Dr. Scott Erichsen believes that wellness is the result of a very specific cocktail—one part chiropractic care, one part acupuncture, and one part massage. He and his staff administer these treatments at the Erichsen Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center, where the approach centers around encouraging and trusting the body's natural healing mechanisms. Dr. Erichsen handles the chiropractic element by consulting with clients and adjusting spines to correct subluxations, or misalignments in the vertebrae. Acupuncture sessions, meanwhile, arrange hair-thin needles along the body to balance its flow of energy, thereby easing issues such as headaches, digestive problems, and stress. Massage therapist Joan Lee is the final ingredient. Her sessions target tense muscles and send guests into a state of physical and mental calm.
The center also offers weight-loss services outside of its signature treatment-trio. The Ideal Protein program helps participants to burn fat as they adopt a healthier lifestyle, teaching them what foods to avoid and how to effectively pole vault over the dessert section of the grocery store.
Dr. James Morgan has worked tirelessly to bring healthcare to Cité Soleil, Haiti. In 2006, he and a human-rights attorney founded The Lamp for Haiti, which provides medical services to Haitians living in one of the poorest communities in the Western Hemisphere. He treats these patients with the same compassion and respect as he does his patients at M.C. Medical Group, where he is one of five highly accredited doctors; others boast such achievements as graduating magna cum laude from Yale and receiving an assistant professorship at Loyola University Health Systems. Together, they literally treat the body from the inside out with both an internal-medicine division and a dermatology division that tends to hair, skin, and nails. M.C. Medical Group also houses a cosmetic and laser-skincare clinic where patients can receive facials and peels or have their barcode tattoos read.
After more than 30 years as a registered nurse, Karin Johnson decided that she wanted to continue helping people, but in a new way. She then became intrigued by Chinese medicine, and later founded AcuSource Healing as a way to treat patients with a more personal, holistic approach. The center?s diverse staff??which includes an occupational therapist, nutritionist, and licensed massage therapist??makes pain a distant memory with services such as cupping, acupuncture, sotai, and foot reflexology. Through hair mineral analysis, the team can find the presence of heavy metals that can make bodies feel sluggish and convince brains that they enjoy Black Sabbath. Microlight rejuvenation, meanwhile, boosts collagen production and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles.
YOUnique Yoga's instructors oversee their studios' schedules of physically invigorating yoga sessions, which meet in intensely heated practice spaces to boost flexibility. Mainly employing Vinyasa techniques, the instructors teach all levels of students to perform a rhythmically flowing sequence of poses that uses synchronized breathing exercises to help students concentrate as they transition from one pose to the next with balance-challenging movements. In time, pupils learn to focus their thoughts while leaving their mind-body connections as balanced as a seesaw in zero gravity. The temperatures can hover between 98 and 108 degrees at each class, helping bodies safely sink into each stretch and shepherd toxins out the nearest sweat gland.
Vibrant red, yellow, and blue walls envelop a plethora of weightlifting and cardio machines in Body & Soul Core Fitness’s main room. While lifting barbells or twirling legs atop treadmills, patrons can watch flat-screen TVs or peek through the windows into the cardio-kickboxing room lined with red heavy bags swinging under the force of swift kicks and punches. The gym’s classes also include Zumba, DanceSports, spinning, and circuit training. Those interested in more individualized attention can take part in one-on-one personal-training sessions with the gym’s experienced instructors.
Grandmaster Taek Sung Cho has accrued more than 40 years of martial-arts experience and a host of titles on his resumé, including coach for the International Junior Taekwondo Championships and the U.S. Junior Olympic Taekwondo Team. However, he derives the most reward from his role as teacher, a position he has coveted since establishing Master Cho's Talium in 1991. Working with expert instructors, he imparts the value of community and inner balance through the lens of tae kwon do technique.
Master Cho's lessons amplify confidence as well as coordination in young children, teens, and adults. Students can practice with others in their age group or alongside their families, depending on whether their school bus or their house transforms into a giant fighting robot. Kardio Kickboxing workouts toast calories with rapid jabs, and the staff emphasize the social aspect of self-defense training by hosting summer camps and birthday parties.