At Peaceful Spirit, owner and licensed massage therapist Mara Concordia and her staff help patients attain improved wellness through therapies that balance their physical and mental energies. To do so, they consult with each client and create tailored, integrative care plans that may draw upon treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and spa therapies. Through such customized care, Peaceful Spirit's practitioners have helped patients overcome everyday ailments as well as manage diseases such as Parkinson's and cancer.
They also focus on teaching clients how to heal themselves through classes in Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese healing philosophy that combines simple movements and attentive breathing in order to cleanse the body and cultivate life force—known as qi or chi. In addition to Peaceful Spirit's five locations, therapists can meet patients in their homes or tree houses.
Boasting a BBB rating of A+, Greenspring Rejuvenation?s Johns Hopkins?trained medical director, Dr. Cadoux, boasts 20 years of experience with cosmetic procedures and serves as a diplomat of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. Alongside his team of nurses, aestheticians, and laser technicians, Dr. Cadoux keeps the fires of youthful radiance well-stoked with a panoply of pampering technologies, such as the Venus Freeze body-sculpting treatment. His treatments make their way to skin on laser beams and needles, smoothing wrinkles, plumping up dermal areas, and vaporizing dead skin cells or unwanted hair. Fa?ades can also be fortified with non-invasive treatments such as the anti-aging facial, which infuses skin with vitamin C and drops of Jupiter.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
When a migraine threatened Kristina Olivarez's South American travels, a traditional medicine man in Belize relieved her pain, reaffirming Kristina’s belief in the power of massage. Although she received formal training in Portland and Tucson, Kristina has also practiced massage since childhood, using her intuition to scope out sore spots in her subjects' bodies. Today, Kristina sets out every morning looking to help bodies repair themselves through massage at Vital Touch. Inside the relaxing confines of Felicia's Salon, Kristina's long, slow strokes send the body into a state of relaxation previously unattainable without being hypnotized by a cheshire cat. During deep-tissue massage, her fingers delve deeper to extricate stiffness and soreness as she places hot stones strategically to dissolve lingering tension. Kristina uses only organic oils that avoid allergens, and treats each massage client to an invigorating scalp treatment.
When he was in middle school, Dr. Richard Casabona was the only one in his school with Dr. in front of his name. But at that time, he also had allergies so debilitating that he couldn’t focus in school or play football outside. Noticing that pregame chiropractic care relieved his symptoms and let him tackle with ease, he realized he'd found his calling. Dr. Casabona eventually had the chance to study with some of his field's most knowledgeable professionals—studying he cultivated into his own authority in the field.
He brings that expertise to the practice he's been running since 1989, when the Internet was just a twinkle in the fax machine’s eye. Today, his treatments include chiropractic specialties such as the Gonstead and Pettibon techniques. Dr. Casabona's favorite achievement, however, is educating his patients so they can rely on their own intuition and wellness wisdom.
Founder Brianna Arndt dreamed of a place where her fellow citizens checked their stress at the door, engaging only in meditative exercise and relaxing spa treatments. So she got her hands on a 2,400-square-foot studio with new, polished hardwood floors and used her know-how as a registered yoga teacher and massage therapist to open Barefoot Studio. Brianna's business flourished in its first three years, the byproduct of her ability to blend an intimate knowledge of the body's workings into every class, choosing asanas that help relax, heal, or energize clients.
As a result of her success, Barefoot Studio opened a new studio on Oracle Road, giving clients two places to exercise and unwind. In addition to leading yoga classes, Brianna also employs massage to relax tense muscles and beautifies bodies with facials, pedicures, and waxing, proving to mannequins that humans can be perfectly smooth, too.