The Alignment Network of downtown Valpo combines chiropractic care, yoga, juice, art and music

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The Nourished by Be Good Juicerie alignment network brought together chiropractic care, yoga, cold-pressed juice, art and live music in downtown Valparaiso.

Dr. Kristina Kauffman and Amber Shambo opened The Alignment Network at 3 Lincolnway in Courthouse Square.

“It’s a one-of-a-kind collaboration and undertaking,” Kauffman said.

She retired after working for years at Kaufman Chiropractic in Merrillville and Winfield.

“I practice a niche form of energy work,” she says. “It’s very unique. It deserves its own establishment because it’s an outlier in the field of chiropractic.”

His cabinet shares space with Be Good Jucerie, which offers a selection of cold-pressed juices and other health-focused dishes like alkaline water. He makes juice for several locations, including Roots Organic Juice Cafe, Porter Regional Hospital, Trailyard Coffee Shop, MBS Fitness, LaPorte Hospital, and 360 Integrated Medical Center.

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Shambo was establishing a commercial kitchen in the space and invited Kauffman to teach yoga there. A partnership flourishes.

“It’s an open space where I was teaching a class a month or so,” Kauffman said. “It’s become my clientele’s home for a niche form of chiropractic care.”

She practices NetworkSpinal, a holistic approach involving chiropractic, bodywork and energy work that focuses on connecting the nervous system to release tension in the body while deploying a whole person approach.

Kauffman said it’s a cutting-edge type of chiropractic care typically only found in big cities like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.

“It’s not the traditional popping and crunching that people associate with chiropractic care,” she said. “It’s a neurological way to make changes in everyday life, to help people with things that affect their emotional lives, and to make them more whole as human beings.”

Traditional chiropractic clients are generally looking for pain relief. Those who seek NetworkSpinal treatment often feel misaligned, stressed, or that there’s something more to it, Kauffman said.

“It helps people release stress and optimize performance,” she said. “It’s for anyone who wants to benefit. It’s often CEOs or people who want to take their lives to the next level or perform at their highest.”

Patients learn to sense what is going on in their body and waking brain and become more in tune with their physical body. She is looking to add more practitioners, tables and hours to expand NetworkSpinal care designed to meet the physical, mental and emotional needs of patients.

“In my own personal experience, receiving this care makes my life so much richer and brings peace and calm,” she said. “Hisa revolutionary model that is at the forefront of healthcare and one that I am happy to pioneer.”

His practice grew by word of mouth. She schedules appointments primarily through Facebook, conducting introductory sessions with new clients to help them achieve their goals.

The Alignment Network does not have regular hours of operation but is open by appointment. It also offers yoga classes, including a prenatal class, a few times a week.

Freshly squeezed juice, often made with superfoods and other unique ingredients, is available in the fridge when The Alignment Network is open. He also delivers juice and takes online orders for pickup.

The space also serves as an art gallery showcasing the work of local artists like Ish Muhammad. Paintings, photos and other works of art cost between $5 and $10,000.

There is also a retail section that sells yoga apparel and other health and wellness products. The space regularly hosts concerts, such as those by local jam bands like Stealin the Farm who play in northwest Indiana. He plans to resume his Sound Healing concert series in the spring.

The space can also be rented out such as for furniture painting workshops, weddings, birthdays, showers, quinceañeras, educational classes, business conferences, bat mitzvahs and fundraisers.

“There’s nothing like it,” Kauffman said. “It’s a growing community where people can be at peace, pursue their passions and feel at home. It’s truly a community of like-minded people who support and love each other and try to do good. world a better and more cohesive place.”

For more information, find the company on Facebook and Instagram or visit www.BeGoodJuicerie.com.

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