After witnessing his grandmother struggle to recover from surgery, Dr. Shawn Shapiro was stirred to research alternative methods of healing. As he studied the ways that bodies can naturally cure themselves, he gravitated toward the practice of chiropractic medicine. Backed by fellow chiropractor Jessica Meyer and a licensed acupuncturist, he now works to alleviate all types of corporeal discomfort with preventative wellness modalities. The doctors aim to fully educate patients before tailoring customized treatment regimens, ensuring proper care as they seek out the source of ailments more efficiently than a detective going undercover as a stethoscope. To assist their personalized plans, they wield a diverse arsenal of chiropractic techniques and high-tech tools and bolster overall wellness with services such as massage therapy and nutrition consultations.
Experienced aesthetician and nail technician Sara Jones tidies the body's keratinized surface with a variety of waxing and nail-treatment services. Waxing services are offered within the privacy of a separate room and target specific areas such as the eyebrows ($17), chin ($12), and underarms ($25), leaving them as smooth as a freshly waxed baby. A 45-minute manicure trims finger berets and maintains the cuticles, finishing with a hand massage and polish. The 60-minute pedicure gives shoe fillers a similar pampering by softening soles and treating feet to a revitalizing exfoliation that removes layers of dead cells and exposes the cream-filled center feet have been proven to conceal.
True to its location on the second and third floors of Firehouse Place, All Seasons Salon and Day Spa elevates minds and bodies with nature-inspired spa treatments. Goldwell and Aveda products line the shelves in a reception area whose floral décor vies for attention with the purses, clothes, shoes, and handcrafted Elle Cosmetics peeking out from the designer boutique area next door. Back in the pedicure nook, toes take baths in basins of warm water before shedding their calluses and ferrying their owners to one of the nearby manicure stations, where technicians brush fingernails with vibrant OPI polishes. Soft candle lights flicker against the walls of private aesthetic and massage rooms, while out on the salon floor stylists revivify hair with custom European coloring techniques. During the wedding season, the spa’s team tends to more than 75 bridal parties, painting nails, styling strands, and dipping drab white dresses in their vibrant hair dyes.
The certified tissue tenderizer at Saundarya draws on an array of massage methods to pamper muscles with relaxing rubdowns. During the 60-minute session, patrons will float atop a cushy massage table as the wellness wizard tailors treatments to individual needs from a hodgepodge of modalities, including Swedish, neuromuscular, and deep-tissue techniques. As traditional strokes melt tension, the therapist may apply pressure on hands and feet for reflexology relief, or festoon backs with LaStone hot and cold river stones to foster a strong connection between mind, body, and intercoastal waterways. Each massage technique works to decrease stress, improve range of motion, and boost flexibility.
Shellie Morin always loved helping people, a passion that attracted her to customer-service jobs most of her adult life. It wasn’t until 2006, after her husband suggested giving massage therapy a try, that she found her true calling. Since then, Shellie has gone on to open her own massage-therapy clinic: Sense-Sational Massage. Here, she offers her expertise in five massage techniques: Swedish, bamboo-fusion, hot-stone, fibromyalgia, and seated-chair massage. Clients can choose their massage prior to their appointments, or stop in for a quick talk with Shellie, who can help them decide based on their ailments. For example, stressed clients with tension throughout their entire body may benefit from the long and flowing Swedish massage techniques, while those with fibromyalgia—like Shellie herself—can relax with a tailored session designed to lessen flare ups and decrease overall pain.