Licensed massage therapist Lily MacFaydian dreamt up the name for Of the Sea Therapeutics one day in the midst of a cupping session. Cupping, which uses vacuum cups to suction the skin in an effort to release muscle stiffness, tends to leave temporary marks that are circular and red. To Lily's imagination, they looked like the work of an octopus. After deciding on the name, she opened up shop.
Since her relaxing revelation, things have changed for Lily. She's traded her cupping therapy for full-on massage and has since relocated the business into Santa Fe Salon. Here, Lily comforts muscles and restores vitality with a range of treatments. Gliding Swedish massages boost circulation and chase away stress, and deep-tissue sessions knead the tautness out of pulled muscles. Lily makes sessions extra relaxing by applying hot towels, customized aromatherapy, and hot-water pillows and by not leaving out a ventriloquist’s dummy with eyes that seem to follow you around the room.
Massage therapist Wendy Lou Peche’s massages are a blend of relaxing Swedish techniques and targeted deep-tissue moves. Regardless of the style her client prefers, she begins by leading them into a quiet white room, where troubles begin to unravel and nagging thoughts are sent to subconscious time-out. In addition to hot-stone therapy, which promotes circulation, Peche can also perform energy work or reflexology, which manipulates pressure points on the feet to treat areas throughout the body.
The baritone lowing of immovably peaceful bovines can be heard on Patience Hill Ranch, which surrounds Golden Light Healing. Channeling techniques learned from Peruvian shamans and serenity gleaned from the steppes of Machu Picchu, Amy and David Wilinski bestow their own sense of relaxation on all who visit them. In addition to reiki treatments, the duo also works to cleanse their clients’ energy fields with mystical healing techniques. Throughout the year, Amy and David impart holistic wisdom through a variety of classes that includes training to become a medium, drum-making workshops, and seminars focused on natural healing methods and how to identify the trees that produce band-aids.
Melissa Kelly isn’t afraid of feet; she’s spent more than 5,000 hours practicing reflexology rendered on sets of stompers. At her wellness center, she offers multiple services, including ionic footbaths, ear coning, and reflexology. By targeting particular points on the feet, soles, and heels, she’s able to help bring balance to bodies that have been thrown off by suffering from illness or hanging out in a cement mixer—specifically, she helps them achieve homeostasis through acupressure. Her reflexology sessions also help increase circulation throughout the body, and can even be a relaxing experience thanks to a soft, leather chair. Beyond the comfortable furniture, Melissa’s center imparts a cozy vibe with warm reddish-orange walls, plush rugs, green plants, curtains, and colorful artwork that separate it from a sterile corporate spa.
Chiropractic Health & Rehabilitation Center is helmed by Dr. Clint Dorn, a Shiocton native who earned his spine-saluting stripes as an associate doctor in a southern Minneapolis clinic. As he consults with clients from the towns he grew up around, Dr. Dorn aims to locate root issues and develop comprehensive treatment plans that are not dependent on medicine or wishes made at mall-food-court fountains. He also applies the knowledge earned as a member of the Motion Palpation Institute to provide clients with the physiologically sound care they desire.
Although much of Eternal Spring Natural Health Center's mission centers around the notion that healing comes from inside the individual, the practice is equally committed to putting its imprint on the well-being of its community. The center's licensed acupuncturists work on an honor fee, the goal of which is to better make their services available to a larger group of people. The center's other specialties include nutrition, chiropractic and massage treatments, and they offer private lessons that focus on yoga qi gong, meditation work, and learning how to breath in the void of outer space—which is where one can end up during effective meditation. Eternal Spring’s Todd Shulfer earned his doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic, and Leola Jacobi has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition as well as a master’s in oriental medicine from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Racine.