Mary Berenics holds the power of healing in the palms of her hands. Well, more accurately, the power of healing resides within the palms of her hands. A licensed massage therapist, Mary undoes the damage of accumulated stress and strain with targeted massage treatment. Her specialties address a full spectrum of symptoms, from Swedish massages that relax tension to intense deep-tissue sessions that bust through years of scar tissue. She's even versed in the practice of pre- and post-natal massage, helping new mothers feel their best with bodywork that targets tired joints and muscles.
After working in the stressful, intense field of criminal justice, Tabitha Honaker-West turned to a more serene lifestyle by training to become a massage therapist. After graduating from the Dayton School of Medical Massage, she opened Ease, where she practices soothing Swedish massages. She also offers children’s massages, which help combat growing pains and ease the tension caused by strenuous games of hide and seek.
Overseen by Dr. Jennifer Cova, the nurses at The Complete Women's Practice apply specialized knowledge of the female body to protect and promote its health. Dr. Cova administers ob-gyn care and surgical services, approaching each patient as an individual, rather than as a number or Scrabble tile. Staff members supplement health care with cosmetic services, including laser treatments for skin rejuvenation or hair removal, facial treatments, and Botox and dermal fillers. Warm, modern treatment rooms in the spa-like office contain 27-inch computer screens that showcase treatment options and educational videos.
As an artist, Josh Wiley's canvas is the human skin. The owner of Modified Skin Tattoos, along with a staff of guest artists, transforms epidermal layers into a living portfolio. Though the artists' styles vary, their work reflects the wants and expectations of their clients, which is carefully communicated during consultations. For fans of fantasy or gaming, they have inked vivid profiles of flaming skulls or of popular superheroes such as Batman. For those who want realistic portraits to commemorate loved ones, they have captured detailed likenesses without having to press a face into piece of tracing paper and wrap it around a bicep.
The artists also renew tattoos with cover-up work that conceals unwanted images, and they use UV ink to create tattoos that are completely invisible until they are exposed to a black light. In addition to tattoo services, Modified Skin Tattoos also adorns bodies with dangly pendants, minimalist studs, and other jewelry that can bedazzle piercings and microdermal anchors.
Named after a Sanskrit word meaning beauty, abundance, and sanctity, Sri Yoga Center helps students achieve physical health and inner peace inside the calming, 9,000-square-foot haven. Seasoned instructors draw from the Para, Sivananda, and Himalayan yoga traditions as they weave traditional poses and breathing exercises into sequences that cultivate enough strength and focus to beat yourself at chess.
Minds and chakras open during Heart-Centered Flow classes, in which students explore themes such as gratitude and compassion through movement and self-reflection. Ninety-degree temperatures draw out toxins during hot-yoga sessions, deepening stretches and boosting circulation as bodies balance and bend within the balmy airs. To foster wellness of mind, body, spirit, and shadow, visitors may also book massages, reiki relaxation therapy, and Ayurvedic healing sessions.
Jesse Gilbert at Elphabala Massage soothes away aches and stress with Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal massages. His treatments seek to expel toxins and improve blood circulation. He can even ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia with a specialized massage designed to target improve range of motion and increase production of the body's natural painkillers.