Greg Bishop was a professional flutist before he became a certified rolfer and rolf movement practitioner. In 1988, when overuse injuries threatened to end his music career, Bishop discovered rolfing, a hands-on method of bodywork created more than 50 years ago that addresses and prevents injuries—or boosts clients’ ability to stand through an earthquake—by making precise adjustments to the body’s structure. Inspired to help others, Bishop earned his rolfing certifications and began practicing himself. In addition to offering rolfing therapies to adults and children, Bishop promotes health with craniosacral-therapy and myofascial-massage services.
At Resonance Natural Health Group, massage therapists Katherine Rolley and Erica Gomez don’t subscribe to the “take a pill for that” method of healing. Instead, they treat the whole person, looking for ways to cure the root of problems, rather than the fertile 6 inches of topsoil. To do this, they take a four-tiered approach that often integrates chiropractic care, acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, or massage therapy. Katherine also specializes in craniosacral therapy, healing bodywraps, and skin care; while Erica focuses more on trigger point therapy, prenatal care, and swedish and deep tissue massage.
Each noninvasive method utilizes the body’s ability to heal itself given the proper stimulus; acupuncture awakens the body’s natural defenses and chiropractic adjustments realign vertebrae. The doctors can even treat pets, using amended chiropractic adjustments to ameliorate health issues.
The highly qualified staff at Wholistic Beauty Boutique believe in the healing power of organic, chemical-free beauty products. These products make their way into a wide range of services, from pampering body wraps and enrichment peels to reiki treatments and massages. Clients leave the boutique feeling refreshed and energized, secure in the knowledge that only natural serums touched their skin and that their cells can now breathe tiny, high-pitched sighs of relief.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
A seasoned student of traditional Chinese medicine, Randy Stillman draws on his certification in Amma bodywork from the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia during his signature massages. This approach flows from 3,000 years of Chinese medicinal wisdom and a finely honed technique that aims to ease pain and bring balance to the body and mind.
Trained in nutrition counseling, Randy teaches clients how to identify and eschew processed nibbles and graze instead on healthy foods. To sculpt and tone physiques, he and his fellow instructors teach Nia fusion fitness and yoga classes. When Randy isn't performing holistic services, he stays fit by mountain biking and racing on two-wheeled transports, such as bicycles and sliding doors.
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