With more than 20 years as a licensed chiropractor, Dr. Ralph Kruse knows how to treat the spine. But unlike most chiropractors, he can also heal rotator cuff injuries, tendonitis, bursitis, and other musculoskeletal conditions. That's because the doctor also brings professional certification in chiropractic orthopedics to the table, rounding out a career spent not only treating his own patients, but also authoring scientific studies on spinal issues and prenatal back pain.
At his office, Dr. Kruse specializes in a manipulation called Cox Flexion-Distraction, which uses a special table to gently adjust each vertebra and help treat a number of spinal conditions and disc problems. He also treat sports injuries with kinesio taping, a process that uses special tape to lift the skin and reduce inflammation. The center also has a holistic side—both Dr. Kruse and his chiropractic colleague, Dr. Olding, are also trained in acupuncture. They merge these skills with the training of four licensed massage therapists and a muscle-activation-technique specialist to heal patients inside and out with a number of full-body treatments. Once the doctors have treated the source of pain, the team can also customize an exercise program to reestablish balance and strengthen muscles.
Herbalist and licensed clinical massage therapist Marguerite Wright offers natural healing solutions to help clients get to the roots of their health issues, such as stress, insomnia, or depression. She offers a variety of massages, including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, aromatherapy, and sports. She also offers herbal supplements, essential oils, and homeopathics.
Floor-to-ceiling alabaster columns span Serenity Day Spa, an idyllic oasis staffed with certified aestheticians and massage therapists adept at drawing out inborn beauty encumbered by age and pent-up stress. Pastoral murals splash their soft hues against the walls of the spa’s private rooms, where pampering professionals cocoon clients in customizable body wraps and alleviate deep aches with a wide array of massages, from traditional Swedish bodywork to holistic reiki. Personalized skin analyses prelude facials and peels designed to combat the natural effects of aging or getting a bear hug from Father Time, and a comprehensive menu of waxing services ensures that fur-ridden guests can shed superfluous strands from toes to top hats.
Swirls, sparkles, and colors that flow seamlessly from light to dark adorn the fingernails and toenails that leave NIAN Duré Hair and Nail Studio, situated within Mocha City Beauty. In addition to nail art, the technicians apply colorful acrylics and permanent french whites. To match the gussied-up mitts, the staff also caters to hair of all textures with a variety of styling treatments.
Zen Wellness and Retreat’s aestheticians purify the body, shape its contours, and polish its exterior. Holistic-healing arts distinguish Zen’s menu, with sessions that redirect energy and restore balance, such as ear candling Lady Justice. Traditional pampering reveals youthful, healthy skin with topical scrubs and tonics, as well as mechanical exfoliators. Slimming treatments take the form of spa pampering or dietary supplements, and six modes of massage therapy soften hard muscles.