At Calm Spirit Acupuncture, licensed practitioners expert in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology work to treat conditions ranging from chronic pain to gastrointestinal, psychological, and neurological disorders. After consulting with patients, staff employ traditional treatments ranging from energy-balancing acupuncture to gua sha and cupping therapy used to treat respiratory conditions.
Though Soloman Madron had just collapsed to the ground, he was happy—and, of course, exhausted. He had just finished his first ever CrossFit workout. Soloman was no stranger to exercise, having spent time in the Marine Corps, worked in corporate fitness. CrossFit, however, trumped everything else he had tried.
Since that first workout in 2009, Soloman has opened his own studio, West Metro CrossFit, which he runs alongside co-owner and lifelong fitness buff Nate Sappington. Together with a team of fitness trainers, they lead CrossFit classes with ever-changing workouts that combine elements of gymnastics, weightlifting, and cardiovascular training. Aside from CrossFit, the fitness instructors teach posture and mobility clinics, train exercisers in lifting, and work one-on-one during personal training sessions. Whatever the program, they make a point of getting to know their clients, and each month they select a new athlete of the month.
Eli Ashby Healing Arts Center owner Lori Drienka's grandfather was a chiropractor and acupuncturist and her great-grandmother was a licensed midwife. Today, Lori sustains their legacies in the center, where she and a team of health specialists bolster well-being with a bevy of holistic health services, including acupuncture, detoxification treatments, and massage therapy. Among soothing surrounds, expectant and overburdened parents alike can attend natural-childbirth classes or life-coaching sessions. The center also stocks candles, incense, holistic goods including oils and body scrubs, and custom silver and stone jewelry handcrafted by Carly Drienka, so clients can continue to buoy their welfare at home or in a kayak.
Dr. Katie Short teaches her patients how healing happens from within. But she does more than talk about it; she demonstrates the body’s ability to recover from a wide range of ailments by performing strictly noninvasive and drug-free techniques. After a thorough consultation and exam, she sets to work stimulating the body’s internal balancing mechanisms with manual spinal adjustments. To round out her services, she works elbow to elbow with licensed acupuncturist Jessie Maxwell. Jessie triggers some of the same healing energies as Dr. Short, but with hair-thin needles instead of adjustments.
Licensed by the state and certified by the NCCAOM, The Ridge Acupuncture's practitioners, Larry Embree and Juliet Straeb, lead their patients along the path to wellness via alternative medicine. Their services include acupuncture, sports and herbal medicine, and pain management, each pursued in accordance with the health needs of the individual. With their various healing regimens, the pair can help patients overcome such maladies as migraines, stress, and sciatica.
At Trinity’s Massage and Laser, LLC, staff members have mastered 13 different types of massages, which they use to relieve tension in clients' bodies before it escapes from their mouths in the form of a scream. Skilled hands relieve both stress and backaches, targeting knots and tense muscles with hot-stone massages, shiatsu, and hydrotherapy. Reflexology and craniosacral therapy sessions work with the body’s energy channels to balance systems and induce relaxation. Alternatively, in Vezazz laser-lipo sessions, technicians use powerful beams to reduce waistlines and fat cells lurking underneath the skin.