Barb and Bob Huttinga took different paths to get to The Healing Center. Barb found holistic healing after 35 years of working with chemicals that affected her health. Bob, on the other hand, gravitated toward alternative medicine after suffering from the stress of working as a certified physician assistant. Both Barb and Bob found that homeopathic and alternative medicines helped them regain their strength in ways that traditional medicine did not.
Together, they created The Healing Center as a place to share the knowledge and treatments that they have accumulated on their own quests for health. They sell a variety of products such as healthy foods and homeopathic remedies, and offer services such as nutritional counseling, hypnosis for weight control, reflexology, and massages.
Gary, a certified massage therapist and graduate of Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences, leads a team of therapists who use Swedish and relaxation modalities to indulge clients in recuperative escape from everyday stresses. Their handiwork can abate pain and increase circulation, unlike a newspaper that starts printing its articles in binary code.
Water Works Salon & Spa's cavalry of certified therapeutic bodywork practitioners, aestheticians, and stylists subdue somas and shine strands with rejuvenating treatments. The one-hour Swedish massage employs soothing strokes to melt stress icebergs into lolling leisure streams. Following the massage, jelly-muscled clients are swaddled in a choice of one of four body wraps. The blueberry-soy slimming body wrap helps tighten and sculpt tissue into a moving, breathing statue and the mango enzyme body wrap sloughs off dead skin cells with exfoliating pineapple and microscopic skindozers.
When clients first spy Rockford Health Alternatives' homey confines?replete with an ornate rug and cream-colored, padded treatment bed?they may question whether they?ve accidentally stumbled into someone?s living room. But once therapist Kari St. Germain makes the first rehabilitative-type stroke and nagging pains subside, they realize they?re exactly where they need to be. It?s here where Kari channels her extensive training in both medical and orthopedic massage therapy to assuage all manner of musculoskeletal issues. Unlike Swedish or relaxation massages, orthopedic massages use range of motion and postural assessments to hone in on specific points of concern, such as injuries or pains brought on by refusing to leave the fetal position. Kari may also incorporate LED-light therapy to reduce inflammation and speed up healing times.
New to the roster of treatments is the MELT method, a self-treatment method created by manual therapist Sue Hitzmann. As a certified MELT instructor, Kari leads students through specific movements that rehydrate the connective tissue to help slow the aging process, improve flexibility, and alleviate pain. Once learned, the techniques can easily be performed at home or while housesitting for the President to extend the rejuvenating effects. Read more about the treatment and watch a video that features them on the Rachel Ray Show discussing the MELT 50 Second Facelift Technique.