Integrative Therapies

At Swedish Hospital, we treat the whole person through body, mind and spirit. We understand that treatment doesn't stop when you leave your doctor's office and that complementary and alternative therapies can work in connection with traditional medical practices.

Swedish Hospital offers acupuncture, clinical massage therapy, Fundamental Fitness classes, meditation and personal training through Galter LifeCenter, Chicago's only certified medical fitness center.


Experience the effects of acupuncture as it balances and heals your mind, body and spirit. This system of health care has been around for over 2,000 years, and has proven to be safe, effective and reliable.

In addition to treating muscular aches and pains, acupuncture can remedy acute or chronic ailments, relieve pain, enhance recuperative powers and strengthen the immune system. Whether it's back pain, arthritis, knee or shoulder pain, tendonitis, headaches, gynecological disorders or stress, acupuncture can help.

Galter LifeCenter is also pleased to offer YNSA, which is a new Japanese scalp acupuncture technique that is highly effective in treating musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.

To schedule an appointment please call the Courtesy Desk at 773-786-9348, ext. 5660. For more information about acupuncture email

Clinical Massage Therapy

A growing body of research suggests that massage therapy is an effective, non-pharmacological form of pain relief in addition to increasing circulation, helping loosen tight muscles and releasing toxins.

Galter LifeCenter offers the following clinical and therapeutic massage therapy techniques:

  • Trigger point
  • Deep tissue
  • Sports massage
  • Postural assessment
  • Myofascial release
  • Swedish massage
  • Neuromuscular
  • Pre/Postnatal
  • Thai massage
To schedule a massage please call the Courtesy Desk at 773-786-9348, ext. 5660. For more information about clinical massage therapy email

Fundamental Fitness

When starting a new exercise program, it’s not uncommon to feel uncomfortable, nervous or lost about what to do or who to ask. Fundamental Fitness is designed to give you the opportunity to learn about wellness in a supportive and encouraging environment and at minimal expense.

  • Discover how to set small goals that make a big difference
  • Develop strategies for making time to exercise workouts on your own
  • Have access to a variety of medical and fitness experts
  • Learn nutrition tips that fit into your busy life
  • Gain the knowledge to create workouts on your own

Learn more about Fundamental Fitness at Galter LifeCenter.


Meditation practices have been shown to have numerous benefits for mental and physical health and wellbeing. These mental exercises strengthen the mind’s ability to respond wisely rather than react habitually to thoughts, emotions, physiological experiences, as well as whatever life and the outside world bring our way.

Regular meditation can:

  • Decrease stress
  • Improve resilience
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decrease physical and emotional pain
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Decrease severity of symptoms
  • Increase emotional regulation
  • Improve immune response
  • Help treat depression and anxiety
  • Slow age-related brain deterioration
  • Improve self-control, memory, learning, creativity and more.
Learn more about meditation at Galter LifeCenter.

Personal Training

We realize that every client’s needs are different. Our trainers work to understand your needs, meeting you where you are now and using their expertise to help you move forward! Whether you are looking for accountability, motivation, instruction, fun, variety or a good old-fashioned awesome workout, Galter LifeCenter is here to deliver!

Benefits of personal training include:

  • Weight management
  • Sport-specific and high-intensity interval training
  • Pre/postnatal health
  • Heart rate training
  • Core conditioning
  • Feeling strong, sleeping better, managing stress
  • Balance and flexibility work
  • Aquatic training
  • Exercise and diabetes
  • Post-rehabilitation (with medical release)
  • Postcardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation (with medical release)
For more information on personal training services, contact Peter Marcy at 773-786-9348, ext. 3863, or email