About Health Arts Institute:
Health Arts Institute is located in Long Beach, CA offering classes in Tai chi, with Qigong & Meditation exercises, in order to provide you with the benefits of Eastern & holistic medical treatments. Our more than 30 years of training and experience afford you the knowledge that we are dedicated to your personal health and wellness. Founded by Dr. Matthew Vo who is a physician as well as a Tai chi master, the Health Arts Institute is also unique in our extensive knowledge of both Western and Eastern medicine.
Dr. Vo started training in martial arts over 40 years ago and mastered various kung fu styles - including a Black Belt in Taekwondo, before focusing on Tai chi for more than 30 years. During his kung fu journey, Dr. Vo had the fortune of learning with many premier grandmasters - some with lineage tracing back to the monks of China's famous Shaolin Temple.
Dr. Vo has taught Tai chi for many years, and his students benefited greatly from his teachings - including relief from stress, depression, insomnia, pain, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid/ lung & heart diseases, infertility, aging problems (both physical & mental), and even cancer. Knowing the potential benefits of Eastern medicine, Dr. Vo started Naples Wellness Center & Spa / Health Arts Institute and put together a team of some of the best instructors & healers in various arts of Eastern medicine in order to help many people improve their health physically, mentally & spiritually!
We continuously strive to provide intense, yet relaxing exercise and treatment sessions at our facility. Concentration and technique are every bit as important as participation. We are your connection and guides to a better and healthier lifestyle! In addition, we are offering various packages to help you achieve the best possible health benefits while saving significantly over time. Please contact our center for additional information regarding the different health packages.
Wellness Center Testimonials
Jane, the yoga instructor at Naples Wellness Center & Spa is amazing!! I know her from when she was an instructor in Indianapolis...while I wish so much she was still here, I'm excited for the new studio! I miss her peace, kindness, experience and sweet personality. Anyone looking for a great yoga experience should check out her classes. Laura H. Fishers, IN
My back was hurting when I arrived to Monica's class and by the end of it I was feeling very peaceful and my back pain was gone. It always works, I walk out of Monica's classes feeling much better than before. Tim M. Long Beach, CA
Monica's classes have been my inspiration to become a yoga instructor myself. She very gracefully and peacefully guides her students to find their own unique expression in each pose, a very rare teacher. Her classes are not just workouts but an opportunity to listen deeply and to connect with oneself.
Jessica L. Long Beach, CA
I have been a client of Shannon O'Brien since 2004 on the recommendation of my former personal trainer, who was moving out of the area. I have enjoyed her workouts; whether they be in a group or private setting. She provides a very challenging array of strengthening exercises and has demonstrated creative modifications for varying levels of ability. She is able to keep our sessions interesting and has helped me work through minor injuries and muscle stiffness. Shannon has motivated me to add additional workouts on own. I have recommended her to a number of friends at my gym. It was only natural for me to then ask her to provide sessions and a workout for my daughter, who was 13 at the time. My daughter, Hillary, was in need of core strengthening for her training as an Irish Dancer. Shannon easily adapted my workout to a partner session, enabling us both to obtain an appropriate, challenging and fun workout. I would highly recommend Shannon O'Brien. Christine D. Cincinnati, OH
Being a mother of 3 young kids and working full-time is very stressful. As a result, I had a lot of stress-related tension headache and allergies, causing me to seek out many doctors to get treatments. Since I started coming to Naples Wellness Center for Yoga, my headache and allergies have gotten so mu better, and I gradually need less and less medications for these problems. All the Yoga instructors here are wonderful and very talented! They helped me feel so much better. I will definitely continue to come for Yoga practice regularly, so that my health can continue to improve. Wen T.
My daughter is 5 years old, and she was having difficulty transitioning from preschool to kindergarten. Although Mary is very bright and knows her class materials well, she has difficulty staying focused in her class. After she started learning kid's Yoga at the Naples Wellness Center, Mary gets a lot calmer and more focused at school. She is also quite healthier and happier than before. I am very thrilled to see her improving so much, and I am grateful to the kid's Yoga teachers for helping my daughter do so well. Cindy V.
