To secure its position as the best massage clinic of 2010, Massage Specialist presented Boulder Weekly with a suite of services that went beyond the basics. The clinic's therapists practice more than 10 massage styles including classic modalities (e.g., Swedish, deep tissue, and sports) as well as uncommon therapies (e.g., manual lymphatic drainage, infant massage, and shiatsu). Most treatments incorporate the clinic's signature water-dispersible oils and lotions that do not stain clothing but may dissolve witches. They prep for appointments by draping treatment beds with fresh, clean linens, and educating guests on therapies that suit their personal ailments. Aside from massage therapy, the clinic offers spinal adjustments, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and herbal consultations.
Megan McCanna brings her thousands of hours of clinical experience to bear in the offices of Inner Path Acupuncture, soothing patients with traditional Chinese medicine. During first visits to the office, Megan collects an initial intake of each patient’s individual needs, identifying mental and bodily disharmonies such as digestive problems, psycho-emotional issues, and pain. A one-hour treatment session follows, during which 1–16 sterilized, hair-thin needles are inserted into key points on the body, restoring energy pathways headed to the body’s vital nervous, circulatory, and stereo systems. Megan specializes in women’s health and fertility and is an experienced herbalist, customizing blends according to each patient’s needs. Patients can upgrade their sessions to 90 minutes for an additional $25 per treatment.
Steve Rizzolo knows the toll that living a bustling city life can take on the body. As owner and primary acupuncturist at Boulder Sports Acupuncture, he’s helped a number of active patients recover from injury through the ancient Chinese treatment, which involves the insertion of fine needles along specific points on the body. These tiny tools stimulate the flow of the body’s natural energy, which, in turn, helps heal complaints ranging from tendonitis and carpal tunnel to problems associated with infertility and menstruation. Rizzolo is accompanied by Erika Anderson, who specializes in overall wellness, pain management, and digestive disorders.
Shayan Landrum, M.S., L.Ac., half of the founding duo behind SaHa Yoga Therapy, is licensed in acupuncture and focuses on a gentle Japanese style. She studied in China, and during that time volunteered her acupuncture skills in Tibetan refugee camps in Northern India. She's also applied that skill much closer to home, teaching at Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and serving as the acupuncturist at Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital. She eventually teamed up with Ty Landrum to found SaHa Yoga Therapy and share the therapeutic benefits of yoga with the masses. Their classes aim to alleviate more than a dozen conditions, including insomnia, cardiac disease, and digestive issues.
After almost losing their lives to severe infections and metal toxicity exposure, the holistic physician and biofeedback therapist behind Heal Transformation Center decided to turn their own physical and emotional struggles into an opportunity to benefit others. Doctor of Chiropractic Justine Anderson—or "Dr. J," as her patients call her—combines her training in naturopathic and Oriental medicine with the healing skills of master biofeedback therapist Tonda Wilkinson. The two offer services ranging from light and color therapy to acupuncture and fat-melting Zerona sessions, but perhaps their best-known treatment is a cycle through the Energy Medicine Bay.
During this 60-minute circuit treatment in an open, earth-toned space filled with Asian-inspired artwork, guests sit on cushy, red armchairs while utilizing energy-medicine devices to unblock energy. The process accommodates 75 people per day and addresses the movement of lymphatic fluid, reinforces the body's innate healing systems via various frequencies, and detoxifies the body.
In addition to unblocking people’s energy, Heal Transformation Center clears properties of negative energy. Its animal practitioners can also rehabilitate pets that are sick or refuse to file their yearly tax returns by correcting emotional blocks that are creating illness or behavioral issues.
Licensed acupuncturist Suzanne L. Stricker uses the art of traditional Chinese medicine to help individuals overcome a wide range of ailments, including allergies, back pain, and headaches. A former plant conservationist and assistant nurse, Suzanne shifted her focus to acupuncture in 2005 for a more holistic approach to wellness and to improve her ability to find a needle in a haystack. Although she treats an array of conditions with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, she specifically focuses on women's health issues and fertility problems.
At heart, Doctor of Chiropractic Randall B. Moore of Moore-Life Chiropractic Wellness Center is a family man and a humanitarian. His work reflects his role as a father: after the birth of his daughter, Dr. Moore decided to train in the Webster technique so that he could help expectant mothers. He is also currently studying toward a diplomate in pediatric-chiropractic care. This compassion extends beyond his flesh and blood, too. He hosts an annual food drive and has designated the first Wednesday of each month as Donation Day, in which clients make a payment of their choice, and the doctor donates the proceeds to local charities and patients who cannot afford treatment.
In addition to specializing in pregnancy and infant care, Dr. Moore has extensive training in treating extremity and sports injuries. He and his team enhance the benefits of chiropractic adjustments with services such as massage therapy, acupuncture, and low-level laser therapy, which is designed to accelerate the body's healing process and enable patients to scan grocery barcodes with their fingers.