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.
Dr. Shao-Hao Cheng treats patients with neck and back pain caused by poor posture, car accidents, and sports injuries. His techniques vary depending on the treatment; sometimes he relies on small instruments to realign the spinal column, while other times he uses his bare hands to soothe muscles. The massage therapists on his team know plenty about that, as they also use their hands to relieve chronic pain with Swedish and deep-tissue techniques. Dr. Cheng and his staff also work with patients to prevent future injuries, offering nutritional guidance and advice on how to build a posture-enhancing sleep nest.
The practitioners at Maya Whole Health Studio focus their efforts on strengthening the minds, bodies, and spirits of each client. With a full schedule of yoga and Pilates classes, they draw on the dynamic energy of a room full of practicing students to keep everyone motivated. They also offer private sessions for students who need more individual attention or would like to benefit from personalized adjustments throughout their practice. In addition to classes and workshops, Maya Whole Health Studio offers health services including massage, holistic skincare, sugar hair removal, and acupuncture, all of which are focused on releasing fear and tension and bringing more joy and spontaneous hugs from strangers into clients’ lives.
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.