After earning her master's Traditional Chinese Medicine in her native China, Dr. Zhen Hu emigrated to the Unite States, bringing with her knowledge of traditional acupuncture and ancient herbology. It wasn't long before she realized that the demand for such services in America rivaled that of her homeland. So, she opened her own herbal pharmacy and acupuncture practice, Hu Gi Acu-Herbal Center.
Since opening, she's incorporated a few more styles of holistic care into her business's repertoire. She now employs acupuncture not just as a means to relieve general symptoms, but in specific ways meant to help women's bodies bear the burdens of pregnancy. She also offers such tactile services as acupressure massage and reflexology??a form of foot massage purportedly capable of relieving tension throughout the entire body.
Mind, Body & Flow was voted one of the best new businesses in the East Valley Tribune's Best of the East Valley 2011 awards for harnessing the body?s innate ability to bring itself into balance. As you step into their 1,700-square-foot facility, the deep-red walls of the reception area and clean, spa-like treatment rooms invite rejuvenating relaxation.
The crew also combats stress and physical maladies with a repertoire of holistically minded treatments, including infrared-sauna sessions, nutritional programs, and body wraps, whose infrared rays can help clients relax, reduce fat, and alleviate pain and joint stiffness. Deft massage therapists deploy various forms of massage to calm the autonomic nervous system, enabling clients to play Operation for hours without flinching. Recently, Mind, Body, & Flow has expanded its service scope to include chiropractic care and functional medicine, which work in tandem to align the body, detoxify it, and promote healing. By integrating such treatments, clients achieve inner balance while combating underlying obstacles blocking their path to total wellness.
Licensed massage therapist Gabriela Alvarez brings more than a decade of experience to every bodywork session she performs, reading knots and areas of tension with an intuitive touch. She offers traditional Swedish and deep-tissue massage, as well as reflexology for the feet and prenatal massage for those waiting on deliveries from storks or helpful pelicans. Trigger-point therapy targets tender tissue with the fingertips, whereas hot-stone massage provides enhanced relaxation with smooth, heated volcanic rocks.
The beauty services at The Total Touch from Head 2 Toe Salon Boutique are far-reaching, from highlights that glaze the tops of heads to pedicures that keep soles silky smooth. The salon?s cosmetic specialists also lengthen strands with hair and eyelash extensions, remove unwanted hair with waxing treatments, rejuvenate skin with men?s and women?s facials, and knead away the stress of shouldering too many family secrets with seven types of massage.
The eponymous owner of Ana's Therapeutic Massage pursued her license in massage therapy after struggling with her own aches and pains. She believes that through massage, body pain can be relieved without painkillers or surgery. For her signature massage, she skips the oil, yet focuses on particularly painful points, calibrating each stroke to the individual client. Other massage modalities include facial massages designed to increase circulation and cranio-sacral massage that eases tension in the soft tissue and bones of the head, spine and pelvis.
La Bonne Vie Skin Studio’s Virginia Trujillo is more than just a licensed aesthetician—when it comes to skincare, she’s also a chemist of sorts. Running a one-woman show at the spa, Virginia treats her patients to her very own line of organic skincare products. Virginia supplements her homemade serums with a few other products—such as GlōTherapeutics’ antioxidant-packed formulas, Glōminerals makeup, and SunFX spray-tan solutions—as she pampers clients with skin services ranging from classic facials to high-tech skin treatments. She customizes her services to remedy a variety of ailments, treating sufferers of acne with a combination of chemical peels and LED therapy, and wrapping those looking to shed inches or smooth cellulite in M’lis Contour body-wrap cream, made with circulation-boosting niacin. The aesthetician invites not only grown women into her spa, but also men and teenagers for specialized treatments.