Inside an unassuming brick building, Ridgely Retreat takes its name seriously. The multifaceted spa, wellness center, and yoga studio offers mental escapes in the form of hot-stone massages and meditation classes as well as physical relief in the form of acupuncture and chiropractic services. The eclectic yoga offerings range from gentle and Vinyasa classes to yoga dance, wine-and-cheese yoga, children’s yoga, and the newly added aerial yoga. On the spa side, services such as glycolic peels and Fraxel laser resurfacing flaunt a modern edge, though the cherry-blossom facial, detox body wrap, and warm bamboo treatment let clients experience the kind of classic relaxation enjoyed by hedonistic pandas the world over.
At Back to Nature Health and Wellness Center, leading practitioner Argo Duenas's deep belief in the benefits of holistic healing took her off the path of traditional medical nursing two decades ago and redirected her journey toward certification in colonic hygiene, reflexology, and energy adjustment. Inside her clean, homey, brick-fronted clinic, Duenas relies on drug-free methods such as reiki, colon hydrotherapy, and ear candling to purge the body of toxins and attempt to alleviate ailments ranging from digestive disorgers to chronic fatigue. Argo also teaches body awareness, and preventative wellness through lectures and seminars.
Zenscape Spa’s signature treatment is a perfect reflection of their blend of Eastern and Western wellness techniques: the service integrates reflexology, Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, and aromatherapy. Of course, practitioners can also focus in on any one of these techniques. Chinese acupressure is modeled after acupuncture, but swaps out needles for finger pressure in order to stimulate pressure points and help boost energy. Focused on the hands and feet, reflexology stimulates key pressure points to address such concerns as indigestion, fatigue, and separation anxiety from socks, and can be paired with an herbal foot sauna. Clients await their treatment in a room awash with warm magentas, bright green plants, and a literal invitation to "relax" scrawled on the main wall.
Since its founding in 1987, Living Lite's weight-loss program has helped thousands of people slim down quickly and almost effortlessly. Instead of simply telling clients to change their eating habits, its practitioners use hypnotic suggestion to root newer, healthier behaviors in the subconscious minds. Clients find themselves exercising regularly and picking more wholesome foods without ever having to think about it consciously. Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis does not induce amnesia, and participants will usually remember everything that happens during the soothing sessions.
After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Dr. Erin Kinney pursued a naturopathic doctorate. In medical school, she completed hands-on internships and won multiple awards before graduating summa cum laude. Holistic and naturopathic medicine is Dr. Kinney's path, she says, because she "loves to help her patients take their health into their own hands" through education. She works with each patient to devise a set of healthy habits to enhance their lifestyle, like snacking on raw veggies or kettle bells. No two patients are the same, so Dr. Kinney tailors every treatment to the individual.