Acupuncture served as the main healthcare treatment for thousands of years, and it is still the go-to therapy for millions of people worldwide. Acupuncture physician Richard Browne is at the forefront of this field as both a practitioner and an educator.
Browne is the cofounder and president of Acupuncture and Massage College, which has been a community staple for more than 30 years. When not teaching budding acupuncturists how to strategically place needles or deflate sinister-looking balloon animals, he can be found at Affordable Acupuncture Clinic, practicing acupuncture himself or overseeing his interns while they practice it.
Browne and his staff also offer services ranging from cupping therapy to shiatsu massage to Reiki. They work to relieve such ailments as back pain, headaches, and insomnia.
Acupuncture and Massage College helps its surrounding communities in two ways: by teaching students the art of pain and stress relief through therapeutic treatments and by empowering those students to treat those in need. With guidance from experienced instructors, students learn the various techniques of ancient acupuncture and massage, both in the classroom and in the field. Patients can come to the college and bid adieu to their aches and worries by lying down in a treatment room and be treated by a supervised learning practitioner. Students shoo away pain with 50-minute acupuncture treatments or massage sessions, customized to address problematic areas or work around any ventriloquist dummies clients refuse to put down.
Physical therapist Cathy Parbst-Accurso knows full well the importance of a working, wellness-filled body. A former duathlon national champion, Cathy sprinted and cycled her way into the history books as the highest-placing American in the world championship. Now, she and her team at In Balance Physical Therapy help clients recover from injuries or retain current fitness levels with personalized treatment regimens. Depending on the goals and diagnoses, clients might test out custom foot orthotics, undergo running analysis, or sit for one of the wellness clinics taught by office staff.
In malls across South Florida, Massage Haven and My Happy Feet dole out doses of pain-relieving kneading for busy shoppers. Their signature treatment is the chair massage, which has the benefit of targeting common problem areas caused by desk jobs. But they also offer more specialized services such as foot massage, sports massage, and ice massage for a soothing panacea after injury. Thanks to the mobile nature of their massage chairs, the therapists can take their muscle-healing act on tour, and may be booked on-location at offices, homes, and party venues across the Tri-County Area.
At Professional Bodyworks of South Florida, the staff regularly takes their massages on the road, meaning clients can enjoy Swedish, deep-tissue, or prenatal kneads at home?but clients can still enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa if they'd prefer. There, the staff also schedules services that range from the natural?mud-mask facials and algae body wraps?to the technological?laser lipo and bipolar-radio-frequency treatments.
Oasis Dream Spa's staff aims to offer guests a Parisian-themed refuge from everyday life with facials, revitalizing body wraps, and mani-pedis that, in keeping with the spa's theme, include complimentary French tips. The massage therapists are skilled in nearly a dozen massage modalities, enabling them to stimulate circulation and relaxation with Swedish massages, relieve pregnancy symptoms with prenatal massages, or help snowmen lose weight with hot-stone massages. Oasis Dream Spa's fat and cellulite reduction treatments target trouble spots through a variety of methods, including radio frequency devices, which break down fatty cells and stimulate collagen production for smoother, firmer tummies, hips, or thighs.