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.
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.
Karma Organic Spa is an earth-friendly online store stocked with a full line of organic nailcare, skincare and bodycare products. Give nails a glamorous coat of “Oh, Tiff!” teal polish ($9.99), then, buff it away with soy-based nail polish remover, which was an Allure magazine Editors' Choice. Or, order Karma Organic Lotion ($16) (available in cucumber-and-mint, eucalyptus, geranium, peppermint, and lavender) to smoothify and slickify hands in preparation for retrieving keys lost at the bottom of a Pringles can.
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.
Located close to Buford's Mall of Georgia, Total Health Spa is a soothing massage and spa center designed to calm clients from the moment they walk in the door. After a full day of shopping, the warm-toned walls, natural wood floors, and soft lighting provide an intimate ambiance. Here, certified massage therapists offer full-body relaxation massages and reflexology foot massages to clients in private rooms. Come in for a hot-stone massage, which helps muscles to release chronic tension, or indulge in a couples massage for a special occasion. The professional-yet-friendly staff and purposefully quiet vibe at Total Health Spa make this massage center a rejuvenating spot to help tired muscles relax.
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.