RB Preferred Provider Spotlight: Dr. Arifi, Axis Health 

RB Preferred Provider Spotlight: Dr. Arifi, Axis Health 


This month as our RedBird Preferred Provider we’re excited to feature Zahir Arifi, owner of Axis Health – a complementary healthcare clinic that offers manual therapy, with an emphasis on sports health, wellness and rehabilitation. Dr. Arifi has helped Lee, Elisabeth and many RB clients and teachers overcome structural limitations in their body that were preventing optimal performance and causing injury and pain.  At Axis Health, it’s all about you – your health, your objectives. Chances are, you want to either feel better or perform better – or both. Dr. Arifi can help you do that. If you’re in pain, he will work with you to relieve it. And if you have specific fitness or sports targets, he’ll help you achieve them.

Axis is a results-oriented clinic. Dr. Arifi’s philosophical approach is best described as “helping the body help itself.” His focus is on enabling clients to comfortably and successfully engage in an active, pain-free, fit and fun lifestyle. In addition to helping with chronic pain relief, prospective benefits can include improved or restored mobility, flexibility, coordination, strength, and posture.

Manual therapy is a non-invasive means of restoring and maintaining the body’s equilibrium. Dr. Arifi offers personalized treatment, in a broad range: cranio-sacral, neuro-muscular, visceral, and trigger-point therapy; myofascial release, myoskeletal alignment, and joint mobilization; clinical, sports, and deep tissue massage and lymphatic drainage.

Q&A with Dr. Arifi


Can you tell us a little about your background?
I’m a healthcare professional with several years of experience in a European clinical setting, as well as having worked with several track & field teams in Paris, France. I’m a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners, associated with the Upledger Institute, which promotes the benefits of cranio-sacral therapy. I have participated in a master class in pediatric clinical cranio-sacral therapy conducted by Viola Fryman, internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field. I have also completed extensive studies in visceral manipulation under the guidance of Jean-Pierre Barral, founder of the US-based Barral Institute, and “one of the Top Healing Innovators to watch in the new millennium,” according to TIME magazine.
I am a member of the Texas Association of Massage Therapists and the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, and am certified as a personal trainer by the NCCA-accredited National Association of Professional Trainers. I am also a certified osteopath in France, where I trained at the Ecole Superiore d’Osteopathie in Paris. I hold a D.O.E. degree from the European Council of Osteopathic Schools in Geneva, granted for my thesis on the comparative benefits of joint-articulation-enhancement techniques, performed on select members of a team of nationally ranked athletes in North Africa.

What do you like to do for your own personal health?
On a personal level, I’m an avid hiker and runner, having won numerous regional and national-level races in France, including semi-marathons, and qualified to participate in the 1982 Olympics in steeplechase. In the last few years, I’ve been participating in triathlons, including being a member of a top-10 relay team in the Austin and Lubbock Ironman competitions. I thus know about pain – and about what it takes to be a successful athlete
What inspires you?
Nature is my inspiration. As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved the free feeling of being outside. Nature is also magical. I remember my grandmother collecting medicinal herbs in the hills along the Mediterranean coast – and being amazed to learn that they can help people. That’s what sparked my interest in medicine. Put the two together and voila: you have a nature-based approach to health & healing – Axis Health.

How do you feel your own philosophy parallels with RedBird’s?
I’d say that all of the above illustrates the close parallels between what I do at Axis Health and what RedBird cultivates: We need to be aware of the mind-body connection, in the context of our natural environment. We should give free rein to our creativity but also rededicate ourselves to the discipline needed to reach our goals. We need to appreciate the gifts we’re given and help others realize their own. We need to strive to maximize our highest potential, but not forget that silliness is sometimes the answer.

What tips do you have for our community?
Eat well – but allow yourself to cheat once in a while. Exercise, but give yourself time off to just hang out sometimes. Think deeply and feed your mind, but forgive yourself the occasional mindless pastime. Love and support those closest to you every day. Fix stuff that’s broken, including yourself. And definitely don’t take life too seriously.
I’ve learned that balance is the key to just about everything – mentally, emotionally, and physically. When we’re out of whack in one way, other things start to go wrong – sometimes in an effort to compensate – and it can all go downhill from there. Posture is paramount. Occasional rest is as important as working toward goals. And alone time now and then is absolutely vital in our busy lives. So – in a few words: health, goals, nature and balance. And don’t forget silliness!

Contact Dr. Arifi at:
Axis Health
2000 West Koenig Lane