Holistic Renaissance woman Vicky J. Oxner is a massage therapist, bodywork professional with energy-healing experience, and a yoga teacher. This medley of skills fits Oxner's philosophy: a blend of ancient knowledge and contemporary medicine can help prevent illness. Her prevention-based approach is especially evident in the meditation, prayer, and conscious-breathing sessions she leads. Not only does Vicky offer massages, yoga training, and chakra-adjusting treatments, but she also organizes wellness trips, such as women's retreats to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Since the first Fuddruckers opened its doors in 1980, the eatery has unabashedly proclaimed its signature sandwich to be the world's greatest hamburger. Thirty years and 140 franchised stores later lend some real weight to that claim. Using 100% USDA all-American premium cut beef, freshly baked buns, and a garden's worth of crispy vegetables on each burger, Fuddruckers has revolutionized the hamburger in North, Central, and South America. Their menu also includes a slew of specialty burgers that have undeniably shunned the beaten path, with beef substitutes that include buffalo burgers.
Waiting in the wings stands a supporting cast of American mainstays, including their hand-blended milkshake and the hot dogzilla, and families tuck into the classic drive-in delights alongside a host of arcade games and sports memorabilia as classic tunes play over loudspeakers.
Alchemy Of The Heart and Soul owner Lewisa works as an intuitive advisor, helping clients navigate the obstacles in their lives through personal readings. Lewisa uses her background in the healing arts to provide an intuitive reading, which involves question-and-answer sessions that can instill joy, clarity, and fulfillment in the lives of her clients.
A graduate of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, Mark Read-Smith continues the work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf, a biochemist whose research led her to believe that the body functions best when properly aligned. During his sessions, Mark studies each client’s alignment, considering the origins of each imbalance. Impeded mobility in the arms, for example, might originate in fascia tightness in the lower back, leading to compression in the shoulders that in turn dulls nerve communication to the arms. Sessions can be done individually or as part of The Basic 10 Series, a treatment program developed by Dr. Rolf for the complete restoration of bodily alignment. An FAQ page answers common questions such as, “How is it different than massage?” and, “I’m a caveman who just unthawed—is Rolfing right for me?” Click here for a video of Mark Read-Smith explaining the benefits of rolfing.
As massage therapists and yoga instructors, Jesamine Mello and Jill Burynski are able to integrate both disciplines in their treatment plans. The duo performs Swedish massages, hot-stone massages, and Thai bodywork sessions, and blends these modalities together with integrative massage. During private yoga lessons, they teach basic sequences and fluid transitions, giving clients the tools they need to practice at home or while trapped in elevators.
As head of The Healing Blossom Acupuncture & Wellness, licensed acupuncturist Katie Hamilton treats bodies beleaguered by stress, depression, and pain with an array of healing services. She conducts an initial consultation on each patient's first visit to identify concerns such as obesity or chronic ticklishness and help tailor the treatment. The healing experience may include a healing amalgamation of acupuncture in tandem with moxibustion and other Chinese herbal therapies, and qi gong and reiki influences also seep into sessions when necessary. The acupuncturist’s gentle approach soothes those who might be sensitive to needles or have recurring dreams that they are Mylar balloons. Initial visits typically take 90 minutes for both the consultation and treatment, and subsequent treatments last approximately an hour.