When Vanessa Caram was working in a physical therapist's office, she couldn't help but notice how much massage helped speed up patients' recovery. This prompted her to become a licensed massage therapist and start her own practice, A Nu Yu Massage, soon after. There, she helps clients manage pain and tension without using medication or converting a medieval rack into a bed. Her specialty is alleviating chronic pain symptoms associated with conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. However, she also performs services such as deep-tissue and Swedish massage, which can be enhanced with aromatherapy and hot stones.
Balanced Bodies' windows look out onto Runnymede Park, where deer often emerge from the woods and blue herons land near the stream. Inside the studio, groups work to capture the animals' ease of movement, flowing from plank positions into mermaid side stretches while maintaining pristine posture and giving effort without strain. Co-owners Carrie Smith and Adriana Ferrer-Perez believe that through Pilates exercises, their students can attain pain-free, fully functional movement for life. The duo oversees seven other instructors—nearly all claiming BASI teaching certifications—who lead classes in mat work, Reformer machines, and the Avalon System designed by Rael Isacowitz. Balanced Bodies also serves as a BASI Pilates teacher-training host facility, where aspiring instructors can undergo comprehensive and specialized teaching courses, including one that demonstrates how to dunk full-size exercise balls.
On their quest to help their clients achieve good health, the therapists at Origins Thai Spa deploy a careful blend of 14 Eastern and Western massage techniques. Most of their practice revolves around Thai massage, which combines deep stretching and acupressure with pressure from the therapist’s elbows, knees, and feet to activate the body's 10 major energy channels. Alternatively, Eastern-inspired ayurvedic massage uses three different oils to trigger the three doshas, or the body's three main energy pathways. During the four-hands couples massage, two therapists work on one client at the same time, using four hands to help improve circulation, promote relaxation, and inspire as many as eight high-fives.
Whole Health Medical Center's team of recognized doctors harnesses natural and organic products to help patients feel better, relax, and lose weight. Developed centuries ago, Chinese and natural medical treatments—including acupuncture, cupping, and moxibustion—can treat ailments ranging from asthma to diarrhea to urinary-tract infections. Conversely, the staff also treats patients with today's most modern procedures, such as laser skin-fat reduction and anti-aging Botox injections. Pairing Old-World practices with New-World technologies, Whole Health Medical Center is well equipped to treat modern-day patients and time-traveling swashbucklers.
Signature Service: Laser, microdermabrasion, peel,
facial, nutrition, yoga, fitness classes, massage, and personal training
Brands Used: Neocutis, MAD, Hydropeptide, Alchime Forever, Perfect Peel
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 50+
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 13
"If you are happy with who you are on the inside, it radiates out in all aspects of your life," said our master aesthetician, "We provide services to help you feel as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside." To do so, the studio?part of health care practice ?offers a combination of fitness, nutritional, and beauty services. The specialized staff includes doctors, personal trainers, massage therapists, a master aesthetician, a dietitian, and yoga instructors who do everything from aiding in recovery from injuries to removing unwanted hairs to help clients disguise their centaur ancestry.
They deal in some pretty technical, esoteric services, such as nonablative fractional laser resurfacing, which they know can be confusing. That's why they begin every client relationship with a consultation. They first determine their clients' goals and then thoroughly explain potential services.
At Vitality Center, the staff melts away the strains and stresses of the day as they beautify clients with spa pedicures, deep facial cleansing, waxing, and hair styling. More than merely polishing up each patron's outer beauty, spa technicians and specialists help their clients achieve inner peace and serenity with chakra balancing, hypnotherapy, and life coaching. In addition to helping their guests look dapper and feel well through makeovers and empowering self-affirmation, Freya Day Spa?s team can relax and unwind clients? tensed muscles with Reiki, hot stone, Swedish, and aromatherapy massages.