"The recent chemical spill in our area that contaminated our water supply has a lot of folks on edge," Mangus said. "I'm getting a number of questions about ways we can detox and cleanse our systems."
Mangus' approach to bringing the body back into balance takes only a few minutes, and clients have reported great progress in terms of dealing with everything from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to hot flashes to insomnia.
It didn't come about overnight though. In fact, Mangus was about to give up on the technique.
Initially, she began working with some patients in her chiropractic practice to test the use of medicinal herbs in the form of essential oils -- along with the chiropractic adjustments she gave them -- to see if they got any enhanced results. She also tried the technique on herself to address symptoms of discomfort. The results were underwhelming, to say the least -- in fact, they were almost nonexistent.
"I'm a born skeptic," Mangus said. "I need to have proof."
She had written essential oils off for good when a twist of fate changed her mind.
"I noticed another set of oils someone had given us as a wedding gift. I had put them up on a shelf for about a month, and I decided to give them a try one day when I was having a bad headache."
What happened next "blew me away. I couldn't believe how quickly the headache went away. I thought, 'Maybe this was a fluke.'"
After consistent results on herself, she began asking clients if she could use the herb-based oils on them -- without mentioning what she was trying to achieve, and almost instantly, "I started getting amazing results right out of the chute."
Mangus discovered there are different grades of essential oils and that some companies might put just one drop of the medicinal herb properties into a base and misrepresent it as being pure.
"So much of what's being sold on the market as an essential oil can really be comprised of a lot of synthetics," she said. When she tried the new set of essential oils, she realized they were 100 percent pure.
"All of a sudden, patients started coming in for their adjustments and saying that whatever I did in the previous session really made a difference. I found that not only did the essential oils help with the particular discomfort or pain someone was feeling, but they were helping my patients' bodies stay in alignment longer."
Following the sale of her chiropractic business, Mangus threw herself into learning everything she could about the use of essential oils in healing.
"When clients describe their symptoms, I listen for what is going on with their endocrine systems. Lack of sleep decreases cognitive function. Depression results in low motivation. Pain can settle in shoulders, necks and jaws."
She looks for patterns of tension.
"Clients are surprised when I ask, 'Are you waking up at 3 a.m.?' They'll often say, 'How did you know that?' They don't realize they've already given me a blueprint. And then we go from there."
Mangus is just as passionate about the coaching side of her business. "A lot of times it's just a matter of working with folks to help them proactively and creatively be a better asset in the workplace. ... You can't get -- or keep -- a better job until you're more content and productive with the one you have. Or else you'll just keep creating the same patterns over and over."
"She set me on a path to become a better leader and a better person," said Chris K., a Charleston accountant. "With her help, I've become more self-aware, disciplined and self-motivated."
To Mangus, it all goes hand in hand.
"When folks are stuck in a rut with their jobs or their life situations, it shows up in their bodies," she said.
"After spending the majority of my life in health care, it's really clear to me when I look at someone -- and listen to them -- what's going on with their emotional health. Then we dig deeper to see what's going on physically. It all goes together -- particularly when it comes to the integration of mind, body and spirit."
Linda Arnold, M.A., M.B.A., is a certified wellness instructor, counselor, entrepreneur and syndicated newspaper columnist. Reader comments may be directed to larn...@arnoldagency.com.