Amherst pain specialist gains new certification

  • GINNY HAMILTON —Eugene Goffredo

Published: 12/18/2017 6:00:09 PM

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CHD opensnew program at Providence Hospital

CHD’s Community Support Program (CSP) and a new Outpatient Behavioral Health Program officially opened last week on the campus of Providence Behavioral Health Hospital, 1221 Main St. (Suite 309 in the Catherine Horan Medical Building) in Holyoke.

This new collaboration is aimed at better serving individuals who are transitioning from inpatient behavioral health care to outpatient care.

CSP will work closely with referring inpatient psychiatric and substance use disorder treatment programs at Providence. It also will coordinate with services provided in CHD’s outpatient behavioral health clinic.

Jim Goodwin, president and CEO of CHD said the primary goal is to help at-risk individuals to live independently in the community and to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations.

Founded in 1972, Center for Human Development (CHD) is a nonprofit, CARF-accredited organization providing a broad range of community-oriented human services to 25,000 children, adolescents, adults, and families each year. Among its more than 80 programs and services, CHD operates six outpatient behavioral health clinics; a wide range of home-based and community-based counseling programs; residential and outpatient addiction and recovery services; homeless diversion, housing and food security programs among others.

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Amherst pain specialist gains new certification

Ginny Hamilton of Amherst, a pain specialist who uses yoga and reiki as treatments, was certified this fall as an Integrated Positional Therapy Professional in the Albert Protocol for Muscle Pain Relief.

The certification, which followed 300 hours of study, is based on a treatment method developed and followed by Lee Albert, a neuromuscular therapist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the Berkshires.

Diagnosed with scoliosis at age 9, Hamilton suffered chronic issues with neck and jaw pain for most of her life, discovering relief from the pain after receiving treatments by Albert, Hamilton said in a prepared statement.

"It worked for me, so I wanted to go deeper to understand it for myself," she said. "IPT has put my care in my own hands, and now I can teach others how to manage their pain."

Hamilton owns Ginny Hamilton Yoga and has been a registered yoga instructor since 2010. She also has been studying reiki since 2013 and is an apprentice with Haleya Priest at Sanctuary Healing Arts Center of Amherst, seeking to become a certified reiki master teacher.

Hamilton works with people in group classes, one-on-one, and she also leads workshops in the workplace. Her work is based on the philosophy that most chronic pain is caused by muscle imbalances in the body — from sitting, driving, typing, texting and other repetitive motions.

Hamilton, who holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Tufts University in Medford, is a member of the International Association of Reiki Practitioners and the Yoga Alliance.

For more information, visit or contact Hamilton at 413-253-0949 or<>.

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