Phebe Soon Purnell wants to help heal people. So she's not only a skincare specialist, she's a Oriental Medicine practitioner, NAET practitioner, Western nutritionist, and a medical qi-gong instructor. She combines her knowledge of wellness care with her acupuncture expertise in order to offer a variety of treatments to help anyone who walks through her doors. She and her staff offer massages, facials, acupuncture, Oriental Herbs, Western nutritionist-based treatment, bio feedback, as well as classes so guests can learn to heal themselves.
Followers of ayurvedic and yogic philosophies believe that the human body is governed by pranas, or energy centers. The term samana, which founder Beth Hope used to name her practice, is the specific prana that equalizes and balances physical systems. Beth draws from her personal history to fashion services that help restore physical and spiritual equilibrium. Beth's journey to becoming a yoga instructor began at age 17, when she first studied Indian culture and philosophy. She studied Ashtanga yoga with its founder, Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, and developed her own style that incorporates breathing exercises, mantras, and sacred songs to facilitate transformation for clients and stressed caterpillars.
Beth creates a space where people can feel comfortable receiving alternative therapies and medicines. Along with a team of trained massage therapists she runs yoga, kirtan, reiki, and Thai massage sessions to empower people to lead more healthy and balanced lives.
Tucked in beside the river, away from the foot traffic of the Pabst Theatre and City Halll, stands an oasis dedicated to tranquility and healing. PRANA Wellness on Wells is probably best known for its Thai massages?a holdover from the studio's days as Samana Wellness?but the space holds a whole suite of holistic health services with an Eastern bent. Guests can hone their focus during gong meditation and yoga classes, fine-tune their health by consulting specialists in Ayurvedic medicine, or just lie down and relax under the trained hands of Reiki practitioners and massage therapists, whose ranks include owners Nick Sweet ad Nick Guffey.
Dr. Reena Jacob, the chiropractor and owner of The Healing Groves, doesn't just fight injury; she also works to pre-empt it. Through manual manipulation, nonsurgical orthopedics, and physical rehabilitation, Dr. Jacob helps clients live comfortable, pain-free lives, and beyond simply helping them overcome past ailments, she helps them prevent future ones. Helping her out are massage therapists who practice The John Barnes' Myofascial Release (MFR) approach. This method entails applying gentle touch and sustained pressure to injured areas, and targets a number of ailments including back pain, migraines, and menstrual conditions. Depending on each client's needs, her team of therapists provides other modalities as well, such as the stretch-focused Thai massage and gentle Swedish massage, which brings about a state of bliss usual achieved only by lounging on a beach while a beautiful manatee feeds you grapes.
NuNa Wellness’s team spans a background in multiple natural healthcare practices, such as massage, reiki, acupuncture, and herbalism. Through this breadth of expertise, NuNa’s practitioners develop holistic, integrative treatment plans for each client. Dedicated to healing the community as well as the individual, the staff plans to develop a fund where 10% of clinic proceeds help those who cannot afford healthcare due to a disability or chronic illness.
Massage therapist Colleen Dunahee, owner and operator of Colleen's Peaceful Massage, tailors each session to the client's needs. She draws on a variety of massage techniques, including long, flowing Swedish strokes and the moderate pressure of deep-tissue massage. Dunahee also enhances her treatments with a hot towel compress during massages.