At Hudson Healing Arts, we’re passionate about bringing humanity into our healing services. By now, you may have noticed that we’re not a “get in and out the door” wellness center: We truly love to hear what’s on the hearts and minds of our clients, and similarly, we want you to feel connected to our practitioners.
A big part of that connection means understanding the “why” that drives them. To spotlight this vital question, upcoming blog posts will explore each of our practitioners’ wonderfully unique philosophies, backgrounds, and approach to working with clients (and of course, some fun trivia too!).
We’ll kick things off with the amazing Joe Del Giodice, who has been part of the HHA family since 1999. If we were playing “2 Truths & A Lie” about our board-certified acupuncturist, Chinese and Western herbalist, and naturopath, we’d say...
1- His mission is to heal bodies and inspire souls.
2- He makes a mean tabbouleh salad. Actually, he’s an all-around salad connoisseur.
3- He’s really good at picking things up with his feet.
A Human-Centered Approach to Healing
Okay, we’ll admit it...all three are actually true (and there’s more fun facts where those came from).
The concept of embracing food as medicine and as a tool for longevity has been a lifelong fascination for Joe. He still vividly remembers receiving his first nutrition book at seven years old— and reading it until the pages fell off! Today, he loves to share his passion for making healthy, delicious recipes on his YouTube channel, supernatural health.
Joe strongly believes that food that nourishes the body and soul can be every bit as enjoyable, fun, and satisfying as unhealthy food. He also has an interesting comparison to the benefits of a nutrient-dense diet...
“When you think about it, your birthday is a day you want to celebrate with loved ones, not people who couldn’t care less about you. It gives us a sense of trust, joy, and mutual reinforcement of who we are and what’s good for us,” Joe says. “What if we could think of food as a celebration? Healthy, whole foods help make you the best, strongest, most joyful version of yourself. Unhealthy foods might be amazing for a fleeting moment, but then you feel awful an hour later.”
Joe’s passion is helping clients integrate these life-affirming foods in a way that’s convenient and sustainable for their lifestyle, as well as pleasing to their taste buds. He creates personalized nutrition plans based around each individual’s purpose.
To unlock this purpose, Joe typically asks clients the same question: “Are you looking to gain a bit of an edge, to become substantially healthier, or to obtain supernatural health?” This isn’t a trick question by any means— rather, it’s a way to meet you where you’re at.
No matter what your answer is, Joe’s mission is to find healthy versions of the foods you truly enjoy. He often looks to the Blue Zones for inspiration, which are the areas across the globe where people tend to live the longest (from Loma Linda, CA to Okinawa, Japan).
“For me, success is when someone tells me they feel better or that they shared what we talked about with others,” he says. “This is what I wake up in the morning for: To help people be well, to heal bodies, to inspire souls.”
In acupuncture— his other great love—Joe is also guided by a strong desire to treat human beings, as opposed to diseases or symptoms. He has always been inspired by the concept of the old farm doctor who would come to your house and tend to you when you’re sick, but also help you rebuild a fence and put shingles on the roof.
“Those doctors listened to their patient’s stories, and I try to follow in their footsteps. I really care about hearing my client’s narratives, because I believe my approach and communication style needs to fit their heart as well as their body,” he says.
Joe believes that everyone can benefit from acupuncture just as much as a nutritional tune-up. Though it’s wonderful for targeting a plenty of specific issues and conditions, acupuncture is also a powerful force for preventive health and long-term maintenance.
“Maybe you feel healthy and strong, but you know you’re about to work on a big project for the next six months, for instance. Acupuncture is a really proactive way to protect your immune system and buffer against excess stress,” he says.
Outside of HHA, you can find Joe playing the acoustic guitar, working in the garden, cooking, experimenting with new recipes, cross-country skiing, or longboard surfing.
Interested in scheduling a session with Joe? He can be reached at (201) 653-7700 ext.3.
Hannah Chenoweth is a Hoboken-based conference producer and freelance writer who enjoys covering all aspects of health and wellness.