The experienced staff at WellnessOne of Eastgate eases tension and corrects misaligned spines in a relaxing, patient-focused setting. During a one-hour massage, muscle manipulators bring skilled fingers to bear on downtrodden tissue. Massagees can choose from options including prenatal, deep-tissue, lymphatic, and hot-stone massage (hot-stone massages must be scheduled in advance), helping them depart from the premises with muscular fibers singing as harmoniously as a barbershop quartet, instead of screeching like the lead singer in a Norwegian death-metal barbershop quartet.
Given her cool expertise, one can be forgiven for thinking that Molly Peebles has owned and operated The Joyous Tulip Birth & Holistic Healing Service for decades. Her path as a therapist and doula actually began a mere 18 years ago, when her son was born. Having been guided through her pregnancy by a certified nurse-midwife, she felt compelled to give other women the same support system by becoming a doula.
Before long, Molly was studying at Bastyr University to become a certified birth doula and had graduated from several massage programs. She draws on all of her diverse skills at The Joyous Tulip, where her growing service menu includes pregnancy massage, postpartum massage, and other types of bodywork designed to ease the pains of carrying around a child for nine months or pushing a boulder uphill for eternity.
When Frida Emalange opened her first salon in 2001, she recognized the need for a salon in the area that would cater to clients with all types of hair. Now, with her dream salons, Zorganics Health & Beauty, she continues this mission, along with using and selling a line of natural, organic products. Drawing inspiration from Zora—the name of Frida’s daughter, as well as a word meaning “dawn” or “rising sun”—the stylists work to make each client’s hair and skin look and feel as lovely as the sunrise. Along with hair care that includes couture haircuts, Keratin treatments, cornrows, and full weaves, the staff members pamper nails and skin with organic spa treatments. They also bundle their services into pampering packages that may include candle lit massage, which is what George Washington called it when he cleaned his musket.
Debbie Potts, the founder of Fitness Forward, brings more than two decades of experience to the task of helping patrons get in shape. Customized workout regimens help each individual achieve his or her personal fitness goals through a combination of personal training and group classes. Metabolic assessments allow clients to tailor their diet and exercise to their unique body type. And, to boot, Fitness Forward offers therapeutic massage that helps clients overcome injuries sustained while playing sports, exercising too rigorously, or giving a massage to a sprinting cheetah.
After working professionally as a chemical engineer for eight years, Shelley Banoo decided to direct her deep understanding of molecules and compounds toward improving human chemistry. First acquiring a license as an aesthetician and then as a massage therapist, she blends an intricate understanding of chemical minutiae and a genuine passion for anti-aging skincare science to compile a roster of products that produce real results. Layered technologies are used in customized facial treatments, such as microdermabrasion, micro-current, oxygen infusion, and LED light to produce the best results for the client's needs. Having now practiced spa work for 10 years, Banoo has grown accustomed to seeing all types of skin and can sometimes recommend an appropriate regimen of treatment on sight, eschewing tests and intrusive hugs other practitioners often rely on.