The walls at Tropical Treat Massage?festooned with photos of palm trees, beaches, and sunsets?are totally relaxing and wholly unnecessary. Because as CMT Wade Wutschke kneads your muscles to a loose and limber goo, your eyes will close and your mind won't have any trouble evoking its own blissful images. The goal here is to induce total relaxation and relief, which Wade does by administering massages that slow the mind and uplift the spirit. His specialties include Swedish, hot stone, and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, which utilizes long strokes that run up and down the body. Reflexology and chakra work are also available, and help to balance the flow of energy throughout the body and make it less likely to short-circuit between charges.
For 20 years, Doctor of Chiropractic Catherine Gray has taken a whole-body approach to alleviating pain and helping each client find their physical potential. She leads a handpicked team of holistic health experts, including Doctor of Chiropractic Theresa Burns, who specializes in caring for athletes and children; personal trainer and medical exercise specialist Chris Chronister; and two licensed massage therapists. The doctor showcases her dedication to healing bodies in every facet of her career. In addition to owning and operating MorningStar Chiropractic, she runs a consulting company that helps students transition from chiropractic school to private practice, and is a quarter-time faculty member at Northwestern Health Sciences University. Jeff Zachman, L.Ac has also recently joined the team.
The team takes a multifaceted approach to chiropractic care, addressing damaging subluxations and their physical consequences with methods ranging from cervical traction to ultrasound physiotherapy. They also offer soothing reiki sessions to balance chakras impacted by stress or metaphorical meteors.
Founded in 1948, the ChiroCenter has succeeded through the decades due in large part to the expertise of their doctors of chiropractic, the ranks of whom now include nine different chiropractors with as much as 35 years of experience. At each of the center's five offices, these doctors alleviate their patients' pain using adjusting techniques whose purposes range from improving biomechanics to reducing nervous-system interference. One such technique is the activator method, a process for fixing subluxations that involves delivering low-force, high-speed thrusts with a handheld instrument that resembles a mini pogo stick or a giant ant pogo stick. These practices treat more than just the back; benefits also include reducing fatigue and improving headaches and sciatica.
Since art appreciation often requires people to crane their necks to view paintings from a different angle, trips to a gallery don’t usually benefit the spine. But clients don’t come to Ambiente Gallerie just to explore art and its unique design. They come to improve their wellness and enjoy chiropractic care from Doctor of Chiropractic Kari Boudreau. She draws from 14 years of experience to help her clients find relief from nagging health conditions in a modern space designed to engage the mind.
Inside a 100-year-old warehouse space, Dr. Boudreau worked with accomplished architect Ali Heshmati to design a stimulating environment that serves as both an escape and gathering space. Walls of stretched fabric form private treatment areas and can be raised to reveal room to mingle for gallery shows or a new car for studio audiences. Curved boomerang doors bar the way to permanent massage rooms with a clouded material that adds to the practice's intriguing aesthetic.
Ever since childhood, chiropractors Steve Hyjek and Neil Crane have understood the importance of their eventual vocation. A young athlete with a diverse sport record, Dr. Hyjek became familiar with sports medicine, while Dr. Crane, under chiropractic care since birth, received his first adjustment, and an encouraging career push, from his uncle.
At their clinic, the doctors and their staff augment chiropractic exams and adjustments with advanced technologies, measuring variations in heart rate with a pulse wave profiler and muscle asymmetry with a sEMG. Other services include massages, nutritional counseling, and weight-loss programs that improve feelings of well-being while making bodies as svelte as a flattened basketball.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.