In an accommodating downtown location, the licensed Take Ten therapists stretch clients out on comfortable massage beds and cast a long list of lightning-charged spells to induce relaxation. Repose in daydreamy reveries during a therapeutic massage, which uses deep-tissue techniques to deactivate trigger points in muscles, increase blood flow, and remove toxins. Or, opt for a Swedish massage, which works the soft body tissues with long, flowing effleurages, tapotements, frictions, and vibrations to relieve pain, stiffness, and stress caused by scaling thousands of candied fish for yesterday’s office party.
Licensed acupuncturist Sarah Kay Roell is passionate about learning. After graduating magna cum laude from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine with her Masters in acupuncture, she went on to complete a yearlong clinic internship before she went to China to study the ancient art for four weeks. Sarah was drawn to the 5,000 year-old form of treatment after acupuncture helped her overcome carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches. Since then, she has been dedicated to learning as much as she can about holistic healing and the lifestyle needed to live past 5,000 years old.
At her wellness clinic, Sarah crafts custom treatment plans that address each client's specific ailments. In addition to acupuncture, alternative treatments can include Fire Cupping, which uses heat to encourage the body's energy flow, and moxibustion, a treatment that achieves similar results but through the application of heated herbs.
If Drs. Ajay Syam and Scott Cohen were superheroes, their utility belts would be filled with some impressive gadgets: ultrasound tools, x-ray machines, and physical therapy implements to name a few. But, seeing as how all that gear couldn't possibly fit on a belt, instead they house it in their two offices. There, they aim to alleviate pain in their clients, treating everything from carpal tunnel syndrome to sports-related injuries.
Unsurprisingly, the chiropractic duo tends to focus on the spine. They examine vertebrae for subluxations, or misalignments, and administer adjustments accordingly. Their methods can reduce pain in the back, neck, and shoulders, and could be supplemented by massages performed by other staff members. They also treat recurring symptoms caused by arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as work injuries caused by sumo-wrestling a finicky photocopier.
Even as a child, Christina Wallace knew that she wanted to heal people. So it was natural for her to opt to study premed at UC Berkeley in California. However, her focus shifted from Western medicine to traditional Chinese medicine after being involved in a serious car accident her senior year of college. Suffering from debilitating headaches and vertigo, Christina found no relief from medical doctors. She soon turned to acupuncture, and within weeks, her health returned. Today, she draws on that experience—as well as her studies in Beijing—to treat others suffering ailments, from headaches and vertigo to emotional distress, digestive issues, and back pain.
Resounding kicks and punches ring out across Equivita's 3,000-square-foot private studio as seasoned boxing instructor Christopher Yeoman uncovers six-pack abs in 60-minute Kick Ass Cardio classes. The sessions, which take place multiple times a week, lead fit-seekers through a high-intensity series of punches, kicks, and fast-paced boxing maneuvers designed to build strength, defeat stress, and teach participants how to land blows on punching bags without risking injury. Yeoman's full-body workout blends speed training, mixed martial arts, and strength building, resulting in figures slim enough to fit through a doggie door.
For more than a decade, the acupuncturists and health professionals at Acupuncture & NAET Clinic have used traditional Eastern medicine to help clients on their path to wellness. Their techniques and treatments aid patients as they work to quit smoking, lose weight, lessen pain, and eliminate allergies. Using techniques and treatments such as cupping, qi gong, and acupuncture, the staff redirects energy throughout the body without relying on cumbersome traffic cones.
Urban Acupuncture Center grew out of the shared vision of three friends. Licensed acupuncturists Steve Drugan, Sue Bowlus, and Linda Chun were passionate about the ancient Chinese technique's potential to heal—especially after finding personal relief from conditions such as migraines and sciatica—and wanted to make it accessible to more people. After learning that clinics across the country were offering services on a sliding scale, the trio took a trip to Detroit to visit three community acupuncture centers. They saw people from all walks of life receiving acupuncture treatments together, and, recognizing the need for a similar establishment in Ohio, decided to found their own community-minded clinic.
Today, within the center's open, communal setting, patients relax in cushy leather recliners among Asian-inspired room dividers and multimedia works crafted by local artists while thin, sterile needles alleviate the stresses and imbalances that leave bodies low. Patients await treatment on the reception area’s pew-like bench beside a trickling fountain, where they can focus on centering their energies or finding the moisture needed to affix a temporary tattoo.