Woodlands Integrative Medicine Associates' certified medical staff helps to contour and fine-tune physiques through comprehensive health care. Since opening in 2004, the center has tightened and toned bodies through cellulite-reducing Endermologie and VelaShape II treatments approved by the FDA. The center also helps to relieve chronic pain by realigning clients' energy with acupuncture or correcting posture with chiropractic care that follows the Lordex system. Developed after 15 years of research, the Lordex system targets lumbar muscles by placing the spinal joint in traction and gently decompressing nerves and disks in the lower back, allowing an increase of circulation to the aching areas and back tattoos.
Sometimes it takes more than medication to heal. That?s why acupuncturist Linda Wentz founded Holistic Touch Center and its mission to help hasten the healing process by offering services that extend beyond the body to incorporate the needs of the mind and spirit. There, Silvy Franco and Shawn Marie Miller, the center's holistic estheticians, blend years of skin care experience with training in natural health and energy medicine to produce treatments that restore the body while rebalancing the mind and spirit. They read each client's skin like a map, plotting out appropriate treatment courses that are delivered as part of one of the center's rituals, which include components ranging from traditional facials and detoxifying peels to Vitamin C infusions and cold stone massages. In addition to performing these rituals, Silvy and Shawn also help clients adapt these treatments for use in at-home skin care regimens, keeping epidermises glowing and well-adjusted to changes in seasonal weather.
Those interested in acupuncture may enlist in Kirsten Jacob, a trained herbalist who received her Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Han University of Traditional Medicine in Tucson, Az. In addition to specializing in facial-rejuvenation acupuncture treatments, she also possess a background in pediatric respiratory therapy as well as general family treatment. Her specialities include pediatric and family acupuncture, behavioral/learning issues, and stress reduction and internal medicine. Kirsten incorporates classical Chinese botanical therapy into her work, which includes tui na?or Chinese medical/therapeutic massage?cupping, and moxa. When she is not helping her clients attain inner peace through eastern healing techniques, she tends to her kids while indulging in reading, writing, and traveling.
Holistic Touch's five massage therapists are all well-versed in Swedish and deep-tissue modalities, but they also each have their own specialties. Veronica, for example, mixes into her sessions such methods as meditation and the eastern healing practice known as reiki, and Cherricka even practices techniques designed specifically for treating carpal-tunnel syndrome. The therapists can also further customize massage sessions with add-ons including hot towels, essential oils, and hand or foot wraps. Because massage works best as part of a broader wellness regimen, Holistic Touch also rejuvenates clients with everything from salt-scrub treatments to holistic boot camps led by a talking tree.
Royal Beauty Clinic owner and aesthetic artist Asma Ali Furness pays attention to the details. A specialist in micropigmentation, she has performed more than 100 permanent-makeup procedures, subtly infusing hues into lips, eyebrows, and empty coloring books with hypoallergenic pigments. She also combats wrinkles and scars via derma-rolling treatments that harness the body's natural healing infrastructure.
Students hoping to one day work in world-class resorts, spas, and hotels or as the head of their own therapeutic practice descend upon Derwen Therapies for classes in everything from aromatherapy to nutrition. This holistic wellness center and reflexology academy offers certification in a number of different fields—including reflexology and anatomy and physiology—and students receive hands-on instruction from professionals within their chosen field.
With more than 15 years of experience, Premier Pilates’s head instructor, Rosa McGill, is very familiar with the benefits of Pilates: better range of motion, increased flexibility, better balance and posture, and a stronger core. To help people achieve those benefits, she and her team lead one-on-one and small-group classes with mats and equipment such as Reformers and spine correctors. The staff strive to make Premier Pilates a place for holistic health, offering access to an infrared massage bed, which uses deep-penetrating heat to relax muscles or help snowmen slim down as wheels made of jade roll up and down the body.