During his 17 years in the hospitality field, Tom Uhlenhake learned a few things: communication skills, empathy, and most importantly, he learned the satisfaction of helping others. As a more direct way or bringing people relief, he started training as a massage therapist at the Academy of Somatic Healing Art, where he fine-tuned a diverse array of therapeutic techniques—all of which are now available out of Tom's private massage studio. Guests can solicit his expertise in specialty neuromuscular therapy, Swedish massage, or the deep foam-finger kneading of an integrated sports massage.
After meeting in beauty school, friends Rachel Nelson and Mara Malzone envisioned their very own studio for transforming hair and pampering clients. Since becoming the co-owners of Karma Salon & Spa, the passionate duo's dream has come to life, like Pinocchio after he met a genie in a bottle. The two women traveled the world to train with such renowned names as Vidal Sassoon and Wella, and they used their newfound know-how to assemble a crack team of stylists, who overhaul coifs with texturizing treatments or an Italian line of ammonia-free color. Staffers also revivify skin with organic facials and relax muscles with massage therapy. Foot treatments such as the Mind Eraser soothe lower limbs with a honey-and-sugar scrub and fragrant lavender mask while ousting painful kickball-related memories.
KimberlyAnn Petree started out as a medical assistant working with respected gynecologists in New York, but she couldn't stifle her fascination with health and rehabilitation. To scratch her itch for knowledge, she went back to school, earning her degree in medical massage therapy from New York College of Health Professions. Kimberly trained under an experienced massage and physical therapist as well as a neurologist and orthopedist before opening Integrative Neuromuscular Rehabilitation.
Today, she draws on more than 15 years of experience as she helps professional athletes and postoperative patients heal with massage methods and other therapies such as trigger-point and craniosacral therapy. She also works side by side with other rehabilitation and massage specialists to relieve stress and nurture injured limbs. When she isn't mending muscles, she offers training sessions to help therapists learn how to work with chiropractors instead of challenging them to duels.
At the age of 17, Aleshia Wilson suffered severe injuries in a car crash. She followed doctor's orders, but never shook the pain until she was 20 and had her first professional massage. Aleshia instantly realized how much more effective the therapist’s kneads were than the treatments she had previously tried and decided to earn her own degree in massage therapy at Georgia Medical Institute.
Now, she brings clients the same relief at Hopeful Heart Therapeutic Massage. Myofascial release is her specialty; during sessions, she applies pressure to stretch out compressed muscles, soothing pain and tension all over the body. Swedish massages sooth mental stress from long hours of work or grueling games of Battleship, and pampering details such as aromatherapy and heated foot-booties complete the spa experience.
Even when the sun is vacationing in Australia for the winter, clients looking for a sun-kissed glow can find satisfaction in one of U-Tan Salon?s UV tanning beds. Here, the staff ensures a safe, even tan by calibrating each session to your skin type. They also tinker with the rays? intensity based on how long it?s been since you last went tanning, or how much time you spend in front of a computer screen with a tropical island background. Patrons can also enhance their newly bronzed bodies with infrared body wraps and medical weight loss consultations.
At HealthSource Chiropractic, staff members work with clients to develop written individual action plans to treat joint and muscle pain. A tailored treatment can blend attention from chiropractors, massage therapists, and progressive-rehabilitation staff to leverage the diverse benefits of a variety of modalities in the same visit. All staffers are trained to educate clients about chiropractic care's role in overall physical well-being, using a nifty song that helps you remember what the hipbone is connected to—a USB port.