I come here for Tai chi with Dr. Vo. I initially started Tai chi because my daughter said that Tai chi is good for osteoarthritis of the knees, and after attending classes, I notice a marked improvement in knee pain and flexibility. Dr. Vo is very knowledgeable. His cues are good and he repeats them as necessary. He's very concerned about his students and encourages questions. The sequence has an easy flow to it, there's no jarring movements nor transitions. I highly recommend these classes. Paru S. Long Beach, CA
Tai chi with Dr. Vo is amazing. His students look 10-year younger by the time they finish their Tai chi exercise! Mary R.
I used to have uncontrolled high blood-pressure and chest pains despite a lot of medications, causing me to be admitted to the hospital several times - including once for a minor heart attack. In addition, my energy was very low, and I felt exhausted going through daily activities. After I started practicing Tai chi with Dr. Vo, my blood pressure becomes under control - with a minimum amount of medication, and I feel energized throughout the day. Now I start every day with my Tai chi exercise, and I highly recommend it to everyone. William D.
I had very bad diabetes, causing me to have frequent attacks of low blood sugar and the shakes as a result. In addition, my wife and I tried to have children for a long time without success. After I started learning Tai chi with Sifu Matthew, my shakes went away and I need less insulin as time goes by. My wife and I also were able to conceive a beautiful baby girl, and we feel really blessed and grateful to have had such an amazing experience as a result of learning Tai chi!
My mother-in-law had really bad dementia towards the end of her life: She would call my wife by the name of an actress on TV! So when my wife started to have some forgetfulness, I became very alarmed and encouraged her to join Dr. Vo's Tai chi classes. My wife did really well, and now her mental clarity is as good as it has ever been. In addition, she also overcame arthritis pain in her low back and knees. I am very happy and grateful for her doing so well, and I am just amazed by the healing power of Tai chi! Robert M.
I have never had acupuncture before; however, a few weeks ago I was very sick and needed to come back to work the next day, so I decided to try acupuncture with Olesia as a last resort to get better. As a side note, I was already on antibiotics but I did not get any better. I was coughing, sneezing, running nose, and had a high fever. After visiting the Center and had a treatment with Olesia; all the symptoms were gone and I went back to work the next day. Olesia also did the cupping on my back and I think it helped greatly to get rid of the toxins in the body. Everyone here is very nice. The receptionists were very professional. I will be going here very often. My mother also came here before to get pain treatment for her chronic back problem. After a few acupuncture treatments, she said that 90 percent of her pain has gone away. It is amazing how acupuncture and holistic exercises can treat many problems. Cindy Q. Long Beach, CA
For many years, I ended most of my days with nasal passages swollen closed, unable to breathe except through my mouth. In addition, I suffered with what I called 'sinus attacks' - sudden bouts of sneezing and sinus drainage lasting 4-8 hours, with no good medical explanation. I turned my case over to Dr. Caldwell to see what Chinese Medicine could do for me. We started a regular course of acupuncture treatments and experimented over the next few months with a number of herbal medicines as my diagnosis altered. Over time, my condition changed. I slept without snoring! We reduced the frequency of the treatments and settled on a maintenance dose of herbs, and eventually discontinued them altogether as the results held. It has been well over 10 years and those symptoms have not recurred. Truly a life-changing experience. M.C., Irvine, CA
I came in here achy and exhausted after being awake for 24 hours (working full time night shift and a mom of 2 kids). I asked for a shiatsu massage, pricey compared to my usual $20 Chinese massage but I thought I need to indulge myself. So in I go, I filled up a paperwork and then Ming, a guy, came to do his massage.. It was magic! He knows what he is doing, I heard he has tons of credentials with Chinese medicine but [dang], he is excellent! WORTH EVERY PENNY I paid !! Ally J., Long Beach, CA
Having taken yoga classes here which I think are very good, I was in need of a massage. I only wanted a 30-min. acupressure treatment on neck and back. Ming was terrific. I walked away feeling relaxed yet energized...with no discomfort. It is later in the day (my appt. was 11 a.m.), and [I] am still feeling very good and satisfied. I'll return for more. Ron W., Long Beach, CA
The therapist I had today... Ming... was absolutely amazing. He was quiet and calm... knowledgeable and strong... one of the best masseuses I have ever had give me a massage. I would recommend Naples Wellness Center and Ming specifically to anyone. Deidre W.
Health Arts Institute, Long Beach, CA (562) 972-3963