From the deep stretching of sports massage to the precise pressure of shiatsu treatments, licensed massage therapists Aimee Wood, Josh Berndt, and Jesse Walters work to find the modality best suited to relieving their clients' pain and tension at BodyWorks Massage. Besides massage services, the trio can treat ailments throughout the body using holistic treatments such as reflexology and ear candling. Rather than hiding their secrets on the back of the Declaration of Independence, the three pass on their knowledge through classes on topics such as infant massage and core conditioning.
Warm facial towels, aromatherapy oils, and heat therapy are a few of the supplemental services the therapists at VidaTherapy Massage Center use to relax clients. They stir these add-ons into an array of Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages to further pamper clients. After a massage, clients' blood circulates better, sleep comes easier, their headaches can vanish, and the digital self-destruct timer on their back stops counting down.
The aim of the practitioners at Acupuncture & Chinese Medical Center is to better the health of their clients. They use acupuncture and massage therapy to halt muscles spasms, renew energy levels, and heal injuries. And though acupuncture and massage instill a sense of relaxation on their own, the practitioners add to the tranquility with soft music playing in the room or seashells to hold up to your ear.
Licensed massage therapist Kelle Staszak understands that muscles are like tiger stripes: no two sets are the same. That's why she tailors relaxation, deep-tissue, and lymphatic massage to each client's need—whether they're looking to sooth a sore spot or just lie around with their shirt off for a while. During 30-, 60-, or 90-minute sessions, she keeps lines of communication open, adjusting and modifying techniques to locate muscle knots and stay well within clients' pain threshold.
Light ricochets off the Milwaukee River, sending twinkling photons into Invivo Wellness, a gym and wellness center. On the roof, groups of students drink in the fresh air during seasonal yoga classes, their faces warmed by the sun and hair teased by the cool breezes that jump off the river below. Inside the bustling studio, certified instructors—with backgrounds as diverse as dancing and business—lead students through intense fitness classes. They also coach guests during one-on-one personal-training sessions within the sunny space. Whirring cardio machines comprise just one section of the space's equipment selection upon which clients might train.
Adjacent to the fitness center is Invivo's spa, a quiet and relaxed haven to counter the bustle of its next-door sibling. Populated by certified staff, the spa pampers guests with various massages to complement yoga.
The personal trainers at Vita Fitness work in tandem with licensed physical therapists to design custom regimens for clients of all fitness levels. After evaluating posture and weak areas in the body and appraising flexibility with a Twister test, the expert shape-shifters draw up workouts that may employ Woodway treadmills, Keiser strength equipment, free weights, and balls. Guests also get advice on weight loss and nutrition, as well as sport-specific training tips for everything from running to racquetball to underwater jai-alai. Six trainers on staff at the 3rd Ward gym and more at the Fox Point location easily accommodate schedules for early birds, lunchtime larks, and nighthawks. On-site extras include private lockers, showers, a smoothie bar, and off-street parking.