Owner Cassandra Lidin oversees Spirit Path Yoga and Wellness's staff of instructors and therapists as they dole out doses of holistic well-being through educational workshops, body treatments, and assorted yoga classes. Smooth exhalations drift from poised students in the studio’s two yoga practice areas: a central studio, whose playfully green-hued walls and forgiving cork flooring span 1,000 square feet of space, and a more intimate sister studio, where groups of students gather for smaller classes and workshops. After sessions, students change, shower, or reapply makeup to smudged faces drawn on yoga mats in clean, simple changing rooms. Certified practitioners bustle past, moving to reach deep-seated tension and reduce physical discomfort in acupuncture sessions and massages.
Since obtaining her certificate from the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in 2003, Cindy Nielsen has been rejuvenating and re-balancing bodies with the Rolf technique of fascia manipulation. During her relaxing sessions at Snow Blossom Acupuncture, Cindy uses firm and gentle pressure on the connective tissues that cause muscular tension to relieve pain body-wide.
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Jessica Pannone first started beautifying faces at age 14. Today, as a licensed aesthetician, she runs a fetching spa and brandishes PCA Skin treatments and products against armies of acne, wrinkles, and dry skin. She prefers PCA Skin because it abstains from synthetic colors, fragrances, and animal testing and develops its finished products with the help of solid medical case studies. When she isn't smoothing epidermises with chemical peels and facials, she uses warm wax to extract unwanted hair and reshape eyebrows that have taken to impersonating Salvador Dal?'s mustache.
Licensed acupuncturist Aria Walker brings a wealth of experience to the acupuncture table. Walker earned a master's degree in acupuncture and Chinese herbal studies from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture and holds national certification from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She uses her skills to practice five-element acupuncture, which can treat physical and mental conditions such as common colds, fibromyalgia, and depression.
The OptiHealth Medical Clinic team helps patients fight stress and weight gain. Specialists include a doctor board-certified in family practice, board-eligible in medical bariatrics, and OMP in Chinese Medicine; licensed registered dieticians; and a certified diabetes educator. To help achieve total wellness, the clinic also calls on exercise physiologists, personal trainers, and massage therapists. Their services include lifestyle and nutritional counseling, acupuncture, and anxiety management.
With the rise of environmental illnesses and cancers in recent years, Dr. Thomas Taylor and his staff at Alaska Healing Touch have a healthy distrust of chemicals. That's why virtually everything that might touch clients' skin during their massage or chiropractic evaluation is chemical free and organic. Organic, food-grade massage oils come completely free of allergens and fragrance, as do the soft, organic sheets—which have been cleaned in a facility equally devoid of chemical fragrances and detergents. Dr. Taylor's massage expertise is treating auto- and work-related injuries.