Looking for a massage in Meddybemps, acupuncture in Appleton, or a little Reiki in Red Beach?

No guarantees, but the new Maine Directory of Complementary and Alternative Health Practitioners might help you get a little closer to the holistic bodywork you’re craving.

Author LeCain Smith of Blue Hill researched and compiled information for the directory over the past three years, he said Monday.

“I’ve always been focused on alternative practices and bodywork,” he said. Smith, who runs a charter sailing business and has sailed extensively in the tropics, said he has experienced a variety of traditional healing therapies in other countries.

A friend’s recent experience with mainstream cancer treatment sharpened his appreciation for the preventive and energy-restoring nature of alternative therapies, Smith said, and he realized that many people don’t realize the wide range of services available in Maine or know where to find the most appropriate treatment.

In addition to listing 442 practitioners in 131 Maine towns and cities from Aroostook County to York County, the directory contains detailed information about close to 200 complementary and alternative health techniques — from Abhyabga to zero balancing.

Also included are more mainstream therapies such as sports massage and lymphatic draining.

For those unsure of the distinction between Karuna Reiki, Kundalini Reiki and Wei Chi Reiki, an alphabetic glossary provides concise definitions and descriptions of all the different therapies included in the book.

Another section demystifies the initials some providers may use to indicate their certifications and credentials — a CPLRT, for example, is a certified past life regression therapist, while a BCH has an academic degree in clinical hypnotherapy.

Listings of Maine-based bodywork schools, professional organizations and alternative health publications round out the publication.

Smith said there was no charge for being listed in the directory. He knows there are many other practitioners who are not listed, and he hopes to include more of them in upcoming editions, he said.

The Maine Directory of Complementary and Alternative Health Practitioners is available for $16.95 at 28 bookstores and other retail outlets in Maine and New Hampshire. It can also be purchased online at www.windroseaway.org.


Meg Haskell

Meg Haskell is a curious second-career journalist with two grown sons, a background in health care and a penchant for new experiences. She lives in Stockton Springs. Email her at mhaskell@bangordailynews.com.