The best place to study traditional Chinese medicine is in China, which is where licensed acupuncturist and herbalist Na Zhai completed her training. She was invited to teach medical professionals in Austria at the same time, where she completed more than three years of courses in western medicine. She combines knowledge from her education in eastern and western medicine with over 20 years of clinical experience to provide services to her patients.
Georgi Gochis—an internationally certified neuromuscular therapist—helms the treatment team at Manitou Wellness Center. Along with her staff, Georgi takes a holistic approach to wellness, focusing on the mind-body-soul connection and employing methods that are safe for patients of all ages.
In addition to running her own practice, Georgi researched and developed her own method of massage, known as aquatic craniosacral therapy. She also spent two years serving as the team massage therapist for the Sky Sox baseball team and mended muscles at three international figure-skating competitions. Today, she is pursuing a PhD in natural medicine at Quantum University for Integrative Medicine and is a part of The Woman Health Team, a collaboration of therapists who shed light on female-specific health issues and the importance of wearing matching jerseys.
At Your Pathway 2 Wellness, Julie Smith helps purge and purify the body through gentle, holistic health services. Colon hydrotherapy uses warm, filtered water to detoxify and revitalize the body, while the raindrop technique uses essential oils and feathery massage to promote structural and energy alignment. Julie harnesses energy-tuning forks to activate energy in the body and clear blockages in the chakras.
Within a renovated church, owner Sarah Kendall styles hair with the skills that made her an educator for TIGI, Phyto, and Kydra. A plaster angel reminiscent of the Winged Victory of Samothrace hangs illumined on the salon's golden walls, hovering over spacious styling stations fully equipped with full-length mirrors and cabinets. Private treatment rooms welcome guests with spa treatments that include massages and facials. In the lobby, clients seeking to take home supplies to maintain their hair treatment or facial can browse a cabinet full of designer products by the light of glowing stained-glass windows.
Ayurvedic therapies are the opposite of a trend—some of these holistic principles have been around for thousands of years. These days, Annette K. Brinker continues this staggering legacy at Breathe Aromatherapy & Body Work, where she helps clients connect more deeply with their bodies through meditative awareness. In addition to her skills as a certified Reiki master, she inspires serenity and balance with detoxifying body wraps, Shirodhara sessions, and mix-tapes of cat meows.
Ashleigh Bouziden was only 18 years old when she graduated from massage school and opened her own practice. Now in operation for more than a decade, Ashleigh employs a diverse team of massage therapists?with specialties ranging from reflexology and deep-tissue techniques?alongside reiki healing specialists and a pair of passionate yoga instructors.