCCAOM) and is licensed in the State of Connecticut. He has been in practice 21 years with the last 11 years at Saint Francis Hospital’s Center for Integrative Medicine where he initiated the community acupuncture clinic in 2011. He is committed to making acupuncture affordable and accessible to everyone.



Joan Harovas, RN, BSN, HNB-BC

Certified Hypnotherapist, M-technique practitioner, Prepare For Surgery, Heal faster™ facilitator, wellness educator

A nurse for over fifty years, Joan brings unsurpassed experience to her work as a hypnotherapist and educator. Joan has been practicing Integrative Medicine since 1977 and is board certified as a Holistic Nurse, a Certified Hypnotherapist, a certified facilitator for the Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster™ Program, and is a wealth of knowledge with many additional certifications. She creates and teaches classes that are designed to foster safe and respectful work environments, bring mindfulness into everyday life and to reduce stress and anxiety. Joan most recently worked at Saint Francis Hospital’s Center for Integrative Medicine and was awarded a 2015 Nightingale Award recipient for nursing excellence. She, along with her family, also owns Granny’s Pie Factory, LLC. 



Julie Olson, LMT

Massage therapist, energy practitioner, wellness educator

For almost 2 decades Julie has worked in the field of wellness and integrative medicine and believes that therapeutic massage is an integral part of balancing mind and body.  Julie is a proponent of massage for reducing pain and relieving physical as well as emotional stress.  She strongly believes in massage as a viable modality for enhancing overall health and well-being.  Careful listening and mindfulness are earmarks of Julie’s therapeutic mission. Committed to constant growth and learning, Julie has certifications in pregnancy massage, oncology massage therapy and hospice massage therapy. Degreed in social work and aging studies, Julie is an alumna of the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and a professional member of the AMTA as well as a Preferred practitioner in the state of Connecticut with the S4OM (Society for Oncology Massage.)  



Karen Boutin

Business Coordinator

Karen has five years of experience working in Integrative Medicine at Saint Francis Hospital, plus years of experience with both customer relations and business practices.  Karen is passionate about helping others and can always make clients feel comfortable and understood as they navigate through their healing journey.



Maria Eberle, RN HN-BC 

Prepare For Surgery, Heal faster™ facilitator, wellness educator, energy practitioner, drumming facilitator

Maria has been practicing integrative medicine since 2004 and is a Board Certified Holistic Nurse, most recently working as an Integrative Practitioner in the Center for Integrative Medicine.  She is a graduate of the Institute of Healing Arts and Sciences four year Energy Medicine Practitioner Program and has continued her studies in different aspects of integrative medicine including guided visualizations, mindfulness and mindful eating.  Maria facilitates the Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster program and drumming circles. She has been trained in Remo’s Healthrhythms - Basic and Adolescent Protocols.  Maria is passionate about using her knowledge to support individuals on their journey. 





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