When Foot Reflexology CT founder Barbara Chudiak was growing up, her mother purchased a book entitled Stories Your Feet Can Tell. Barbara’s mother was enamored with how feet act as a link to the rest of the body—specifically, how pressure applied to the feet can help alleviate aches and stress. If Barbara ever came down with a stomach ache, or a headache, her mother would skip trips to the doctor and administer reflexology treatments. To Barbara's own amazement, the approach worked.
Barbara followed in the footsteps of her mother's fascination with reflexology as an adult. At first, she only used her healing touch on family and friends but soon realized she could help scores of others. So, she ditched the fast-paced world of business and opened Foot Reflexology CT. There, Barbara's reward isn’t a corner office with a view, but the relaxed and rejuvenated faces of her clients following a session. Barbara's repertoire of treatments stretches beyond feet, too, as she applies similar principles to the hands, face, and head to alleviate discomfort and reduce stress.
Patty Kingsbury got her first massage when she was in her mid-30s. At the time, she weighed 400 pounds, faced health concerns, and was deeply self-conscious about her weight. Though her therapist could have made the experience a gruesome one, she assured Patty that massage is for everyone, no matter their age or size. That feeling of acceptance touched Patty and inspired her to take control of her health and enroll at massage school.
Now, she shares that open environment with everyone who steps through the doors at Healing Hands And Bodyworks. She, her husband, and a team of therapists all provide therapeutic massages in a variety of modalities including Swedish, hot stone, and neuromuscular. During their healing hands four-handed tandem massage, two therapists work on sore muscles at the same time, creating an extremely relaxing session. Raindrop therapy, meanwhile, uses essential oils and light stretches to bring the body back into alignment with its shadow.
The roads to personal growth at Vital Life Center LLC are as diverse as its staff. The practitioners here range from yoga teachers to wellness counselors and massage therapists, but they share a common goal: to facilitate growth on a personal and community level. Vital Life Center's owner is a 20-year practitioner of yoga and meditation, and she's assembled a curriculum of yoga and meditation classes, helping visitors tap into a place where the mind and body can flourish without any distractions. Additionally, a skilled massage therapists ease tension and manage pain through a number of modalities, including Swedish, orthopedic, therapeutic, deep-tissue, sports, myofascial therapy, and reiki massage. The center offers more personal means of growth as well, such as massage therapy, energy work, and spiritual and life coaching. Vital Life Center also brings its members together for collective growth at the larger community level.
When Karen Kramer of Optimal Being hears about a promising new treatment, she goes straight to the source. That was the case when she added active isolated stretching to her repertoire—after learning about the treatment and being pleased with her early experience with it, she decided to take an advanced course on the topic from Aaron Mattes, the founder of the treatment style. The same goes for craniosacral therapy, or CST, as her studies with CST developer John Upledger led her to sharpen both her skills in and understanding of the powerful therapy. Pursuing new ways to help her clients is characteristic of Kramer, who also possesses a Master of Arts degree in experiential healing, holds certifications in reflexology and holistic nursing, and has recently become a personal trainer. Beyond education, her arsenal of therapeutic tools also provide clients with the help they need—during therapeutic touch, craniosacral therapy, and other table-based treatments, she uses a BioMat equipped with amethyst channels, far infrared energy, and negative ions that help optimize her approach. Whatever technique she uses, she empowers her clients to further their healing journey and maximize their well-being with self-help techniques they can use at home.
Chairs aplenty host guests during manicures, pedicures, and chair massages inside Noella Spa & Nails. Rows of cozy seating face a mounted TV in the manicure section, and the salon's big enough to host birthday and bachelorette parties. Technicians apply lemon sugar scrub to hands and cover nails with chip-resistant CND Shellac or OPI, Essie, or Gelish polish. Staffers also wax off unwanted leg and eyebrow hairs and saturate the skin with vitamin C during anti-aging facials, using Dermalogica skincare products instead of just dumping a carton of OJ on faces.
At Panacea - Healing for the Body and Sole LLC, holistic healer Barb Porlides extends to her clients a menu of metaphysical healing techniques. As an etheric weaver-healing practitioner, she transcends the physical body to examine the etheric plane, aiming to rebalance disrupted energies manifesting themselves as illness. Each of her signature reflexology and energy-rebalancing sessions are performed with veteran skill, as Barb taps into more than 20 years of experience.