Licensed massage therapist Katie Rhyme offers more than just your typical spa massage experience. Her therapeutic bodywork is grounded in the trigger-point technique—a deep-tissue modality that increases oxygen flow through focused kneading of the body's pressure points. The results are many, ranging from improved range of motion and circulation to a deep state of relaxation. Clients may also solicit the facility's other holistic services such as acupuncture and expert chiropractic care.
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.
After studying chiropractic at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa, Doctor of Chiropractic Brian W. Kurth took over a thriving clinic, then parlayed his success there into his own practice. Now at Kurth Chiropractic, he uses state-of-the-art technology to diagnose spines and help put them aright. Dr. Kurth scans patients' spines for muscle tension, misalignment, and vertebrae playing musical chairs before he develops a custom chiropractic plan. He then enlists massage therapists to ease away patients' pain and discomfort. Their strokes boost circulation and cause muscles to slowly uncoil.
Licensed massage therapist and Serenity Massage Studio owner Monette uses the healing power of massage therapy to treat everything from chronic muscle pain to shin stress caused by high heels. Along with her specialty Swedish massages, she uses hot stones and deep-tissue techniques for deeper muscle penetration and benefits. Signature foot facials leave skin soft and rejuvenated, and ear candling improves your ability to listen to music, unlike wearing earmuffs or taking the thimble-size guitarist out of your headphones.
At The Colour Bowl Salon, licensed cosmetologists tend hair gardens with a variety of grooming services, including cutting, styling, and coloring. Customers can opt for a formal finishing treatment ($45) to increase strands’ health, shine, and empathy for Russian czars. A Brazilian Blowout (price varies) leaves follicles glossy and frizz-free, and a half ($70) or full ($78) head of beam-deflecting highlights can protect bikers on their nightly commutes. A one-step hair coloring ($52) turns blond heads into red heads and bald heads into Easter eggs, and most follicles can feast on nutritious products from Alterna, Enjoy, Simply Organic, and Moroccanoil during their treatments.
Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center’s lobby is a well-shadowed place, with dark-brown walls and slates of polished wood paneling surrounding leather booths and a bubbling aquarium. Perhaps that reflects the initial feelings of their clients, who arrive seeking relief from the everyday aches that can slow life to a crawl. The darkness gives way to light just beyond the front desk, where a modern training room awaits with weights and treadmills. Private treatment rooms come next, filled with warm massage beds keeping company with clay-colored walls and colorful modern art. Visitors should watch their steps, though—without care, they may run into limber shapes shifting through yoga poses, body-fusion groups sloughing away pounds, or loose-limb postmassage frames floating blissfully past.
Such are the obstacles of a tour inside Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center's sprawling facility, where the road to wellness passes through chiropractic treatments, family-fitness exercises, acupuncture tables, and massage beds. Owned by Dr. Corey J. Schneider, whose achievements and specialties are as vast as a poet's list of metaphors for underemployment, the facility's staff of doctors, acupuncturists, physical trainers, and nutritionists all utilize their respective expertise and the veritable playground of resources around them to help their clients overcome pain, injury, and stress.
Muscle knots. Chronic aches. Deep-seated reservoirs of stress and anxiety. These and other ailments bring clients to Elements Therapeutic Massage, where they find relief courtesy of professional therapists who customize their treatments to match individual needs. The studio’s unique, level-based system gives clients an idea of what to expect during the session; they can request a low level for a gentler experience or opt for a higher level to eliminate any soreness remaining from the previous day’s jousting tournament. Each massage therapist has his or her own specialties, and treatments may draw on relaxing Swedish and hot-stone techniques or firmer deep-tissue and trigger-point strokes.
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