Gary Hopkins can divide his mid-20s in two parts: the time before he discovered self-healing, and the time after he discovered self-healing. Before, overwhelming stress and overworking caused him to suffer from anxiety, insomnia, spinal misalignments, and gout. Then, he started meditating, practicing tai chi and energy healing, and taking natural supplements. Not only did these practices help remedy his ailments, but they also led him to a new career as an intuitive healer. Continuing these studies into his 30s, he added such holistic healing methods as Thai massage and reflexology to his regimen.
For more than 10 years, he’s shared his knowledge through a private practice and at Light Path Discovery Center. He is dedicated to helping others conquer physical, psychological, and emotional issues with carefully honed skills and several bodywork methods he developed on his own. For those unable to visit him personally, Gary has penned two books— The Master Within and Axiatonal Integration —that guide readers as they attempt to unlock their happiness, which is usually kept in a safe and buried under their childhood home.
Holistic-health practitioner Gary has experimented with an array of holistic and metaphysical treatments to treat his chronic insomnia, anxiety, and gout. Today, at the Lightpath Discovery Center, he practices a range of these services, such as cupping, Thai reflexology, and meditation. Gary has also developed several wellness treatments of his own, including body reflexology, a form of bodywork derived from Thai yoga, Thai massage, and acupressure, and vibrational tuning, a healing technique aided by tuning forks and chimes.
As a medical aesthetician, Julie Kline has trained under award-winning plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Dayan, where she learned advanced skincare techniques and ways to get the most out of the products she uses. She helps her clients fight the signs of aging with microdermabrasion treatments, microcurrent therapies, and chemical peels. For gents, she performs men's facials that ward off razor burn. Julie is also a certified permanent-makeup artist, which allows her to apply indelible cosmetics to those with sensitivities to traditional makeup or faint features due to medical conditions.
Jimi Merk is a bit of a holistic Renaissance man. As a natural-healing practitioner, Jimi demonstrates the benefits of reiki, reflexology, shamanic healing, and yoga, among other things, in his intimate studio space. His hypnosis sessions, which involve aromatherapy, sound therapy, and breathing techniques, help clients overcome personal obstacles in their lives, such as smoking cigarettes. And to keep bodies balanced at home, Jimi forges jewelry flecked with natural healing stones.
Each appointment at CXC Salon & Spa is like a mini makeover. Stylists use Redken, Big Sexy, and Joico products to help them transform clients? hair into fresh new dos. Technicians paint nails with bold hues in a special OPI gel polish that helps prevent chipping. Other visage-enhancing services include airbrush tans and permanent-makeup applications. Swedish and hot-stone massages work to relieve guests of stress and tight muscles.
Relaxation doesn’t come naturally to everyone. One of Tonja Miller's regular clients, for example, remembers a time when he could hardly lay his face down on the mattress after a stressful day. Tonja, who co-owns Healing Hands Massage Therapy Group LLC with Joy Kinman, helped him conquer that problem. Born with deformities, she has been a massage-therapy patient since childhood and has witnessed its healing powers firsthand. She’s not the only one—Joy credits her first massage with freeing her of the back pain she had suffered since she was a girl.
As soon as clients enter the studio, Joy and Tonja pay close attention to their gait and stance. Both, it turns out, can indicate strain caused by overexertion or a long commute by rowboat. The lights in the studio’s private rooms soon go dim as the therapists enhance their strokes with warm oils or lotions. For an experience you won’t find in many other spas, try Tonja’s specialty bamboo massage, during which she rolls a heated stalk across sore muscles. More traditional spa treatments such as paraffin dips and refreshing facials round out the service menu, which the duo complements with offerings of tea, coffee, or water.