Spending a day at the Indiana Dunes, whether on the beach or the wooded hiking trails, can be a serene experience. Sometimes even a spiritual one when you take the time to truly appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds you.
It’s that feeling of tranquility that inspired both the name and the beach-themed décor of Sacred Dunes Alternative Health. This ultimately led Sacred Dunes Founder and Co-Owner, Stephanie Gordon, to establish her practice in Michigan City.
“The Indiana Dunes are a major part of the reason I decided to move here,” said Gordon, an Illinois native. “I grew up with very worldly parents, so we traveled a lot. I can tell you there is no place like the Indiana Dunes anywhere else in the world. I have gained so much peace, calm and healing of my own just hiking the trails here. As someone who is in charge of managing many people’s health, it’s very important that I manage my own health well; so the name ‘Sacred Dunes’ is my nod to the land we are so fortunate to have here that gives me so much healing".
Sacred Dunes Alternative Health opened to the public in August 2015; and eight Tibetan monks bestowed their blessings upon the practice during the grand opening ceremony, designating it a place of healing.
Services at Sacred Dunes currently include acupuncture, massage, cupping, natural skin care, Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition, and yoga. They also offer a variety of workshops.
Gordon said, “Even though our name says ‘Alternative Health,’ it’s important to think of the services we offer as complementary medicine. Sometimes, these tactics can cure acute and chronic conditions or pain. Is there a need for doctors and hospitals and prescription drugs and surgeries? Of course. What we do here at Sacred Dunes is part of the whole integrative process.”
She advises, “It’s vital to trust the power and strength that humans have built into their immune systems. Acupuncture, massage, nutrition, herbal remedies should be a go-to first for coughs, colds, pains, headaches, night sweats. It’s natural medicine the earth has given us as tools for millennia. There are lifestyle changes you can make to tap into your immune system and activate a built-in healing response".
In 2016, Sacred Dunes moved to a new location at 410 Wabash Street. Gordon and her business partner, Lindsay Negrelli-Gawat, purchased the empty, dilapidated building across from the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlet Mall, and worked diligently to restore it to meet historical code.