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Brothers Doug and Michael Volkman of Placitas stand
amid a row of Migun massage tables.

Get a free 40-minute massage at Migun . . . really

Ty Belknap

That’s right. You can get a free massage at Migun Health Center with no obligation to buy. For the last fifteen years, Migun Medical Instrument, Ltd., has been providing free service to over twenty million customers in twenty-seven different countries. Brothers Doug and Michael Volkman of Placitas and Michael’s son Avery Volkman have now opened a demonstration center in Albuquerque.

Doug explained that the company markets Migun (pronounced “mee gun” and meaning “beautiful health” in Korean) thermal-massage beds by offering free massages to customers, while at the same time providing the public with a host of health benefits. He says that Migun is not interested in selling the beds to anyone whose health does not improve at the center. Three years of studies at the University of California at Irvine indicate that the symptoms of patients with hypertension and diabetes improved significantly with Migun treatment.

The Migun system is based on five principals combining traditional Eastern medical wisdom with the technologies of Western medicine: chiropractic for structural integrity, far-infrared to enhance circulation, acupuncture to recharge life force, acupressure to flush out toxins, and massage.

After school last week, my son Evan and I dropped in to Migun to check it out. A dozen tables make appointments unnecessary. Doug put sheets on side-by-side beds and instructed us in how to lie down and let the bed take over. Internal massage heads move up and down the spine and legs under the fabric of the bed while deep heating with far-infrared. The staff is very attentive and offers to provide padding and adjustment for first-timers and anyone with back problems. It wasn't long until we melted into the beds, both of us finding the massage soothing and relaxing.

Forty minutes passed quickly and we left the center in altered states. Shopping for a new telephone at Radio Shack was almost too much. A walk in the park would have been much better. Evan and I think we’d better go back to get a photo today (and try it out again). They ask only that repeat customers tell their friends about Migun and to bring their own sheet.

For more information, stop by at 6300 San Mateo, Suite #F-2, in the Far North Shopping Center near Wild Oats, call 821-5012, or visit


Senior Wellness Clinic offers massage and more

Nancy Hawks

The St. Vincent de Paul Society will hold its monthly Senior Wellness Clinic from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. on June 17 at the social center at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 301 Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo. This is a free clinic.

Our experienced nurses monitor weight and blood pressure and perform diabetes screening. We offer free chair massage by massage therapist Cate Clark, who has recently opened an office in Placitas. In addition, we usually offer free reflexology treatments.

All of our nurses and therapists volunteer their time and talents. El Pueblo Health Clinic has agreed to collaborate with us by seeing anyone who is in crisis. We are grateful for their assistance and for the community support the clinic has received from the Optimist Club de Sandoval and the Jardineros De Placitas.

Our Lady of Sorrows Church supports and encourages the work of the St. Vincent de Paul Society throughout its parish area of Bernalillo, Placitas, Algodones, and Sandia Pueblo. This free clinic is another way of reaching out to the people of the area. For more information or to volunteer, call the message phone at the office, 867-1786.






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