Lorraine Cannatta has always had a healing touch. As a child, she helped her neighbor care for stray and injured farm animals; as a teenager, she applied those same skills to assisting her baby brother, who was born with breathing problems. After studying to become a certified surgical technician, she spent 18 years as part of a surgical team. Today, Lorraine draws upon these experiences and her extensive credentials to provide holistic wellness services at Five Elements Healing Center.
Licensed massage therapists reduce client anxiety and chronic pain. Ayurvedic consultations balance mind and body using a mixture of healthy meal plans, breathing techniques, yoga postures, and herbal remedies, and yoga classes for all fitness levels emphasize gentle movements and breathing techniques. Breathing patterns also are an essential part of the center’s empty-bowl meditations, in which participants sit with their palms up and open, similar to empty bowls. For clients seeking spiritual guidance, Five Elements offers counseling and intuitive readings.
Touch of Light Therapeutic Massage’s licensed massage therapists practice a broad repertoire of techniques. With training in geriatric massage, orthopedic massage, and craniosacral therapy, the therapists combine techniques to tailor sessions to the needs of each patient, helping them overcome general aches or pain from specific conditions such as TMJ, arthritis, or carpal-tunnel syndrome.
In 1997, Touch of Paradise founder Rob Palaski was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare degenerative eye condition that left him visually impaired. It was a blessing in disguise. His diminished sight allowed for greater sensitivity in his hands and the heightened ability to suss out muscular pain. Now in the comfort of his private studio, Rob can ease tension with flowing Swedish strokes and acupressure or wrangle lower-layer aches with his signature deep-tissue techniques.
Having practiced medicine for more than 25 years, board-certified Dr. Maria O'Brien wisely presides over the laser- and light-based cosmetic treatments at Millennium Med Cosmetics. Her gentle treatments require no anesthesia, whether she's tightening skin with infrared rays, clearing away hair with a laser, or flipping on a light switch to reveal that you're already totally hairless. Dr. O'Brien also performs Botox and Juvéderm treatments and runs medically supervised weight-loss programs.
Centered Body Pilates offers a variety of core-controlling courses, which help students gain control over their flexibility, strength, and discipline. With plentiful windows and honey-toned hardwood floors, the studio facilitates deep focus on the Pilates craft. The method was created to develop and integrate core strength into the rest of the body, like a baker giving a gingerbread man a chiseled six-pack. Pilates is practiced either on floor mats or with a specialized Pilates Reformer. Students sit, kneel, stand, or lie on the gliding Reformer platform and use adjustable spring resistance to determine the power and the bounciness of their workout. The versatile Reformer can be used to strengthen the core, thighs, calves, upper arms, and shoulders. Each student gets to work on their own Reformer, eliminating the need for socially awkward tandem Pilates workouts. This exercise maintains a challenging intensity while staying easy on joints, making it suitable for all ages and body types.
Amid NOVA—Natural Organic Vital Anti-Aging—Spa's warm saffron-and-gold color scheme, wood floors, and Far Eastern art and pottery, its licensed aestheticians accomplish pampering skincare services. They smooth faces using nonsurgical face-lifts, and licensed massage therapists foster tranquility with Swedish and deep-tissue bodywork. Pain-relieving and skin-rejuvenating steam therapy rounds out the spa's indulgent treatments.