The massage therapists of Boulder Massage & NeuroMuscular Therapy possess different skills and backgrounds, but work toward a single goal: to relieve stress and chronic pain. Jason Summers specializes in treatment-oriented massage, while Zeona McIntyre excels in combining orthopedic work and Swedish massage. Lauren McWilliams also has a knack for rooting out pain, exercising her talents with myoskeletal therapy to gently realign the spine.
The practitioners respect each client's investment by devoting the entire session to massage, with time only deducted for undressing or sharing knock-knock jokes. Additionally, they support the community by volunteering at nonprofit organizations and hosting interns from local schools.
"I have candles burning, I have beautiful music playing–it's actually quite remarkable how relaxed a person gets," says Michele Hambach, CHT, describing the atmosphere in her colon-hydrotherapy treatment room at The Boulder Center for Vibrant Health. Warm neck wraps and abdominal massages add to the sense-soothing nature of Michele's colonic sessions, while upgrades such as a hot-towel massage renders more relaxation than cuddling with a terry cloth TV.
In an effort to make colorectal cancer screening a less melancholy experience, Michele offers a pre-colonoscopy treatment that takes the place of swigging a gallon of NuLytely solution and spending the day on the commode.
Registered nurse, certified midwife, and certified laser specialist Michelle Hartman helms You Living Younger—but for all her mainstream credentials, she embraces alternative treatments. Rather than relying on pharmaceuticals, Hartman’s wellness center focuses on remedies that range from natural supplements to body-balancing technology, in an attempt to create of community of individuals who want to change the status quo in healthcare and take control of their own health and well being. Regardless of whether she’s overseeing detoxifying infrared sauna sessions or ionic footbaths, Hartman focuses on prevention and custom care, a style far preferable to just prescribing either crutches or Band-Aids to everyone.
Rick Steele has an MA in Counseling Psychology and an LPC, but his best qualification for being a counselor may just be his compassion. Using this combination of empathy and social-science expertise, he helps individuals overcome personal obstacles and teaches couples and families how to resolve issues in their relationships. During his sessions, he leans heavily on the approach known as "depth psychology," which emphasizes the unconscious motivations that lead to our behavior.
Jackie Bernhardt looks at life differently. And when she works with clients, she looks at the whole person in order to customize sessions that will be rewarding both emotionally and physically—whether the focus be relaxation, easing sore muscles, or relieving pain. Jackie introduces these ideas to others with her classes.
In order to tailor your massage to your needs, the experienced staff at Helping Hands Chiropractic—which includes two Doctors of Chiropractic, Dr. Heather Meinke and Dr. Nicholas Smith—will begin by examining your posture from front to back and side to side. As they do, they'll seek out structural imbalances by comparing the body's landmarks, then take pictures of themselves jumping in front of those landmarks before making the necessary adjustments. They'll also analyze and interpret your responses to a detailed health questionnaire, breaking down the cause of your symptoms into easily understood layman lingo. Once they've pinpointed your pain points, you'll be free to choose between a restorative, stress-freeing massage or a reflexology session—an alternative practice that involves applying pressure to particular parts of the feet that correlate with other specific body parts. Reflexology can be used to help heal internal organs, muscles, and heads that have overdosed on ice cream. Both treatments take 30 minutes and are administered by a licensed massage therapist. The postural exam and questionnaire analysis take about an hour. All services must be redeemed in one visit.